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.
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you can review the terms and conditions of this program here.
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 email@example.com.
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.