MUN Research Made Easy: 15 Things Every Delegate Should Have in their Research Binder

by Ryan on September 29, 2010

You see it everywhere at MUN conferences. You’ve made your own — or, more likely, your advisor told you to make one. And you probably didn’t want to. It’s confusing to create and cumbersome to carry. You might even be embarrassed to bring one to committee — maybe you poke fun at others for bringing theirs.

What am I referring to? I am describing the bane of many a Model UNer. I am talking about putting together a research binder.

When I started doing Model UN, research was a chore. I wrote position papers at the last minute, printed out a bunch of random websites the night before conferences, and read a fraction of it on the bus. Research was something boring I needed to do before I could do the fun stuff.

But I soon realized this was putting me at a disadvantage. I couldn’t speak or debate as freely because I didn’t know the facts. I was afraid to suggest an idea because I wasn’t sure if the committee had done it already. And it’s pretty obvious to chairs who has done their research and who has not. Not doing mine made me feel uncomfortable.

I knew that if I was confident in my research, that confidence would come through in speeches and debates. I just needed a way to research that took as little time as possible to learn just what I needed to know, but to know it thoroughly. I needed to do my research to the point that it made me feel comfortable in committee.

I needed to put together a research binder.

And many conferences and committees later, I’ve come to appreciate the value of a good, well-organized binder. There are a few reasons why:

  • It actually speeds up research. Putting together a binder sounds time-consuming, but it takes less time and brain power to learn something that is organized well. When you’re reading different websites and books, the important facts are spread out across different sources. It ultimately takes more time to read through a random assortment of printed pages than to just organize it in the first place.
  • It gets faster with experience. After putting together a few binders, I realized I was turning to the same sources over and over. Eventually, I would just print everything out first, put together the binder, and then read through it all in one shot. And since I chose to specialize in certain committees, I could easily recycle my research binders and improve on them.
  • It’s useful for more than the information it contains. Having your research readily available in committee is very helpful. In addition, bringing a well-organized binder to committee communicates to the chair and other delegates that you mean business. But be careful – you may not want to communicate this kind of intensity, depending on how you want to be perceived in committee.

I organized my binders by starting from the “big picture” — conference, committee, and country — then zooming in on the details — topics, policies, and solutions. In other words, I framed my approach to research. Using a framework made it easier to do research because it gave me an idea of what to look for, and I could use it for every conference.

Using this framework, there are 15 things every delegate should include in their binders:


1. Awards Policy. If you’re trying to win an award, then you should know what the conference values and what your chair is looking for.

2. Rules of Procedure. Rules tell you how committee is going operate, and what you can and cannot do. They differ for every conference — not just what the rules are, but how they are applied.


3. Your committee’s actual UN website. The goal of a committee is to pass a resolution, which depends on what a committee can and cannot do. You want to understand your committee’s mandate (why it was created), powers (what it can do), organization (how it fits into the UN and the larger international community), and membership (who’s in it).

4. UN Charter. If you are in a GA, ECOSOC, or Security Council committee, then the source of your committee’s power is the UN Charter. If you are in a regional organization like NATO or OAS, then you are still affected by the Charter, particularly Chapter VII on international security and Chapter VIII on regional arrangements.


5. CIA Factbook. Every MUNers go-to source for essential information on their country. You want to know your country’s location, neighbors, population size, type of government, type of economy, trade partners, and the international organizations it’s a part of. Not knowing this information as your country’s representative can be potentially embarrassing.

6. Wikipedia. Information on your country’s history and its recent controversies. There should be articles on your topic, too. Wikipedia might not be edited as rigorously as a print publication, but you are not writing a paper – you’re attending a Model UN conference. Just take note of any potential issues that are listed at the topic of Wikipedia pages, e.g. “This article needs additional citations for verification.”


7. Background Guide. Either you, another delegate, or your chair will inevitably refer to something written in the committee’s background guide during a conference. Also, what your chair has written about is what he’ll focus on in committee. Use that knowledge to craft speeches and operative clauses that grab the chair’s attention.

8. News Articles. You want to know the latest news on your topics, as well as your own country. The simplest way to do this is to run searches on Yahoo! News and Google News, and print out the headlines. BBC Online also features easy-to-use timelines and profiles on your issues and country. Large publications like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal also have in-depth coverage on their websites.

