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Post  aritraroy on Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:51 am

Hello everyone!

I am Aritra Roy and I would be Chairing the FSC. A little about me. I am student of law in India and I have been taking part in MUNs since the last 6 years or so. Although, I have been a Chair in several MUNs prior, I still prefer my experience as a delegate.

For all those who are new to MUNs, it is essential that you do a bit of a reading over and above the delegate handbook provided to you. You will need to acquaint yourself with the special rules of procedure that is generally followed in MUNs.Since, it is a formal Council, it will be very dilatory on my part to hinder debate by queries on procedure while the Council is in session. This does not mean that queries regarding the same cannot be brought up, but just that, all doubts (to the greatest extent) should be cleared prior to the Council being in session. New delegates can go through the procedures adopted in other MUNs to the extent that they mirror the rules that we will be following at NTUMUN. This can be done by visiting websites and looking at the delegate handbooks of other MUNs like THIMUN, UNAUSA, etc. These guides can serve to complement the guide provided to you. However, do keep it in mind that the NTUMUN study guide would be finally followed.

For all the delegates who have taken part in MUNs before, you are requested to stick to the NTUMUN study guide and all other rules of procedure would be of no value here.

If there is any query regarding procedure it can be directed to me either personally ( or through the forum. I'll try and simplify it for all delegates as much as possible. If need be, we'll spend sometime before the Council begins to go through the procedure once.

Regarding the Study Guide that has been provided to you, it is to be noted that all efforts have been made to make it exhaustive. If there are any loopholes or areas for clarifications, they can again be clarified either here or through mail.

In the position paper these are the points that I am looking for:

1. Explain and define the issue and its most important terms;
2. Provide a short summary of recent international action related to the issue;
3. Refer to key documents that relate to the issue;
4. State the country’s general position on the issue;
5. Make suggestions of your own that are in line with your country’s policies to
provide a solution to the issue.

Do not make it a point wise document, rather try to incorporate it in paragraphs. In the end you should have answered 4 fundamental questions:

1. What is the background to your country’s point of view on the issue?
2. What is your country’s current position on the issue?
3. What does it hope to achieve in relation to the issue?
4. What have other member states that share my country’s view done in this area?

You can carry out most of your research online, but it might also be an excellent idea to
contact the embassy of the country you are representing in order to ask politely if they are
willing to comment on the accuracy of your position paper.

This is it for the time being. I will also be telling you about the speeches and also about the resolution making process over the next few days. However, I understand the constraints of doing this through the internet and hence any query when I am in Singapore in person are also welcome. Do tell me if any specific area of procedure needs to be discussed in detail. I'll try to do so here itself.

In case you are confused about where to begin, when researching your country you have several options. One of them is trying to contact its Embassy in your country. You will find that some Embassies are cooperative and others will be less so. You will just have to try.

Another option is to use the Internet. A widely used website for this is the CIA World Factbook. Choose the country you represent and you will find the information you need. If you need a guideline on what you need to know about your country you can refer to the Council of World Affairs. This is a very useful site, by the way, in preparing for many aspects of a conference. Alternatively you might try individual countries’ websites.

For researching the agenda, I have already provided you with a resource list in the study guide. Member states have websites for their Permanent Missions at the UN that can also be useful if you want to learn about the views of your country on a given issue.

These are some useful websites that you can refer:

It is encouraged that you enter into discussion through this forum and I'll step in at any point to clear problems. Make your alliances and know about the policies about other nations. This is the best way to start before the actual council. Know each other as diplomacy is the core in any MUN.


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