Model UN

Model UN Conference

Oakland University Model United Nations Club and the Oakland University Department of Political Science are delighted to host the Third Annual  Oakland University High School Model United Nations Conference March 9th-10th 2018. The conference will be held on OU's campus in Rochester.


This conference builds upon the success of our past two conferences. It will provide an enjoyable, high-quality learning experience, featuring several simulated General Assembly (GA) committees and UN Specialized Agencies, including a future UN conference to discuss implications of rising sea levels. GA committees will have a maximum of 55 delegates – enough to generate intense debate but small enough that all delegates will have ample opportunity to speak and participate. Delegates will also have the chance to tour campus and meet with faculty and OU students. We will provide dinner and lunch  to delegates on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and we are scheduling  a buffet dinner prior to the closing ceremony and awards on Saturday night.

As of mid-November, we are filled. As schools adjust their numbers, more spots may open up. We welcome all returning school as well as new ones, as we hope to grow the conference.

If you have questions about our conference, please contact us at oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com or call Professor Paul Kubicek at (248) 370 2363

 

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. Please see oakland.edu/youth for detailed information.

About Us

Oakland University Model UN Club was founded in 2008. It is open to all OU students. Model UN is run both as a student organization and as a class, Political Science 3605. Each semester, we attend collegiate MUN conferences, typically the Lake Erie International Model UN (LEIMUN) in the fall and the North American Model United Nations (NAMUN) in Toronto in the winter, and sponsor events on campus to discuss and debate international issues. In April 2017, OUMUN students won awards at the NYUMUN in New York, and we plan to attend the University of Virginia Crisis Simulation in 2018.

OU students have won dozens of individual awards, and several team awards, including being named Best Delegation at LEIMUN (four times) and at NAMUN.

 For 2017-2018, club officers are:

Richard Williamson, President

Alex Bertges, Vice-President

Brian Quinn, Secretary

Robert Olesanovich, Treasurer

 

Our faculty adviser is Professor Paul Kubicek  (kubicek@oakland.edu)

 

Committees
OUMUN 2018 committees and primary issues on their agenda are:

  • Security Council 2018:  The Security and Humanitarian Situation in Yemen and in Myanmar/Bangladesh (with possibilities for additional crises)
  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Corporate Social Responsibility and Reducing the Gap Between the Developed and Developing World
  • Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC): Acquisition of Arms by Non-State Actors and Prohibitions of Certain Classes of Conventional Weapons (included depleted uranium and autonomous weapons)
  • UN Legal Committee: Territorial Claims in the South China Sea and Review/Revision of Treaties Governing the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Social and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM): International Drug Trade and Preventing the Intentional Dissemination of Misinformation 
  • Futuristic UN Convention on Logistical and Legal Implications of Rising Sea Levels 

As of November 20, 2017, we are  full. Schools wishing to add on the wait list can contact us. . Each country will have between two and six delegates. Schools should plan on only one delegate representing a given country in a committee. We anticipate, as we did last year, that SOCHUM will be a "novice" committee for those new to MUN.

As of November 17, 2017, this is the matrix of countries and assignments

 OUMUN staff will prepare research guides on each issue to assist delegates in preparation. Delegates will be expected to send us a 1 page, single-spaced position paper  by February 28, 2018. These can be emailed to oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com.

 

 

Research
Registration

 

Registration is open, but as of mid-November we are putting schools on a wait list.

The cost per delegate is $80. This includes dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and a T-shirt, as well as all conference materials. There is no separate school fee.

Schools wishing to register should first fill out our Registration Form to supply us with some necessary information. You may either send it to  e-mail address (oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com) or fax it to 248 370 4299. Once we receive your registration, we can send you an invoice for payment.

Payment can be made either by conventional check mailed to us at: 

OU Model UN Conference, Department of Political Science, 371 Varner Drive, Oakland University, Rochester MI  48309

You may also pay on-line with a credit card or bank transfer through the OU Marketplace system. This can be accessed here.

Prior to the conference, we will ask for the names of your delegates for the credentials as well as T-shirt sizes. Please also note that all high school students MUST turn in a waiver form to participate in OUMUN. The Waiver Form can be mailed in advance or returned at the time of check-in on the first day of the conference. In addition, delegates are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

 

Schedule and Location

OUMUN will be on Oakland' main campus in Auburn Hills. This year opening ceremonies will be in Dodge Hall, sessions will be in classrooms in the Engineering Center (EC) and Elliott Hall (EH), and lunch and dinner on Saturday and closing ceremonies will be in the Oakland Center. A useful map of campus can be found here. We recommend trying to park in lots P36, P34 or P32 (on the south side of campus, just south of the main buildings we will be using). Please note that classes will be in session on Friday PM, so parking close to the buildings may be difficult.

For those planning to spend the night on Friday, we are working with nearby hotels to offer a discounted rate. The closest hotel to campus is the Extended Stay America on University Drive.

Our schedule will appear later in the fall. At present, we anticipate opening ceremonies starting on Friday at 3:00 PM. . We will supply details about room assignments for committees in the conference program.

Rules of Procedure

All delegates should familiarize themselves with the Rule of Procedure,  which vary a bit from conference to conference. Special provisions also apply to the Security Councils. It is imperative that delegates know the rules of procedure.  Prior to opening ceremonies, we will have an optional orientation session for delegates who wish to receive more information on Model UN and OUMUN rules. 

To assist you in preparation, closer to the conference we will prepare a quiz on OUMUN Rules. This can be used as a primer to see how well you really know the rules.  The rules will be included in our conference program/handbook, so you will always have them for your reference, but knowing at the least the basics in advance of the conference will serve you well.

Delegates should also know how to craft resolutions. Prior to their formal introduction, draft resolutions must be properly formatted and have the requisite number of signatories (see the rules for more on this). Formatting should follow this sample resolution. This list of phrases for preambulatory and operative clauses may also assist you. A good resolution will provide some background on the problem and clearly state what the UN and member states will do to address the issue.

 

OU Model UN will offer both individual and team awards.  To be eligible for an award, a delegate must submit, via e-mail, a one-page position paper prior to the conference.  Information on submission of position papers can be found here. Please make clear in the subject line of your e-mail the country and committee. Delegates should submit their position papers, at the latest, by February 24th.

Awards will be based upon demonstrated knowledge of the issues, portrayal of country, knowledge of and use of rules and procedures, and level of activity in debate and caucusing.