Webinars


HMUN India 2017 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 webinars will be broadcast live HERE according to the schedule below. All times are given in IST.

Topic Director Date Time (IST)
Introduction to Press Corps Tae Yeong Park, Press Corps Saturday, July 8 5:30 PM
How to structure an argument Pavan Hegde, IMF Saturday July 8 9:00 PM
Introduction to Model UN Andrew Chang, UNESCO Monday, July 10 9:00 PM
Giving Effective Speeches John Bowers, Security Council Tuesday, July 11 5:30 PM
Introduction to the General Assembly Erin Olivieri, SPECPOL Rescheduled TBD
Introduction to the Security Council Andrew Jiang, HSC Friday, July 14 5:00 PM
Working Papers and Draft Resolutions Sunaina Danziger, DISEC Saturday, July 15 4:00 PM
Introduction to Crisis Committees Amy Tan, CSW Saturday, July 15 9:00 PM
Preparing for Conference Catherine Brennan, SOCHUM Monday, July 17 8:00 AM
HMUN Rules of Preocedure Abigail Kasdin, Legal Friday, July 21 7:00 PM
Holistic Judging and Awards at HMUn India Eliza Ennis, WHO Saturday, July 22 7:00 PM
Collaboration and Compromise Daniel Menz, UNEP Sunday, July 23 2:30 PM
How to Cite Sources and Avoid Plagiarism Anne Warnke, IRCC Sunday, July 23 7:00 PM
Introduction to the ECOSOC and Regional Bodies Allison Toledo, OAS Tuesday, July 25 7:30 PM
Introduction to the World Social Forum Sidney Li, WSF Sunday, July 30 7:00 PM

Resolve


This year, HMUN India introduced a brand-new program named Resolve! Resolve is an exciting opportunity for delegates to join a community of other talented students who share their enthusiasm for Model UN and foreign relations.

For the first time, 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.

In addition to customized mentorship from the Harvard staff, each participant in Resolve has the chance to apply the very skills that create successful leaders including creativity, negotiation, teamwork and research. Monthly assignments are hand-crafted by the Harvard secretariat and directors to ensure that all delegates in this program have a fulfilling experience.

If you would like to learn more, please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or email us at info@hmunindia.org. Additionally, you can review the terms and conditions of this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

When must applications be submitted?

The application deadline has now 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 for instance.

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 info@hmunindia.org.

Conference Structure


At HMUN India 2017, 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.

General Assembly

General Assembly committees deal with a wide variety of issues, ranging from disarmament and security to law, health, and development. The United Nations GA is grounded in the principle of “one nation, one vote,” as all 193 member states and two observers of the United Nations take part in GA discussions. Every nation plays an important role; delegates from the United Kingdom to Botswana negotiate and debate as equals on issues of great global importance. Debate in the GA is spirited, as delegates attempt to balance their responsibilities to their nations, regional blocs, and the committee as a whole. Delegates emerge from a GA committee with a thorough understanding of the promises and pitfalls of international diplomacy.

Economic and Social Council

The committees of the Economic and Social Council concentrate on providing specific solutions to a wide array of pressing social and economic issues such as human rights protection, criminal justice, economic development, international trade, and more. To achieve this goal, delegates will work with a medium-sized group of their peers. The ECOSOC committees are large enough to foster animated and informed debate, but small enough to guarantee delegates the opportunity for constant substantive involvement, interacting with and challenging each other. The end result for delegates is a comprehensive awareness not only of viable solutions to important global concerns, but also of individual nations’ roles in an ever-changing, increasingly complex world.

Regional Bodies

Regional Bodies facilitate international discussion and cooperation on issues specific to particular regions. The issues presented to the Regional Bodies will include education, health, natural disasters and climate problems, peace, security, and region-specific social and economic development.

Specialized Agencies

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.

Press Corps

The Press Corps will simulate real news organizations by reporting on the proceedings of HMUN India 2017. Using weblogs and multimedia, the Press Corps will cover all committees and other conference-wide events. While maintaining professionalism and journalistic integrity, the press will learn from experience about the challenges of gathering facts, analyzing information, and presenting them in an clear and efficient way. All delegates at HMUN India 2017 will be encouraged to follow the Press Corps coverage of the conference on HMUN India’s website.

Committee Dynamics


Debate

Every HMUN India committee holds six sessions over the four days of the conference for a total of nineteen hours. Committee sessions are designed to keep the delegates engaged and thinking on their feet. The substantive aspects of the committee are coordinated by a committee director, who also serves as a moderator to guide debate according to formal rules of parliamentary procedure. The delegates usually spend the first committee session setting the agenda by deciding which topic area to discuss first. Delegates then move into a mixture of formal debate and caucus aimed at formulating a resolution that addresses problems relating to the chosen topic areas. Formal debate provides delegates with the opportunity to address the entire committee in order to clarify their positions. During caucus, rules are suspended to allow for informal debate: delegates have the opportunity to share their ideas with other delegates so that ideas begin to coalesce outside of the constraints of parliamentary procedure. In debate, delegates are challenged to reach a consensus within the committee while accurately representing their countries’ policies.

Committee Topics and background guides

Every HMUN India committee director spends a significant period of time researching and compiling an extensive and comprehensive background guide. Background guides are the ideal starting point for delegate research, providing a detailed bibliography of further sources. However, additional, self-directed research is the cornerstone of the delegate experience. Delegates are encouraged and expected to conduct outside research to increase their participation in and enjoyment of committee. Background guides are made available online to students beginning in April. When your school receives its country assignment, you will also receive a brief description of the topics being discussed by each committee.

Working Papers and Resolutions

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.

Tips for Preparation


In 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.

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.

Topic Preparation

Students should spend time researching the topic areas their committees will be considering. Once background guides become available in April, the background guide will provide an extensive background and overview of the topic areas to be discussed. The background guide should be your first stop for committee information as the Director of the committee has compiled, organized, and presented all information that he or she expects the committee to discuss. Take note of the “Questions A Resolution Must Answer,” helpful guiding questions of the committee and questions that are expected to be answered in the final resolution. All of our background guides also include a bibliographic essay as a starting point for additional student research.

Country Preparation

Delegates should learn as much as possible about the country they will be representing – both in general and in relation to the topics they will be discussing. While our background guides include an analysis of bloc positions on topic areas, students should also learn about the specific positions of their respective nations.

General HMUN India Preparation

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.

Position Papers

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 24, 2017.