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15th, 16th and 17th December 2018

 

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

 

Dear Delegates,

I am extremely excited to welcome you to the eighth session of TISBMUN. This year, TISB MUN is focussed on fostering both spirited debate and creative problem-solving in order to create long-lasting substantive solutions to real global problems. In that sense, our mission goes beyond creating a MUN but rather creating future global leaders.

From large General Assemblies to smaller crisis committees we are blending classic committees with innovative ones in order to appeal to a wide range of interests. We are also excited to introduce our first ever junior committee which will be the SOCHUM. From DISEC to the JCC, we will ensure that you get your voice heard and your opinions expressed. After all, it is not until every delegate raises their placard can the intricacies of Modal UN truly be expressed.

Over the three days, I would like to encourage you to make eloquent and substantive speeches while using your diplomacy with tact in order to sway the wind in your favour. I would like to encourage you to research both your agenda and country’s policies in depth while keeping an open mind to differing opinions.

MUN has truly changed my life and shaped who I am. It has made me a better speaker, a better listener and taught me how to calmly and diplomatically express my opinions while listening to those of others. In the increasingly tense global atmosphere we are in, it is important to promote change through diplomacy. We, therefore, call upon delegates to act in order to preserve peace for generations to come. This has been at the core of the United Nations since 1945 and is exactly what TISB MUN will embody. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Best Wishes,

Anusha Sarathy

Director-General

The International School Bangalore Model United Nations

sanusha@tisb.ac.in

LETTER FROM UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

Greetings Delegates!

My name is Ananth Subramanya and it is my utmost honor to be serving as the Under-Secretary-General at this year’s edition of TISBMUN.

Having attended over 20 Model UN conferences, I have come to the conclusion that a Model UN can be an intellectually stimulating and memorable experience if approached correctly. A Model UN should be approached as a learning avenue rather than an avenue to deliver memorized points and speeches. Delegates that attend TISBMUN 2018 should attend with through research, but also an open mind on policies. Great policies aren't made by quoting charters and pointing out flaws in other speeches but is made through a dialogue of diplomacy. My advice to all delegates attending TISBMUN 2018 is to step out of their comfort zone, be flexible, and be confident.

If you have any queries, please feel free to reach out to me. Looking forward to meeting you all this December!

Sincerely,

Ananth Subramanya

Under-Secretary General

The International School Bangalore Model United Nations

mananth@tisb.ac.in

LETTER FROM HEAD OF LOGISTICS

 

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to TISB MUN 2018! TISB MUN was one of my first MUN experiences, and it taught me a lot of important things, like how to voice out my opinion, how to research, and most important of all, how to learn important social skills, while having fun and meeting new people from schools all around India.

Honestly, I was very amazed when I saw a whole new side of the people I had spoken to before, but it’s true! MUN does bring out a whole new person inside you. It opens your mind to diverse views and opinions, while you learn about how things function in the real world and how difficult it is to come to a consensus when you are in a room with a lot of diverse people. The whole package experience is life-changing.

I hope you all have a great time here, and that this MUN helps you grow as a person and connect with more people!

Sincerely,

Shrishti Ramaiah

Head of Logistics

The International School Bangalore Model United Nations

rshrishti@tisb.ac.in

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OPEN LETTER TO FUTURE MUN DELEGATES

 

Dear future model United Nations delegates,

I am sure you are excited about embarking upon this unique journey that will take you through the world of Model United Nations. Trust me when I say that there is absolutely nothing like it. Nothing that tests such a wide multiplicity of skills and talents. To be successful in this convoluted world is not easy, but it ultimately all boils down to being determined. Nobody is born with a gavel in their hand. Ultimately, being able to succeed is something that can be taught by the greatest teacher to ever exist: experience.

But it is always great to get a head start. The world of MUN that you witness and experience is no doubt going to be different from those who came before, and those who came after you. Experiencing it for yourself will no doubt be indispensable, no matter how many lectures you hear about it. But listening to the experiences and of those who have already explored this world and embarked on this journey will nevertheless be of great value. This is the aim of this letter. To give you some basic tricks of the trade before you start playing the game yourself.

The tips are divided into 2 categories. ‘Research’ and ‘In Committee’.

Research:

  • Many people choose to believe that relying on the internet for some basic facts and figures is sufficient to help you excel in committee. But research is much more than that. Obtaining data, facts and figures about the issue is integral to frame concrete arguments, but relying only on data about selective aspects of the agenda is not enough. This will simply give you a one-dimensional understanding of the topic, no matter how many websites you visit. Go into committee with just basic numbers on the main areas of the topic, and you will soon find that you are not able to keep up with the debate in committee. There will be a scarce number of areas where you will actually be able to argue. Therefore, to avoid this, you need to delve much deeper into the research aspect of the MUN. For example, if your agenda is about a particular war that took place in the past, talk to a relative or someone who lived during that period. Understand exactly what it was like living during that time. What were the issues. What were the problems. Read a book about the issue that will be debated in committee. I cannot express how much more a book gives you compared to reading a couple of articles or watching a documentary on the topic. There’s absolutely no comparison. Once again I reiterate, having facts and figures to form opinions, back up arguments and speak intelligently and convincingly in committee is crucial, actually having a conversation with someone who had experienced the problem will go a long way to helping you understand the topic at a much deeper level. 

