KINGSWOOD-OXFORD MUN CONFERENCE

MARCH 10TH, 2018  8:30-4:30

Middle Schoolers up to 8th grade

REGISTRATION will close Monday, November 20th at 4:00 PM

(If we fill up prior to this date we will announce that registration is closing early)

EVENT POLICIES

PARENT COORDINATOR

Karen Koh

Drop off/Pick up

Drop off:  Mr. Henderson's house (11 Westfield Road in West Hartford) at 8:10 on Saturday morning. 

Pick up: Students should be picked up at 4:30 at Roberts Theater, Kingswood Oxford, West Hartford, CT.

FOOD

Morning snack, pizza lunch and afternoon snack will be provided. If a student has food allergies, he or she should bring their own food. Debaters may want to bring snacks for between rounds and carry a water bottle to prevent dry mouth during the rounds. 

What to Take

Each student will be provided a personalized folder with relevant data placard, pad and pen. 

No computers are allowed during the committee sessions, but can be used to draft resolutions during unmoderated caucuses.

DRESS CODE

Dressing professionally and appropriately is an important aspect of the Model UN experience. Just like being polite and having proper manners, dressing appropriately is an important way to show respect for the nation you are representing, for your fellow delegates and for the United Nations.The standard Model UN dress code is “western business attire.” At KOMUN, that means for boys, shirts and ties (jackets optional), and no blue jeans. For girls, that means pants, (no blue jeans), skirts or dresses, which are not too tight, too short or expose too much skin. The key is professionalism. You want to be noticed for what you say, not what you wear. Along with proper appearance, delegates are expected to maintain proper decorum at all times. Your committee chairs will go over decorum with you in greater detail, but the core mandate is to act respectfully toward each other, the committee chairs, and the buildings and grounds of KO.

Parental Attendance

Due to the space limitations in the Committee rooms, parents cannot attend the sessions. If, however, you want to arrive at 4 pm for the final awards ceremony, you are welcome as that will take place in KO's theater.

Photographs

The school photographer will be taking candid pictures throughout the day. KO reserves the right to take photos and videos during KOMUN for publicity purposes. All students may be included, unless parents submit a written note on or before the day of the conference declining permission for their child(ren) to be photographed or filmed. Each school will also have a pre-set time for a group picture with their advisor (during lunch or before closing ceremonies).

SCHEDULE

The schedule for this year has not yet been released, but should be similar to last year's which is listed below:

8:30 am           Registration (lobby of Roberts Theater)
8:45 am           Opening Ceremony (Roberts Theater)
9:00 am           Committee Session 1, includes brief statement by each Ambassador about his/her country, training in KOMUN parliamentary procedure (room assignments to be posted)
10:00 am         Faculty Advisor informational meeting (room to be posted)
10:30 am         Mid-morning snack break
10:45 am         Committee Session 2, Discussion of Committee topics
12:15 pm          Lunch, Dining Hall
1:00 pm           Committee Session 3, forming coalitions
2:30 pm           Afternoon snack break
2:45 pm           Committee Session 4, Resolutions
3:00 pm           Faculty Advisor evaluation meeting (room to be posted)
4:00 pm           Closing Ceremony and Awards (Roberts Theater)
4:30 pm           Dismissal

Committee and Country Assignments

TBA.  Here is what we do know: This year, the committee topics will include due process of law and other fundamental human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and nuclear proliferation.

Delegate Preparation

The best way to prepare for KOMUN is to learn as much as possible about your assigned country and committee, and the UN generally. You should also keep abreast of current events by reading the newspaper and watching the news.

  1. Become familiar with your country's history, culture, political structure, and current political affairs.
    • Learn about your country's viewpoints on the issues that will be discussed in your committee
    • Know your allies and your opposition. In order to adequately represent your country during the conference, you will need to interact with delegates from other countries. Knowing their positions on your topic will help you predict their arguments during debate. This will be very useful in helping you decide in advance where it might be useful to seek cooperation or compromise.
  2. Be familiar with current statistical data on your topic and country.

Country Preparation

  • Where is your country on the map?
  • What are its neighbors?
  • Would your country be categorized as a developed, developing, or less developed country (“LDC”)?
  • What is the population?
  • What is the area?
  • What sort of government does your country have?
  • What types of ideological leanings influence your country’s government?
  • Which domestic issues in your country might influence your country’s foreign policy?
  • What are some major events in your country’s history?
  • Which ethnicities, religions and languages can be found in your country?
  • How does your country’s geography affect its political relationships?
  • Which countries are considered allies of your country?
  • Which countries are considered enemies of your country?
  • What are the characteristics of your country’s economy?
  • What is your country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?
  • When did your country become a member of the UN?
  • Does your country belong to any intergovernmental organizations outside the UN system
  • (e.g., North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of the Petroleum
  • Exporting Countries (OPEC), etc.)?
  • Does your country belong to any regional organizations (e.g., European Union (EU), AfricanUnion (AU), Organization of American States (OAS), etc.)?
  • Does your country belong to any trade organizations or agreements (e.g., North American
  • Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
  • Development [OECD], etc.)?
  • What are your country’s natural resources?
  • What is the literacy rate?
  • What is the nature of the economy?
  • What crops are grown?
  • Is your country’s government stable?
  • How much freedom do the citizens have?
  • Is there discrimination against women or minorities?
  • What is your country’s record on pollution?
  • What is your country’s birthrate?
  • What is your country’s population density?
  • How wired is your country?
  • How peaceful is your country?
  • What are the most pressing “hot button issues” your country faces today?

List of websites with country data


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