Position Papers

All delegates in the following committees are required to submit a position paper in order to be considered for an award:

Press Corps
Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Legislative Yuan of Taiwan
UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) 
UN Second Committee on Economic and Financial Concerns (ECOFIN)
UN Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Issues (SOCHUM)
The Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters
The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

Delegates should refer to the position paper guidelines on the AmeriMUNC website for further instructions. Position papers must be submitted via the position paper submission portal (located on each committee page) by Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.


Committee Procedures

Pre-Written Resolutions and Plagiarism
Pre-written draft resolutions, working papers, directives, and crisis notes are strictly prohibited at AmeriMUNC. Pre-written resolutions include any language, clauses, or directives that were written before the first committee session begins. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, verbatim or near-verbatim, copying and pasting from academic sources or other websites. Resolutions written at previous Model United Nations conferences or training sessions are banned, and all working papers and draft resolutions turned in over the course of the weekend will be checked for plagiarism.

Passing Multiple Resolutions
Multiple resolutions may be passed by a single committee on a single topic. In most cases where multiple resolutions are passed, one resolution focuses on short term solution and another resolution focuses on a long term solution. Alternatively, separate resolutions may seek to resolve separate root causes to the issue being debate. Regardless, in the case that the passed resolutions are contradictory, the latter resolution will take effect.

Inter-committee Notes
Personal notes between members of different crisis committees will be facilitated by crisis staff. On Friday night, delegates will be given special note cards that should be used when attempting to send inter-committee notes.

Crisis Notes/Personal Directives
At AmeriMUNC VI, crisis committees will be utilizing a two notepad system for crisis notes. At the beginning of the conference, each delegate will be given two legal pads. During the conference, delegates are expected to write their crisis notes on their allocated notepads. Once a delegate writes a crisis note on a page in one of their legal pads, they will then turn in their legal pad to the dais who will send the legal pad to the crisis backroom. Subsequently, the crisis team will respond to the crisis note in the legal pad, and then will return the original note, response, and legal pad back to the delegate.

The goal of this system is to streamline the crisis response system. With the notepad system, both staff and delegates can reference previous actions and keep track of all of note responses and plans. The notepad system also allows delegates more freedom to write longer, more substantive notes that are connected. Please also note that the AmeriMUNC VI crisis staff highly encourages delegates to develop meaningful crisis plans and crisis notes Instead of constantly submitting one line notes that are not specific.


Awards & Delegate Feedback

Our Philosophy
At AmeriMUNC we value diplomacy, cooperation, collaboration, and creativity. We look for delegates that are able to lead in a positive manner through inclusivity and valuing others' contributions. We look for innovative and out-of-the-box yet realistic solutions. We look for in depth knowledge and research regarding the historical, cultural, political, economic, and social circumstances of the issue. We look for delegates that are able to take criticism, adapt, and change with the evolving circumstances of the committee. A great delegate will lead the committee by working with others in a confident, diplomatic, and respectable way.

Determining Awards
The number of awards given in each committee is predetermined based on committee size:

Crisis Committees

10 delegates
1 Best Delegate
1 Outstanding Delegate
1 Honorable Mention

Press Corps

15 delegations
3 Best Delegates
3 Verbal Commendations

United Nations Security Council

20 delegates
1 Best Delegate
1 Outstanding Delegate
2 Honorable Mentions
2 Verbal Commendations

Cabinet of the United States
Cabinet of the State of Japan
Cabinet of the Russian Federation
The State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
The State Council of the Republic of Korea
The Cabinet of the People’s Republic of China
ExxonMobil Board of Directors
Sinopec Board of Directors
Apple Board of Directors
Alphabet Board of Directors
2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee
Executive Council of the Philippine National Police
Kiribati Evacuation Force

 

General Assemblies

18 delegations
Double delegation
1 Best Delegate
1 Outstanding Delegate
2 Honorable Mentions

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

40 delegations
Single delegation
1 Best Delegate
2 Outstanding Delegates
3 Honorable Mentions
4 Verbal Commendations

Legislative Yuan of Taiwan
UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) 
UN Second Committee on Economic and Financial Concerns (ECOFIN)
UN Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Issues (SOCHUM)
The Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters

40 delegations
Double delegation
1 Best Delegate
2 Outstanding Delegates
3 Honorable Mentions
4 Verbal Commendations

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

Award Selection
In General Assembly committees, all dais members will be involved in determining awards. In crisis committees, both dais and crisis staff will be involved in determined awards. This ensures that both in-room and back-room involvement are taken into account.

Delegation Awards
AmeriMUNC gives out the following delegation awards: Outstanding Small Delegation, Outstanding Large Delegation, Best Small Delegation, and Best Large Delegation. Delegation awards will be numerically determined based on the number of individual committee awards won by each school with each Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, Honorable Mention, and Verbal Commendation weighted accordingly.

Diplomacy Award
In addition to the standard awards, each committee will also have a “Diplomacy Award.”  The recipient of this award will be determined by the delegates themselves. This award goes to the delegate that the committee enjoyed working with the most and was believed to be the most diplomatic. During the final committee session on Saturday night, all delegates will rank the top five delegates they enjoyed working with in order. The vote totals will not be shared with any delegates at any point. In case of a tie, the dais should hold a run off between the two delegates on Sunday morning.

The recipient of the Diplomacy Awards will not influence decisions for standard committee award (i.e. winning the Diplomacy Award will neither help nor hurt any delegate’s chances of winning Best/Outstanding/Honorable/Verbal). The Diplomacy Award will not be calculated in determining delegation awards.

Delegate Participation Feedback Form
Dais and Crisis Staff when applicable will provide written feedback on the performance of each delegate (both positive and constructive). These forms will be filled out over the duration of the conference. On Sunday morning, Chairs will give the completed feedback forms to the Secretariat who will file them into a school-specific folder which schools can pick up after closing ceremonies.