A good experience during the formal sessions of an MUN starts with three important things, namely: preparation, preparation and preparation
Step 1: Country
First things first of course, you start off by doing research on your assigned country. A good starting point is looking up your country’s history, internal structure, economy, military and foreign policy.
This information is important because it will help you understand why your country adopts certain positions and policies. Being aware of your country’s historical developments as well as its political and social background will help you understand its people and the arguments they would use to support or oppose different policies.
At an MUN you really want to defend your country’s general position and preferences. Knowing your country by heart is the first step towards victory.
Step 2: Committee
Secondly, get to know what your assigned committee talks about and what it can and cannot do. Whether this is the UNSC, NATO, ECLAC or another one; it doesn’t matter. Start by looking up the history of the committee and make sure to fall in love with it because you’ll spend several days being part of it.
Study guides, which will assist in your preparation, will be made available around the end of January.
Step 3: Topics
This is when things get real. Your topics. During our MUN you’ll be given two topics that you’ll discuss intensely during the committee sessions. A complete understanding of the topics, its causes and effects will put you in a position to fully defend your country’s position and debate confidently at the conference. Intensive research on the topics leads to a very rewarding MUN experience.
Following the international news on hot topics can always be a first and easy step to start preparing. However, for some topics you’ll need a lot more than the mainstream news. Read the study guides, start looking up academic papers, books, blogs, etc.
When you think you know your topic,the fun part begins: linking your countries policy and interests to both topics.
Step 4: Position Paper
When you have completed all of the steps mentioned above, the last step is to put your knowledge into a position paper.
The position paper is a one (or two) page document that is a concrete and detailed overview of your knowledge on the topic and the position your country plans to take on during the debates. It typically includes three main points: background of the topic, past national and international actions and your country’s current policy and possible solutions.
The deadline for this position paper is usually set before the start of the conference. We will update this when a date is finally set.
All delegates attending the KULMUN Conference are strongly encouraged to adhere to the following dresscode
- Social Events: If not mentioned otherwise, the dress code for the social events is casual.
- Gala Event: For this years tradition KULMUN Gala, the dress code is black-tie.
- Formal Events: As a general rule, delegates must be dressed in Western business attire. Formal events include the following: Opening Ceremony, Opening Reception, Committee Sessions, Closing Ceremony and Closing Reception. See the descriptions below for more information.
- Shirts & Tops: a blouse, sweater or button-down shirt are acceptable. Dresses are also appropriate as long as they are adequate in length (see rule for skirt length). No T-shirts.
- Slacks and suit pants are acceptable, preferably in dark colors. Female delegates may wear skirts, but should also wear pantyhose or stockings. Skirts must not be shorter than two inches above the knee.
- Shoes: Female delegates may wear high-heels, but they may be uncomfortable after some time. Open-toe shoes must be professional. Please keep in mind that Leuven is an old medieval city with cobblestone roads in the city center. Moreover you will have a reasonable distance between hotel, committee locations and lunch venue. We therefore advise female delegates to have a pair of flat shoes on them.
- A suit always looks professional and is the best option. Be sure to keep suits clean and wrinkle-free.
- Male delegates must wear a collared button-down shirt. No T-shirts.
- For pants, slacks and suit pants are acceptable, preferably in dark colors.
- Dress shoes are a must. No sneakers.