GUIDE TO DELEGATE PREPARATION
Like any activity or sport, model UN takes practice and skill. We hope that you will have the opportunity to improve your model UN skills both before and during your attendance to BIMUN. If this is your first conference, don't worry! Many of our delegates are first-timers to model UN and this webpage, as well as the background guide, are your first resources to build the skills necessary to prepare and debate effectively. During the conference, you will have the opportunity to take part in the delegate training session. During debate time, you'll be granted help by your committee director, who is trained to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask any of the officials or Secretariat members about any questions about procedure, your topic area, or about BIMUN. Committee director e-mails will be listed on the committee's page as the conference approaches.
BIMUN & THIMUN RULES
Whether as a student or as a director, we welcome you to browse through the guides and different tools we will be providing here to help delegates prepare for BIMUN or any other MUN Conference following a similar model to THIMUN. Please find attached the Official BIMUN Rules of Procedure, which follow the basic guidelines set by the THIMUN Conference.
Basic THIMUN procedures will be applied throughout the conference. Some specific features of BIMUN are adapted through a few adjustments and modifications. Shortly said, these alterations deal with:
the consequences of the absence of full-fledged draft resolutions on the proceedings
the resulting clause-by-clause debate
the rules governing caucus time
no lobbying time to sign clauses in the Security Council, although unmoderated caucus can be asked for if needed
The main difference of procedure in BIMUN is that the debates are clause-based and not resolution-based. In many other conferences, delegates come with a draft resolution and merge their draft resolutions with the draft resolutions of other delegates during the lobbying process, thus producing a revised (merged) version that is debated during the Committee sessions. This is not the case in BIMUN. In BIMUN, delegates come with only a few draft clauses which they merge with the draft clauses of other delegates during caucus. These revised clauses are then debated individually during the Committee sessions. Votes are taken following each clause-debate, and if the clause passes, it is included in the Resolution, which is built together by all delegates as clauses pass. At the end of the clause-by-clause debate, a vote is taken on the resolution as a whole. Amendments to each clause are in order during the clause-by-clause debate.
As a rule, debates at BIMUN ESADE are Open Debates, except on Amendments, and as the chairs see fit to introduce Closed Debate in the interest of debate.
Caucus is the BIMUN-equivalent of lobbying in other conferences: we use a different term to distinguish between the regular whole-resolution-merging process called Lobbying and specific BIMUN-style clause-by-clause caucusing, which is to merge individual clauses and gain the required amount of signatures in order to submit the clause to the Chair for debate. Caucus-time may be requested by delegates if they feel the need to have quick and informal contact on a clause or on an amendment, or offered by the chairs when they feel the need arises and the flow of debate requires. It is ruled by the chairs and their ruling is final and does not necessitate a vote.
Clauses and amendments which are debated are typed and projected on a screen. We strongly encourage the use of laptops seen as the conference will be digitaly-based and internet connection will be provided to all delegates.
Reminder: only official notepaper, which will be handed-in at Registration and screened by the conference Secretariat, may be exchanged during the conference.