Established in the spring of 2013, MiniMUN is a unique project put forward by Model United Nations Prague. The objective is to simulate an unprecedented crisis to delegates of one of the smaller UN bodies and have them respond to this situation within less than 10 hours by submitting just one resolution.
The aim is to open the world of MUN to inexperienced delegates who wish to gain experience before presenting to a higher audience at one of the regular MUN conferences. Nevertheless, experienced delegates are also welcomed in order to streamline the discussion and to demonstrate proper practices to the less experienced delegates. It is completely free of charge and a perfect opportunity to experience the MUN world!
Once you will receive your country assignment, there are typically three documents to prepare before participating in MiniMUN — namely an Opening Speech, a Position Paper and a Country Profile. The other document to read carefully is ‘The Rules of Procedures’ document which contains — apart from the procedural rules — a part concerning how to write a Resolution.
The Position Paper or the Policy Statement is a document that summarise your knowledge of the topic and the position your country plans to take during MiniMUN negotiations. Usually, it is an obligatory document when attending big MUNs, but for the purpose of our MiniMUN, it is only our recommendation that you write it since it will serve you as a good starting point for your preparation. It usually consists of three parts:
The Opening Speech usually lasts about 1 minute, sometimes 1 minute and 30 seconds and it is the first speech you give to the committee. Each delegate will present position of the country he or she represents towards the issue. The Opening speech can be read from a paper, although when it is delivered by heart, it looks more professional. The Opening Speech is the best opportunity for you to explain your country policy and which sub-issues are essential for your country and which key aspects you would like the committee to focus on. The Opening Speech is a main way for delegates to determine who they want to work with. It is a regular practice that your Opening speech is based on your Position paper.
Notice: When speaking about yourself or your country, do NOT use singular “I”, but address your speech as “WE” or “The delegation of the United States of America” or “The United States of America believe..” etc.
The Country Profile is a worksheet that may help you to understand your country. Since you are not a resident of a country that you are going to represent, you should know, at least, some basic information about it. It is not an officially required document, but again – it will help you with a preparation. There are some tips on what you should know about your country: