Blog: The Guide to the Best Delegate

Blog: The Guide to the Best Delegate

A Story by Ibrahim Hoti

There are many reasons to attend MUNs; gaining experience, having a good time with friends, and much more, but the pinnacle of achievement in a MUN is arguably winning the Best Delegate Award.  Now, winning this award may not be easy, but this blog should help you increase your odds of winning it.

 

  

The first step will be researching your topic well. You’ll have to be knowledgeable about the current situation, foreign policy and stances of your nation, as well as the history and structure of your committee and, of course, your committee topic. Make good use of your study guide, compile relevant information, sum it up and put all of your most important notes in one place, so everything you need to know is right by your side. Research will be the foundation of your argument in the sessions, and thus is vitally important. After that, you’ll need to write a good position paper. Take some time to think about how you’d like to structure your paper, and in your paper, introduce the topic briefly, explain your nation’s stance on the said topic, what is has or is doing about it, list past UN resolutions on the topic, call for action and state the outcomes your nation would like to see after the sessions. However, the main part of the MUN will be the real debating, and for that you will need to prepare your arguments to convince your friends, counter your political opponents and win over the neutral delegations. Think about what your opposing delegates may say and plan how to counter-react to them. Once the debates actually start, being one of the first few speakers, on the general speaker’s list, would be a great start, and you should follow that up by speaking as often as possible for the rest of the sessions. However, it’s also important to keep it balanced, and know when to be dominant in a discussion, and when to be quiet. Sometimes you will need to be very friendly to your opponents. But, no matter what you do, be respectful and keep the quorum. Finally, when making a resolution, you will need to know build up the support of your fellow delegates so that they’ll side with your points and aims when it really matters. As well as that, for your own chances of winning the award, you should try your best to play a large role in the creation of the final resolution, and aim to get your credits written down, in the resolution, so your chairs can see that and be aware of your level of comments in the committee.

 

Hopefully, you will win an award, but even if you don’t, it’s important that you don’t get too disheartened, and that you carry on debating and ask your chairs how they think you could’ve improved or what you could have done to win an award. If you take in that advice and apply it in future MUNs, it’ll only be a matter time before you actually do win something. Nevertheless, I hope this piece helps you get an award on this particular occasion, and that you have a fruitful conference no matter what happens. 


© 2016 Ibrahim Hoti



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This is a good follow up piece in your two MUN themed blogs Good wirting

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