Tips for PreparationIn preparation for an incredible time at conference this year, please read the Guide to Delegate Preparation that the HMUN India Team has thoughtfully prepared so that you can excel at conference. If you have questions about position papers, take a look at our Guide to Position Papers. Like any activity or sport, Model UN takes practice and skill. We hope that you will have the opportunity to improve your Model UN skills both before and during your committee at HMUN India. If this is your first conference, not to worry! Many of our delegates are first timers to Model UN and this webpage and your background guide are your first resources to build the skills necessary to prepare and debate effectively. During conference, you will have the opportunity to take part in specialized delegate trainings based on your skill. During committee, your committee director is trained to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask any of the committee dais staff or Secretariat about any questions about procedure, your topic area, or about Harvard life. Committee director e-mails are listed on the Committees page.
Students should familiarize themselves with the the Guide to Delegate Preparation, which will be released in the summer. Our training materials help both experienced and first-time delegates learn about the goals, accomplishments, limits, and powers of the UN and the international system.
Thorough preparation is essential to making HMUN India an excellent educational experience. Pre-conference research makes committee more fun and rewarding, as delegates can then immerse themselves in their roles as high-ranking diplomats.
Delegates will be required to submit position papers on their topic areas prior to the conference. General guidance for HMUN India position papers will be listed in the background guide as well as the Guide to Delegate Preparation.
If you are in a GA, ECOSOC or Regional Body, Please write a position paper of 1-2 pages stating how your country or position views the issues at hand in the background guide. Think about what historical perspective your country or position brings, and what that might imply for what you (as a representative of that country or position) will aim to accomplish in committee. Your position paper should be submitted on MUNbase under the file name [committee_position_school]. Please submit as a .doc, .docx., or .pdf. In addition, keep in mind HMUN India's policy against plagiarism. Any delegates with plagiarized position papers will not be considered for awards. If you have questions about your position paper or what constitutes as plagiarism, please email your director. You can also watch our webinar on the topic plagiarism.NOTE: Specialized Agencies committees will often submit position papers in a different, specialized format from those of the GA, ECOSOC, or Regional Bodies. More information will be available in the delegate preparation guide provided above. The conference-wide position paper deadline is July 25, 2018.
HMUN India 2018 is excited to bring to you a month of webinars on the ins and outs of Model UN, presented by our directors. Delegates may log-in to chat with directors live on topics ranging from parliamentary procedure to effective communication, from committee-specific tips to guidelines for effective leadership. The list below will be updated in the weeks that follow, so please check back frequently for the msot recent information! The webinars will be broadcast live HERE according to the schedule below. All times are given in IST.
|Introduction to Crisis Committees||Pedro Farias, HSC||Saturday, June 30||6:30 PM|
|Collaboration & Compromise in Blocs||Angie Cui, UNHRC||Monday, July 2||5:30 PM|
|Communicating with the Dias||Jayant Gopalan, Cabinet of Pakistan||Friday, July 6||6:00 PM|
|Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagiarism||Rosan Bishwakarma, SpecPol||Saturday, July 7||2:30 PM|
|Speech Giving & How to Structure an Argument||Cora Neudeck, World Health Organization||Wednesday, July 11||8:00 PM|
|Holistic Judging: Awards Criteria at HMUN India||Jenna Wong, USG Committees & CSW||Cancelled||Thursday, July 12||5:00 PM|
|Introduction to the Security Council||Safa Salem, UNSC||Friday, July 13||6:30 PM|
|Effective leadership in Model United Nations||Sunaina Danziger, DISEC||Saturday, July 14||9:00 AM|
|Debate v. Discussion: how to disagree without being disagreeable||Adil Bhatia, USG Operations & Arab League||Saturday, July 14||5:00 PM|
|Introduction to the General Assembly||Nick Stauffer-Mason, SOCHUM||Sunday, July 15||8:00 PM|
|Effective Research & Preparation for HMUN||Selena Zhao, UNDP||Tuesday, July 17||5:00 PM|
|Model United Nations 101||Eliza Ennis, Secretary General||Wednesday, July 18||6:00 PM|
|Introduction to Press Corps||Frankie Hill, Press Corps||Thursday, July 19||5:00 PM|
|Working Papers & Draft Resolutions||Dylan Parker, Legal||Friday, July 20||8:00 PM|
|Introduction to the ECOSOC||Kathryn Kuhar, UNICEF||Saturday, July 21||7:00 PM|
Delegate Preparation Program: Resolve
HMUN India is bringing back Resolve, our hands-on leadership and Model UN development curriculum. This is an exciting opportunity for delegates to join a community of other talented students who share their enthusiasm for Model UN and foreign relations and learn from conference directors before meeting them in August.
