Hello delegates, we’re T-2 days from the conference, so I’d like to share with you some very last second reminders to make sure your time with us is as smooth and as free from space debris as possible.
First of all, this year food is not provided for delegates except at the banquet, so please pack your own food or snacks. Food will be available to purchase in HUB and SUB.
Secondly, as I’m sure you all know, this year is the first time that we are running a simulation not based on current or historical events. It is therefore imperative that you all are very familiar with the timeline and geopolitical situation we have outlined for you, else the debate will be rocky.
Thirdly please be respectful, respect the dress code, respect fellow students, respect the volunteers, and respect the university for allowing us to use their facilities for the purpose of this event.
Lastly please do not hesitate to ask any questions. The dais staff and the FP Advisors are there for your benefit and we hope to put on a fun and successful conference.
We will once again do a brief overview of the expectations we have for you all at our committee session Thursday evening.
Excited to see you all soon!
Chairperson – SC2033
Thank you to everyone who has submitted their position papers. All papers received by the deadline qualify for the “Best Position Paper” award. Your dias would just like to remind you that you are required to submit a position paper in order to vote in committee. We are still missing a few countries, so if you have questions or are struggling, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to assist you.
For your reference, I have created a handy-dandy Mars base diagram to put things into perspective for you. Shoot us an email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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All those details aside, the conference is only a few days away! I hope you’re all as excited as we are – we’re looking forward to an exciting few days, and to meeting everyone!
Here are a few other pointers and suggestions to make your HSMUN experience the best it could possibly be – and this applies to rookies and veterans alike!
1. Dress Code
I can’t stress this enough. Please, please, please don’t make me side-eye everyone and mutter something passive aggressive Thursday night about dress code. Business professional, please – no Uggs! In previous years, we’ve had delegates dress in the cultural clothes of their respective countries. Exercise caution should you do this, please check with your teachers first!
The banquet is formal. Keep it classy, kids.
Students are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets/iPads, etc. this year. Although the aforementioned electronic devices will be allowed in committee, we would like to remind students that inappropriate use of electronic devices will result in the loss of this privilege and/or removal from committee. We encourage students to use their laptops to draft resolutions as well as research foreign policy and new areas of debate. When it comes to phones, please use them responsibly. (That really just means don’t Snapchat the entire conference.)
3. Use Your Dias
Seriously, we’re all pretty chill – and our purpose is to, aside from kinda sorta run the show from the sidelines with y’all – is to make sure you have a fun time in committee and at the conference as a whole!
Karamveer, your chair, and Tayem, your vice-chair will be your go-tos for procedure, decorum, and the nitty-gritty of resolution writing. As for myself and Sarah, we’ll be your guides through foreign policy.
We don’t stop there, though – if you have any questions or concerns about anything at all related to the conference, please speak to one of us. If you’re feeling anxious, uncomfortable – we got you! We’ve been there, too. No question is a stupid question!
It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are about your country’s position on the issues, if you do not share that knowledge. This sounds self-explanatory, but year after year, I’ve seen delegates who arguably know more about their country’s position than anyone else at the conference, and who sit silently. Returning delegates who do not speak, if you can believe it. What’s my tip for any and all delegates? Raise your placard. Even if you haven’t found the right words, if you know your content, you will. And after that? Raise your placard again!
January 20th, 2017
Hello, Delegates! Are you as excited for the upcoming conference as we are? February 23rd can’t come soon enough!
I’ll start off with a little bit of housekeeping – our contact page now has an email up! You can direct all your questions, concerns and position papers to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we expect most, if not all of you are likely to be conference veterans by this point, we did not necessarily plan on an extensive paper-writing blog. That being said, if you’re struggling with any aspects of your paper at all, do not hesitate to shoot us an email! The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can help you out.
Please also keep your eyes peeled for a more complete Mars colonies post coming this weekend – we want to try and make the current state of Mars as clear for you as possible prior to the conference itself. It should not affect the research you are doing regarding foreign and domestic policy, but it will help frame the context in which debate will happen and resolutions will be passed.
