Model UN Glossary
This is a brief list of vocabulary that you can use to acquaint yourself with the most common MUN terminology. Review it! It will definitely help in conferences. For the complete official Model U.N. Glossary, click HERE to view it.
Model United Nations – Model United Nations aims to educate participants on the U.N., global issues, diplomacy, and communication. A student is assigned a country and acts as a delegate who focuses on a certain topic - researching, debating, and proposing solutions with other delegates in a committee. M.U.N. is practiced all throughout the world, throughout high schools and colleges.
Conference – A conference is hosted by a school and is attended by delegates from all different schools. Conferences are generally 1 or 2 days, and last from morning to afternoon.
Committee – A committee is comprised of delegates from different countries, and generally takes place in a classroom. Each committee discusses 2-3 different topics.
Delegate – A delegate researches their country and understands its policies and opinions, reflecting such opinions in a committee. As a representative of a country, your opinions should not come through in discussion - it is not what you think, it is what your country thinks. Some committees are dual delegate, where two students represent one country.
Chair – The chairs of a committee moderate the debate, keep points which are used for awards, and enforce rules of the conference. They sit at the dais, or the table in the front of the room.
Position/Policy Paper – A research paper written before a conference that discusses the background of a topic, past U.N. involvement, the country's policies towards the topic, and possible solutions. A policy paper is written for each topic.
Point of Motion or Inquiry – A request made by a delegate by holding up his placard to ask questions, open debates, change speech times, etc.
Decorum – The order and respect which delegates exhibit during a conference. If a committee is being too rowdy or disrespectful, a chair will call for decorum.