Model UN

Model UN Conference

Oakland University Model United Nations Club and the Oakland University Department of Political Science are delighted to host the our Fifth Oakland University High School Model United Nations Conference March 13th-14th 2021. Like other MUNs this year, we will be holding this event on-line via Zoom. Having taken part in several on-line MUN events, we are confident that we can provide a high-quality experience to delegates.


Even though the format will be different, this conference builds upon the success of our past  conferences. It will feature several simulated General Assembly (GA) committees  and a contemporary Security Council.  GA committees will have a maximum of 25 delegates – enough to generate intense debate but small enough that all delegates will have ample opportunity to speak and participate. The conference will make awards to the top delegates in each committee.

Our conference is currently full.   If you are interested in being added to our wait list, please e-mail us at oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com. We will send registration forms to interested delegations. 

Cost is $15 per delegate.

If you have questions about our conference, please contact us via e-mail or contact Professor Paul Kubicek at kubicek@oakland.edu

 

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. 

OU students have won dozens of individual awards, and several team awards, including being named Best Delegation at LEIMUN (eight times) and at NAMUN (twice). In April 2017, OUMUN students won awards at the NYU MUN in New York. and in October 2020 OU students won awards at the Model G20 Summit at American University in Washington.

 For 2020-2021, club officers are:

Emily Zwicker, President

Courtney Smith, Vice-President

Lea Hilliker, Secretary

Conor Urban, Treasurer

 

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

 

Committees
OUMUN 2021 committees  and issues  are:

  • Security Council 2021  1. Situation in Libya   2. Situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia
  • UN Legal Committee  1. Immunity of state officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction 2.  Protection of the environment and cultural artifacts in relation to armed conflicts
  • Social and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)  ("Novice" committee)   1. Women's Rights  2. The refugee crisis in South Sudan
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)  1. Climate Change Displacement  2. Efficient use of Natural Resources
  • World Health Organization (WHO)  1. Reforming WHO in light of the covid crisis 2. Improving access to and utilization of vaccines

The conference is currently full as of January 2021. Interested schools can be asked to be added to a wait list if spots open up. 
Each country will have between two and five delegates.  Schools should plan on only one delegate representing a given country or role  in a committee. We anticipate, as we did last year, that SOCHUM will be a "novice" committee for those new to MUN. Please see the matrix for country and committee assignments.

 Background guides are available under the Research Tab

 

 

Research

We expect each delegate to prepare for the conference. He or she should be knowledgeable about the committee, the rules of procedure, the general stance of his/her country, and the issues being discussed. Students should be aware of previous resolutions or recommendations germane to the topic before the committee, as well as current discussions of the issue at the United Nations and other international institutions. One of the goals of the conference is to replicate real-life debates, and preparation is essential for informed discussion.

The following background guides are essential in preparation for the conference. The SC has some special rules. Please familiarize yourself with these documents, but be advised that they should be only the start of your research.

Security Council Background Guide  (in process)

WHO Background Guide  (in process)

SOCHUM Background Guide

UNEP Background Guide

Legal Committee Background Guide

The best source of information for research is to consult UN documents and debates, available through the United Nations main portal at www.un.org and through the individual pages of UN committees. News reports and scholarly articles can also be helpful. Some countries maintain web pages for their UN delegations and may also have ministries or departments with useful information.

The United Nations Association has a variety of resources that may be useful to both delegates and faculty advisers. These include tips on research as well as overviews of how committee sessions are typically structured. We have also found resources at Best Delegate to be helpful.

Registration

 Registration is open and is nearly 90% full as of early December. 

The cost per delegate is $15. We will endeavor to get OUMUN swag to participating schools. 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, which should be available here in January.

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 2021 will be held on Zoom, and links to all committees will be sent to participating schools. In addition, we will have a Google page with links to Google Docs and other materials for each committee.

The draft schedule for the conference  is as follows:

Saturday March 13th

Opening Ceremonies  9:30-9:50 AM

Session I   10 AM-1 PM

Lunch Break  1 PM- 2 PM

Session II  2 PM-5 PM

Sunday March 14 2021

Session III  10 AM-1230 PM

Closing Ceremony/Awards  1245 PM-115PM

Rules of Procedure

All delegates should familiarize themselves with the Rule of Procedure,  which vary a bit from conference to conference. A few special provisions also apply to the Security Council. These special features are included in the background guide.  It is imperative that delegates know the rules of procedure. 

We recognize, of course, that an on-line conference will have to be conducted differently. We plan to abide by the rules but will also be flexible or adaptable for the sake of efficiency and ensuring effective communication. We do ask for a few basic things:

1. Delegates keep their cameras on, but mute themselves unless speaking

2. Delegates avoid any distracting/disruptive backgrounds

3. Delegates speak formally and diplomatically. Avoid referring to yourself as "I," and always extend diplomatic courtesy to fellow delegates.

4. To facilitate debate, have some ideas/language in mind for resolutions/recommendations. We will be using Google docs to collaborate on draft papers/resolutions.

5. The chat feature will be used to "note-passing," but we ask that notes be professional in nature. We reserve the right to restrict the chat feature so that all such notes must go through the dais.

To assist you in preparation,  we have prepared a quiz on OUMUN Rules.  (We also have answers). These can be used as a primer to see how well you really know the rules.  It is a good idea to print out and have the rules with you, 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.

OUMUN 2021 will offer individual delegate awards. 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.