Best Delegate is live from THIMUN Singapore! It’s our first time at a THIMUN-affiliated conference so we’re very curious to learn about how Model UN is done outside of North America. THIMUN conferences usually start the first day with an informal session called lobbying. We explain what lobbying is in the article below and as always, Best Delegate tries to capture photos of leaders and other delegates in action. Check it out!
The concept of lobbying is very similar to an unmoderated caucus in that delegates spend their time writing draft resolutions and gaining supporters. However, delegates only get one day — the first day before Opening Ceremonies even takes place — to do all their lobbying because the rest of the sessions are formal sessions consisting of only speeches and comments about the draft resolutions. Lobbying is important because it will help determine who the main submitters (sponsors) are for the draft resolution, and that’s considered a big deal at THIMUN conferences.
For those who still may be unsure what lobbying is, we have deputy chairs from the GA6 Legal Committee, Rhiannon Wiley (Overseas Family School, Singapore) and Jin Won Park (International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) explain:
Whew! Delegates worked hard to get their draft resolutions in and approved. Now they’ll head to Opening Ceremonies and then start formal debate sessions next to go over the clauses on their draft resolution!