Position papers may serve as a starting point for negotiations and debate at the Conference. Well-crafted position papers can often take the place of formal opening speeches and allow Representatives to attend to the substantive work of their committees more quickly.
The introduction is by Kevin Felix Chan. Model UN conferences have become much more crisis-oriented Best Delegate has been focusing on liveblogging during the peak of the season, but we do want to get back to our roots of sharing our Model UN knowledge.
I believe my experience in the circuit could shed some light on new and interesting ways that all types of crisis staff could benefit from and generate discussion on. With that said, here are five steps for starting a crisis committee! Decide whether you want to do a solo room or a joint crisis.
Single crisis rooms are the easiest to formulate and operate. They have a set number of characters to keep tabs on. The delegates can easily communicate verbally or through note passing without a third party runner.
In a solo room, Crisis Directors will find that it is easier to control the pace at which pre-determined updates are released, and how quickly past topics the room is moving.
Coordination of your staff is also streamlined into an easy back-and-forth direction between the crisis headquarters and the committee room. Joint crisis rooms, unfortunately, are a logistical nightmare for the inexperienced.
Should your conference choose to take one on, I would highly recommend that you pick someone with several years of experience. It also requires a greater amount of registered delegates and staff in order to accommodate the requisites of such an endeavor.
It is considerably more difficult to orchestrate two competing rooms when they are both populated by unique players and motives that you must fit into a single, coinciding story line. Speaking of story lines, joint crisis rooms are also more challenging to think of, due to the necessary relationship between the two committees.
Your staffers should also be structured in a certain way, so as to keep tabs on both rooms and ensure that delegates are quickly able to exercise their portfolios.
This will mean having your overall crisis staff split into two groups, essentially acting in equal roles for each room, with you and perhaps a few assistants coordinating on the macro level.
Find a topic, research it, and become an expert. I cannot properly convey to you how important an immense amount of research is for your job. The easiest way to lose your mind when acting as a crisis director is to have delegates initiate a move or call upon something important that you have no idea about.
Thus,you have to be a master of the subject matter.
Personal experience in academia is a fantastic way to start thinking about potential ideas. Successful crisis directors often propose topics that they have a personal interest in and have dedicated some thought to in the past. Also think of things you may have seen in the news or media that peaked your interest.
I got the idea from watching The Borgias on Showtime. It is through these in depth citation-laden texts that you will truly become an academic on the subject matter. Having a deeper understanding of the material will allow you to make sudden decisions on conference day that you would have never before considered.
Draw on your knowledge and let it enhance the experience. Pick an idea that will pass inspection. Running a crisis meeting between fascists, terrorists, or other such groups may create trouble for your OSG when it comes to the faculty meeting, and is more likely to get rejected.
College conferences generally have a bit more leeway, since undergrads are likely to understand and appreciate the educational component of simulating such groups.
When leading a high school simulation, generally try to stay away from any organizations that are specifically known for war crimes or other international criminal acts. Brainstorm your crisis updates and possible delegate actions long before opening ceremonies.
Based off your knowledge of the topic, think of how you could incorporate other global events that happened in the same time-frame. What major happenings around the time of your committee occurred that could be connected?
Committee: International Labor Organization Topic: Globalization and Development Country: Romania *This sample position paper was submitted by the delegation of Romania at the UNA-USA Model UN Conference in New York City. *This sample position paper was submitted by the delegation of Romania at the UNA-USA Model UN Conference in New York City. In the past two decades the rapidly growing world trend has been toward globalization. Sample Position Papers The position papers submitted here are formal, public statements of a delegation’s position on the topics under consideration in a particular committee. Position papers may serve as a starting point for negotiations and debate at the Conference.
Say for example you have a NATO room in ; maybe you let the Bavarian communist revolution happen and see how they handle an uprising in the middle of occupied Germany. This makes for more amusing directives and updates.
Basically what leads to what, and how many ways could the delegates respond. You should know every possible way the rooms will respond to a crisis update before they even react. Laying out all possible delegate reactions will help you be prepared for the expected and unexpected.
Nothing sends a crisis staff into panic mode like an unexpected directive. At least attempt to prepare and maybe have alternate plans to draw upon. Put passion for the material into your talk.Crisis 5 Strategies for the Crisis Newbie. by Mari. It sounds impossible, but multitaskers always win in Model UN, especially in a crisis committee.
You’ll immediately notice that the level of intensity and pace of the committee is much higher and faster than a General Assembly or Specialized committee. Don’t panic; you’ll get. Sample Position Papers The position papers submitted here are formal, public statements of a delegation’s position on the topics under consideration in a particular committee.
Position papers may serve as a starting point for negotiations and debate at the Conference. Sample Position Papers The position papers submitted here are formal, public statements of a delegation’s position on the topics under consideration in a particular committee.
Position papers may serve as a starting point for negotiations and debate at the Conference.
Writing a position paper will help you organize your ideas so that you can share your country's position with the rest of the committee. If you conduct extensive research, . Writing a Position Paper for a Crisis Committee A position paper for any crisis committee will be much different from that of assembly committees.
While the basic premise remains intact, the format will vary depending on the crisis. Here are some basic guidelines to help you research and write a position paper. Five Steps for Starting a Crisis Committee. on the teaching side of Model UN — you may have noticed that many of our contributors share the same background as Ryan and I do as we typically competed as delegates on the college circuit but gained an educational perspective staffing Global Classrooms — we decided to have him write the.