The Chairs are the heads of a committee and each committee will have two Chairs.
The Chairs are responsible for keeping the debate flowing, whilst ensuring that all rules are being complied with by the delegates. Chairs do not represent any member of the UN.
In order to chair a committee successfully, a student should have previous MUN experience as a delegate and should be aware of the Rules of Procedure.
Having been elected as a Chair and been assigned a committee, the Chair now needs to acquire general knowledge of the topics to be debated in that committee. It is important to know which countries represented in the committee play a major role in each topic and who are allies and enemies. Therefore, Chairs will be expected to produce Research Reports for the topics, which will be published to the delegates. The first draft is due by 1st December 2019 and the final draft by 13th December 2019. The Research Reports will be made available to delegates by 20th December 2019. Further details about this will be sent to successful Chairs.
Once delegates have read the Chairs' Research Report, they are expected to prepare and submit a Position Paper by 10th January 2020. Chairs then need to check these and publish them to all delegates in the committee by 20th January 2020.
It is also imperative that all Chairs read this document on how to chair their committee.
During the conference, Chairs need to make the delegates of the committee, particularly first-time MUN delegates, feel welcome and confident of participating. The Chairs need to keep track of which delegates have spoken and which have not, and encourage those who have not to participate in some form.
Once committees have ended, Chairs are expected to inform the Secretariat which delegates will be presented with awards. More information on this can be found in the Delegates' Preparation section.
Some Chairs will be given the opportunity to chair during the General Assembly if they wish. All Chairs will need to give a short speech and present their committee's awards during the Closing Ceremony.
Chairs are imperative to the smooth running of the committees and to ensuring the full participation and enjoyment of the delegates attending the conference.
The Chairs of the Committees for 2020 are:
Sochum: Maria Eza, Colegio Ayalde Spain and Amy Sturmer, Bishop Thomas Grant UK
Disec: Blanca Bareño, Colegio Ayalde Spain and Benjamin Orford-Thomson, Kings College Spain
Ecosoc: Judith Gonzalez, Colegio Ayalde Spain and Christina Fast, Gymnasium Schwertstrasse Germany
Environment: Maria Barcala, Colegio Ayalde Spain and Jan Kos, Novy Porg Czeck Republic
SpecSDGs: Pablo Castaño, St. George’s School Spain and Maria Fernandez, Colegio Ayalde Spain
World Health: Laura Smith, Colegio Ayalde Spain and Aurora Bentivoglio, Bishop Thomas Grant UK
Human Rights: Jaime Nunnikhoven, Colegio Munabe Spain and Maelle BebleadzI, Bishop Thomas Grant UK
Security Council: Tomas Ford, Bishop Thomas Grant UK and Tomáš Hradil, Novy Porg Czech Republic
Historical Council: Lilly-Sophie von Keitz, Gymnasium Schwertstrasse Germany and Sofia Tarela, Colegio Ayalde Spain
Arctic Council, PAME: Iciar Eulate, Colegio Ayalde Spain
Arctic Council, SDWG: Naiara Gil, Colegio Ayalde Spain