Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. 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 May 14th, 2018, and should be turned in using the position paper submission form on the ILMUNC Vietnam website.

Q2. 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.

Q3. How can students contact their Chair or the Secretariat before the conference?

Students can contact the Secretariat through the email posted on the ILMUNC Vietnam website (secretariat@ilmunc-vietnam.com). Delegates can also contact their chairs through the emails included in the background guides. The ILMUNC Vietnam Secretariat and chairs will be happy to assist with any questions a delegate may have. Students can also fill out the form in the "Contact Us" section on our website.

Q4. 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. ILMUNC Vietnam prohibits the use of electronic devices inside of committee, unless instructed by your chairs to do so. Delegates should also bring any personal items they might need for the weekend (i.e. stationery).

Q5. Does ILMUNC Vietnam offer any preparation assistance to delegates?

As part of our commitment to education and improvement, staff members will offer two pre-conference training sessions: one for GA/ECOSOC delegates, and one for crisis delegates. The first training session will train delegates with advanced skills, as well as tips to succeed at Model United Nations conferences. The second, a crisis workshop, will train delegates with crisis committee procedure, directive writing skills and strategies to employ when writing crisis notes. Both sessions will last about an hour. Additionally, ILMUNC Vietnam will continue to provide an interactive online training video, which will be on the ILMUNC website. This video will give delegates the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the rules of debate before conference begins.

Q6. Are pre-written resolutions allowed at ILMUNC Vietnam?

Although outside research is highly encouraged before the conference, pre-written resolutions are not allowed. ILMUNC Vietnam has a strict policy against any pre-written document and plagiarism will be treated as a serious matter.

Q7. What office supplies does ILMUNC Vietnam provide for committee sessions?

ILMUNC Vietnam provides each delegate with a placard for his or her country, a small notepad, and a pen.

Q8. What should I bring to Committee Session?

First, students must always wear western business attire to committee sessions. Students should also bring their ILMUNC Vietnam-issued placard, a notebook, a pen, any research they've printed out, and of course please bring a passion to solve international issues!

Q9. Is attendance taken at committee?

Yes, attendance will be taken at every committee session.

Q10. 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.

Q11. What are the rules and regulations of the conference and how are they enforced?

ILMUNC Vietnam 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 Vietnam staff and the hotel halls will be monitored throughout the night.

Q12. What does the delegate fee include?

The domestic delegate fee includes conference materials, delegate services, food/beverages, venue, and social events. For international delegate fee, we also offer assistance in finding and booking accommodation during your time in Hanoi.

Q13. What is the difference between priority and regular registration?

For those who are participating as part of a delegation, delegation fee is waived during priority registration. Priority registration also allows delegates who have paid to submit their committee/assignment requests early and get first pick.

Q14. What is ILMUNC Vietnam's cancellation policy?

Because the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Vietnam 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 secretariat@ilmunc-vietnam.com). Schools who cancel, for whatever reason, prior to April 26th, 2018 will be refunded all fees. Schools and individuals who registered for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Vietnam are responsible for the entire conference fees. Schools who wish to decrease their delegation size must do so in writing. Schools who decrease their delegation size, for whatever reason, prior to this date will be refunded all fees. Schools and individuals who decrease their delegation size after a specified date will still be held responsible for all conference fees according to their initial delegation size.