The first step participants must undertake once they’ve been assigned their respective council and country is research. Gathering information is indeed an important part of having a rewarding experience at MilMUN, and will be crucial to the process of writing the Position Paper.
Make sure to dedicate sufficient time prior to the conference to properly prepare for the role you have been assigned. Your primary goal should be to represent your country as accurately as possible.
Step 1: Research Your Council
Once you know the Council you shall be partaking in it is important to understand among other things: its background, its structure, its members, its responsibilities and powers.
There is ample information available on the Internet; we strongly suggest you first look at the official website of your council before moving on to other sources.
Every delegate is expected to learn the MILMUN Rules of Procedure for their specific council. For the sake of the conference, they have been subject to a few alterations from the official rules; nonetheless all efforts are geared towards making this simulation as practical and realistic as possible. A fluent knowledge of your council’s Rules of Procedure is instrumental to effectively contribute to the work of your council.
Step 2: Research Your Country
The second step of the process is to get familiar with the country you have been assigned to.
There are many ways you may go about doing that. We place a strong emphasis on getting information from good sources, the priority being information communicated from international organizations such as the United Nations or the Council of the European Union, as well as from specific government bodies and their representatives.
National sources such as diplomatic and academic documents written by nationals of the State you represent or by experts and members of the Organisation you represent are invaluable tools to gain deep insight on the position of your country regarding the issue under discussion. Try to understand your State/Organisation’s interests and study the International treaties and resolutions relative to the topic.
To find your country’s permanent mission to the UN, refer to http://www.un.org/en/members/.
To find your country’s speeches and voting records, refer to http://unbisnet.un.org/.
To gather general and empirical information about your country, check the The World Factbook produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html.
Step 3: Research Your Topics
Each Council will have one Study Guide per topic posted on the MilMUN website. Delegates should read this document carefully to get acquainted with the issues they will be discussing.
Study Guides are designed to provide you with a good basis before conducting further research to complement the knowledge you have gained.
Delegates should keep in mind while conducting their research that their main priority is to find out the position of their country regarding the issues put forward by the background paper. To guide the debate, and therefore your preparation, a set of questions will also be provided in the background paper.
There are of course many other important and reliable sources at your disposal. Don’t forget to check the news periodically to remain updated on the latest news concerning your council, country and topics.