This application-based committee, intended for expert delegates, is considered one of the most selective and prestigious committees on the circuit. Ad-Hoc will feature a secret topic to be approved by the Secretary-General.
Rules and Procedure
We are more than aware that there are some differences between the American and Indian styles of Model United Nations, so we'd like to outline some norms to establish for the conference so that everyone is on the same page and we can focus as much as possible on substantive debate.
The Ad-Hoc topic will be released 24 hours before the first session of committee, in which delegates will be presented with a dossier containing a background guide and a list of characters with portfolio powers. We hope to see research from delegates that shows extensive dedication to learning about the topic. More specifically, we're looking for delegates who use their research to write substantive directives, persuade the room, and address complex problems with creative solutions.
Your goal as a delegate is to make an impact on committee and drive the committee's agenda to your favor, which will expectedly result in clashes between delegates. As always, we ask that you show respect to each other throughout conference, whether in the chaos of an unmod, your in-room speeches, or speaking to crisis staffers.
We'll also take this opportunity to note that there are some of the superficial aspects of crisis committees that we don't weigh heavily in determination of awards, such as putting your paper on top of a merged directive, using cover letters, or writing directives that make little impact. Both of us have ample experience in staffing and competing, and we'll be on the lookout for those who lead a coalition, make substantive speeches, and guide the direction of committee. In the backroom, we'll be looking for crisis notes that have a strong narrative, clear goals, evidence of research, creative setup, and impactful consequences. The true test of a good delegate is not simply triggering a crisis update, but capitalizing on the update to move the committee based on your vision. Being well-informed on the committee topic will be an advantage, but applying that knowledge into tangible results in committee will determine awards.
We understand that it feels like a lot is on the line for many of you in this committee. Whether it's for your college application, your competitive record, or simply your personal satisfaction, we completely understand the passion and drive that you will bring to conference. Thus, we ask that you bring decorum and substance to ensure that this conference is as diplomatic and fun as possible. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at email@example.com.
Jay Vaingankar and Rachel Liu
Letter from the Chair
I am incredibly excited to welcome you to ILMUNC India! My name is Rachel, and I will be serving as your chair for the thrilling Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General. Get ready for a weekend filled with political tension, energizing debate and fun! Your Crisis Director Jay Vaingankar and I have worked hard to make sure this committee is one worth looking forward to especially given it attracts the most enthusiastic and competitive delegates on the circuit.
To provide a brief background, I am a member of Penn’s Class of 2020, concentrating in marketing & operations management and business analytics at the Wharton School. Born in Taiwan but bred in Hong Kong, I received a British high school education but have an American accent – probably because I watched a lot of Simpsons as a kid. While I have had considerable debate experience back home, I was able to transfer my knowledge and interest of Asian affairs into the MUN platform here in the States ever since I staffed my first UPMUNC Conference. I am now part of the intercollegiate traveling team as a deputy director, having been a part of the circuit for three semesters now. Outside of MUN, I am part of Wharton Asia Exchange and MUSE, Penn’s marketing undergraduate club. In my spare time, I love watching TV shows, (Suits anyone?), exploring Philly restaurants, and hanging out with friends.
I have the utmost belief that being part of this committee will stimulate you to not only create innovative crisis tracks that will propel your personal ambitions as members of Ad-Hoc, but also encourage you to see how you can create interesting dialogue among other committees that you will be reporting on.
In the coming few months, your CD and I will be preparing a fun-filled but intense committee for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or your CD Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General
Letter from the Crisis Director
Welcome to ILMUNC India! On behalf of my crisis staff and the rest of Secretariat, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General. I hope you are as excited for this committee as I am, as this conference will challenge you in new and innovative ways. As you know, this application-based committee attracts some of the finest delegates on the circuit, and I'm honored to be your Crisis Director for this conference.
To introduce myself, my name is Jay Vaingankar and I'm a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but both my parents and the rest of my family are from Mumbai. On campus, I'm a Deputy Director of Penn's Intercollegiate Model United Nations team. I thoroughly enjoy the thrill of competing, and I'm looking forward sharing this experience with you.
Outside of class and MUN, some of my hobbies are playing basketball, doing Bhangra, learning foreign languages, debating politics, and of course, tagging people in memes.
Crisis committees bring the ideal blend of in-room politics, substantive debate, and creativity. Although the Ad-Hoc topic will not be released for a few months, I will be attaching some guidelines for the procedure of committee so we can focus as much as possible on substance. Give it a good read and be ready for an experience full of challenges you've never seen before.
If you have any questions about committee, college life, Penn, or anything in general, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General