In preparation for the conference, delegates should focus their research in five areas:

1. The United Nations

Delegates should begin by researching the purpose and operations of the United Nations. Important concepts to understand include the origination, the jurisdiction, and the structure of the United Nations. Additionally, the United Nations webpage at www.un.org provides agendas, links, and full text of all UN Documents. Of those documents, delegates are particularly encouraged to become familiar with the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2. Country Background

Delegates are expected to arrive at conference with a thorough knowledge of their assigned country’s history and current policies. To guide this research, delegates are required to submit a Country Research Questionnaire prior to conference.

3. General Assembly Topics

While at conference, delegates will apply their country knowledge to debate over three predetermined topics. Therefore, it is also necessary for delegates to arrive at conference with knowledge of: 1) historical and current United Nations activity on the issue; 2) their assigned country’s historical and current activity on the issue; 3) enemies and allies of their country’s position; and 4) relevant United Nations resolutions, multilateral conventions, and other international agreements that may impact the issue.

4. International Criminal Court Case Background

Although delegates are not required to prepare for the International Criminal Court (ICC) simulation, delegates may find it useful to acquaint themselves with the background of each of the cases that will be tried. Delegates should also review the Rome Statute to better understand the charges tried in the ICC.

5. Crisis Resolution Committee Scenario Background

Delegates are not required to prepare for the Crisis Resolution Committee simulation and will receive information about the crisis they will be asked to address while at the conference.

Recommended Research Sources

To help delegates prepare for conference, the Y-MUN II program has assembled a list of Helpful Web Links that serve as a good starting point for research.

Additional resources include databases, to which your school, community library, or local colleges/universities may have access. Databases can be useful specifically to locate newspaper, magazine, and journal articles related to the agenda topics. Finally books on international affairs and international issues are another good source of information. When using books to understand current policies, however, be sure to use materials that have been published recently.