Background Guides

  • Background Guides

    (starting point provided by conferences)


    • Background guides are the starting point for your research for conferences. It is the most important thing that you will read to prepare you for writing your position paper as it is what the committee chair wants you to know. You should read this in detail, highlight it and bring your copy to the conference. It should also include websites that will assist with your further research.

    • You will not always be provided with a background guide for in-class assignments. In fact, for our conference, you will have to create a basic background guide for your classmates. Don’t worry, it does not have to be as extensive as the ones we will receive from the conferences. So what will you find in a Background guide?


    A.  A History of the Committee (including it’s mandate and current operations)


    B.  A detailed history of the issue being addressed


    I.      Identify and address–

                            a.  What countries have been involved?

                            b.  What tensions have come about/when did the issue originate?

                            c.  What is being done to relieve tensions?

                            d.  Where is it most affected?


               II.         Highlight or identify any key terms, documents, dates or definitions. Also                          include diagrams and charts for emphasis.


    C.  Past international actions taken by the UN, NGOs or individual nations

                       a.     What countries have had the most impact on these events? 

                       b.     List some possible solutions (this is to get the delegates thinking about                                what to propose in debate)                                          

                       c.      Make a list of any UN resolutions,   conventions, treaties or agreements                             on the topic – you should look them up later and include them in your  

                               portfolio and include links to any relevant websites.


    D.  Bloc (Regional) positions

                       a.      Identify where general/influential countries stand on the topic

           b.      Make sure that the delegates will have an idea of who there allies will be based on these positions


    E.  Recommendations for drafting a resolution

    a. This is just based on what you think will help the most in making these                                resolutions.

    b.  If you are in a non-GA committee (SC) or unique committee (Obama Cabinet) you must explain what specific powers your committee holds and how you want delegates to propose resolutions/statements/commands.


    F.  Questions for delegates to consider

                       a. Questions that will guide delegates in the right direction while writing                                position papers  

                       b. Questions that pertain to the topic and will help instill more debate

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