KentMUN 2019 is a conference aimed at both beginners and returning delegates, with the Security Council and Crisis being suited more for delegates with experience. Thus, we would appreciate a high level of commitment from delegates whilst in session, and for you to have an extensive knowledge of the topics, committees, and your country's foreign policy. since it will dictate how involved you will be during the weekend. Below is an idea of ho a delegate's research plan should go.
Step 1 - Research the topics
The most important step is to know what you're debating. As we get closer to the conference, the chairs of the committees you are allocated will release study guides on their chosen topics. This study guide will give you a brief but detailed overview of the topics to be discussed, including the history of the topic, the current key player, and the like. It is then up to the delegates themselves to research the topic further. Wikipedia is usually a good starting point, as it gives you a basic idea of the topic, as well as sources you can use to further research it. We would also suggest that delegates refer to news websites for any news on the topic. We also recommend looking up the committee page to research past actions and resolutions of your committee on the issue.
Step 2 - Know your Nation
Now that you know all you need to about the topic, you have to know about your country's stance on this topic, and its relations with others in your committee as well. Further, its important that you know about your nation's strengths and limitations, its geographic, economic and political situation, and its foreign policy extensively. This can help you identify your allies, opponents and position in your committee.
Step 3 - Write your Position Paper
In most committees, excluding crisis, the delegates will be expected to write papers detailing their positions on each topic. This is extremely useful in consolidating your research, and can give you an idea of what to say in your opening speech. A rule of thumb to follow is that this paper is written up in word format, and allocates about half a page of an A4 paper per topic, and is written by the delegate alone. They are then to be emailed to the respective chairs in accordance with the deadlines that will be set as we get closer to the conference.
General Conference Tips and Tricks
All delegates attending the conference are encouraged to be as active a participant in the debates as possible. We know that speaking up for the first time in a conference is quite intimidating for most people, but in our experience, it's always better to bite the bullet as early as possible, than to put it off and make it even more daunting. It is important to remember that the worst that could happen if you do speak up and get your point wrong, is that someone will correct you and then move on.
Another point to note is that you mustn't spend too much time writing up a speech and improving it. You will find that debate moves very quickly, and spending too much time on doing so could cost you the opportunity to actually make your point.
It is also extremely important to stick to your country's position as much as possible.
Finally, never forget that, while you may pick up some valuable lessons during the weekend, MUN is meant to be fun! Have fun in debate and make the most of the socials to enjoy yourself!
Now that you have an idea of what to do to prepare, we suggest that you familiarise yourself with the KentMUN Rules of Procedure