RESOLVE - NEW 2017!
This year, HMUN India is introducing 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 will be 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 will have the chance to apply the very skills that create successful leaders including creativity, negotiation, teamwork and research. Monthly assignments will be 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.APPLY NOW!
How can I apply to RESOLVE?
Applications for RESOLVE open Monday, April 3rd, 2017, and will be avilable on this page as well as under the 'information' tab of the website.
When must applications be submitted?
All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.
Am I eligible to apply to RESOLVE?
RESOLVE is only open to applicants who have already registered for the conference. If you have not registered, but are interested in applying, please complete your registration through our online registration system!
What is the password to enter the application?
At this time, the password required to access the application is only available to delegates who register between now and the application deadline (Wednesday, April 26th, 2017). It is also available to those who have already registered for conference. If you meet these requirements, and have not yet received the password, please email us at email@example.com to receive more information.
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 I participate in RESOLVE, should I also participate in the HMUN 101 webinar series?
RESOLVE is intended to supplement the other resources available to delegates. 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 will groups be 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 have questions once your group has been assigned, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.