What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student "delegates" make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
Do you need prior MUN experience to participate in ILMUNC India?
No prior experience is required to participate in the general committees of ILMUNC India. Although the crisis committees warrant reasonable experience as the debate is not always linear and a good understanding of the committee's mandate is usually adequate for any student to participate effectively. Also, there will be pre-conference training sessions provided to the delegates of ILMUNC India helping them prepare effectively for the conference. For more information, please visit the sections on crisis committees and preparatory research.
What types of topics are discussed at ILMUNC India?
At ILMUNC India, all the topics are carefully selected to give the delegates a global understanding and develop empathy. The agenda topics focus on current global issues ranging from political, ﬁnancial and/or social concerns that are being discussed in the United Nations. However, the task of some committees might be to address hypothetical issues or scenarios from the past or future.
Why should I participate in Model UN conferences?
Model UN promotes students' and teachers' interest in the world around them and broadens a student's knowledge in a variety of subjects. Model UN also teaches vital skills in negotiation, public speaking, problem solving, conflict resolution, research and communication. At ILMUNC India, the customized global issue related topics allow students to gain deeper insight into and participate in an extremely current global discussion. It also gives students and teachers the opportunity to connect with their peers from across India, and from across the world, while also connecting with undergraduate students and representatives from global higher education institutions.
Conference Registration, Fees, and Logistic
Can I participate as an individual delegate?
Yes, you can register and participate as an individual delegate. You will be required to accept the terms and conditions that apply specifically to individual delegates upon registration, and provide the Conference Team with a no-objection letter from your parent or guardian.
How many students can register together as a delegation?
A minimum of 4 students are required to be registered as a delegation. Each delegation needs to be accompanied by a Faculty Advisor or a Legal Guardian, or an adult chaperone. Feel free to reach out to the Conference Team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or concerns regarding delegation registration.
What is included within the delegate conference fee?
For a detailed breakdown of the delegate conference fee, please refer to the Registration Deadline and Fees page.
I am a Delegate, can I stay in a single occupancy instead of a double?
As a conference policy, we do not allow delegates to stay alone in a single occupancy room.
Can I commute to and from the conference?
We are excited to announce that ILMUNC India will be a residential conference. We wanted to ensure a holistic and immersive experience for our delegates while also ensuring the highest levels of safety. By staying at the hotel, you are surrounded by delegates from numerous countries and cities from around the world. It is a great opportunity to network, make friends, and immerse yourself in this experience. We have worked hard to subsidize the accommodation and conference price for our delegates at one of the best hotels in Bengaluru. Model United Nations conferences such as ILMUNC India are more than just committee simulations. Delegates learn from and enjoy their out of committee experience just as much as their committees. We would be happy to talk further if you may have concerns about the nature of the conference. Feel free to write to us at email@example.com.
Can I access the school dashboard using the login information I used for last year's conference?
Your login information used for previous conferences is not valid for future conferences. During the registration process for this year's conference, you will receive information on how to create new login credentials to access the ILMUNC India Online Dashboard. If you have forgotten these new login credentials, feel free to email the Conference Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find more information about the Conference schedule?
You will find a detailed schedule in the Conference Section of the website by the last week of October.
Is attendance taken at committee sessions?
Yes, attendance will be taken at every committee session. If you are unable to attend a committee session for an unforeseen reason such as a sudden illness, please have your Faculty Advisor, parent, or chaperone at the conference notify your Chair and a member of the Secretariat. An absence will affect your consideration for an award for your committee. Delegates missing more than 1 committee session without prior permission will not be awarded a participation certiﬁcate.
Can Faculty Advisors attend committee sessions?
During the conference, Faculty Advisors are encouraged to attend Faculty Advisor meetings and feedback sessions, to observe their students from the back of committee rooms, and even to advise students on substantive issues. However, participation in the committee process must be left to the delegates and the ILMUNC India staff. Faculty Advisors may not participate in the writing of resolutions or in caucusing activities or otherwise engage in the committee process.
What are the rules and regulations of the conference, and how are they enforced?
ILMUNC India has a zero-tolerance policy with regard to alcohol, cigarettes and drugs in the conference venue. Delegates are not permitted to bring, buy, or use any of these items throughout the period of the conference. If students are discovered with contraband, their entire school's delegation will be penalized. ILMUNC India staff will also monitor hotel halls for disturbances throughout the night. We strive to make this conference a wholesome educational, safe, and fun experience for every participating delegate and advisor. For more information, please refer to the details mentioned on the Terms and Conditions page.
Research and Preparation
How should I research for my committee?
There are numerous ways in which you can prepare to contribute effectively to your committee. The first and most effective way to prepare is to thoroughly go through the background guide for your specific committee. You will receive information on how to access your background guide once you have been allocated to a committee and been assigned a country or position. Depending on your prior experience, do read through our guidelines regarding rules of procedure, writing resolutions, working papers, and position papers. Also familiarize yourself with the key points from our training videos, which will be updated regularly closer to the date of the conference.
What are position papers, and how do I write one?
A position paper is an essay detailing your country's policies on the topics being discussed in your committee. You will receive committee-specific information on deadlines and formats for the position paper. Delegates in crisis committees especially will receive more detailed information on what is expected from your position papers, if you are required to write one. Regardless, if you are required to write a position paper for your committee, you will have adequate time prior to the conference, and there will be a lot of resources to guide you in the writing process. You will be able to write a highly effective position paper if you refer to our Guide to Writing Position Papers which will be released under Resources by August 11, 2018.
What is a working paper?
A working paper is often the precursor to a resolution. It can outline the issues of a topic area or propose solutions, without a particular format. A working paper may not be voted upon and may only contain signatories. Some chairs, however, may request that working papers be submitted in resolution format. You can find more information on working papers, including samples, by referring to our Guide to Writing Working Papers which will be released under Resources by August 11, 2018.
What is a draft resolution?
During lobbying and debate, delegates with similar suggestions will begin to come together to form working groups and will combine ideas and suggestions to create resolutions. Resolutions are suggested solutions to the global community for the topic at hand and are the end result of debate and working papers. Resolutions are written by these groups of delegates and voted on by the committee as whole. You can find information on resolutions, including a list of perambulatory and operations phrases, and a sample format, by referring to our Guide to Writing Resolutions which will be released under Resources by August 11, 2018.
Are pre-written resolutions allowed at ILMUNC India?
Although outside research is highly encouraged before the conference, pre-written resolutions are not allowed. ILMUNC India has a strict policy against any pre-written documents and plagiarism will be treated as a serious matter.