9. Resolutions, Treaties, and Conventions. Before you can do anything on the topic, you need to know what’s already been done. You can find past resolutions through the UN documentation center, although it can be difficult to navigate. Once you’ve found the latest resolution, the perambulatory clauses should direct you to other resolutions. Also, the most relevant piece of international law on your topic might not be a past resolution, but instead a treaty or convention.


10. Speeches and Press Releases. These are the ways that policy-makers set policy. Be sure to use speeches and press releases from people in the executive branch of your country’s current government (President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister / Secretary of State, Ambassadors). Legislators and judges may say something different, but as a representative of your country, you work for the Head of State / Head of Government. Start with the website for your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Department of State.

11. Voting Record. Actions speak louder than words. If your country’s leaders have not clearly articulated a policy on your topic, then you can infer it from how your country has voted on past resolutions, treaties, and conventions (or whether they were even present). Note that recent speeches may indicate a change in policy away from however your country has voted in the past, especially if your government has changed administrations. Nonetheless, you still want to know how your country’s past actions on the topic, for your own knowledge, and in case anyone asks.


12. Op-Ed and Blog Articles. These writers are coming from a personal or journalistic perspective, but they can still give you ideas that you can propose in committee and use in resolutions. You can start with large publications like the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, but don’t forget about blogs, too. Just be aware of their biases, and make sure their ideas conform to your country’s policies.

13. Think Tanks. Organizations like RAND are paid to come up with solutions to the topics you discuss in Model UN. Think tank publications have more depth and evidence than an opinion article, but they’re typically not as dense as an academic paper. They might also be pushing a certain agenda, so be aware of that. Otherwise, they are a great starting point for proposing potential solutions.

14. Academic Papers. These are tough reads and the information is way too dense for Model UN. But they are probably the most insightful and rigorously edited sources you will find online. You can use Google Scholar to find papers. Don’t spent time trying to process a paper the way you would do for a class. Read the abstract and skim the paper for ideas that you can use in committee.

15. Your Ideas. Include in your binder your position papers, working papers, notes, thoughts, as well as blank lined paper – Don’t rely on a conference to bring enough paper for draft resolutions and note passing. You can do all the research you want, and you can be really fast and efficient at it, but none of that matters until you boil down what you’ve read into ideas that you can explain in your own words.

What’s in your binder? How do you do MUN research? Join the discussion!

Photo Credit: JHCHIN Photograph, Eurasia MUN

  • Parsa

    I’ve found that analyzing speeches (Item #10) allowed me, as a delegate, to assume the role of the country in the issue most efficiently. In addition, the more synthesis of information I had in #15, the more prepared I was for the conference.

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  • Sarah

    My #16 is fairly obvious, and yet I forgot it so many times as a delegate – lined paper. Never assume conference organizers will provide scratch paper for draft resolutions or note passing. Even if they do, it tends to run out quickly.

    • Marina Maple

      Great tip! thanks,

  • Pete

    If you have a hard topic, pick up the phone and call someone. I’m not joking here. Sometimes you get really obscure topics and your stuck with a small country who doesn’t have a stance or it’s too hard to find. In this situation, call their embassy or consulate near you or in Washington, D.C. The staff are always willing to help tell people what their position is and like talking to the public. Most of their websites have a contact number for their Public Affairs Office. Also, from work experience, if you are the US or Canada just call the Agency that fits your topic. It is awkward at first because you are obviously cold calling, but it pays off in the end.

    • Ryan

      That is a great tip. It might be awkward but you have nothing to lose by just calling. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to meet with someone. My team had a meeting at the UN mission of the country we represented at NHSMUN 2004 and it really added something to the experience of that trip.

  • KFC

    I would also add a list of resolution preambulatory clauses and operative clauses as well as the resolution format as a section in the research binder, particularly if you are a newer delegate. It isn’t research, but it does need to be easily accessible. I’ve found it more efficient to reference this document in my binder than to flip through the conference program looking for their version.

  • Matt Barger

    Binders, IMO, are strongly suggested, not required, but they are a great starting point for the beginner.

    As I got better as a delegate, I usually got by with MY interpretation of my research (note: this is in addition to a position paper). Ultimately, a 3-4 page cheat sheet with general buzzwords and rhetoric my country would say regarding an issue was more useful to me than a whole stack of research I needed to sift through instead of trying to stay active and on topic (which usually diverted from my research anyway) in committee.

    Then again, I was a small committee guy.

