What to Bring to a Conference

Be sure to pack the following:

For Committee:
Proper Clothing Attire (Black shoes and socks!!)
Writing Utensils. Bring Spares.
Paper. It’s good to have both letter-sized sheets as well as smaller pads. This way, you can comfortably write speeches, resolutions, notes, and messages in an organized fashion.
Folder/ Binder: It’s harder to work efficiently if you’re fumbling through loose papers.
Your Position Paper: if your chair wants a hard copy. Or to help you with your speeches/ resolutions.
Research Documents: if you especially liked something you read, feel free to bring it!
Watch: Be on time!
For Other Activities:
Casual Attire (comfortable footwear too, ladies and gents)
Cosmetic Accessories
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Phone Charger
Snacks. Can be handy.
Cash for Food and Misc. ~$10 meal is safe.
Don’t bring:
Anything stupid for you to bring. Including diamond-studded watches and other super-expensive objects

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How to Research and Write a Position Paper

Here are some general tips that can help you out:
-Start Early. It’s..not the most pleasurable thing to research the week of the deadline.
-Keep Up. Reading regularly will keep you up-to-date with specific cases you find interesting.
-Explore. You don’t have to represent Somalia to talk about Somalian pirates. You can be Chile if you want.
-Talk. I personally find it very helpful to talk to someone else who knows something about my topic. If you can’t find anyone, start with your pod!
-Finish Early. It’s a wonderful feeling. All the better if you finish more than a day before the deadline. =)

Remember to help out others when you can! A good Samaritan is more likely to be supported as a delegate too.

Research Links:

The world’s leading providers of news:
For a little bit more in-depth analysis of global happenings:
Background information on the United Nations that may be helpful:
Country background information:
Information from the UNAUSA on how to start (and continue) your research:



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What is Model United Nations?

The UN was established in 1945, after the conclusion of World War II. Its international charter allows it to act not only as a forum for international discussion, but also allows it to take action on a number of global issues through its various committees. The United Nations website lists the four main purposes of the UN as being:

  • To keep peace throughout the world;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations;
  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
The United Nations website goes on further to write about the work of the organization, stating that:
The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.
For more information, please visit the United Nations at a Glance webpage at
Video about Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:

On the other hand, we are acting as delegates from different countries participating in various committees. We will represent our country and discuss the issues for the committee.

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