Overview of the Minerva United Nations Programme

Workshops

Workshop 1 (03/04)
During the first workshop delegates will be taught about: MUN (Model United Nations) rules of procedures, the requirements of a resolution, public speaking and the requirements of the position paper. In a position paper a delegate will research a country's stance on the issues to be discussed during the conference. This has to be handed in prior to the conference and serves as reference work to help the delegate to an overview of the problem and formulate arguments during the debating sessions.

Workshop 2 (10/04)
The second workshop will address the United Nations and useful diplomatic skills like problem analysis and consensus building. Enjoy the stories of experienced UN-diplomats and ask questions to increase your knowledge about global politics. The second part of the workshop is about the ''realism'' aspect of our theme, the ability to get things done. Learn from a professional mediator how to set and achieve common goals through dialogue and convince opposing parties.

The workshops will be held on April the 3rd and April the 10th from 19:30 - 22:30 at Breestraat 50, Leiden.

Conference and Theme

Conference (21/04-22/04)
The conference will be held during the weekend. All participants are obliged to attend the formal program and expected to attend the informal program. The conference starts at around 9:00 on Saturday morning. When everybody has completed the registration, the opening ceremony at 10:00 will mark the beginning of the conference. In the evening, after having spent various hours working of debating, everybody can blow off steam during a joyful dinner in the hall of our student association.

The second and last day of the conference starts with a lecture in each committee about a committee-specific issue. During Sunday it is essential that resolutions are finalized and contain detailed strategies. At the end of the day all participants will receive certificates of participation. We will also hand out nominations for the best delegates.

All information will be uploaded on the website: Conference 2018->Information Files.

Event
Minerva United Nations is open for 200 students who will be distributed among seven committees.

Conference Fee
The conference fee of €50 covers entrance to both workshops and conference, two lunches on Saturday and Sunday, a three course dinner on Saturday evening, entrance to the HIFI party on Saturday night, and a certificate as proof of your participation. The conference fee applies to both delegates and chairs.

Programs

During our conference participants can follow two programs. You can either join the debate as a delegate, or choose to lead the debate and register as a chair.

Chair
As a chair, you are responsible for leading the debate in the committees. You should be in control of the committee at all times. However, your responsibility for the course of the debate starts long before the conference actually starts. As a chair, you are supposed to write a “Chair report” on each issue that will be discussed in your committee, to guide the delegates in their preparation and research ahead of the event. This generally includes an introduction to the subject, gives a general overview of the subject, as well as a list of major parties involved and previous attempts to solve the issue or possible solutions. You help your delegates by defining key terms if you deem necessary, giving a timeline of events, or including useful documents that can help their research. Of course we do not expect you to know this from the start, so ahead of the event there will be a chair workshop organised on Tuesday the 20th of March to guide you along this process. Furthermore we expect you to be aware of and understand the Rules of Procedure applicable during MUN. You do not have to know them by heart but you should be the expert in your committee. The Rules of Procedure will also be discussed during the workshop so you do not have to work through them all by yourself. In general, a chair carries quite a lot of responsibility and it takes some preparation. We expect you to, apart from attending the workshop, spend about two days on preparation. Earlier MUN experience is required. In return, you get the opportunity to develop soft skills such as leading the debate as well a certificate proving your participation as a chair, recognized by the NVVN (Dutch United Nations Association).

Delegate
As delegate you represent the interests of a country and actively take part in the debate to voice your national concerns and preferences in regards to a possible resolution. The delegate program is an engaging program for both beginners and participants with much MUN experience. You learn to debate and lobby between various interests, in order to reach consensus. Delegates need less preparation for the conference than chairs, but need to do research prior to the conference and prepare a short opening speech. There is need to worry for first-timers because all delegates will be prepared during the two workshops on the 3rd and 10th of April, and as the debate develops it will gradually become easier to speak and formulate your arguments. We advise experienced MUN-delegates to take part in the Security Council, which is a challenging but interesting committee. All delegates will receive a certificate, recognized by the NVVN (Dutch United Nations Association).