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30 March - 3 April 2014 (Conference A)
13 - 17 April 2014 (Conference B)


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NMUN•NY Preparation Tips

Thorough preparation is the key to a successful NMUN conference experience. Start with the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide; it's an excellent resource. In addition to reading the guide, delegations will want to research:

  • The structure and history of the United Nations
  • Their assigned Member State or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Their committee
  • Their role in the committee
  • Their agenda topics beyond what is written in the background guides

This research will help you prepare your position paper outlining your Member State’s policies towards the agenda topics.

Preparation Resources

In addition to the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide, use the resources compiled for each specific committee by our volunteer staff. These Committee Background Guides include information on each committee, topics to be discussed, and extensive annotated bibliographies. Updates are posted a month or so before the conference begins.

These resources are meant to be starting points for your research related to your assigned country and its perspective on the topics. We highly recommend extensive use of academic books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, official documents, and other literature provided by bodies associated with the United Nations. Delegates are advised to evaluate on-line sources carefully and only use reputable sources, such as these:

Additional Preparation Resources

  • Non-Governmental Organizations (particularly those accredited by the UN).

  • Country reports and data published by international or regional organizations such as the World Bank, WHO, OECD, APEC, etc.

  • The CIA World Factbook which provides general overviews for specific Member States and includes general socio-economic data.

Delegations requesting to represent NGOs are, in addition to consulting their NGOs website, also advised to use the sources above to gain more insights into the issues and different countries' positions on the topics.


Plagiarism

Plagiarism will not be tolerated at any point by NMUN/NCCA. Not even the best source exempts delegates from coming up with their own ideas and suggestions, and then framing them in their own words. Delegates should be aware that position papers and draft resolutions are read and evaluated by NMUN staff who have worked on and prepared committee and agenda items for months. This provides them with a profound understanding of the topics and enables them to identify and report incidences of plagiarism.


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Delegate Preparation Guide

Del. Prep Guide 2014 NMUN

All delegates should download and consult the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide PDF. It is a valuable resource and will provide answers to most of your questions.


Important Dates: We urge you to note the various deadlines for position papers and other conference preparations.


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