  • Try to understand similar cases in the past or in the same period in different locations to the agenda being discussed and use them as case studies in order to try and understand how to attack the problem at hand. For example, if the agenda is related to the growth of drug cartels in Africa, fuelled by economic compulsion, one could use the drug trade in the Americas as a case study. In order to understand how to approach the problem, try and research on, for example, how the USA is dealing with these existing cartels in South Americas, how they try and restrict the influence of the existing cartels, the drug trade routes etc. and try and understand how that can be applied in the African context. 

  • A basic fact that has been drilled into almost every new delegate from almost the minute he/she arrives is to never quote Wikipedia as a source of facts and figures. The larger point that is being made when someone tells you this is that credibility of the sources of your information is crucial. No matter how inflammatory, brilliant or sensational your claims may be, if you are not able to back it up with a credible source, they are next to meaningless in committee, because the lack of validity of the source will be the first thing other delegates will point out in this situation.

  • Identify websites that are essentially devoted to statistics and research. For example, if you are trying to learn more about your own country, the CIA World Factbook is a great place to start. It contains plentiful information on almost every major aspect of your country, from basic facts like the type of government and population, to more complicated issues like the current major political and environmental issues of the country.

  • Many delegates make the mistake of researching only on the topic at hand, and forgetting to give importance to research about one’s own country. Never forget that at the end of the day, while you are trying to solve a global problem, special precedence must be given to how the issue relates to and affects your country. Protecting your country’s interests and representing its beliefs are at the end of the day your main job. It does not matter whether you personally agree or disagree with your country’s government’s beliefs. You are essentially agreeing to play a character when you choose a country, and along with it come its beliefs and interests, which you must uphold at all times.

  • Finally, an important point to note is that there is no substitute to research. Having great soft skills and being able to work with people is important, but without doing your homework, there is not much that they will count for in committee.

In Committee:

  • Doing research is like watching game film. But walking into committee is when the real game begins. A common mistake that I have seen delegates make is trying to dominate and control proceedings right from the word go. Making a strong first impression on the chair is important, but there are two reasons this may go wrong. Firstly, acting dominant and controlling right from the first minute may make you come across as someone who is annoying to the other delegates or rather trying too hard. Secondly, even if it does work, other delegates will immediately see you as a threat to the gavel and try to shut you out of everything. Neither of these is doing you any favours in the long run.

  • Ideally, by the end of day 1, you want to establish yourself as one of the top 8-10 delegates, but not take control immediately. Get to know your fellow delegates and start working with them.

  • By about midway of the second day is a good time to have brought together a loyal group of delegates, which will form your core team going forward.

  • The person who does the best in committee is often midway between the most intelligent and the most likable person in committee. Being intelligent and having good arguments is not enough. Respecting people and being able to gather support and respect is what will make it count. But on the flip side, just being plain likeable is not enough. You may make plenty of friends in the process, but being taken seriously when it counts is just as important. Just joke around with other delegates the entire time, and be assured that the gavel will be a long way away.

  • Make sure that while drafting a resolution, even the most quiet members of your bloc on the fringe are able to get at least one or two ideas on the resolution. This will ensure that they feel some ownership on the resolution themselves and will drastically reduce their chances of switching to a different bloc.

  • While defending a resolution in front of committee, it is crucial that you are thorough with not just your points, but the points given by others as well. That ensures that any point that is brought up for clarification will enable to you speak up and defend it. Essentially, it gives you full ownership of your points and partial ownership of others’ points. Even if one of your fellow sponsors has explained or defended on of the points on the resolution, add a point of your own. This truly goes a long way.

  • Finally, it is usually by the second half of day 2 or day 3 that tight blocs form, and there is little scope for a change in loyalties. This is when you go all out. Upto this point you should have been part of the spotlight, but this is the time, more than ever, to go out and dominate. Hold nothing back.

Once again, like I said, reading a hundred tips and tricks like these is nothing compared to going and experiencing the world of MUN for yourself. But, these will no doubt provide you with some insight and basic knowledge before you go out and embark on this incredible journey yourselves. There is truly no exercise available today that better tests so many different skills in such a short span of time like Model United Nations. The awards are important, but at the end of the day, the true beauty of doing MUN is in the skills you develop and hone in the process. The ability to argue intelligently. The ability to work with others. The ability to work with clarity, The ability to treat people with respect. The ability to earn respect for yourself. I have never seen anything like it. Model United Nations is no doubt one of the single most productive and helpful activities you can participate in. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn an immense amount, it equips you with skills that stay with you for life. I wish to sign off by wishing you all luck for this incredible journey of MUN waiting in store for you. Each one of you will have a different story to tell at the end of it. Good luck and enjoy yourselves!

Anurag Aditya Sharma

TISB Alumni Batch of 2016-17

IB 45 Scorer and TISB Topper

FACULTY INFORMATION

 

The Model United Nations Club is one of the most active clubs at TISB. We have been conducting MUN Conferences as a part of our school fest VIVUM till 2011. However, our students realized that an MUN Conference should be bigger and run separately from VIVUM. TISBMUN is completely organized by the students. Our students have successfully organized six MUN Conferences. Our best students have also served as Chairs and Assistant Directors at local conferences as well as Harvard MUN India, Ivy League MUN Conference India among other top international Conferences. We hope to make the seventh TISBMUN Conference a truly delighting one for you. Please feel free to email me anything regarding TISBMUN 2018.

Image of Mr.Anand Jerome - French Faculty and In-charge of MUN

Mr. Anand Jerome

French Faculty and In-charge of MUN

janand@tisb.ac.in