General

Where is the conference taking place?

The conference will take place at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Manama, Bahrain.

Will I be able to attend if I am not in Bahrain?

Delegates that wish to attend and participate in the conference that do not live within Bahrain may apply as international students. Please email team@britmun.org for more information.

As an international student, how do I pay the fee?

International students can pay through our online website registration. The payment for both the hotel and conference are covered in that payment.

What will I need to bring to the conference?

There are no requirements for items to bring to the conference. However, below is a list of recommendations constructed by the BritMUN team.

  • A method of identification
  • Research (printed as electronic devices are prohibited in council)
  • Copy of Position Paper
  • Formal Dress Attire
  • Writing utensils
  • Some money for Charity!

Please be aware that any materials brought to the conference that could in any way cause harm or disturb other attendees are strictly prohibited by conference rules. Not doing so may lead to immediate expulsion from the conference without prior notice.

How can I learn more about MUN?

We understand that Model United Nations can be overwhelming for some students and so to level the playing field, we have created our complete guide to MUN. (this applies to BritMUN rules, not all)

MUN Preparation

How should I prepare for my Model UN conference?

Researching is the first and most important step in preparing for a conference. Not only is it necessary to have a grasp on information about the country you are representing and its position on the policies being discussed, it is also important to understand the UN body that your committee is representing.

What is a position paper and how do I write one?

Before attending a conference, it is necessary to have a clear understanding about the workings of your country, as well as its position on the issues that are being discussed. Most conferences will even require a position paper in advance to ensure that delegates have properly researched their country. Position papers should contain your country’s relation to the topic, as well as its suggestions for how to solve the issues discussed.

When are position papers due?

You may email your position paper to your Chair at any point prior to the conference and/or turn in a hard copy to the Dais at the beginning of the first committee session.

How will my position paper affect my eligibility for awards?

Completing and turning in a position paper in a timely fashion factors into awards consideration. The timeliness and quality of the position paper will be considered along with other factors, namely performance in committee, in order to determine who wins an award. (Position papers are especially useful to Chairs when deciding among two otherwise equal candidates.) Your Chair will read your position paper, provide comments, and return it to you during the conference.

What should I wear to a Model UN conference?

Dressing professionally and appropriately is an important aspect of Model United Nations preparations. Just like being polite and having proper manners, dressing appropriately is an important way to show respect for the nation you are representing, for your fellow delegates and for the United Nations. BritMUN we require western business attire. Western business attire, or international standard business attire, serves as customary dress for workplaces. It includes wearing a suit, which is made up of pants, a matching jacket, a button-down dress shirt, and a tie. Conservative dress shoes and socks are also important. Skirts and dresses may also be worn as long as they fall to a respectable length and do not expose a lot of skin. The main thing to remember is to always insure that your appearance is tidy and put together, and that you are well covered.

What are the rules of procedure at a conference?

In order for a committee session to progress smoothly, it is important for delegates to follow the rules of procedure. These rules ensure that order is kept and delegates have equal opportunities to contribute to the discussion. Rules of procedure also provide the proper format to ask questions and make speeches. BritMUN will provide your school with their rules of procedure directly.

What is caucusing?

Caucusing is informal debate that occurs during a Model UN conference. It serves as an important method of discussion because it allows for greater participation and consensus building. Caucusing can be either “moderated” when speakers are called on by the chair after raising their placards or “un-moderated”, which is a designated time for delegates without the intervention of the chair to have discussion and work on resolutions.

How do I write a resolution?

During a committee session resolutions are essential to promote debate and create solutions to issues that are being discussed. Resolutions not only acknowledge the issues that are being debated, but they also present a series of steps that can be taken resolve the conflict. Writing resolutions can be challenging since they must appeal to a broad range of members with differing concerns if they are going to be successfully passed.

How can I feel more confident speaking in public?

Public speaking is a big component of a Model UN conference and an essential skill to ensure that your nation’s concerns are represented. Speeches are made by individual nations throughout committee sessions from the speaker’s list and during moderated caucuses. Negotiation can also occur on an individual and informal level; however, it is important to present your nation’s views clearly and eloquently to the entire committee.

How can I feel more confident speaking in public?

Public speaking is a big component of a Model UN conference and an essential skill to ensure that your nation’s concerns are represented. Speeches are made by individual nations throughout committee sessions from the speaker’s list and during moderated caucuses. Negotiation can also occur on an individual and informal level; however, it is important to present your nation’s views clearly and eloquently to the entire committee.

Registering for the conference

How does my team register for a Model UN Conference?

Please follow the steps on the website at https://www.britmun.org/register

BritMUN does not allow individuals to register without a representative from the school being present.

Follow the tabs to lead to the registration forms from the home page of the website

How do we select a country?

When registering for a Model UN conference, participants will usually be asked to indicate which countries they want to role-play at the conference. Although there are 193 countries and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to choose from, many schools compete for the 15 countries on the Security Council, especially the five permanent members with veto power: China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

New teams should request mid-sized countries, as they play an integral role in debate but are not overwhelming. It is worth noting, however, that in the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and most other UN committees and agencies, the principle of sovereign equality governs the proceedings. This means each member state has one vote. Even the “smallest” member state not only has an important role to play, but can sometimes wield considerable influence. Therefore, bear in mind that size and power are the not only important criteria for choosing an interesting country to represent.

BritMUN works on a first-come, first-served basis when it comes to country assignments. Usually, the sooner you send in your registration materials and fees, the better your chances of getting the country of your choice. However, some conference organizers give priority to schools that received awards the previous year.

It may be helpful to consider some of the following criteria when narrowing down country preferences:

  • What would your group like to learn from this experience?
  • Which countries would help to enhance this learning experience?
  • How does each country fit into the group’s course of study?
  • For example, an advisor wishing to teach a course on economic development may wish to choose a developing or newly-developed economy.
  • How much of a challenge does each country pose for the group?
  • How familiar are the students in the group with each country or region you are considering?
  • Are there enough participants in the group to represent the countries you have chosen? Most conferences provide a matrix that lists the minimum and maximum numbers of delegates needed to represent each country. You may have enough members to represent just one country or several.