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MACE-MUN 2016 [Event Concluded]

19,20,21 February 2016 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Organised by
Team MACE-POST (Mar Athanasius College of Engineering,Kothamangalam, Kerala, India) 
and Rotary Club, Kothamangalam

2 Councils: The UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA) and The UN Security Council (UNSC)

Important follow up links

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Click here for Delegate registration. (Last Date: 4th February 2016) Registrations Closed
Click here for Executive Board registration. (Last Date: 18th January 2016) Registrations Closed
UPDATE [09-Feb-2016]: Study Guides for UNGA and UNSC are published.
Click here for UNGA Study Guide.
Click here for UNSC Study Guide.
UPDATE [07-Feb-2016]: The country matrix have been published. Click here to view the updated version [17-Feb 2016].
UPDATE [25-Jan-2016]: Due to requests from a number of potential participants, the deadline for delegate registration has been extended to 4th February 2016, from the previously announced 25th January 2016.
UPDATE [16-Jan-2016]: The agendas for the councils are:
Futuristic UN General Assembly : Colonization of Mars
UN Security Council : Global security – Threats posed by religious terrorism in the Middle East

The proceedings of the Model United Nations are a simulation of the workings of the actual United Nations. This academic simulation of the United Nations is a platform where participants, each allotted with a country to represent, perform intensive research on their Country’s position on a specific agenda which will be in focus during the course of the MUN, and step into the shoes of diplomats (or delegates) and put forth their ideas and voice their opinion on behalf of the country that they represent. It’s an amalgam of activities like public speaking, debating, group discussions, policy analysis, note making, negotiation, convincing other delegates and getting to the bottom of a crisis with new solutions and drafting of resolutions. The phenomenal and thought provoking happenings in a particular MUN committee (like the General Assembly or the Security Council) can be described as the delegates take on the proceedings of the world, including world peace.

It is here where your irresistible urge to speak up and to stand by your ideals and the adrenaline drive to openly judge others’ conviction meets diplomacy and a formal code of conduct by which UN proceedings are guided. It is an avenue where the diplomats of tomorrow are encouraged to take matters into their own hands and engage their mental faculties to find solutions for the issues that the world faces every day.

Participate in the MACE-MUN 2016, which returns after the success of the previous two editions and we guarantee you an avenue where you can interact with the best delegates from across the state and spend three days engaged in fruitful resolution making to help build awareness about the issues that the world faces today.

Mar Athanasius College of Engineering (MACE), Kothamangalam (near Ernakulam, Kerala), one of the pioneers in the engineering colleges in the country, has over 50 years of excellence to its credit. MACE provides every facility to its students to push their limits and achieve academic as well as professional excellence.

The MACE-MUN was the first of its kind when it was initially launched in 2014, as an initiative of the students and the staff of the college. Just like its sister MUNs around the world, the MACE-MUN strove quite successfully to create the same enthusiasm displayed over the years.

At MACE MUN we take at most care in helping seasoned MUN’ers and first time participants to coexist together. Feel free to reach out to us, if you need any clarifications regarding the academic or operational structure of MACE MUN.

MACE MUN Procedures and Rules Handbook

MACE MUN 2016 comprises of 2 councils:
The UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA)
– Comprising of 70-80 delegates.
and The UN Security Council (UNSC)
– Comprising of about 15 delegates.

The UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA)

The UN General Assembly is the principle organ of the United Nations and aims at fostering democratic republics all over the world i.e., it is the democratic heart of the UN. Some of the stark features of this committee include the requirement of atleast 2/3rd majority of those present and voting for passing a resolution and it is the only committee having equal representation. And thus, unlike the Security Council, which is exclusive and has 5 Veto countries having special rights, each country in UNGA has one vote each.  The Assembly is empowered to suggest measures after multilateral negotiation, deliberation, policymaking and voting. The UNGA digs deep into anything you can just think of; disarmament, peaceful settlement of Humanitarian moral crises and world peace, climate change, energy crisis, flaws in a member country’s corrupt administrative and budgetary policies,admission of new members into the council to even election of non-permanent members of Security Counciland so on. The suggested resolution is not made for immediate execution, but they are binding for all the member nations and have a lasting effect for the long run. It’s here, all the delegates take the opportunity to address the body directly and express their concern on the given agenda and put forth ideas to eradicate or atleast alleviate the situation at hand to the maximum possible extent. It’s here where the wordsmiths’ wordplay can make a make a huge difference for the future of the mankind.

The UN Security Council (UNSC)

The UN Security Council (UNSC) is the MOST POWERFUL body of the UN and takes the sole responsibility of making and immediate execution of decisions concerning international peace and security. Five powerful Veto countries – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America – preside over the committee as permanent members and utilize their veto powers to influence and monitor the decision making process,along with 10 temporarily elected member nations, who are voted on a two year basis. Together, after intense negotiation, arbitration and debating, it has the powers to dispatch military operations (mostly in the form of peacekeeping forces) in areas of strife, imposes sanctions or to recommend peaceful procedure for resolution of disputes, mandates arms inspections etc. While the other organs of the UN only make recommendations to its member nations, the Security Council has the power to actually make and execute decisions and all the UN member nations are obliged to comply with the council decisions. It is part parliament, part secret diplomatic cave, as most of the proceedings are conducted behind shut doors and are highly confidential. So next time you hear of a tussle in one corner of the world, there is a “Chamber of Secrets”, where delegates are debating over finer details to ensure peace and harmony.

