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FAQs


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

All the information you need to know about District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) should be contained in this website.

If you have any unanswered question or need to discuss anything about MUNA please go to the Contact Us page and email or call us.

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Debate Planning


Debate Planning

The MUNA Camp weekend will be heaps more rewarding if you come prepared and ready to debate.

Debate Planning


Debate Planning

The MUNA Camp weekend will be heaps more rewarding if you come prepared and ready to debate.

Planning for your MUNA Debates

The following suggestions will help you to prepare for successful participation in MUNA.

Attend a workshop.

The MUNA Committee holds workshops for students (delegates) who have been nominated to participate in MUNA. Due to the size of our region there are 2 held, one in east and one in west Gippsland. All delegates are expected to attend one workshop of their choice (feel free to attend both).

Counsellors and other interested teachers and parents, as well as Rotarians are also invited to attend.

Our twin aims are:

  • To promote a high standard of presentation and debate at MUNA through appreciation and understanding of the background and intent of each resolution, and
  • To enhance the representation by the delegates of their country’s position on each issue.

Each resolution will be analysed in turn, to clarify the issues and the recommendations, and their possible impact. Delegates will be encouraged to
identify workable solutions consistent with their own country’s position. A particular focus will be on practical measures that could improve the
chances of the aims and objectives of the Assembly’s recommendations being achieved, and not simply on passing the resolution.

Get to Know your Country Profile: Geography and History.

There are four main areas of a country that you should research:

  1. Physical Geography (“defined territory”)
  2. Cultural Geography (“permanent population”)
  3. Political Geography (“government”)
  4. Economic Geography (“capacity to enter into relations with the other states” e.g. trade)

Geography represents different features about a country today, but delegates should also learn how those features have changed over time and why. In addition to country geography, delegates should study a country’s history. This combination of geography and history amounts to a country profile.

To help students explore their country, BestDelegate.com have prepared this handout. It features 20 frequently asked questions about country geography. It also has directions for preparing a brief presentation about their country. This handout can be used to help practice their research skills, as well as public speaking.

Know all you can about the country your delegation represents so you can debate the resolutions with facts and skill.

In addition to resources available from your school, public library, internet etc. contact your country's local Consul, or their Embassy in Canberra. It may be useful to read books (fiction, non-fiction, biographies, etc) by authors who live in your country. They may offer insights into the culture you're learning about. Consulates/Embassies have been known to go all out to support MUNA Delegates.

Learn about your country's viewpoints on as many of the issues to be discussed at MUNA as you can. There are links to interesting web resources, including the CIA and United Nations below.

Know your allies and your opponents.

In order to properly represent your country during MUNA you will need to interact with delegates from other countries. Knowing their positions on your topic helps you to predict their arguments during debate.

This will be very useful in helping you decide in advance where it might be useful to seek cooperation or compromise. Be familiar with current statistical data on your topic and your country. The MS-Word document Planning-Tool-for-Resolutions.doc will help your delegation plan for each resolution.

Understand the Assembly Procedures

Review the Rules and Procedures for MUNA. These rules are intended to allow each country to accomplish it's individual goals in speaking about their policies while maximizing opportunities for the group to reach agreement or consensus on each issue. Our Rules of Debate are derived from those used by the UN and reflect UN protocol and procedure.

The Camp Rules exist to give attendees boundaries and to assist in the smooth running of the weekend.

Some information stays the same year to year, but each year the Program, Delegation List, Bloc Country List and any other useful information is posted on a page for that year

Get the most out of the MUNA weekend - Be prepared!

HAVE A GREAT TIME, RELAX AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE

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Useful Links


Useful Links

Useful Links


Useful Links

Links for online research:

 

United Nations

UN Students

United Nations Official Website. The UN Cyber school bus is usually good, however, it is down for maintenance and will return in a few months with a new design and new content. While we update the site, please send any questions or requests to: education-outreach@un.org

CIA Fact book

Broad range of information about individual countries especially trans-national issues

Global Issues

A range of articles about significant global issues.

New Internationalist magazine

This magazine is written from the perspective of the developing world rather than the western world, as is usually the case.

Global Statistics

Huge collection of data, ranging from country profiles, capital cities, surface areas, population and other information.

Contact your embassy/consulate

Not only can you get information from the embassy or consulate's website but you can contact them directly. They have been known to be very supportive of MUNA Delegates in the past.