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  • Arturo Diaz

    Awesome article! As first-time delegates, we always have doubts on what information to bring. Many delegates I know ended up carrying bunches of books and things that weren’t really helpful in the end. This pretty much covers all the bases!

    • Ryan

      Thanks! I’m glad you found this helpful!

  • Brian

    I like a list of UN agencies/NGOs that relate to the topic. 1) you can use them 2) It really prevents others from calling upon “major” NGOS that don’t exist, something which I find happens disturbingly often.

    • Ryan

      That’s a great tip! Having a list of related NGOs ready would be extremely useful since committees often need other groups to do things for them and resolutions often refer to such groups.

  • Heidi

    This article is really helpful, thank you so much for writing it! I’m starting out my first conference (a HUGE one) at conference of the year, RHSMUN. And I happen to be UK on Security Council, so I need all the help I can get. But let me get this clear, do I put ALL of my research papers in this binder, or little bits and pieces? Would notes I take on various topics be helpful? Thank you so much!

    • Ryan

      Thank you for reading Best Delegate! That’s very cool that you’re a Permanent Member on Security Council at your first conference!

      Re: what to put in your research binder, what really matters is what will be most helpful to you. This means two things, a) having information handy in case you need to refer to it, particularly past resolutions, treaties, country policy, etc. and b) organizing it so it’s easy for you to browse through.

      Since it’s your first conference, I’d suggest including as much research in your binder, including the notes you take, so long as it’s well-organized. This might be a lot to carry around, but it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. With more experience, you’ll figure out what to bring and what not to bring to future conferences.

      Also, the process of putting together the binder is just as important having the information available. It helps you become more familiar with your research, and you’ll get better at recalling research from memory, which is better than having to go back to your binder to find it.

      Good luck!


    Hi Ryan, you have no idea how helpful these tips will be for me. I will be coaching a group of students who will attend the 2011 NHSMUN from Nigeria. I will definitely share these tips with them. great job!

    • Ryan

      Thank you! I’m glad you found them helpful! Good luck to you and your delegation!

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  • Kat

    I’m compiling my first binder as we speak, but I have a question. How big are your binders usually? Do you keep both topics in the same binder? I don’t know if a 1-inch will fit everything, especially if I’ll be referencing lots of official documents, which tend to be fairly lengthy. Thanks!

    • Ryan

      I used 3-inch binders. If I could fit my research for both topics into one binder, I would; otherwise I would bring two binders.

      The important thing is to make your research accessible. If you keep two topics in one binder, use dividers to indicate where one topic ends and the next one begins. I also mean this psychologically; if you dislike the idea of lugging around two 3-inch binders, you might be less likely to use your research during committee. In this case, you might prefer to put the lengthy official documents in their own binder and bring it as a reference. Put everything else — perhaps even a 1-page summary of the official documents — into its own binder, and make this your primary binder during the conference.

    • KFC

      @Kat — I used a 1-inch binder. I saved a lot of space and psychologically felt prepared without too much paper because I pre-screened a lot of my research to the most relevant articles (to only the highlighted pages) and I also compacted a lot of my research and ideas into my position paper.

      I would also point out that Ryan used a 3-inch binder possibly because he competed in Security Council often and had to cover a lot of content in preparation for open agenda, whereas a 1-inch binder will probably be sufficient for most other committees.

      At the end of the day, it’s really about how you organize it and whether you feel you have all the research you need to do well.

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  • Brandon

    What do you recommend people do when they have a country who’s government is essentially non-existant? For example, I’m going to be representing Somalia, and it doesn’t seem like there is anything I can do in relation to peacekeeping in other parts of the world. There’s no real government and my country is going through its own set of problems. I do want participate at the conference but I can’t find anything that my country can do for the problems or even an opinion on the issue.

    • Kat

      I feel you! I’m going to be a very small country at my next conference, too. I think it’s a good idea to find out with whom your country is allied (or at least on whom you are dependent–trade, etc) and go from there. You’ll want to agree with your allies and it may be easier to find their positions, especially if they’re big countries.

      • Dr. Danny Kelleher

        Not to mention, dude, a large part of Model UN is making up solutions for a country that doesn’t seem to have any. If you’re a large profile country, or if your chair is very knowledgeable on the topic at hand, then definitely make sure you adhere to your nation’s policy. But if you’re a lesser known country with no prominent opinion on the matter, just choose the solutions that you think would work best, not the ones that you try to guess would go with your country’s unclear policy.

