Preparing for a Model United Nations conference can often seen daunting and confusing. Where do you start? What do you have to research? What exactly does the phrase “decides to remain seized of the matter” really mean? And why can’t you have that Right of Reply?
Kerem Turunc explains how it all works in his Model United Nations handbook, “The Winning Delegate: An Insider’s Guide to Model United Nations.” Kerem Turunc is a graduate of Yale University where he was heavily involved in Model United Nations. In High School he co-founded and headed the Model United nations program at the American Collegiate Institute in Izmir, Turkey.
His broad range of experience with Model United Nations programs both in the United States and abroad makes him an insider to the process. He takes all of his considerable experience and provides a valuable resource for anyone involved in Model United Nations at any level.
The Winning Delegate is divided into six chapters, two appendixes, and a glossary making it easy to follow and understand, as well as making it an invaluable reference tool. Beginning with an introduction for chapter one, the remaining five chapters deal with (respectively) how to prepare, rules of procedure, the conference, the committee, and resolutions. Appendix A lists members and missions to the United Nations; Appendix B is the preamble to the Charter if the United nations. The glossary lists many, many common acronyms that students will likely encounter.
The introduction begins with an overview of the United Nations itself, its history and major bodies. It goes on to explain what Model United Nations is. Chapter two deals with how to prepare. What to research about your country and several great resources to help you in preparation for your conference. Chapter three is an overview of the often confusing rules of procedure. What each of the points and motions means and how to properly use them. Chapter four discusses conferences and what is usually involved in a Model United Nations conference. It provides useful information on what to expect. Chapter five describes how committees are set up and how they function. Numerous hints and tips fill this chapter to help you better benefit from committee sessions. Chapter six discusses resolutions- what they are, what they do, and how to write them. This is also the chapter that explains that often misused and awkward sounding phrase, “Decides to remain seized of the matter.”
Perhaps the most useful part of the handbook for experienced delegates is the appendixes and glossary. Providing a large amount of research information in a concise and easy to scan handbook Kerem Turunc lists all the members states, their voting blocs, and date of admission to the United Nations. He then lists Missions and other entities within the United Nations. The glossary is very convenient and a handy way to be able to make sense of the alphabet soup of blocs, institutions, organizations, treaties.. everything that has a common acronym within the United Nations system.
Kerem Turunc’s handbook, “The Winning Delegate: An Insider’s Guide to Model United Nations” is ideal for any Model United Nations participant. It provides information on a broad range of issues that can assist any delegate in putting their best foot forward. If you find Model United Nations overwhelming or confusing, this book can help. If you don’t, this book will still be a valuable resource for your Model United Nations experience.