Being a delegate in Model United Nations is a great experience. We can experience different type of chairing styles, from strict to laid-back Chairs which give always new flavor to the simulation. But have you ever chaired a simulation?
When I was a delegate, I always wonder what would it like to sit in the hot seat – facing the delegates. Now, as a head delegate, I have the chance to chair many committees, small and big from 15 to 100 delegates. Though I enjoy being a chair, certainly it is not an easy task to do. Chairing a small committee, such as a Security Council, is definitely much easier than a big committee such as General Assembly.
Chairs should be able to oversee the whole process, coordinate with the other dias, aware of the time constraint, and know when to allow motions. Sometimes, it is also a test of patience as there are also delegates who behave “Out of Conduct” by raising many unnecessary motions, such as “setting the Speakers Time to 7 seconds”. Yes, I have experienced that!
So next time you are in a MUN conference, also be considerate to your chairs. MUN is a training not just for the delegates but also for the Dias. It is a test of patience most of the time.
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