KINGSWOOD-OXFORD MUN CONFERENCE
MARCH 10TH, 2018 8:30-4:30
Middle Schoolers up to 8th grade
REGISTRATION is closed
(If we fill up prior to this date we will announce that registration is closing early)
The one-day Model United Nations Conference at Kingswood Oxford is a wonderful opportunity for all Middle School MUNers. It is a teaching conference and is a great chance to practice your skills. Westfield tends to do very well at this conference because all of our students have had the opportunity to do many simulations in class. For many of the delegates at this conference, this will be their first simulation because schools just don't have time to do them. We have attended this conference for many years and our kids always love it. It does not require a position paper although you definitely have to be knowledgeable about your country, the topic and your committee. We will help you prepare in class. It is a great chance to do a MUN conference that is just for middle schoolers, is close by, well-run and fun!
Drop off/Pick up
Drop off: Mrs. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
1. Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) - Harrison and Aidan
- Topic: Nuclear Proliferation
- Country: Ukraine
2. UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - Jacob
- Topic: Due Process of Law
- Country: Ukraine
3. World Health Organization (WHO) - Nandini and Alex
- Topic: Public Health and the Global Burden of Disease (GBD)
- Country: Ukraine
4. Committee: UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - Charles
- Topic: Due Process of Law
- Country: South Africa
www.kingswoodoxford.org/page/komun (password komun2018)
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.
- 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.
- Be familiar with current statistical data on your topic and country.
- 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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