Click here for Delegate registration. (Last Date: 4th February 2016) Registrations Closed
Click here for Executive Board registration. (Last Date: 18th January 2016) Registrations Closed

For details, contact:

Academic Clarifications
Mr. Vishnu Prasad: +91 9497283391
Ms. Sandra Kurian +91 95-44-118782

Operational Clarifications
Mr. Prince Raju: +91 82-81-073752

Mr. Jitesh Sivakumar: +91 95-67-126444 (Convener)

Email id: macemun@gmail.com

Frequently asked questions

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FAQs FOR DELEGATES, NOT FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD ASPIRANTS.

What is an MUN?

MUN (Model United Nations) is a simulation of the UN. The UN has several divisions, say, the General Assembly or the Security Council. At the MACE-MUN, we are organizing the General Assembly (GA). The participants debate and discuss on several socio-political issues during the three day event. The prize money on offer is Rs. 35,000/-

There will be a total of around 100 participants for the event (75-80 for General Assembly and about 15 for security council). Each participant will represent a country assigned to him/her taking his/her preference into account. No two participants will represent the same country.

The selected participants will be given the topics for discussion. Examples of topics given in an MUN General Assembly are Women Empowerment and Human Rights violation in XYZ country.

A chair and a co-chair will moderate the proceedings. Participants may even be expelled in case of indiscipline. There won’t be any audience for the event. The entire procedure will be an exact simulation of the UN and in accordance with the UN protocols. There would a panel of International Press (IP) to report the proceedings of the council. Previous newsletters published by the IP can be found in the old MUN pages.

What are the benefits of participating in an MUN?

There are many benefits. First and foremost is the value of the participation certificate. MUN is easily the best and the most challenging public speaking event. A participant is required to know everything about the country he/she is representing, needs to have adequate general awareness and needs to engage in discussions which are extremely formal.

Participants are expected to behave and address each other exactly as in the UN. For example, the use of first person is forbidden during discussions. There are many other rules and procedures. These are available in the handbook available for downloading.
Procedures and Rules Handbook

This is the most professional public speaking event. The certificate, hence has great value, and gives a huge boost to one’s profile/CV. This is also particularly useful for those who are aiming for leadership roles as well as to those hoping to go for MBA/Civil Service exams. The certificate has value for admission to foreign universities as well.

The certificate of participation in an MUN is a testimony to a student’s public speaking skills and awareness on global issues. MUNs are organized all over the world. Thus, the participation certificate has global acclaim.

There is prize money worth Rs. 20,000/- on the offering. This will be given to the best delegate, high commendation, special mention and to the best first timer.

There will also be a cultural night to add to the fun.

Who all can register for the event?

Anyone in the age group 16-27 as on 1/1/2016 can participate in the MACE-MUN. They may be from within India or abroad. They have to register through the link provided in this website.

How are the participants selected?

Participants are selected based on the form they fill out during the  registration process. The criteria will be their public speaking skills, social concern and general awareness. Previous experience in similar events will also be considered as a bonus.

After this initial screening, there will be further rounds of screening, if necessary. These may include telephone interview, reference checks etc.

Is there a prize money?

Even though MUN excellence certificates are more valuable than cash prizes, MACE MUN 2016 is bundled with an overall prize money of INR 35,000/- to encourage participation and to help foster MUN in the state.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is Rs. 1,200/- which also includes food for all the 3 days of the event. But, accommodation charges will have to be paid extra. There are different options available for accommodation.

Participants can opt for nearby college hostels or hotels. The details are given in the registration page.

We will shortlist the candidates who have registered and the fee will be collected from them by 1st March, 2015.

How will the participant know if he/she is selected?

We will intimate the selected candidates by 20th February.

When will the participant know the topic and the country he/she is representing?

The topic will be provided and the country will be assigned on payment of the non-refundable registration fee of Rs.1,200/-. Accommodation charges can be paid at the venue.

The fee is non-refundable just to ensure that a participant who is assigned a country does not back out. Because, if a delegate who is assigned USA fails to come, it will significantly affect the proceedings and discussions will be limited. Thus, any participant who is selected needs to pay the fee. Only then will the country be assigned.

Will there be any training?

Since this is an event that many are unaware of, we will be conducting a free mock workshop during a weekend before the final event for those who are participating in the event for the first time. It will be optional. Any selected participant can come and attend this workshop at his/her own expense.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Participants must wear Indian formals or Western formals for the event. Skirts are not allowed. The UN procedures apply here as well. Ideally, delegates must wear suits for the event. But, we are giving minor relaxations since this is a new event. Delegates are allowed to come in any formals, the dress-code that is followed while appearing for an interview.

Has MUN been organized elsewhere?

MUN is a hugely popular event in the European as well as the Gulf countries. These countries have MUN clubs and inter-school and inter-college MUNs are organized in large scale.

In India, however, there is a very low level of awareness about MUNs. Here, MUN is limited to the top metro cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai etc.

In Kerala, there have only been 2 MUNs organized when the first season of MACE MUN was launched.  The MACE MUN 2014 was the first time an MUN was conducted by an engineering college within the state.

The MACE-MUN hopes to continue to spread awareness and educate the youth about this grand event and its spirit.

Click here for Delegate registration. (Last Date: 4th February 2016) Registrations Closed
Click here for Executive Board registration. (Last Date: 18th January 2016) Registrations Closed

For details, contact:

Academic Clarifications
Mr. Vishnu Prasad: +91 9497283391
Ms. Sandra Kurian +91 95-44-118782

Operational Clarifications
Mr. Prince Raju: +91 82-81-073752

Mr. Jitesh Sivakumar: +91 95-67-126444 (Convener)

 

Email id: macemun@gmail.com

 

Websites:

www.mace.ac.in (official college website)

www.themacepost.com (college newsletter)