Tenzile Erdoğan Model United Nations (TENMUN) advances understanding of the UN and contemporary international issues and has positively impacted the lives of numerous delegates. We urge all delegates and their faculty advisors to maintain an appropriate perspective regarding the awards. No one can observe every action in committee or truly judge an individual’s learning and growth. The fundamental basis of the simulation is collaboration and cooperation among nations, which includes working together through multilateral diplomacy. There are no winners and certainly no losers in this process. We believe participation in the simulation is its reward. The Secretariat selects recipients based on the criteria and methodology outlined in this section.
Remaining in character: defined as advocating your assigned country’s position in a manner consistent with economic, social, and geopolitical constraints. Although being in character involves the accurate presentation of your country’s diplomatic style, delegates should not model inappropriate stereotypes or character traits. Any undiplomatic behavior is inherently out of character for United Nations delegates. Delegates are to emulate the work of diplomats, not the sometimes more theatrical presentations of Heads of State/Government to the General Assembly (and media) during the general debate each fall; speeches by Heads of State/Government are political and sometimes aimed as much at domestic audiences as at their UN counterparts. Also, delegates must remember that any observation, comment or complaint regarding another delegate’s portrayal of his/her national or organizational character is highly inappropriate, and such comments are themselves inherently out of character for a diplomat. Yelling, standing on chairs and other examples of unprofessional behavior are not characteristics of model diplomats. Remaining in character includes consistent and accurate diplomacy and caucusing in a manner consistent with the country’s position and power, i.e., behind-the-scenes negotiator vs. in-the-forefront debater. Well-prepared delegates are typically committee leaders, whether or not such leadership is consistent with relevant foreign policy. Delegates will not be punished for natural leadership tendencies; however, delegates must recognize that there are limits to what is acceptable in this situation.
Participating in committee: evaluated during both formal sessions and caucusing. TENMUN recognizes that a country’s position on any issue may require opposition to the majority, as opposed to active consensus-building. The conference staff expects delegates to support committee action and address issues by relevant national or organizational policies, whatever those may be. No priority is given to active participation in informal sessions over caucus activities. Delegates who provide leadership through assistance to the committee are provided special consideration. Chairs and Rapporteurs are provided equal consideration for awards, depending on their contributions as committee officials. Individual effort, as well as ability, is considered, particularly for delegates who use English as a second language. Caucusing should be in English as the common language of the conference.
Proper use of the rules of procedure: TENMUN uses the rules of procedure to facilitate the effective workings of the committee and debate. Consideration will be given to delegates’ knowledge and proper use of TENMUN rules, which differ from rules at other MUN conferences, and delegates’ use of rules to further the work of the committee, not to impede it. Staff is patient with new delegates who may not be completely familiar with the TENMUN Rules of Procedure, particularly in the early sessions of the conference and during the voting procedure. Delegates will not be permitted to interrupt the committee’s progress through the introduction of disruptive or inappropriate motions. Delegates with questions or concerns relating to the TENMUN Rules of Procedure will be advised to informally approach the dais for the explanation.
Position papers are a critical part of delegate preparation. They require delegates to illustrate their knowledge of the agenda topics at hand, affirm the positions their country takes on these topics, and recommend courses of action to effectively address contemporary global problems. For the Conference Staff, position papers provide the best indication of which issues capture delegates’ interest, and help Directors and Assistant Directors design a strategy for the facilitation of committee debate. Besides, position papers often identify which delegates are best prepared for the Conference and are most likely to take a strong leadership role in committee sessions.
Additionally, the TENMUN Board of Directors will grant separate Position Paper Awards in recognition of outstanding pre-conference preparation. To be considered for a Position Paper Award, delegations must have met the published email/postmark deadline.
The following criteria are used by the conference staff to evaluate Position Papers:
The overall quality of writing, proper style, grammar, etc.
Reference to relevant resolutions/documents
General consistency with bloc/geopolitical constraints
Consistency with the constraints of the United Nations
Analysis of issues, rather than a reiteration of the Committee Background Guide
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