Delegates are expected to be actively engaged in the debate, participating in discussions and the drafting of working papers and resolutions. Delegates will be evaluated in both formal and informal debate, based on how they communicate with others and represent the interests of their character. Furthermore, delegates will be evaluated on the quality of their working papers and draft resolutions, but will not be evaluated on how many of those documents they are sponsors of. Similarly, working papers and draft resolutions will not be evaluated on the basis of their length, such as the number of the pages or operative clauses. We recommend delegates think about quality over quantity when drafting documents for the committee.
Unlike most other Model United Nation conferences, MUNC does not give out "Best Delegate" awards. Instead, delegates receive Diplomacy Awards. The field of international relations and global affairs does not require individuals to be the "best" at passing resolutions or pushing their values, but rather, asks for the elegant handling of relationships and partnerships. This is why at MUNC, we firmly believe that in order to be most effective global leaders, delegates should not strive to be the "Best Delegate" but instead the most diplomatic. They should seek to empathize, to understand, and to collaborate with their fellow members to produce the most positive change and advancement they can. MUNC is a global exchange and experience that aims to help delegates grow as individuals and engage with the world around them.
With this in mind, MUNC outlines some of the qualities of Diplomacy and those deserving of Diplomacy Awards as follows:
- Kindness and Good Character;
- Collaboration, Togetherness, and Teamwork;
- Passion and Drive;
- Charismatic Leadership;
- Positivity and Engagement with People, Policies, and Issues.
We expect that over the course of the simulation in your committee, there will be a thoughtful and well-rounded discussion altogether. However, in order to achieve such an aim, all delegates will have to be participating in the debate. In terms of evaluation, delegates who speak more than others are not necessarily at an advantage. Nevertheless, a certain level of participation is expected from each delegate. After all, in order to adequately express a character’s position, delegates will need to make the most of committee time, which includes being actively involved in the committee discussions.
Throughout the conference and particularly in committee session, including formal and informal debate, delegates are expected to show respect to others and display integrity. Situations in the committee room may get tense at times, given that unanimous agreement is not always possible. However, it is of utmost importance that respect be shown and maintained at all times, that includes showing due respect for the point of view of others even if there is disagreement. Furthermore, ad hominem attacks will not be tolerated, nor will public shaming of other individuals. Professional language is to be used at all times, meaning that cussing of any sort is an offense and will be treated as such.
It is important to give credit to other delegates who have contributed wherever due, including on working papers and draft resolutions. Removing delegates as sponsors or preventing those who have contributed from becoming sponsors is frowned upon and shows a lack of professionalism.
Delegates are welcome and encouraged to speak with members of the dais on any such issues that impedes their performance or that may be impeding the performance of others. The importance of communication and cooperation cannot be stressed enough. Every member of the committee must play their part in ensuring that the simulation is an enjoyable and memorable experience.