        • Ritvik Saroliya

          Sir ,
          I am also participating in the MUN for the first time, have been allotted Somalia as the country, from my research so far i have found out that the country is not stable, more over the government is facing too many problems like armed conflicts with terrorist groups , famine , people migrating to other nations and poverty too. In such case what should be my stand on the issues ?? Should i try to protect my country’s image or should i ask for favor from the UN??

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  • Nathan Zimmermann

    As a postgraduate student pursuing a Masters Degree in International Relations my professors have generally discouraged the use of Wikipedia as a source because of its lack of editorial oversight and peer review. I would argue that the inclusion of unverified wikipedia material diminishes the value of a research binder,

    • Ryan

      I agree that Wikipedia is not robust enough for academic research, but it is certainly a helpful resource in Model UN. Wikipedia provides a good overview of many countries and topics. It is a starting point for MUN research, and Wikipedia pages should compliment other sources that students include in their binder. And Wikipedia does involve peer review — every page has a discussion tab, where you can see who is contributing and if there are any questions or controversial issues.

      • Larissa

        Wikipedia also often has citations on their pages, which are helpful to verify information and also as a place to start further research! As a undergraduate, I have often found valuable websites here.

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  • CD McLean

    Wouldn’t you also recommend that the student go the country’s governmental website? As the MUN sponsor and their librarian, I tell them that their job is to reflect the country’s point of view. Using the CIA Factbook and Wikipedia isn’t going to give them Senegal’s or Zambia’s point of view on child soldiers or the AIDs crisis. It seems it would be more important to ferret out the particular point of view of the country through speeches that their representatives make, the ambassador makes or governmental representatives make. If you can’t find that, then you go to another source, but the CIA Factbook is USA centric and so is Wikipedia in large measure. I do like your idea of organizing the notebook though and will pass that on to my students.

  • Iqbal

    So far I have only attended one MUN conference and I have one at UC Davis in a few weeks. However, I have to write two position papers in 7 days. How thorough do you think these have to be because I know how many people put them together the last minute and care more about the conference. But, aren’t the research papers part of whether or not you will earn a research award? Also, does it seem to you that the Chair often favors those who bring laptops with them? I noticed those delegates seem to have an advantage.

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  • Anonymous

    What my research binders looked like in high school

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  • Taniya

    I’m having my 1st pre conference tom…….though the actual 1 is this thurs-sat……im really nervous but hopefully ill do well XD thank you 4 da info……i didn’t know i had 2 have geographical info bout’ my country…..its crazy how not reading this would embarrass me tom…..hahahahhahaha thanks once again XD

  • Kalyana Dewi

    Tomorrow I’ll attend my first MUN, and Thank God I found this article just now. It helps me a lot to prepare. Thanks so so much!

    • Ryan Villanueva

      I hope you enjoyed your first MUN conference!

    • Bert

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      P.S. I’m having my first mun tommorrow, kill me now..

  • Doug Jones

    Tomorrow is my third day in the Model United Nations course at University North Carolina Charlotte. Is there anyone who can give some guidance or tips on what to expect now that I’ve committed myself? Also, any pointers on setting up the portfolio?

  • Beanbag

    This article is super useful!!!! I’m gonna use it to teach my juniors back at school….. Thanks a bunch!!!!:D

    • Ryan Villanueva

      Glad you liked it! Good luck!

  • Nipun Aggarwal

    i am somalia and I am really scared as the agenda is”The deteriorating security humanitarian and social economic condition in The North Africa and The Middle East.”

  • GoldenGal

    this really helped me and my MUN partner to organize our binders and to see everything that would make us successful.

    • Ryan Villanueva

      Glad you found it useful!

  • Kaitlin Goldin

    I always put notes on what I want my main ideas to be so that I don’t have to flip through position papers and other research. Depending on how much I put in my binder, I may also put a table of contents.

  • Soaham Bharti

    hello i am participating in my first mun this year and have been assigned sochum with the topicbeing:the situation in syria . i just wanted to ask should my resarch have more of humanitarian perspective or strategic and political

    • Ryan Villanueva

      Research unbiasedly first and then develop different perspectives and positions, particularly your country policy

  • poster48

    hello, my agenda for an upcoming MUN conference is “violence against women”. Which topics do you think would be raised in the moderated caucuses regarding this agenda?

  • Andal Seshadri

    I have been given Japan and SPECPOL and my agenda is the western sahara dispute, any pointers?

