What is a Model United Nations (MUN)?
A MUN is a simulation of the workings of the real United Nations with its six General Assembly Committees, the Security Council, and the several agencies which form part of the UN family. Participating students, known as ‘delegates’, assume the role of an assigned UN member state in order to debate two current issues on the committee’s agenda.
The role of the Delegate
Delegates must assimilate the ideologies and policy goals of their adopted state, deliver speeches conveying these viewpoints and projected goals, form bloc alliances and draft resolution documents, pitch their proposals to adversaries and attempt to win them over, and generally resolve existing conflict. All of this must be done in accordance with the committee- specific rules of procedure and in the interests of mobilizing international cooperation.
Prior to the conference, delegates will usually carry out intensive research on their committee’s competences, the issue at large, the key players whose interests must be reckoned with, and finally, the needs, goals, and foreign policies of the country they will be representing. The depth of delegates’ researches into the geo-politics, economics, and history of the topics at hand in turn contributes to an authentic simulation of the way the international community acts on its immediate concerns.
The role of the Chair
Committees are chaired by experienced Committee Directors, themselves usually MUN alumni. A Director or main Chair is generally aided in the running of the committee by one or two co-Chairs (depending on the size of the committee which may range from some thirty to a hundred delegates). Together, they ensure that delegates maintain proper decorum, abide by the rules of the procedure, and faithfully convey their state’s attitudes and goals. Chairs usually refrain from giving their input vis-à-vis the content of the debate but it is within their remit to prompt the debate whenever it seems to be waivering, as well as to call out any delegates who are not being faithful to their states’ overall stance.
Ensuring that they are qualified to carry out both these duties, the Chairs are tasked with compiling ‘study guides’ prior to the conference. A study guide is a delegate resource which lays out pertinent avenues for discussion and possible solutions to the issue which delegates may wish to pursue. The more useful guides also include a breakdown of regional blocs’, or even key players’, tendencies regarding the issue (eg., whether they are amenable to resolution or whether they have consistently put spanners in the works) which delegates may find useful when deciding which states to approach, lobby, and negotiate with.
When is MaltMUN 2017?
MaltMUN 2016 will take place on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th September. Delegates should be available all day throughout the three-day MUN.
Where will the MUN be held?
The MUN will be hosted in Malta’s capital city, Valletta.
Venues for the Committee sessions are to be confirmed at a later date.
What is the theme of MaltMUN 2017?
The overall theme of the MUN will be Death of the Border: Eliminating Lines of Demarcation Between States, with a special focus on the Mediterranean region.
Applications and Delegate Fees
Is MaltMUN 2017 for university or high-school students?
MaltMUN 2017 is aimed at university-age students.
The Organising Committee will not accept any applications from any persons under 18 years of age, or over 30 years of age.
When is the registration deadline?
Registration closes on the 17th of August 2016.
Are delegations permitted at MaltMUN 2017?
Applying as a delegation will be possible at MaltMUN 2017 for all those travelling from abroad and must be done here:
The maximum size of delegation catered for will consist of 5 people and minimum size will consist of 2 people.
Locals are to apply as individual delegates using the following form:
How much is the delegate fee and what does it include?
Delegate fee is €35.
Delegate fee covers:
1. Conference attendance
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and three committee sessions in prestigious Valletta venues.*
2. All relevant conference materials
Delegate pack including study guides, placards, notepaper, pen, certificates of attendance.
*NB: Lunch will not be provided during the weekend. Valletta is a vibrant metropolis and there
are a variety of bars, cafés, restaurants, and fast food places to spice up your lunch hour.
How can I pay my delegate fee?
You can pay your delegate fee through the application form itself.
Kindly note that all delegate fees are non-refundable.
Can I pay my fees after registering or at the registration in cash?
Unfortunately, the MaltMUN Society is unable to accept any forms of payment other than through online application system.
If I come from abroad, can the MaltMUN Society assist me with finding accommodation in Malta during the conference?
There are many hotels and hostels suitable for a student budget throughout Malta. The Organising Committee would recommend booking accommodation in the Sliema/St Julian’s/Paceville area in order to make commuting to the capital city easier. However, the organisers are not in a position to actively seek out accommodation for foreign delegates.
Which committees will be simulated?
The four committees that will be simulated during MaltMUN 2017 are: the Security Council, SPECPOL (Special Political and Decolonization Committee), WHO (World Health Organization), ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Council), and ICJ (International Court of Justice). Each committee will debate two topics which in turn have a bearing on the main theme of the conference.
The MaltMUN Society appreciates the preparation that goes into participating in an MUN conference, and as such, all delegates in attendance will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of the MUN weekend.
In keeping with the Society’s motto of ‘Fostering Excellence’, delegates who display aptitude for leading as well as following, for building bridges and resolving conflict, and for delivering constructive proposals as well as rousing speeches will be rewarded. The Chairs will be on the lookout for these qualities and will finally award three delegates from each committee with: Best Delegate, Distinguished Delegate, and Honourable Mention awards.
In each committee, a Best Position Paper award will also be available for the delegate who submits the most well-researched and constructive position paper prior to the conference.
No position papers which have been submitted after the stipulated closing date will be considered for this award.
I have never participated in an MUN conference before. Can I still attend the conference?
MaltMUN 2016 is suitable for all types of delegates, both beginners and veterans. Although it is recommended that you have prior experience, you are most welcome to participate in the conference even if you have never participated in MUN simulations in the past. The MaltMUN Society will be offering the possibility of training prior to the conference. Date and venue for the training session are to be confirmed at a later date. Throughout the MUN weekend there will be plenty of members from the Organising Committee present to answer any questions you may have, while the Committee Directors will be asked to bear in mind that many delegates may be beginners.
How do I prepare for the Conference?
The MaltMUN Society will provide a number of resources to help you prepare for the conference via the MaltMUN 2017 online portal. The Rules of Procedure and Study Guides will be made available under the Committee tabs in due course. The Rules of Procedure may appear intimidating to delegates who are new to MUN, but they will be clarified at the training session to be provided by the MaltMUN Society, and they are very easy to learn by observing how things work in the first committee session. The Study guides are intended as springboard for research. After reading them, your first step should be to research the country that you have been allocated, its general ideology and foreign policy goals, as well as its approach to the topics on the agenda of your committee.
Following this, delegates will be asked to summarize their country’s stance on the two topics in two Position Papers. Any submitted Position Papers will be compiled and disseminated so that you may read those prepared by other delegates in your committee.
Where should I send my position papers?
You should send them to your committee’s email address which will be made available under the Committee tab via the MaltMUN 2017 web portal in due course.
Please see the last 3 pages of your study guide for more information.