This Section has been created for Fribourg Model United Nations participants for the Fall Semester 2019!
You will find most of this information in the delegate handbook you will receive.
For any questions do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete the Sign up Form, which you will find right here Please submit your preferences in the choice of countries. Do not choose your own country (your nationality). The deadline to sign up for a country is October 12th. You will either be e-mailed in the next few weeks with the confirmation of your country or we will post an official list here on the website
Sure, you kind of understand what the concept of MUN is about, but concretely... what are you even doing?
Being an MUN delegate is hard - especially if you're just getting started! Some thoughts that go through every delegates mind: "woah, how the hell can he speak in front of all these people without turning red?", "what am I doing here? I don't understand what's happening!", "How do I even get started?", "So I read everything about my country, but I'm still not sure what to say during debates...", "how much can I improvise during debates? Will they notice if I'm making up random statistics?", "How do I make friends/allies here?", "what the hell are these rules of procedure and how am I ever going to understand them?"
No worries, this workshop is here to help. These tips and tricks will help you save a lot of time and mistakes along the way, and will give you the tools to make your experience not only productive but also very fun. This workshop will be split into three parts to help you get your semester started.
Negotiation tips: How to make the debates as objectively productive as possible ? (these skills will help you in your everyday life, for sure!)
Types of MUN delegates: What type of delegate do you want to be and who are you working with/against, subjectively speaking ?
How to use the rules of procedure to your advantage : these tedious rules of procedure that nobody understands must be good for some reason, except organize the debates... right? How can you be sneaky and get what you want - using these rules of procedure?
16.10.2019 Expert Night/ Conference
This Wedneday is going to be your first MUN Session of this semester and our Expert Time. It is almost tradition that the board invites a Speaker to explain the topic from an inside view, and this year it is taking place in form of a conference. We believe this gives you the unique chance to get in contact with people who are dealing every day, we get to discus during debates.
This year, Ms. Weissova from the IOM will address the topic: "Human Trafficking a Global Issue". After her presentation, there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.
It is also time to start the debates!
The ones who feel comfortable to give their opening speeches on this day are encouraged to, for the rest it will be the 23rd of October. Your opening speech should not be longer than 1 minute and contain your country's position on the topic.
The Delegate Handbook will guide you through the research process and give you a general idea about the topic.
During this session, you will get an opportunity to lobby. Lobbying consists of finding a group that shares the same interests and policies as you, and to merge resolutions with them
In addition to your opening speech you will have to write a position paper. Your position paper is a short piece of writing that outlines your country's position on the issue at hand similar to your opening speech. This document should be about half a page long, or longer if you are a country heavily affected by the topic. DEADLINE FOR HANDING IN THE POSITION PAPERS IS THE 22ND OF OCTOBER
The chairs will read through every position paper for coherency.
It might happen that your country has no particular stance about the topic. Even though we have tried to avoid this by having a smaller list of countries to choose from, it can nevertheless happen. In that case, we ask you, based on your research to write about what is the probable position of your country.
This link contains useful information on position papers. However, the delegate handbook also covers the topic of position papers, so make sure to check it out.
Please send us the Position Papers per Email and we will publish it on the GA subside.
23.10.2019 Opening Speeches and 2nd Debate
As preparation you should read the position paper of the countries who have the same stand as you do.
Here is what is going to happen:
After roll-call, we will open the General Speaker’s List. The GSL is the moment the whole committee gets to know about your research and your country’s stance on the topic. Make sure you take the chance, raise your placard and let your chair recognize you.
Sometimes, new motions will be brought in between the General Speakers’ List. A motion is a request made by a delegate that the committee as a whole do something. Is there something in particular you want to discuss? Motion for a moderated caucus on that topic!
If you want to talk to individual delegates, motion for an unmoderated caucus.
Moderated Caucus: A type of caucus in which delegates remain seated and the Chair calls on them one at a time to speak for a short period of time, enabling a freer exchange of opinions than would be possible in formal debate.
Unmoderated Caucus: A type of caucus in which delegates leave their seats to mingle and speak freely. Enables the free sharing of ideas to an extent not possible in formal debate or even a moderated caucus. Frequently used to sort countries into blocs and to write working papers and draft resolutions.
The session will began with Roll Call and the General Speaker's list will be open. After hearing a few speeches from the General's Speakers List the chair will call for any points or motions.
It is also time to start thinking about possible resolutions and alliances, therefore it is important you use unmoderated caucuses to form working blocks.
This session will be dedicated to a crisis simulation.
As you know, MUN has several forms: you can debate in a GA, an ECOSOC & Regional Body or a Crisis Committee. It is important that FriMUN delegates feel comfortable in all forms of debate.
This session will also serve as a try out for the International Conference Team. Therefore, if you are interested in being a delegate at WorldMUN this is your time to shine.
The session will start with Roll Call as usual, then the committee will receive the crisis. Next, it will be up to the delegates to produce crisis directives - which are shorter than a resolution - and come up with great short term solutions to the crisis at hand. During this process it is important to not forget the work that has been done so far and the solutions found for the main topic, as the crisis will relate to Human Trafficking.
The motions to be made at a crisis are the same as those for regular debate, therefore the delegate handbook and its rules of procedure can always be used as a point of reference.
In addition, we will give you more information about the International Conference Team and other Events.
Press Release 1
A story broke in the NY TIMES about a very famous international 5 Star Hotel chain in Germany that has been implicated in human trafficking as well as having ties to other organized crime rings. The Article focuses on portraying three victims, however law enforcement has identified about 10 so far. They are victims of modern slavery meaning that they have been promised the opportunity of getting a workers permit in Europe, and then have been taken advantage of, had their passport taken away, were watched 24/7 without getting any days off and had been working and living in inhumane conditions. The alleged victims were trafficked through multiple countries but their countries of origin have been proven to be Sudan, Venezuela, and Indonesia. It is not yet clear if the incident only concerns the hotel chain in Germany or if it is an international trafficking ring. So far no statement by the hotel management has been given.
Press Release 2
It has now been established that there has been a trafficking ring operating through the Loosh Hotel Chain.
So far over 150 victims could be identified in multiple countries. These countries include the United Kingdom, France, Turkey, China, Iran, Russia and the United States .
The victims accounts are shocking as well as very similar. The traffickers kept moving the victims around, making sure that they wouldn’t understand the national language. Further they made sure that at no hotel there would be more than two victims of similar cultural background. The victims mainly came from third world countries with very little education and low socioeconomic status. While the oversight of the victims was mainly handled by lower management it is alleged that the top managers are implicated as well.
The traffickers took advantage of short term visas and kept authorities in the dark by repeatedly telling them the victims left the country. How exactly they evaded the labor controls by certain governments remains unclear. According to the witnesses, they stayed for mainly economic reasons, being the sole providers for their families.
The Loosh Hotel is an international 5 star Hotel that is also present in all the cities of the UN Headquarters Geneva New York Vienna Nairobi and is therefor favored by UN Diplomats
This week we have our working paper session.
Your Working Paper should include answer these questions:
What measures can be taken to reduce human trafficking ? These measures should be inclusive of legal, social, cultural and health issues.
How can modern slavery be reduced?
Does an appeal need to be made to other International/ U.N. bodies?
Don't forget, crisis directives were made and these should be taken into consideration when drafting a resolution.