Live long and prosper, delegates. Keep checking in with us to stay up-to-date with the latest on our lovely ol’ red planet.
Hello delegates! By the time most of you’ll be seeing this, I’m sure we’ll already be well into 2017 and into new semesters. My name is Sabrina, and I am one of your FPAs. Along with Sarah, I’ll be assisting you with any and all foreign policy related questions, and can advise you on domestic policy as well. I’m looking forward to meeting you all this coming February!
I’m sure that most of you are well-versed in country-based research, but a refresher never really hurts, so in this brief post, I’ll outline a few good sources to dig up some preliminary, and in-depth, research on the country you have been assigned.
My personal favourite for brief overviews of country stats and base information is the <a href=”https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/”>CIA World Factbook.</a> The purpose of this particular resource is to provide you with general information about history, government, geography, international relations, etc. of a specific country.
The CBC has a <a href=”http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/space-programs/”>great resource</a> you may have seen on the topic page with an outline of space programs, accurate to November 2013, which is worth checking out.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has some great resources and an archive of documents and resolutions available for you to browse through. Feel free to let one of your dais know if you’re having trouble navigating the website! The <a href=”http://www.unoosa.org/documents/pdf/hlf/1st_hlf_Dubai/Dubai_Declaration.pdf”>Dubai Declaration was adopted at the the first High Level Forum: Space as a driver for socio-economic sustainable development, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 24 November 2016. It’s one of the most up-to-date space initiative documents we have and is worth a peek through. When checking out UN documents, don’t forget to take a look at the formatting, and vocabulary. Although you can find resources on the HSMUN website when it comes to writing your draft resolutions next month, it’s always helpful learning about the context in which clauses are used and the way in which said clauses are worded.
Lastly is an obvious resource, but one to check regularly – your country’s space program website. For example, I navigated to the Canadian Space Agency’s website and located a few of our space exploration committees. The <a href=”http://www.globalspaceexploration.org/wordpress/”>International Space Exploration Coordination Group</a> has some useful resources as well.
Good luck, delegates! We’ll see you soon, live long and prosper.
As 2017 has rolled around HSMUN is drawing closer at (nearly) the speed of light. As the conference approaches, many of you may be curious as to why Brazil is a member of the P5 instead of France and generally curious of the future events that may influence the countries involved in our council (I was too when I first heard the description of this year’s council!). To this I say you need not fret as Karamveer, Tayem, Sabrina and I have been working out a timeline so to speak of probable events that would guide the UN Security Council to resemble the one of SC 2033. As we still have some finalizing to do you will all be receiving the specifics of this timeline at a bit later date but don’t worry you will get it with plenty of time left before the conference!
In regards to your research, continue to familiarize yourself with international space laws and regulations as well as the information you have gathered about your own countries. We are currently working on the foreign policy documents for each specific country that will provide each of you with a good guideline for your research leading into the conference. Until we have those ready to go, continue to check back here for some more helpful links and information!
Good luck and stay tuned!
Tayem here – your resident Mars expert, accredited by several hours spent in Mass Effect 3. As you all know, HSMUN is only 3 months away, which sounds like a long time, but at the light speed we travel at it’ll be here before you expect it!
The best way to prepare is to get your position papers in as soon as possible; there’s a lot of research to be done and if you start early you get to give snarky remarks to your friends that leave it to the week before 😉
We’ll be providing you with more details over the coming weeks, but for now, have a great week and make sure to get yourself hyped!
I’m Sarah, one of your Foreign Policy Advisors for this year’s Security Council 2033! I, along with Sabrina, will be helping each of you to understand your country’s position on space exploration and development. In the coming weeks/months we will be posting some helpful resources that will help you delve deeper into space policy but for now, I would suggest that you familiarize yourself with some of the general space laws that are out there (the links on the “Colonization of Mars” page on the HSMUN website are a good place to start) as these will likely be the basis for your country’s policies in the future.