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Berlin Model United Nations at the John F. Kennedy School

BERMUN Instructional Guide for Delegates

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments

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Section

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I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.

4–5
6–13
14–15
16–18
19–24
25
26–28

Developing a Policy
Writing the Resolution
Lobbying
The Opening Speech
The Debate
Flow Chart of the Conference
For Further Reference

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Acknowledgments
This Model United Nations Instructional Guide is based on material taken from The Hague International Model United Nations Instructional Guide (Fifth Edition, 1994), prepared by Irwin Stein and David L. Williams. Additional excerpts have been selected from A Guide to Delegate Preparation 1997–1998: Model United Nations, edited by Fernando A. Flores.

We would additionally like to acknowledge the contributions of Walter Peterson, Chairman of the Social Studies Department at the John F. Kennedy School.
This guide has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of the students participating in the John F. Kennedy School MUN program. It may not be reproduced or duplicated without consent. For further information concerning the Williams and Stein publication, please contact Mr. David L. Williams:

The Hague International Model United Nations
2e van Blakenburgstraat 119
2517 HC Den Hague
The Netherlands

Benjamin Morris
Martin Collier
November 1998
Updated: 2003

BERMUN Instructional Guide for Delegates

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I.

DEVELOPING A POLICY

In order to formulate a policy, both in writing (Policy Statement and Resolution) and in speaking (Lobbying, Opening Speech and Debating), students must prepare by doing thorough research. It is important for all BERMUN delegates to be informed about their country, to have specific knowledge of the issues on the agenda, and to be aware of the opinions of the experts.

RESEARCHING THE COUNTRY
When researching your country, make sure you know all of the following: Political Structure
Origin of Political Structures
Constitution and Government
Present Stability and Policy
Government

Natural Resources
Basic Commodities Produced
Trade Agreements
Degree of Self-sufficiency

Cultural Factors
Ethnic Groups
Religions
Cultural History

Defense
Military Structure
Dependency on other Nations
Membership of Alliances

Geography
Bordering Countries
Topography
Geopolitical Considerations

Views on World Problems
Role and Influence in the World
Membership of Blocks and Geopolitical Groupings

Economy
Monetary System
Dependency and Debt
Membership of Economic and
Trade Organizations

History
General
Last 50 Years
Recent History

WRITING THE POLICY STATEMENT
Each delegate must write a brief, yet comprehensive, policy statement for every issue on his committee's agenda. This serves three important purposes. Firstly, writing a policy statement generally allows the delegate the opportunity to think out his policy more thoroughly. Secondly, it is in the interest of every delegation to have a document that contains that country's policy on all issues at the conference so that there will be consistency among the various members of the delegation on all policy lines. Ideally, all delegates should have some familiarity with all the issues so that they will feel comfortable in representing their country's view, when asked, even if they are not specifically prepared on a particular issue. Thirdly, a policy statement serves as an outline for the preliminary draft resolution.

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COMPONENTS OF A POLICY STATEMENT
* An explanation and definition of the question and its key terms exactly as they appear on the committee agenda. In a discussion of the creation of a nuclear free zone (NFZ) in Central Europe, for example, it is essential for a delegate to define terms such as NFZ, what would or would not be part of an NFZ, and the limits of what...
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