Chairs from AISJ will be given an opportunity to participate in a morning of student leadership training facilitated by Dr. Andy Page-Smith, AISJ’s School Director.
This training usually takes place around May. Upon election, AISJ chairs will also participate in weekly lunchtime meetings.
Before the Conference
You need to research your country. The issues and views you will be arguing at the conference are NOT your own: they are the views which your country holds; therefore, you really need to know all about your country. Use this form to create a country profile: Country Profile. When it is complete, submit it to your chair for review.
What are the issues being discussed in your room? What has your chair said about these issues? You need to go and research these issues and make sure you understand them thoroughly. Look at newspapers, TV, radio and website news, examine the UN websites, look at NGO and IGO websites, do a Google search. Make sure you understand what is going to be discussed. This form may help you: Issues outline
- What is the issue about?
- Which countries does this mostly affect?
- What are the different points of view on this issue?
- What does your country say about this issue?
Delegates must prepare policy statements on each of the issues in their committee. Policy statements are rough outlines of the issue and the position of your nation with respect to that issue. Usually, they contain a summary of the issue (including UN involvement), a summary of the nation’s involvement in the issue, and an overview of your country’s point of view on the issue. State clearly what your country believes and what action your country wants to be taken. Your policy statement should be approximately one page in length and needs to be submitted to your chair for review.
You should begin drafting a resolution which outlines actions your country believes the UN should take. Draft resolutions should be written in the formal language of the UN. Your chair will need to approve your resolution so you must present your resolution to them in advance. A guide as to how to format your resolution is available here.
You will need some time to practice debating the issues. The International School of Tanzania (IST) has created this MUN Committee Debate Training Video which shows what a debate typical looks entails: AAA
Make sure that you have formal clothes prepared for the conference. If you do not have formal, conference-ready clothes, you will not be allowed to enter your room (this includes accessories such as ties and formal shoes).
• Delegates should not wear skirts above the knees.
• Neutral dark colors should be worn and, a white dress shirt that does not reveal cleavage should be worn under the suit.
• Clear or semi-transparent tights are acceptable.
• Delegates should wear neutral-colored business clothes, with dress pants and a belt if the latter sag.
• Dress shoes should be worn at all times.
• A white long sleeve shirt should be worn, and this should be tucked into the pants.
During the Conference
This video from THIMUN shows what the conference itself looks like.
Optional Informational Packets
JoMUN is a THIMUN-affiliated conference; therefore, the conference follows the THIMUN Rules of Procedure
These are a general set of guidelines for new delegates.
The booklet linked to here has been written by a former student and is recommended by THIMUN. It covers all the details of being a good and successful delegate, including detailed research steps, conference and debate formalities and procedures, and methods of addressing fellow delegates as well as appropriate language to utilize during the conference.