  • Anushka Trehan

    hello everyone,
    i have been selected for a MUN SESSION which is going to be held in not more than a weeks time……..
    my assined country is syria and the topic is situation in syria….
    i am not able to understand what exactly i have to search..
    i am really confused and tensed….
    please help me…
    also, do i have to search about other countries and topics?????
    please help…

  • Anushka Trehan

    plz help…….
    my session is cming near……
    plz smone help…….

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  • Ryan Borchardt

    Okay, I am doing HENMUN II, as David Bohm in Sleepers 1948. This is my third conference, but I am not sure how to do the research binder for a crisis person. Any suggestions?

    • Ryan Villanueva

      How do you think you should start? What have you found so far?

      • Ryan Borchardt

        So far I researched my character, researched what little I know about the topic, and I have been identifying the people that might also be in my committee. I guess some aspects of a research binder would still be valid, but it seems like many of them would be pointless as I am not representing a country in an actual committee. What do you suggest?

        • Ryan Villanueva

          The point of the research binder is not just to print out the list of the things mentioned in this article — it’s to develop a framework for approaching your research.

          For example, one part of the research binder is about your committee. Instead of looking at the website for a UN committee, find research about the body or organization that you are simulating. Instead of the UN Charter, look up the document that defines the functions and powers of your committee.

          Research areas like “Past Actions” “Country Policies” (which would be something like “Character Position” in a crisis committee) and “Possible Solutions” should be part of your research binder whether you’re simulating the UN or any other body.

          • Ryan Borchardt

            Okay thanks! however, I realized I needed a point of clarification I am
            not in a committee. I am part of a secret meeting of communist 1948
            United States. Should I omit the parts that don’t work.

          • Ryan Villanueva

            In MUN we refer to any specific simulation as a “committee” so I’m assuming that term loosely. But the point is the same: research the context around this meeting. Why are they meeting? How did they come to meet? What are they trying to do?

        • Ryan Borchardt

          Okay thanks! however, I realized I needed a point of clarification I am not in a committee. I am part of a secret meeting of communist 1948 United States. Should I omit the parts that don’t work.

  • Angela Dillon

    Do you think middle schoolers need to bring a binder?

    • Ryan Villanueva

      Yes, I think it’s a good idea to have middle school students prepare research binders and bring them to conferences. It starts getting them into the habit of preparing and organizing research.

  • Navneet Dogra

    suppose i am in unhrc so will the un chater be more helpful or any other document ?

    • Best Delegate

      Depends on your topic but you should understand the “international bill of human rights” — the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ICCPR, and the ICESCR — Best, Ryan

  • Siddharth

    Could you explain to me the awards policy and the awards table that chairs use? Do all chairs use the same format?

    • Best Delegate

      Every conference has a different awards policy, some rank delegates end of day, others use scoring systems, several don’t have awards at all. Knowing the conference’s policies should be part of your research and preparation.

  • Karun Jain

    HI! I’m gonna attend my first MUN in the coming week as the delegate of Saudi in Security Council with the agenda being “effect of religion on politics”. Could you please guide me on what to prepare and some useful sites other than the cia factbook and wiki. Thanks in advance.

    • Best Delegate

      I hope your first MUN conference went well! I would have encouraged you to first understand Saudi Arabia’s politics and culture, as religion is closely tied to its politics — Best, Ryan

  • Manvi

    I am going to have my first MUN conference in a few days time. And I am Ukraine in the Security Council with the agenda being the ISIS issue.. I really need help in making my position paper..

    • Best Delegate

      Find out if Ukraine has said anything about ISIS, do a general Google search but also look up UN Member States on the Record — Best, Ryan

  • farida

    Hello, I’m havig my fifst ener mun confrence from the general assembly council. I really want to make a good first impression and honestly kind of want a best delegate( don’t want to sound greedy) what can I do in the conference that’s going to give me control if I may say? Again this is my first ever MUN so am worried about the impression again. Am also developing my debate skills. I van get supporting facts and everything but expressing the words is my hardest part . Thank you for a much needed article

    • Best Delegate

      Focus on building skills instead of winning awards, the awards will come in time if you build your leadership abilities and relationships with other delegates. Do your research, understand your country policy, come prepared with possible solutions, and be ready to help other delegates understand the topic and their own policies. — Best, Ryan

  • Anonymous

    What do you write in your first and second paragraph if your country has never done anything about the crisis or topic being discussed?

