We welcome you to the United Nations General Assembly simulation at Blue Bells MUN 2019 with our agenda set as ‘Review of the Existing Conventional Arms Control Regimes with Special Emphasis on Transparency and Confidence Building Measures’.
A council is defined by its delegates more than by its executive board. You must, therefore, be prepared to participate for a truly rewarding experience. Apart from research on the agenda, delegates should be aware of their country’s historical background and its current situation in global politics and international relations. Delegates should come into the committee with a clear foreign policy as the representatives of the governments of their countries.
We are unaware of your individual credentials/experience with Model United Nations, however, no matter what that may amount to, it is a given that there can be no productive simulation in the absence of substantial research. There are multiple approaches to preparing for a simulation such as this and we shall not dictate to you which of these you must adopt, that is upon you to decide, however, we can assert with confidence that the commonality among all these approaches is that research constitutes their first step.
So once the research process is initiated it needs to be coupled with proactive attempts to understand the information so gathered. Application of the information acquired through research always requires understanding. There is no particular point at which research concludes and analysis thereof begins, these are two intermittent processes which may continue till the last minute of the simulation.
Besides research, both on the agenda and the mandate of the committee the participants are required have a firm grasp on diplomatic conduct. Diplomatic conduct can be general and country-specific, what constitutes general diplomatic conduct (which includes language, gestures and any other kind of expression) can be gauged from the definition of the term diplomacy. There is no precise definition of the term but an appraisal of various definitions shall help formulate a reasonably accurate notion thereof.
Country-specific diplomatic conduct can be determined by a study of past actions of your country (country allotted which a participant is called the delegate of) in the international fora. Speeches, statements, voting records, instances of walk-outs, boycotting of meetings et cetera can contribute to building an understanding of the same, apart from these sources, video recordings of these sessions and meetings can greatly help this understanding. It is expected of all participants to conduct themselves impeccably, the concept of MUN’s wasn't created simply to get to students to talk about things diplomats would usually talk about, but to also hone their conduct, their reasoning, logic, negotiation and lobbying skills, all of which can collectively be referred to as ‘soft skills’. Diplomatic conduct harmoniously links speech and body language, it is the bridge between verbal and non-verbal communication thereby making it an important criterion for us to assess your performance and effectiveness on.
Manipulation of procedure in the committee to gain extra floor time or to stall the statement/comment/speech of another delegate or to cause disruption thereof shall not be tolerated. In order to ensure that the procedure is not misused, it is necessary for delegates to be aware of the procedure of the Committee. The same shall be briefly explained subsequently in this document.
Having stated the above, it is now prudent to explain the purpose and nature of the background guide summarily. The background guide is a preliminary research brief pertaining to the committee and the agenda. It is NOT meant to provide participants with exhaustive information. The primary purpose of a background guide is to ensure that all participants are at a level playing field, thus it ensures that every participant possesses a modicum of information from which further information can be drawn. It serves as a base upon which research is built. Nothing in the background guide has any evidentiary value, it can never be used as conclusive proof in the committee. It is necessary for delegates to dig deeper from where the background guide leaves them.
Research may commence well before the background guide is released, delegates are free to read up on the agenda which has been made public and formulate a structure of research. It is not important for your structure to match the one that the background guide presents as long as you have a solid understanding of what you are going to be discussing in the committee.
That being said, we wish you the best of preparations and hope that this simulation shall mutually benefit all those involved in it. We hope we can learn from you and impart our knowledge to you in the process. For any doubts that you may have, you may contact any member of the executive board. The email addresses of your executive board members have been provided at the end of this document.
We wish you all the best!
Chairperson: Sambhav Sharma
Vice Chairperson: Drishtant Chakraberty