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.
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).
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).