Wikipedia is awesome!

However, use it with caution; know that there are errors which are almost inevitable with the nature of a wiki. You should try to confirm the accuracy with more authoritative sources, or at least cross reference uncertain facts with 2 or 3 sources.

Wiki is Hawaiian for “fast; quick.” As a noun, wiki means “a website that allows anyone to add, delete or revise content by using a web browser.”

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Pack for Camp


Pack for Camp

Pack for Camp


Pack for Camp

Phillip Island Camp Site Map

Phillip Island Camp Site Map

What you need to bring with you.

During the MUNA weekend you will stay at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort.

All Resort guest rooms are fully air-conditioned, ensuited and designed to comfortably accommodate up to six guests. Subtle screening, combined with an open plan layout, provides space along with privacy between the dual sleeping zones, as well as enabling ease of supervision.

Each room contains six single beds with (zipped together two singles form a queen sized double). As is customary in the group accommodation industry, guests supply their own personal bedding, however pillows are provided. All facilities including guests rooms are air-conditioned to ensure guest comfort year-round. For guest convenience complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the facility.

Please do not bring items of value or jewelry as we are unable to secure them and the MUNA Committee or Camp Management take NO responsibility for any loss or damage incurred.

Camp Auditurium for the MUN Assembly

Camp Auditurium for the MUN Assembly

Phillip Island Resort guest rooms are fully air-conditioned & ensuited

Phillip Island Resort guest rooms are fully air-conditioned & ensuited

Room Layout Plan

Room Layout Plan

You will need to bring with you the following items:

  • Pillow and pillow slip
  • Sleeping bag or sheets and doona
  • Towel and personal toiletries (toothbrush, soap etc)
  • Any Prescribed medication

Medical

If you suffer from an allergy or a medical condition and have a written action plan, please bring a copy and hand in at the registration desk. We have medical trained personnel on hand. (note: you will detail any medical conditions when you register online)

Mobile/internet

Mobile telephone coverage is good at Phillip Island and internet connection at the resort is available but may be limited. If you have personal internet connection bring it with you.

During MUNA Assembly sessions, please ensure your phone is off or set to 'silent'. Only use your phone for MUNA focused actions and stay present to your task at the Assembly.

HAVE A GREAT TIME, RELAX AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!

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Dress Code


Dress Code

Dress Code


Dress Code

Dress Code

Participants are encouraged to wear the national dress of the country they represent.

In fact, there is even an Award for 'Best Country Dress'.

Your sponsoring Rotary Club may assist you with the cost of your national costume (check with your club directly).
 
In order to create the appropriate atmosphere for the learning experience that MUNA offers, participants must conform to a dress code during meetings of the Assembly. The criteria are professionalism and appropriate for the delegation.
 
If you decide NOT to wear the national dress (again, we'd prefer you wear national dress):

  • Wear appropriate semi-formal attire, e.g.- your standard school uniform or standard white collar business attire.
  • Caps, jeans, sneakers, sunglasses, are too casual for the Assembly.
  • Outside of the Assembly, dress neat casual as one pleases.

MUNA facilitators and Counsellors are expected to monitor their delegation’s attire. As role models for their delegates, Counsellors that attend MUNA are also expected to follow the dress code in the Assembly.

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Rules & Procedures


Rules & Procedures

Do's and Don'ts whilst on camp and Procedures whilst in the Assembly.

Rules & Procedures


Rules & Procedures

Do's and Don'ts whilst on camp and Procedures whilst in the Assembly.

RULES OF DEBATE & ASSEMBLY PROCEDURES

  1. To maintain order, permission to address this Assembly is granted by the Secretary General. Delegates must address the Secretary General at all times when speaking to the Assembly. They may not address the representatives of other nations directly. Delegates should open with “Mr Secretary General, we the delegates from … [then state your country] …
     
  2. When a resolution is to be debated, the Secretary General or his or her assistant will read the resolution. He will then call the Proposer, Seconder & first & second Speakers Against as elected at the Friday Night Preliminaries.  The other Countries who wish to speak in support or against the motion send their name to the Secretary General via the Diplomatic Couriers after the commencement of debating.
     
  3. The Proposer will open the debate followed by the Seconder, then the principal speaker & second speaker against the motion. Following speakers will then alternate between speakers for and against the motion. Except for the Proposer and principal speaker against, each nation may only speak once on each motion.
     
  4. The Proposer and principal speaker against both have the Right of Reply at the end of discussion on a resolution or amendment. They may choose to decline this right if they wish. In most cases these should be used to summarise support or opposition to the motion and to rebut arguments put forward during the debate, not as an opportunity for introducing new arguments.
     
  5. Delegates are reminded that where possible, the views you put forward in the debate should be the likely views of the country you are representing and not your personal views. For a resolution to be carried, it requires 51% support not merely a majority (you may abstain from voting). No country has a veto.
     
  6. The Proposer and the Principal Speaker Against will have 5 minutes, all other Delegates will be limited to 3:00 minutes time for each speaker. A warning will sound 15 seconds before time is up and then a final warning at the completion of allocated time. The Delegate must resume his or her seat at completion of allocated time. Right of Reply speakers will be limited to 1:00 minute.
     
  7. Points of order will be allowed by the Secretary General only on an issue where it is felt that the rules have been broken. Delegates may interrupt the debate by rising from their seat and calling for a ruling.
     
  8. Points of Clarifications/Personal Explanations will be allowed by the Secretary General only on matters where a delegate claims to have been misquoted or misrepresented. Delegates may interrupt the debate by rising from their seat and calling for a clarification. The Secretary General will rule absolutely on the validity of these matters.
     
  9. After the opening of the session, Bloc meetings may be held to discuss mutual stand points on issues. Smaller groups may decide to meet to discuss certain positions and motions. Future Bloc Meetings may be called prior to discussing a particular motion. The calling of these is treated as a motion, with proper procedures applying. A motion calling a Bloc Meeting must be passed by two thirds of the assembly or at the instigation of the Secretary General.
     
  10. Delegates can introduce a Motion of Dissent if in their opinion the Secretary General appears to be showing bias in his rulings or his conduct of the debate. They require a seconder. The Secretary General is then obliged to accept the Motion of Dissent and is required to vacate the chair. The President will call for a vote on the motion which if supported by a majority in the Assembly will result in an alternate chairperson replacing the Secretary General for the remainder of the debate on that resolution.
     
  11. If a debate is going nowhere and nothing new is being said or there is general agreement either to support or reject the resolution, then any delegate can require “that the resolution be put”. If the resolution be put vote fails then the debate continues with countries still to speak, being allowed to continue.
     
  12. Diplomatic Notes are an important facet of the MUNA process. They are used to persuade Bloc members who are yet to speak to add a Bloc member’s view during a presentation. The delegate sending the note may not have been invited to speak or elected not to speak when speakers where initially called for. They can also be used to communicate with the Secretary General during the debates.
    Diplomatic Notes will be allowed by the Secretary General on the following basis:
    • That all messages be in the spirit of MUNA
    • That messages are not frivolous in their nature
    • That all messages are delivered by the MUNA Attendants and will be vetted (read).
     
  13. The Secretary General may suspend the debate at any time to acknowledge the arrival of a special guest, e.g. the District Governor.

Basic Behaviour Code, Permission and Disclaimer

By Registering and/or Attending the MUNA Camp you are explicitly stating that you understand and agree to the following:

  1. The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a District Youth Project auspiced by Rotary International District 9820 Inc. A0010174Z., Victoria, Australia. The event is run for the District by the Rotary Club of Traralgon with assistance from other Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.
     
  2. All participants in MUNA agree to exercise common sense and respect for others in their dealings throughout the conference. By taking part in the conference they agree to abide by the Code of Conduct required of participants and to follow the directions of Rotarians in charge during the weekend.
     
  3. A name badge is issued when you arrive at sign in/registration and it must be worn so it can be seen at all times.
     
  4. District 9820 MUNA & Forest Edge has a NO SMOKING, ALCOHOL or UNPRESCRIBED DRUGS policy inside and outside the complex.
     
  5. For safety, delegates participating in MUNA must not leave the boundaries allocated to our group without authorization from a member of District 9820 MUNA Committee.
     
  6. Participants must not leave the confines of the MUNA venue without the permission of a supervising Rotarian.
     
  7. There is no curfew, however, we ask that you please be considerate of other delegates. You will need your sleep to be well prepared for MUNA. (Supervising Rotarian may call “Lights Out” if they deem it necessary).
     
