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THE MUN MANIFESTO 1
Your Guide to Model United Nations
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For all those with bold ideas to bring hope to a hurting
and warring world: that you may first find your voice,
and then summon the courage to share your ideas.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
12 About CGYA and Project Connect
15 About the United Nations and Other
23 Preparing for Your First Conference!
39 Welcome to Your First Committee Session
49 Rules and Procedures
61 Debate Strategies
71 Writing a Resolution
80 Sample Position Paper
82 Sample Resolution
84 Full Rules and Procedures
96 Online Resources
98 MUN Glossary
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The MUN Manifesto could not have been possible without the
efforts of many individuals. We are grateful to our Manifesto
contributors, ConnectMUN 2010 secretariat Sunny Shen, and
the Project Connect Ambassadors Ryan Bae, Amanda Chen,
Geneva Nam, Sarah Wang, Marco Wong, and Lance Zhou.
Special thanks to Marco Wong, who in addition to revising
the latest edition of the Manifesto, also contributed a personal
position paper to the Appendix. These individuals’ contributions
to the Manifesto reflect the many hours of research, collaboration, writing, and first-hand experience they wield as Model UN
delegates, staff, and secretariat members.
Thank you to CGYA Director Firas Moosvi and ConnectMUN
secretariat member Simon Yu for adapting Harvard Model
United Nations’ delegate guide to create our Rules of Procedure. Many thanks also to the contributors of the previous Manifesto: Jansen Lee, Sahir Moosvi, Taylor Reid, and Eve Rindje.
Last, but not least, thank you to the CGYA Directors who
oversee Project Connect, May Poon and Wesley Sze. Thank you, especially to Wesley Sze, who wrote a significant portion of the Manifesto, and served as its copy editor and graphic designer.
Our collective knowledge in the MUN Manifesto is a testament
to the amazing conferences of which we have been a part and the remarkable experiences that we have had.
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Model United Nations (MUN) is a bit like a secret club. Once
you attend a conference for the first time and become acquainted
with the world of MUN, you become an “insider.” You find yourself attending conference after conference to try to appease your appetite for world politics, resolution passing, and unmoderated caucus. You learn the in’s and out’s of being an expert delegate
and start Facebook groups after every conference. Once you’re in, you’re in.
However, to an outsider who has never participated in MUN before, everything may seem intimidating and hopelessly complex.
MUN culture has evolved to include its own personality, strategy, and lingo (what does the term “dilatory” mean again?). It is our
hope that this guidebook will help introduce the world of MUN
for all students to enjoy. Even if you’re not new to MUN, we have included more advanced topics and content for all skill levels. We have designed it to be clear, concise, and fun to read, all the while being thorough and extensive in its coverage. We like to consider it as the definitive MUN guide.
Feel free to have this book beside you during committee ses-
sions. Refer to it often. Pass it along and share...
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