    • Best Delegate

      Not all issues have a direct impact on all Member States. However Member States are part of political groups or regional groups (e.g. EU, AU, Arab League, etc.) and the political group may have a position on the issue. Find out which political groups your country is a part of and if your group has a position. — Best, Ryan

  • Vivian

    Hi, my first MUN is coming up in a few days, and my country is Chad in the topic of “the Situation in Syria”. Is there any tips about what to prepare? And what websites to check on?
    I’ve been stuck in front of my computer for the past two days without much success. Please, I really need your help. Thanks

  • Rahul

    In the Indian MUN circuit, i have found that your country’s foreign policy is used only in lobbying, and Indian MUNs tend to be aggressive. Here soloutions are what is most important, the more concise and factual your speech is the better you are. Don’t focus on country as much, unless ur in the UNSC, focus on the topic

  • Stephanie

    Your article is really helpful. I have many of those things in my binder already, but there are some I definitely need to add.
    Also, I’m attending MUN conference in February. My chairs haven’t put up the background guide on the website yet, but I want to get started since I’m on winter break right now and I have time. I’m representing Serbia in SOCHUM, and our topics are a) reforming foreign aid policies and b) rethinking the right to self-determination. I’m having trouble finding information on these two topics. Do you have any website suggestions?

    • Best Delegate

      I would try looking for reports produced by the UN and the EU on their respective websites to understand the topic in general. Then I would look for speeches by Serbian representatives; try UN Member States on the Record. Good luck! — Best, Ryan

  • selena

    Thank you so much!! Its going to be a great help as i am going to be attending my 1st mun conference shorlty..
    though i would like to ask- i am representing South Africa and the issue is violence against women and the stance of the country is not clearly there and if there is, there is not enough implementation, its failing or lacking.. i don’t know how to make my position paper now without the proper stance.. can you suggest something? any websites? or should i conclude by myself?

  • Yani B

    My committee is SOCHUM and I have two topics 1.Standards for Humanitarian Intervention 2. Minority and Refugee Rights. My country is Argentina
    What is important for me to have in my binder?

    • Best Delegate

      Hey Yani, read this article and try finding your sources first. Then if you want additional help, reply to this comment and paste in your sources/links. — Best, Ryan

      • Yani B

        Thank you!

  • MayaJayT

    Hi! I’m going to be the chief of information and evidence support section in the and international court. I’m not sure how courts work, so should I have more information?

  • Colleen

    Our school’s MUN club just got our committee assignments 5 days before the conference! How are we supposed to do all this research in 5 days??!? We found out on Monday, and the conference starts Friday!!!! Is that typical??

    • Best Delegate

      It’s not typical, but it does happen and it’s unfortunate, and does not speak well to the conference’s “customer service.” You should share this feedback with the conference organizers and encourage them to improve this for future events. Other schools may also be experiencing the same.

      Your students will need to “80/20” their research and focus on what’s most important and what they’re most likely to use during the conference. Start with the background guides, do basic google and wiki searches, but what would be most helpful are any recent UN reports on their topics and recent speeches made by their country’s political leaders on those topics. Their goal would be to identify 3-5 possible solutions/recommendations they can bring to the conference and include in speeches and a resolution (I’m assuming this is an American conference, if it’s international or THIMUN then there are different procedures).

      I’m also assuming the conference is not requiring a “position paper,” although you as the advisor or head delegate should probably require this in order to ensure a certain level of preparation across the team. They may think they need more time to write a basic position but at our summer camps we teach students how to write papers in 2-4 hours by focusing on the most important information, not trying to research or write about everything.


  • Apoorva Singh

    my MUN committee is Indian Parliament. This is basically a mock parliament but all MUN processes will be followed, how should i prepapre for this?

    • Best Delegate

      You still have to do your research! Which conference? And do they provide a background guide?

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      How did it go??

  • yamini

    i am going for my first mun !! ts basically a local mun !! my allotment is cricket canada n the agenda i have to focus on is The Question of MCC and the Copyright to the laws of cricket.
    i would love to get some help about how i should research for topic.
    i’m even having a bit problem because the allotment i have received is not so common for mun like disec or hrc or sochum !! so please if uh could answer back fast

    • Best Delegate

      Start with the organization you are simulating — is it the International Cricket Council?

  • Jade Thorne

    This is really helpful, but I’m a second-timer and this is my first time in a crisis committee. I’m not sure what to put in. Please help!

