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.