Although we try to accommodate all country requests, it is possible that your school may be assigned countries different from those selected on your registration form.
Please note: your country is only represented in the committees/organs that are marked with bullets (â€¢â€¢). Each bullet represents one student (two per committee). If you registered an odd number of students, we rounded up to the next even number for your country assignments. It is possible to have only one student in a committee.
Tips for assigning your countries and committees to students:
- Newer delegates may feel more comfortable in larger committees, as they cannot be singled out. Experienced delegates will most likely enjoy smaller committees where they will speak more often.
- Know your students' resources and strengths when pairing them as partners. Try to ensure that at least one delegate has computer access. Also, Model UN is a great way for English language learners to become acclimated to the language; but pairing two English language learners may cause frustration for both delegates. Try pairing a student who has stronger verbal skills with a less verbal student. This is an equally good tip for monolingual students.
- Know your students' individual traits. Has this student ever backed out of a prior commitment? If so, a small committee may not be the right place to assign him/her. What students do in class is a good indication of what they will do in committee. If s/he can work independently, a smaller committee may be the perfect place. But you might also pair him/her with a student who may back out. If his/her partner backs out, a responsible or experienced delegate might be prepared to work alone.
Please notify our office immediately if:
- Your school is dropping 6 spots or more, dropping a seat on the Security Council, or dropping a P-5 country (USA, UK, France, China, Russia). You are not required to inform UNA-USA if you are dropping fewer than 6 spots, though still responsible for paying for the full amount of spots you registered for unless UNA-USA is informed by February 13, 2014.
- Your school cannot attend the conference
- Schools which fail to notify conference organizers when it drops its number dramatically or does not attend the conference will not be able to attend the conference next year.
Background guides will be available on the committees and topics page no later than the first week in December.
Please ensure that each of your students has a copy of their committee's background guide to assist them with research and preparation for conference debate.
Immediate Next Steps
- Assign your students to countries and committees.
- Begin country, topic and committee research.
- Print and make copies of the appropriate background guides.
- Keep a copy of all background guides for your own records.
Long-Term Next Steps
- Download and return Delegate Confirmation Forms to UNA-USA by March 24, 2014. Download the Video and Photography Release Form and copy it for each of your students. These should be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to our office via mail, as a single package for each school, by March 24.
- E-mail all position papers as individual Word documents to the appropriate committee email address.
- All final payments must be received at UNA-USA by February 13, 2014. Invoices will be sent to each school via e-mail in mid-October 2013.