Resolve is offered to a select number of HMUN India delegates who demonstrate their dedication to learning and their passion for improving the skills that matter most in Model UN and the world beyond.
RESOLVE is a tailored leadership and Model UN-skill development program built by the Secretariat of Harvard Model United Nations India. In its second year, this program connects delegates with HMUN India directors, who provide mentorship in the months leading up to conference. Each director works with a group of delegates who will be asked to submit a series of assignments, some of which will require collaboration with other delegates in their group and others of which can be completed individually. To qualify for recognition at the closing ceremonies of HMUN India, delegates must complete all assignments and maintain strong communication with their assigned groups and directors. Directors will provide feedback at the end of each assignment to help each delegate learn from their work.
If you would like to learn more, please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for RESOLVE 2018 have closed.
When must applications be submitted?
Applications must be submitted by 1 May, 2018. Applications for RESOLVE 2018 have closed.
Who is eligible to apply to Resolve?
Resolve is only open to applicants who have already registered for the conference through our online registration system.
How is Resolve different from the HMUN 101 webinar series during the summer?
The HMUN 101 webinar series is a set of live videos available to delegates before conference. These are recorded by the Harvard committee directors and may cover a broad range of topics including rules of procedure, public speaking skills and position papers, for example. This is a great overall introduction to Model UN, and delegates who participate in this will be sufficiently prepared for the conference this summer. More information regarding the webinar series will be released later.
Resolve is a more rigorous program intended to immerse delegates in actually applying many of the skills discussed in thes webinars such as research, negotiation, and debate. As a Resolve participant, you would be assigned a director responsible for offering you personalized advice in a stress-free learning environment. Through Resolve, not only will you be even more prepared for the conference, but you will also have the chance to make lasting friendships and build skills for the world beyond MUN.
If delegates participate in Resolve, should they also participate in the HMUN 101 webinar series?
Resolve is intended to supplement the other resources available to delegates through HMUN India. Although Resolve builds skills we think are important, we encourage delegates to use the webinar series to ensure they are comfortable with all aspects of conference including public speaking and rules of procedure.
What is the approximate time commitment for each assignment?
The time commitment per assignment will vary depending on the size of the group and the strengths of each delegate. However, the assignments will be designed to take no more than 2-3 hours over the course of each two-week period.
How are groups assigned?
The HMUN India staff will assign all group teams. We will strive to ensure that all groups have a broad range of experience levels and interests. These decisions are final, and may only be changed under extenuating circumstances. If you are curently participating in Resolve and have questions regarding your group assignment, please email us at email@example.com.
What are the due dates for assignments?
1 May 2018: RESOLVE Applications due
15 May 2018: RESOLVE mentorship groups established
31 May 2018: First Assignment due
14 June 2018: Second Assignment due
28 June 2018: Third Assignment due
12 July 2018: Fourth Assignment due
26 July 2018: Fifth (last) Assignment due
Where do I submit assignments?
Please email all assignments to your assigned director's email (see Committees tab for details) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
At HMUN India 2018, each delegate will partake in a simulation of the United Nations or another international body and gain better insight into the subtleties of international affairs. Each HMUN India committee will address issues of international importance. The wide range of committees provides for topics to suit each student’s interests. HMUN India simulates four types of committees: the UN General Assembly (GA), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Regional Bodies, and Specialized Agencies (SA). In addition, HMUN India offers opportunities for students to participate in the conference as part of the Press Corps.
Specialized Agencies provide delegates with an opportunity to delve into detailed and often complicated issues in a small-group setting. The SA consists of the world’s most powerful and dynamic bodies in which delegates are forced to confront volatile international conflicts requiring immediate resolution. Well-informed and well-researched delegates who are not only unafraid of speaking and writing extemporaneously, but also thrive on the challenge presented by the most demanding committees the high school circuit has to offer, will find their match in the SA. The fate of the world is in the SA delegates’ hands; whether the globe is shattered or preserved lies squarely on each SA delegate’s shoulders.
Working papers are used to collect and circulate delegate ideas. The ideas in a working paper are debated and eventually molded into formal documents written in the style of actual UN resolutions. After formal introduction in committee, resolutions are debated, amended, and voted on by the body. Passed resolutions represent hours of debate, negotiation, and compromise.
While it is satisfying to see the hard work of the committee culminate in a resolution, HMUN India’s philosophy emphasizes the process of negotiation rather than the resolution itself. A committee must not necessarily pass a resolution to be considered a success. HMUN India does not have official sponsors of resolutions and, in order to maximize the incentive for compromise, only one resolution on a given topic area can be passed.