Assembly committees most closely simulate the actual United Nations. They focus on both public speaking and writing, and the goal of such committees is to be as knowledgeable and assertive as possible in describing policy and developing solutions.
Draft resolutions are the completed versions of working papers you write in committee at a conference. They are formatted differently than position papers, and cannot be written beforehand. You will work in small groups at conferences to write them. Even though they're done at the conference as opposed to before it, you can still draft clauses and come up with funding/policy ideas so you're better prepared in committee.
Having a comprehensive research binder is key to success in committee. Whether you use all of the information in it or not, having a thick binder helps you come across as organized and well researched. The information might be useful!
Crisis committees are available at every conference we attend; however, they are less frequent than traditional assembly committees. They are procedurally different, and require a different skill set that is heavier on improvisation and behind-the-scenes work, rather than public speaking. For delegates who are less comfortable with policy and prefer creativity and thinking outside the box, crisis committees are an excellent fit.
Position papers are a comprehensive overview of your country's view on a set of topics, to be submitted at the beginning of a conference. They are no more than one page per topic. Awards are given out at several of the conferences we attend for the delegate with the best position paper; in addition, they factor into overall awards!
Some conferences request different types of formatting for their position papers. While the guidelines here are a general rule and are acceptable for every conference, please check the applicable conference's page for clarification on heading, citations, etc.
- Please properly do your footnotes (Microsoft Word, Google Docs). Do not just paste links in the footer; do actual footnotes, or else you'll get points off.
- If you find you're over the page limit. expand the margins a bit. At some conferences, it is okay if you drop it to 11 or even 10 pt font, but it's best not to.
- If you wish, use a watermark on your paper-- whether of a country seal, flag, or the UN logo, it can make your paper look markedly more professional.
Position papers are required for all assembly committees. If you are in a crisis committee, it is highly suggested.
- How to Write an Assembly Position Paper
- How to Write a Crisis Position Paper
How to Dress
At all conferences, you will dress in a manner called "Western business attire". Instructions for doing so are found here.
This chart identifies procedures on how to act in committee. You will receive an almost identical one at every conference you go to, and your dais will help you out; however, it's always good to have an understanding of how committee functions if you're a new delegate!
Committees of different sizes require different procedures and strategies for asserting one's authority. They are detailed further in the document below.