Event: Wellington Universities’ Model United Nations 2017 (UniMUN)
Date: 29th July, 2017
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Laby Lecture Theatre 118
Cost: $20


Wellington Universities’ Model United Nations 2017 is here!

The theme of this year’s event is UN+Just, examining the contentious issue of diplomatic immunity.

Calling all university students interested in diplomacy and international law – this is your chance to hone your debating skills and explore these issues from the perspective of your member state!

The event will be held on the 29th of July at Victoria University of Wellington in Laby Lecture Theatre 118 and is absolutely unmissable – registrations are open until the 25th of July, so get in quick!

If you have any questions, please direct them to the Communications Officer Sophie Coomber at [email protected]


Sorry, registrations are closed.


Day One Time Activity
08:30 - 09:00 AM Registrations (LBLT118)
09:00 - 09:15 AM Opening Ceremony (LBLT118)
09:15 - 10:15 AM Workshop (LBLT118/AM103)
10:15 - 10:45 AM Morning Tea
10:45 - 12.15 PM Plenary Session 1 (LBLT118)
12.15 - 01:00 PM Lunch/Networking
01:00 - 02:00 PM Guest Speaker (LBLT118)
02:00 - 02:30 PM Afternoon Tea
02:30 - 03:45 PM Plenary Session 2 (LBLT118)
03:45 - 04:00 PM Closing Ceremony (LBLT118)

Meet the Committee

Mitchell Fraser – Coordinator

Mitchell is a third year law and commerce student at Victoria, majoring in Economics. Mitchell has been involved with UN Youth for approximately 2 years now, and in that time has held a range of different positions, including his current role as Vice-President Tertiary for the Wellington region. Having been on the committee for UniMUN in 2016, Mitchell is super excited to see this event come together and develop it to be bigger and better than ever before! When not UN Youth-ing, Mitchell can most probably be found at Coffix; watching Masterchef, or drinking sangria.


Sophie Coomber – Communications Officer

Hailing from the mighty Taranaki, Sophie is a second year law and arts student at Victoria, majoring in International Relations and Sociology. After having been on a self-proclaimed ‘UN Youth hiatus’ since THIMUN 2016, Sophie has thankfully re-joined the organisation this year, being both a Regional Delegation Director for Aotearoa Youth Declaration and now your friendly UniMUN Communications Officer (aka: the face behind all the emails you receive from us). Sophie is passionate about theatre and film, and is always up for a yarn, so make sure you say hey when you see her around on conference day!


Max Vaughan – Logistics Officer

Max is a first year commerce and biomedical student, majoring in Economics, Information Systems and Genetics. This is Max’s first UN Youth event committee, but he has really stepped up to the challenge of logistics and is looking forward to you all sampling his catering. When he isn’t liaising with Subway or cutting slices, Max can be found partaking in Startup Wellington weekends and watching cute cat videos.

How to Model UN

So you’ve never been to a Model UN before – or you have but want to refresh your memory? Do not fear! Our volunteers will support you throughout the day, but for now, here’s a brief outline of how the plenary sessions will work.

Plenary involves amending a “resolution”: a series of points that will be enacted by the UN and its member states. A resolution is split into two distinct parts – preambulatory and operative clauses:

  • Preambulatory clauses are the background to the resolution – what has the UN and international community done in the past about this issue?
  • Operative clauses are the ones that you get to change! So read them, and think about how you can amend them and make them better.

The structure of plenary is as follows:

1. Proposition Phase

This is where a proposer and seconder read out and briefly speak in favour of the resolution as it stands.

2. First General Debate Phase

At this point, the resolution as a whole is debated, with delegates invited to speak both for and against the resolution as it stands.

3. Amendment Phase

This is the crux of the Model UN process, and the part where you are able to amend the resolution to better suit your country or region’s interests. You can amend, add, or strike clauses and should try to collaborate with other countries to support the changes you want to see. Note: you can only amend operative clauses. Each amendment will first be discussed/debated, and then voted upon.

Some helpful hints for making amendments:

  1. Make sure the clause begins with an operative word, e.g. Endorses, supports, urges, calls upon [NOT endorsINGsupportINGurgING].
  2. Clearly state what you want the amendment to say.
  3. Ensure there is correct grammar and spelling.

Often, the simpler and shorter, the better!

4. Second General Debate Phase

This is the same as phase 2, but now debating the resolution as it stands after the amendment phase.

5. Right of Reply

The original proposer of the resolution is invited to make a final address and indicate their views on the resolution as it now stands. This is followed by a vote on the resolution by roll call, where you are able to vote either for or against passing the resolution, or abstain.

The following debate flowchart summarises the above information and shows the structure of committee discussion. Do not worry – the chair will guide you through all this information and make sure the debate goes smoothly.

Educational Content

Here you can find the educational content you will need for the conference.

The briefing paper gives you an overview of the topic we will be discussing on the day: diplomatic immunity. The resolution is the actual directive itself that will be debated upon in plenary (see the ‘How to Model UN’ tab for more information on this).

Have a read over this content before conference day and have a think about your country’s potential views on it.

Resolution-Briefing Paper