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.
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.
Tips for Preparation
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 position paper requirements for HMUN India will be listed in the background guide as well as the Guide to Delegate Preparation, which will be made available in the summer. Specialized Agencies committees will often submit position papers in a different, specialized format from those of the GA, ECOSOC, or Regional Bodies. Please refer to the Position Paper guidelines listed in each background guide for specific information. The conference-wide position paper deadline is July 25, 2017. Position papers are to be submitted on MUNBase. Please name your file "[Committee name]_[Position name]" and submit as a .doc or .pdf.