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Best delegate is usually the person who delegates their country the best. You have to represent your country accurately and effectively. How do you do it, you might wonder. This article will be your guide to representing your country persuasively.
Don't make stuff up. Information on the policies of countries like USA or UK is readily available, however, other countries, such as Paraguay, for example, will be much harder to find. When there is no information on the specific topic available, go for a more general area (e.g. if there is no info on SDG 3, look up their position on the SDGs in general).
Your first speech should introduce your country and the position it holds, as well as the reasons behind it. Chairs will get a sense of what to expect from you in the future, and the other delegates will learn your position. You will have to determine how much time you will spend introducing your position and how much you will providing the reasons for it.
- Some countries don't even need to introduce their position depending on the topic (e.g. USA on North Korea's nuclear program), they just have to justify why their position is the right one.
- If you got a country of which people can assume the position, spend a bit time introducing the position, but devote more time to justifications.
- If no one knows your nation's position, whether because it has o direct relation to the topic or has an equal case going in each direction, spend a bit more time on introducing your position and providing the reasons for your decision (e.g. use facts and examples).
In your speeches, provide only relevant information - even at the cost of your literary style. All the information you provide should have a purpose (e.g. to push your case further).
When you know your country and you show that, the chairs will see that you are very well researched. Rarely anyone will try to challenge your position if you justified it properly. You will gain respect from fellow delegates.
Make sure that other delegates are aware of your position since many of them might not have researched other countries. Otherwise, they will likely be going with their first association when hearing your country's name in context with the topic.
To effectively represent you country, you have to think like an actual UN delegate. You main task is to try to advance the interests of your nation in addition to solving the problem at hand, or, at least, make sure that you don't regress. Becoming the main player will make the task easier.
What you need to do to be able to have the most say in what happens, and then further advance your interests, is demonstrate how deeply your country is connected to the issue. A couple of things could happen.
- If the outcome of the topic would benefit your country, demonstrate how it would benefit not only you, but also other countries. Furthermore, try to offer something to other countries that could also benefit from the outcome to be able to win them over.
- If the outcome could bring about potential disasters back home, acknowledge the benefits, but then focus on the negatives. It is your job to transfer your fear to other delegates.
- If your country has past experience with the issues at hand, you should present it to others and suggest a moderated outcome (one that should work out and one that pushes your interests forward). The fact that you have experience with the outcome should make you become the main player.
Therefore, when coming up with ideas, the ideal one would be an outcome that:
- solves the problem
- is passable
- advances your nation's interests
There you go.
Research your nation well, present it to other delegates. Then, solve the problem, but don't forget to try to advance your nation's interests in the process, aaand you should be good to go.