How to Win Best Delegate in MUN Without Sponsoring a Resolution
To win the Best Delegate award, you have to show the Chairs, the admins, other delegates and everyone else involved that you are the best overall delegate in the committee. Participating in a Model United Nations conference has many benefits to the participants. The skills learned and the people met in itself are well worth the time and effort. However, there is no denying that for many, Model UN is a competition. Awards are given out at most conferences. Moreover, many schools like to be show the
The best delegate award is the most coveted individual award at a Model UN conference. Winning it usually means that the delegate has been on top of their game for the entire conference from opening speech to final roll call vote. From drafting resolutions to giving speeches, the winner of the best delegate award is considered the gold medalist of a Model UN conference. But what if you aren’t able to sponsor a resolution? Is there any hope to get the Best Delegate award? Is there any other way to do it? Doesn’t a Model UN conference revolve around resolutions? It is true that the eventual outcome of a conference is the solutions presented in the resolutions. After all, the whole event is organized to create solutions to pressing global issues.
There are different reasons why a delegate may not get to sponsor a resolution:
- A delegate may not have had a good enough idea for one.
- A new delegate may not have reached a resolution in time.
- A good speaker and coalition worker may be bad at writing resolutions.
- A good delegate may sometimes get pushed out of higher echelons because others feel threatened by their ability.
- Some delegates are simply observer members or NGO delegates with no voting power.
So, how can a delegate in one of those situations win Best Delegate? It is possible. With the right amount of skill, diplomacy
When you can’t write well
If you haven’t yet mastered resolution writing, you can still get involved. This is especially important early on when speeches have more of in impact than finely written clauses. Before a draft resolution is submitted and accepted, there are usually working papers being constructed, amended and submitted. Working papers are less formal and easier to introduce than a draft resolution. You do not need sponsors so you can tackle this by yourself if you must. If you are creating a working paper by yourself, or with a small number of countries, you will be able to move quickly.
When you draft a working paper, focus not on the topic in its entirety but on one of two solid policy ideas. Create a few well written clauses that deal with specific issues surrounding the topic. If they are good clear solutions, you will capture other delegates’ attention. A good idea with momentum can get the attention of the various blocks. If you can get the room to discuss your topic, and the blocks choose to merge with you, you can “allow” them to rewrite your clause in the proper Model UN resolution format. When resolution sponsors come to you to either include you as a sponsor, or take your ideas, you will know that you stepped up to the next level in the game. With either option, you have now become a more significant player in the diplomatic game and a good Chair will recognize this. If the resolution with your aparted clause passes with a majority, and your non writing work is essential, the credit for the clause will got o you even if you didn’t write it giving you a shot at best delegate.
When you have no clauses during the draft stage
Another delegate may have done a better job with your clause idea. It is possible the committee discussion floated away in a completely different direction from what you prepared. Perhaps, for whatever reason, you did not prepare for the resolution stage at all. Whatever the reason, there are still ways to get back into the game.
When no block has a majority
With three or more blocks, it is very likely that no side has a majority. This is your chance to get in there and bridge the gap between the opposing blocks. For
If you see gridlock but are not sure how to bring them together, look at your notes and remember your research. Sometimes, the only way is forward with new ideas. Something you need to look
You can also use the pressure to merge before some other blocks get together to your advantage. Can you find areas of agreement between the two blocks? Recall all the skills you learned in our article about Negotiation and get to work.
Bridging the Gap
To bridge the gap, find out who the spokesperson or leader seems to be for each block. Build rapport with both of them. They will be busy maintaining their block and could appreciate help which does not threaten their position at block leader. Once both block leaders trust you, offer ideas for compromise. Only after they both agree to the merger, more or less, should you bring the sides to meet. How this is done should be done on a case by case basis, as you do not want to make yourself irrelevant to the process. However, if the block leaders are grateful, they will mention you in their speeches. Also, bringing you to a higher place in the new coalition could be a way for them give take attention off of a close rival within the same bock.
When a block looks to have a majority
If you know you will not get a
Think before you rip the main resolution apart
It is true that loudly pointing out the errors and inconsistencies in the other document will get
On the other hand, not all resolution
Before entering resolution assassination mode
Ways to rip a resolution apart
Content – Have the moral high ground
– If a resolution came together that has obvious grounds for moral objection you should exploit that. An example could be the expansion of genetically modified crops in developing countries to help combat hunger. While nobody will argue with combating hunger, many will object to GM crops. You can make the point that using GM crops without knowing the long-term health consequences is irresponsible. Point out that GM crop use usually benefits large corporations and sow the idea that countries are getting kickbacks from these corporations. Have a few less active players echo this and the resolution will move forward with a bad taste.
– You may gain some supporters along the way through the moral high ground tactic. If you receive notes after making a speech, write back to them. When you have your next
– Though you are surrounded by intelligent people, sometimes they miss something important in the process of drafting resolutions. Just because a clause is well written and solves a problem does not mean it is necessarily legal.
For example: If a resolution revolves around a clause that bans overfishing in certain areas of the sea, but the area included encroaches on and trespasses a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), then it is illegal.
– Look for technicalities such as this throughout a draft resolution. If you see them, keep them close to the chest and wait for the right moment to point them out. Ideally, this would be close enough to voting to take them by surprise but not too close that they could try to ignore it and plow through.
– Is what the draft resolution and majority block asking for even reasonable? Is a resolution calling for too much of each member countries’ GDP? When the goals of a draft resolution are significantly unreasonable, they should be your focal point.
Save the resolutions you destroyed
Remember earlier when we asked you to make notes on potential ways to solve all of these issues? Now is where you need those notes. Taking a resolution apart is one thing, but if you don’t present solutions for the destroyed draft then you are just a jerk. Once the unmods resume, you should use your new position, and minority block, to start offering significant substantive changes while the sponsors work on the technicalities and feasibility. Even if you did not bring about all the changes, during the next round of speeches you can take credit for what makes the resolution passable. The best delegate is the one who brings about a better world, and as the critical prosecutor turned uniting hero, you need to present solutions for every part you just destroyed. Best delegates are builders, not destroyers. Use your position to offer ideas to improve on the issues and, as a full partner, help your resolution pass with a comfortable majority.
You may be a new delegate or a veteran. You may not be the best at writing resolutions or you may be so good that you get pushed out by the upper echelons. None of that matters. In a fair MUN
Also remember, while the resolutions are the final result of a Model UN conference, they are the final stage of a