I have received my committee and country/character assignment. What do I do now?
As one of your first steps, we highly recommend that you check out your committee’s background guide on our committee page that your Daises have put much effort into composing. The background guide will have outlined and explained a number of topics that you will be debating at the conference. It is helpful to know your committee’s history, current events, and other subject matter that you think will be relevant during debate. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to thoroughly research your character or country, such as their position in terms of the topics, their allies, policies, etc. A thoroughly researched delegate is often the well-spoken delegate, as it will reflect in your speeches and interactions with your fellow delegates. Your position paper is due 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. Please look at position paper guidelines below for more information.
I have a question about my country/character or my committee. Who do I contact?
If you wish to clarify something about your characters, committee or information on the background guide, please contact your Chair at the respective committee’s email address. You can find the individual committee emails on our committee page, by clicking on the appropriate committee. Also don’t forget to consult the committee background guide first if you have questions about research. Most Daises have already listed Questions to Consider and Helpful Research Links as part of their background guides.
What other activities does SSUNS 2017 offer outside of committee sessions?
SSUNS this year offers a variety of stimulating and exclusive events such There will be seminars offered to interested delegates on everything from student journalism to photography to sustainability to charity work. We will be hosting skills-building session for students looking to learn about the college application process, essay writing, the transition to university life, building a CV, preparing for LSATs, and networking successfully.
Is there a dress code?
All participants at SSUNS are required to wear full western business attire. We urge you to adhere to the dress code for all SSUNS events, such as the Opening/Closing ceremonies, committee sessions, public events, excluding the delegate social event and unless otherwise directed by your Dais. For the Delegate Gala, please use your discretion in dressing casually but appropriately. SSUNS staff reserves the right to remove delegates dressed inappropriately or offensively for the delegate social event.
Can I bring my own laptop?
Yes! Although it’s not mandatory, it is recommended that you bring your own computer to research, draft working papers, etc. outside of your committee sessions. Usage of laptops or portable electronic devices during sessions is subject to the individual discretion of Daises and it may be prohibited during selective or all committee sessions. There will be also computers available for conference-related uses such as research in our Delegate Resource Centre.
What is a position paper?
All SSUNS delegates are required to submit a position paper prior to the conference (with the exception of selective Crisis committee delegates). There is a section in your background guide for Questions to Consider and/or Helpful Links that will help you get your research started. Also don’t forget to check out our Delegate Resources page for more tips! It is a research essay detailing your country or character’s position in your committee, specifically on the topics outlined in the background guide. We urge you to avoid reiterating information already elaborated in the background guide, except for when explaining their significance to your specific character or pointing out something you wish to underscore during the committee debate. Having a well-written position paper will help you organize your research, become familiarized with your character, and enhance your delegate experience throughout the conference.
When is my position paper due?
It is due at 11:59PM on November 16th, 2017. It is always a good idea to submit it in advance. Feel free to email your Daises any questions regarding your position paper, but allow sufficient time before the deadline to ensure you receive feedback!
How do I submit it?
Submit it to your respective committee emails as an attachment in .docx or .pdf file format.
Are there any rules??
While we do not provide specific format guidelines for individual position papers, every position paper should be written in coherence to a formal academic paper you would normally submit at your school. We urge you to use your discretion in determining the appropriate format of the paper. On another note, SSUNS has a very strict plagiarism policy. You must take care to acknowledge any ideas or information obtained from the work of others in your paper. You may check out our Delegate Resources page for more information on how to cite. Please refer to McGill University’s Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures on Plagiarism for further clarification: Article 16. Plagiarism “Plagiarism” means the representation of another’s work, published or unpublished, as one’s own or assisting another in representing another’s work, published or unpublished, as his or her own. (a) No student shall represent another person’s work, published or unpublished, as his or her own in any academic writing […], or represent as his or her own the work of another, whether the material so represented constitutes a part or the entirety of the work submitted.
SSUNS prides itself on providing a friendly learning environment for all delegates alike. Hence each year, SSUNS wishes to acknowledge exceptional delegates and delegations who enrich the educational experience for their peer delegates and embody our theme of advocacy, peacemaking and diplomacy. We have two categories of awards as further described below: Individual Awards and Delegation Awards. All Individual Gavel Awards are given equal weight and they are not ranked in order.
Types of awards?
Nellie McClung Award for Advocacy: Presented to the Delegate that embodies the perseverance and advocacy of the Famous Five in their inspiring fight for suffrage.
Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacemaking: Presented to the delegate that embodies the tradition of "Pearson Internationalism" through leadership and civility in diplomatic conduct.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Award for Diplomatic Finesse: Presented to the delegate that demonstrates innovative and creative policy making as well as an eloquent and persuasive manner of speech.
**All gavels are given equal ranking; there is no ranking between individual gavel awards.
SSUNS Book Award: Granted to the delegate who best embodies the spirit of Model United Nations and engages their committee in an enthusiastic and proactive role.
Honourable Mention: Awarded to the delegate who displays the most promising qualities of a rising diplomat in the making.
Delegate Resouce Centre
Our Delegate Resource Centre (DRC) is responsible for answering any questions about SSUNS and the city of Montréal during the conference. It is open from 9:30 AM and closes with the end of the last committee session each day. Please consult your Delegate Handbook for its exact location.
What do Room Blocks Mean?
In order to facilitate travel in hallways, to/from rooms, elevators and escalators before and after committee sessions during the conference, we have organized each committee into Block A or Block B. Being in Block A simply means that you will be starting your committee sessions 15 minutes earlier and end as much earlier than Block B. You can check which Block you belong to in your delegate handbook.
Is there wifi?
There will be complimentary wifi available for delegates on the Conference Level. Please refer to the PR updates at the Opening Ceremonies or visit the Delegate Resource Centre for the password. We urge you to refrain from remaining connected from several devices simultaneously in order to maintain satisfactory traffic for all attendees and staff. There is wifi in your hotel rooms as well, for which you do not need a password to access.
I lost my name tag. Where do I go?
You need your name tag for admission into any event during the conference and to receive discounts at selective partner restaurants. If you lose your name tag, check in at the Delegate Resource Centre to see if it has been turned in, or provide the following information for a replacement.
• Full Name
• School Name
• Committee Name
• Name of Position
Where is the Lost and Found?
Any lost item returned will be made available for pick up in the Delegate Resource Centre.
Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
Your faculty advisor should be your primary point of contact for all cases of emergency. If you wish to directly address the issue with the conference staff, please approach your Daises or any of our staff.