  8. Female rooms are out of bounds for all Males and vice versa.
     
  9. Adults’ rooms are a no-go zone unless you need to report an incident or concern.
     
  10. Do not go into another person's room without their direct permission.
     
  11. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory and you are expected to be on time.
     
  12. Compliance with standing rules, regulations and directions of the venue operators and District 9820 MUNA are to be observed at all times.
     
  13. If for any reason the MUNA Committee find the need to send a delegate home due to inappropriate behaviour the onus is on the parent or guardian to collect the student from the venue at their own cost. If there are issues that involve illegal activity the Police will be called.
     
  14. District 9820 MUNA reserves the right to take photographs, interviews and recordings of participants and the MUNA proceedings and to use such media and other materials from MUNA for promotional and archival purposes. District 9820 MUNA asserts all relevant intellectual property rights over such media. Any views expressed by participants during MUNA are the sole views of the individual concerned, and do not necessarily represent the views of the organizers, District 9820 or Rotary International.
     
  15. The MUNA Social Media Policy forms a part of the camp rules and code of behaviour.
     
  16. Whilst all reasonable endeavours will be made to ensure the safety and security of participants and their belongings, the organizers accept no responsibility for any consequences or injury sustained as a result of participation in MUNA, whether by accident, omission, negligence or any other cause.
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Awards


Judging Awards

Awards Judging Guidelines for Delegations

Awards


Judging Awards

Awards Judging Guidelines for Delegations

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Guidelines for how the Awards are Judged.

The intent of MUNA is to increase the knowledge of the United Nations and at the same time allow delegates to improve their skill and interpersonal skill. Judging will be undertaken by evaluating each delegation’s performance against the criteria listed below. All awards are for the team effort and not individual performance.

Feedback from the Secretary General, Debate Adjudicators, MUNA Committee, Counsellors and other Delegates all forms a part of the decision to determine the winners.


BEST OVERALL DELEGATION

Factors that are taken in consideration are:

  • Ability to represent their country – demonstrate knowledge of history, politics, policies, culture, demographics and act in accordance with that position
  • Demonstrated team work
  • Effective use of time
  • Actively being involved in proceedings, taking part in the debates and professional conduct by demonstrating correct and appropriate behaviour including proper decorum, attitude, ability to listen and compromise, tact, courtesy, general spirit and ability to work co-operatively with all participants in the process.
  • Adhere to the Rules of Debate at all times

The winning delegation have their names inscribed on the District 9820 MUNA Perpetual Shield and will receive book vouchers and certificates. They are also invited to represent District 9820 at National MUNA in Canberra and their school will hold the shield for the following 12 months.


BEST OVERALL DELEGATION (Runner-Up)

Factors that are taken in consideration for this award are the same as above.

The winning delegation will receive book vouchers and certificates.


DISTRICT 9820 PEACE SHIELD

The District 9820 Peace Shield is a perpetual trophy presented each year to the delegation participating in MUNA which makes the best contribution in influencing world peace.

So as to clearly distinguish the District 9820 Peace Shield from the debating prizes, which are intended to recognise the most competent debaters during the debating sessions and are judged accordingly, the following criteria will apply:

  • The judging of the District 9820 Peace Shield will be undertaken over the entire weekend, including the preparatory sessions on the Friday night, and by a separate panel of judges consisting of the Secretary General, Adjudicators, Bloc Counsellors and the Diplomatic Couriers.
  • The advancement of world peace will be considered to be demonstrated through the building of positions which allow the General Assembly to achieve the broadest possible base of support for the resolutions which it debates, or the broadest possible base for rejection of resolutions which are considered obstructive or harmful to world peace.

Delegations should demonstrate their influence in favour of world peace by:

  • Displaying negotiating skills to ensure that the resolutions which are debated advance world peace by advancing proposals that make them acceptable to a wider range of member countries and improve their implementation potential;
  • Displaying negotiating skill within and between blocs to ensure that the points most likely to generate consensus are put most strongly and are most fully developed;
  • Demonstrating a good understanding and appreciation of issues which impact on populations and the maintenance of peace and security around the world
  • Displaying their own skill in debates by advancing and developing such points at a substantive level – less attention will be paid to the style of delivery in judging the District 9820 Peace Shield.

