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Research Publications

ILMUNC offers the following four publications for all delegates to take advantage of in order to build their Model UN knowledge or supplement their already existing skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a position paper?
A position paper is a statement that reveals your country’s stance on a particular topic. You must complete one paper for each topic in your committee. Position papers are due on January 21st, 2019, and should be turned in using Gradescope.
How should students research for their position papers?
A list of suggested research links is available under the "Research" tab on this website. A good idea would be to start with general information about your country - you can find a detailed overview in the CIA World Fact Book. Then begin researching your topic in general through news articles, past UN resolutions, and relevant conferences or events. Next, find out how your nation is influenced by this issue and what its stance is on how to respond to it. Make sure you are comfortable with your bloc position so you know what other countries agree with yours. Remember that the suggested links are only a sampling of what you should use to prepare for the conference, and search engines will be very helpful. Additionally, it is still necessary to do research if you are on a crisis committee. A strong foundational knowledge of the issue and familiarity of your character’s policies will enable you to play your role accurately.
How can students contact their Chair or Under-Secretary-General before the conference?
Students can contact their respective Under-Secretary-General through the email posted on the ILMUNC website (on the Meet our Secretariat page). Delegates should direct all questions to their Under-Secretary-General, who will be happy to assist with any questions a delegate may have. If the Under-Secretary-General is unable to respond to the questions, he or she will forward to question to the corresponding Chair, who would be happy to assist.
What should students bring to the conference?
Print or photocopy any research you used so that you can easily refer to it at the conference. Remember that ILMUNC prohibits the use of laptop computers inside of committee and does not provide Internet for delegates to use. Delegates should also bring any personal items they might need for the weekend. For more information on items to bring to committee sessions, see Questions #1 and #2 under General Conference Information.
Does ILMUNC offer any preparation assitance to delegates?
As part of our commitment to education and improvement, staff members will offer three pre-conference training sessions: one for new delegates, one for more experienced delegates, as well as one for international delegates. The first training session will explain basic rules and tips to succeed at Model United Nations conferences, although any delegate who wishes to enhance their familiarity with parliamentary procedure is welcome to attend. The second, an advanced skills and writing workshop, is for delegates who want to hone their skills and learn strategies to employ when writing resolutions and in other situations. Both sessions will last about an hour. Additionally, ILMUNC will continue to provide an interactive online training video, which will be on the ILMUNC website in the fall. This video will give delegates the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the rules of debate before conference begins.
Are pre-written resolutions allowed at ILMUNC?
Although outside research is highly encouraged before the conference, pre-written resolutions are not allowed. ILMUNC has a strict policy against any pre-written document and plagiarism will be treated as a serious matter.
What office supplies does ILMUNC provide for committee sessions?
ILMUNC provides each delegate with a placard for his or her country, a notebook, and a pen.
What should I bring to Committee Session?
First, students must always wear western business attire to committee sessions. Students should also bring their ILMUNC-issued placard, a notebook, a pen, any research they've printed out, and of course please bring a passion to solve international issues!
Is attendance taken at Committees?
Yes, attendance will be taken at every committee session.
Can faculty advisors attend committee sessions?
Although faculty advisors cannot participate during committee, faculty advisors are allowed, and encouraged, to be present during the committee sessions.
When do students eat and will food be provided for free?
ILMUNC does not provide meals for delegates at the conference. We recommend that students explore Philadelphia in groups to eat meals or bring snacks to eat between committee sessions. Some school delegations choose to eat meals together and prices can be found in our Philadelphia Guide, which will be distributed at conference.
How much money should I bring to survive for a weekend in Philly?
We recommend that students bring anywhere from $100 to $200 dollars to buy meals and souvenirs at the conference (like an ILMUNC t-shirt!)
How do students spend time outside of committee?
Outside of committee, students are free to explore Philadelphia in groups. At the conference, delegates will be provided with a guide to restaurants, museums, and tourist attractions that you can visit in the Philadelphia area. Additionally, tours of Penn's campus and transportation to and from campus will be available on Friday during the morning. On Friday and Saturday night, the ILMUNC staff will organize a delegate reception and dance. These events are not mandatory but have been extremely fun in the past.
What are the rules and regulations of the conference and how are they enforced?
ILMUNC has a zero-tolerance policy with regard to alcohol and drugs. Students are not permitted to bring, buy, or use either of these items throughout the weekend. If students are discovered with contraband, their entire school’s delegation will be penalized. Hotel curfew at 12:00am will be enforced by ILMUNC staff and the hotel halls will be monitored throughout the night.
What is the ILMUNC cancellation policy?
Because the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference and the International Affairs Association incur certain expenses prior to the conference, it is therefore necessary for us to have the following cancellation policy: All cancellations must be submitted in writing (via email to and and received before 11:59pm on December 1st, 2018. Schools who cancel, for whatever reason, prior to this date will be refunded all fees excluding the delegate deposit and school deposit. Schools and individuals who registered for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference and cancel after December 1st, 2018 are responsible for the entire conference fees. Schools who wish to decrease their delegation size must do so in writing before 11:59pm on December 1st, 2018. Schools who decrease their delegation size, for whatever reason, prior to this date will be refunded all fees excluding the delegate deposit and school deposit. Schools and individuals who decrease their delegation size after December 1st, 2018 will still be held responsible for all conference fees according to their delegation size on December 1st, 2018.

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