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MUN@ASU High School Conference. November 30-December1, 2012. Contact Information. If you need help or have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Our OED Elizabeth Thuenen’s contact information: Emails: OR

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mun@asu high school conference

MUN@ASU High School Conference

November 30-December1, 2012

contact information
Contact Information
  • If you need help or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
    • Our OED Elizabeth Thuenen’s contact information:
      • Emails: OR
      • Phone number: 480-272-5211
important dates
Important Dates
  • October 1: Optional submission of 1 policy statement for Elizabeth to review and return comments on
  • November 19: Country packets are due- Packets should include two policy statements for each committee (one for each topic) and one resolution (your pick on which topic)- submit to
  • November 30-December 1: MUN@ASU HS Conference
country research
Country Research
  • National Interest Matrix
country research1
Country Research
  • CIA World Factbook
    • Contains basic information on each country
  • Country Reports
    • Also contains basic information on each country
topic research
Topic Research
  • Issue Book
    • Research should begin by reading the issue book for the topics of your committee
  • UN Homepage or Homepage for your committeee
    • This will give you additional background for your specific topic so you can write the first paragraph of your policy statement
topic research1
Topic Research
  • Permanent Mission to the UN
    • Finding this site will help you find the previous action and official policy to write the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs
  • Voting Bloc
    • Finding out who your country tends to vote with will aid you in determining previous and future action by your committee
policy statements
Policy Statements
  • The policy statement is 1 page long, single spaced and separated by 3 paragraphs
  • 1st Paragraph gives the history of the problem and the international action taken on it
  • 2nd Paragraph gives the history of how your particular country has attempted to resolve the problem within its own country and internationally
  • 3rd Paragraph is what your country wants to see done by other Member States or UN entities
1 st paragraph
1st Paragraph
  • What is the issue?
  • Why is it a problem?
  • Who and what does it affect?
  • What have United Nations entities, or other entities done to deal with the issue?
  • What treaties cover the issue?
  • It is important to remember that this paragraph is written in perspective of your nation. For example, a history paper on WWII would be written in differently from the perspective of someone in the US than someone in Japan or Germany
2 nd paragraph
2nd Paragraph
  • How does it affect your nation?
  • What actions has your nation taken to deal with the issue?
  • What resolutions has your nation supported or introduced on the issue?
  • What treaties is your nation a signatory to?
  • In this paragraph, it is important that you never indicate anything that is going wrong with your country. From your point of view, your country can do no wrong.
3 rd paragraph
3rd Paragraph
  • This paragraph should be clear on exactly what your country would like to propose for policy as a solution for this topic
  • Call attention to already-existing resolutions and treaties that your nation believes other states should sign on to
  • Give an overview of what your nation wants done, how it should get done, and who should do it and when it should be done by
  • This paragraph is the basis for your resolution, so the phrasing should be consistent with how you would phrase your objectives within a resolution
  • A resolution is a plan for action on a topic: it details what nations ought to be doing, how they ought to do it, and why they ought to be doing it
  • Unless it is a Security Council resolution, it is not bindingIt consists of four parts: a header, a title, a set of preambulatory clauses and a set of operative clauses.
resolution header
Resolution Header

A/1/1/Res.1 Body Code/Session/Agenda Topic Number/Resolution Number

General Assembly  Committee Body

I Session MUN@ASU  Conference Session

France  Sponsoring Countries (in Alphabetical Order)

  • The title of the resolution you turn in with the country packet should be the title of the topic you are submitting your resolution on
  • It should be centered and all caps
  • It should be followed by an address that’s left justified: The General Assembly,
preambulatory clauses
Preambulatory Clauses
  • These detail the legal and moral reasons for acting on the issue in question
  • Recall prior relevant resolutions and treaties to establish the legal basis
  • Format
    • Indent first line
    • Underline first word/phrase
    • Commas after each clause
operative clauses
Operative Clauses
  • Operative clauses should detail what member states should do to deal with a specific issue
    • call upon nations to do something directly
    • reaffirm existing resolutions or treaties
    • recommend various courses of action
    • establish new entities
    • provide guidelines
    • anything else appropriate
  • Note that you cannot demand any state or entity to do anything as UN Resolutions are non-binding unless they are Security Council Resolutions