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 in May. Upon election, AISJ chairs will also participate in weekly lunchtime training meetings.
Chairs are expected to be fully familiar with the THIMUN Rules of Procedure, available for download here: Rules of Procedure.
Resolutions must be formatted using this format. Useful clause starters are also contained within this document. The MUN Guide is available here (it is recommended that all Chairs read this document).
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 that your country holds; therefore, you must 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. Your chairs have prepared research reports for each of the issues, posted under the "Committees" tab of this website. Make sure to read these research reports carefully, and then carry out your own research using newspapers, TV, radio and online news, UN websites, NGO and IGO websites, Google, etc. Make sure you understand what is going to be discussed.
- What is the issue about?
- Which countries does this issue 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. Find out more about how to develop a policy statement here.
You should begin drafting a resolution that 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 entail:
Make sure that you have formal clothes to wear throughout 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.
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 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.