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Ch.02 Decorum and Language

Standard Model United Nations Rules of Procedure

As Model United Nations is a simulation of diplomatic interaction, delegates and Dais alike are required to conduct themselves with diplomatic decorum. They are to convey respect, de-escalate conflict and project dignity in their behavior and speech.

1. Appropriate Attire

Business Formal is the attire of choice for any self-respecting MUN conference. Men are advised to wear a clean and pressed suit, a buttoned-up stiff collar shirt, and a neatly attached tie with polished dress shoes. For women, a certain degree of variety and flexibility is permitted. For instance, suits and work dresses with closed toe dress shoes are allowed.

2. Interacting with the Committee and the Moderator

Always make sure to address the Committee in accordance with parliamentary procedure. This will keep things in order and maintain mutual respect even when the debate gets heated. You are advised to refer to the other delegates as “Distinguished Delegates” and the Moderator as “Honorable Chair”.

During the formal debate and caucuses, always pay attention when other delegates make their speeches. No delegate may address a session without the permission of the Moderator. Never engage in private conversation as it is considered to be rude and disrespectful. Send a page with the help of the volunteers instead.

During unmoderated caucuses and meetings outside of designated conference rooms, politeness is still essential. Do not bully, shun or badmouth other delegates. Always attempt to build consensus by exchanging ideas and respecting the opinions of others when working on Working Papers and Draft Resolutions.

3. Diplomatic Language

When speaking in your Committee or in drafting documents, it is necessary to employ formal and diplomatic language.

The third-person should be used as much as possible when speaking. Never address any delegate by their first name. (i.e. use the third-person “The delegate of China”)

Avoid stereotyping other states and using demeaning or controversial phrases such as “undeveloped nations” or “bully states”. Also try to use the full name of countries, such as “the United Kingdom” instead of “the UK”. Accord full respect to the issues that you are discussing and never make jokes in bad taste.

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