The winning delegation have their names inscribed on the District 9820 MUNA Perpetual Shield and will receive book vouchers and certificates. The delegate's school will hold the shield for the following 12 months.


BEST DELEGATION COSTUME

Factors that are taken in consideration are:

  • How much effort and initiative undertaken in preparation of the costume?
  • Did the delegation maintain their ‘nationality’ throughout the assembly or only when they stood to speak?

The winning delegation will receive book vouchers and certificates.

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Counsellors


Counsellors

The counsellor system was devised to provide mature and knowledgeable advice to students participating in MUNA.

Counsellors


Counsellors

The counsellor system was devised to provide mature and knowledgeable advice to students participating in MUNA.

The Role of Counsellor.

The counsellor system was devised to provide mature and knowledgeable advice to students participating in MUNA. It intends to replicate both the guidance of the Home Government and the permanent staff of the Mission that each member nation maintains at the UN.

Each sponsoring Rotary Club or High School selects the counsellor using their own method of selection. Counsellors come from all walks of life; they may be teachers, Rotarians or members of the community. Their main qualification being willingness to give of their time, enthusiasm in the development of the youth of their community, and an awareness of world affairs. The counsellor should be named at the time when the delegates are chosen and register as such.

The counsellor plays an important part in the successful preparation of delegates and their meaningful participation in MUNA. Students who have been diligently groomed in advance of the sessions seem to best enjoy the program. Ineffective or ill-informed advice to students could well result in an unpleasant MUNA experience.

In addition to preparing student delegates for their participation in MUNA, each counsellor is encouraged to attend the two-day Assembly and to advise the delegation on matters under discussion, including rules of procedure, appropriate decorum, attire, and general behaviour.

Their role is advisory, supportive, and supervisory. Counsellors should sit close to their delegations during the Assembly to advise them but do not participate in discussions in the actual Assembly. They may use the Diplomatic Couriers to communicate with their delegation. They may attend the Bloc meetings with their delegation. Counsellors should impress upon their delegates to send notes via the Diplomatic Couriers to other delegates on matters under discussion in the Assembly and on other Assembly business but not for personal or social reasons.

The host Rotary Club can arrange accommodation at the venue (subject to availability) but cannot assume any financial responsibility for Counsellors’ travelling expenses or accommodation. Overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast at their own cost. Accommodation is a shared room with other adults (counsellors/committee).

Counsellors are expected to monitor their delegation's attire. As role models for their delegates, counsellors that attend MUNA are also expected to follow the dress code.

 

HAVE A GREAT TIME, RELAX AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!


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Social Media


Social Media

Social Media


Social Media

DISTRICT 9820 MUNA Social Media Policy

The policy is to provide an overview of District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly, (MUNA) social media framework and guidelines.

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Model United Nations Assembly

Rotary District 9820

Rotary District 9820

MUNA Goals of Use of Social Media

The goals for effective use of social media associated with District 9820 MUNA event are to:

  • Promote Rotary and the MUNA concept and events,
  • Provide mechanisms for development of bloc relationships and strategies across teams,
  • Encourage Rotary, student friends, families and teachers to attend the event,
  • Provide an option for Rotary, student friends, families and teachers who are unable to attend the event to follow what is happening, and
  • Make the event a fun and positive weekend.

 

MUNA Social Media Policy

District 9820 MUNA and the hosting Rotary Club(s) seek to encourage information and link-sharing amongst those who are directly or indirectly involved in District 9820 MUNA event. It is a priority that social media posts should be in keeping with the image that Rotary and specifically District 9820 wishes to present to the public and posts made through its social media channels should not damage Rotary's reputation in any way. MUNA social media users will comply with the following guidelines when using MUNA social media channels. All posts will:

  • Focus on the MUNA event,
  • Provide a positive outlook,
  • Be fair and respectful to all,
  • Not use any false, defamatory, inflammatory, racial, rude or offending material,
  • Not use any photographs, videos or like without the explicit approval of the person whose image is in the photograph, videos or like, the parent/guardian and District 9820 MUNA Social Media Officer, and
  • Not use the full name of any individual instead referring to those participating by their first name and country represented eg.- Mary (Australia).

 

If anyone wishes to raise a concern regarding compliance with the above guidelines contact District 9820 MUNA Social Media Officer, Anthony Mayer on 0417 047 632 or use the Contact Us page to send an email.