As Model United Nations is a simulation of diplomatic interaction, delegates and Dais alike are required to conduct themselves with diplomatic decorum. They are to convey respect, de-escalate conflict and project dignity in their behavior and speech.
1. Appropriate Attire
Business Formal is the attire of choice for any self-respecting MUN conference. Men are advised to wear a clean and pressed suit, a buttoned-up stiff collar shirt, and a neatly attached tie with polished dress shoes. For women, a certain degree of variety and flexibility is permitted. For instance, suits and work dresses with closed toe dress shoes are allowed.
Delegates should always make sure to address the Committee in accordance with parliamentary procedure. This will keep things in order and maintain mutual respect even when the debate gets heated. Delegates are advised to refer to the Moderator as “Honorable Dais” and other delegates as “Distinguished Delegates”.
During the Formal Debate and Moderated Caucuses, delegates should always pay attention when other delegates make their speeches. No delegate may address a session without the permission of the Moderator. Never can delegates engage in private conversation as it is considered to be rude and disrespectful. Delegates can send a page to express their views when communication is needed.
During Unmoderated Caucuses and meetings outside of designated conference rooms, politeness is still essential. Delegates should not bully, shun or badmouth other delegates. Delegates should always attempt to build consensus by exchanging ideas and respecting the opinions of others when working on documents.
3. Diplomatic Language
When speaking in the Committee or drafting documents, it is necessary to employ formal and diplomatic language.
The third-person should be used as much as possible when speaking (i.e. use the third-person “The delegate of Brazil”). Delegates should not address any delegate by their first name.
Delegates should avoid stereotyping other states or using demeaning or controversial phrases such as “undeveloped nations” and “bully states”. Also try to use the full name of countries, such as “United Kingdom” instead of “UK”. Delegates ought to accord full respect to the issues that are being discussed and never make jokes in bad taste.