    • Ryan Villanueva

      Glad it found the article helpful! Check out our crisis articles:

      For your research, instead of looking up an assigned country and UN committee, research your assigned position/character and cabinet (or whichever body you are simulating).

      • Jade Thorne

        Thank you so much. This really helped me at GWCIA last month. However, I am in another crisis committee — a futuristic double-delegation with 2 topics. I would like to know two things:

        First of all, our position paper is usually about 500 words — in a double-topic committee would we be expected to write 500 words per topic or 500 total?

        Second of all, one of our topics is population control. Is it ok to estimate the population in that future time based off a constant growth rate found in the CIA World Factbook, IF we make it clear that it’s an estimated population based off a constant growth rate found in the World Factbook?

        Thank you, and please reply soon.

        • Ryan Villanueva

          Glad it helped! Hope you had a great time at GWCIA!

          Confirm with your chair but typically conferences require a separate position for each topic, so that would be 500 words x 2 topics.

          Doing an estimate like that is a creative solution but you should try to go one step further and find a source (ideally from the UN) that has conducted a population growth study. There are many factors that go into projecting population growth so applying a constant rate of growth may not work well.

          Try starting with the UNFPA, the UN Population Fund. Part of their mandate is to collect data on each country’s population growth, and work with governments and NGOs to implement public health and maternal health programs.

          (On a personal note, I recently visited the UNFPA office in Istanbul, Turkey! A Model UN friend works there now. They are doing very important work!)

  • Muath Tezeghdenti

    Thank you guys for the heads-up. I can’t wait for my next MUN experience!

  • Iliana

    You have some very helpful tips here! But… I’m steel confused…
    It is my first MUN and i’m in the legal commitee and I’m representing South Africa. I can’t find my country’s stance in the theme. My theme is ” The legal accountability of Multinational companies for the absence or violation of the corporate social responsibility” If you could help me it would be just GREAT!!! Thank you!

  • Havarti

    Personally, I find Post-It notes a good thing to have for passing notes.

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  • Selin

    I know this is an old post but I’d be really happy if someone replies… I’m gonna be a pretty big country but I seriously don’t know what to do help please

  • Pranshu

    What are the Criterias on which the Awards on which the BEst Delegate Awards Are given or rather What are the Places On which we are scoredd upon!

  • Rachit Gupta

    respected sir ,
    i am rachit and this is my first MUN conference and i am in UNGA with the topic “syrian refugee crisis” probably the most hot topic from past 5 years . Sir my country is Syria and i have given my everything for syrian delegation . I know i have to defend my country and somehow these days i have learned how to defend . But i am confused or totally blank about the style , the attitude of syria . please help me as i pray for it . and please provide some tips for my further research also .

  • Mónic

    In terms of the committee UN Women, that was created in 2010, what can I do about #4?

  • Yashaswi

    Pls help me…. I have got Pakistan as country and women rights as agenda…. Pls it’s urgent

  • Ishy

    I’m attending a three-day conference at ADMUN tomorrow and i’ve been stressing out with all the information and this really did help! It would have been more helpful if i came across it a few days back but still pretty cool. Thanks!


    how much time does the delegate get to speak??

  • Tulsi Chaitanya

    Great article..I’m actually going for my first MUN next week and it’s HUGE..i’ll be representing an NGO at the NGO Forum so any help I could get would be appreciated!
    The topics for the conference are:
    1. Corruption in NGOs
    2.NGOs in repressive states

  • Natasha

    Hey, I’m in crisis comision and we don’t really have a topic, what do i investigate about?

  • Gauri Vats

    actually I have provided Morocco and it is not having a problem of natural resources then how can I make an position paper regarding this issue…?

  • Hannah Le

    Thanks for these great tips! My first MUN conference is in a week and these tips are very helpful and makes me feel more confident about this new experience.

  • Ilinca

    Thank you so much for this article! It was definitely helpful while compiling my research binders along the way. I have learned so much from my summers at Best Delegate so far that have been wonderful in committee – thank you all!
    Another thing I always add in my research binder for a conference is a list of talking points I create. They can be statistics pertaining to the topics of your committee, excerpts or quotes from speeches by officials from your country, ideas you have for programs or initiatives, sentences you have drafted while writing your position papers or opening speeches that did not make it in but are still powerful and helpful, etc. I find that having these printed and filed at the front of my research binder help me craft effective arguments and well-thought-out ideas in impromptu speeches/moderated caucuses and help me organize my thoughts before heading into a conference. 🙂

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