Virtual Model United Nations on the Theme Exploitation of Environment in War and armed Conflict

Organizer: Sathyabama School of Law, (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY), Accredited with Grade ‘A++’ by NAAC| Approved by AICTC, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Jeppiaar Nagar, Chennai – 119

About the Event (MUN)

  • When: August 24th to 26th, 2023
  • Venue: Online platform
  • The registration fee is Rs. 300/- per participant
  • Applicants must be between the age of 16-24
  • The delegate should currently be enrolled in a high school/university of any country

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN is an educational simulation where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. At a MUN conference, students work as the representative of a country, organization or person and must solve a problem with other delegates from around the world. MUN teaches participants research, speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues.

Recently, the UN has remained largely uninvolved in the organization of MUN conferences around the world. However,in 2009, the UN launched the UN4MUN initiative, making MUN resources more accessible and allowing conferences to more closely replicate the true procedures of the United Nations.

United Nations Information Centers (UNIC) serve as a focal point for news and information about the United Nations (UN) for audiences worldwide. In India UNIC New Delhi collaborates with Model UN conferences organized by schools and universities. UNIC partner with almost 50 conferences every year, reaching between 15000 to 20000 students a year as of 2013.

Event Highlights

  • Committees: We will be hosting several committees, including the Human Rights Council, ECOSOC and UN environmental assembly
  • Distinguished Guest Speakers: Eminent legal professionals and experts from various fields will conduct interactive sessions.
  • Prizes and Awards: Participants will have the opportunity to win awards for Best Delegate, Special Commendation, Honorable mention and Special mention.

Details of Prizes and Awards

    • Best Delegate – ₹ 2,500/-
    • High Commendations – ₹ 2,500/
  • UNHCR:
    • Best Delegate – ₹ 2,500/-
    • High Commendations – ₹ 2,500/-
  • UNEP
    • Best Delegate – ₹ 2,500/-
    • High Commendations – ₹ 2,500/
  • Overall awards:
    • Honorable Mention – ₹ 1,500/-
    • Special Mention – ₹ 1,500/-


UNA-USA Procedure
Each committee is led by a Chairperson who facilitates the discussion for the committee. The committee will start with the Chairperson taking roll call.

Roll call:
In the MUN, the beginning stage is the Roll Call. In Model UN, the Roll Call is utilized essentially to check participation and compute the necessary share for procedural and substantial votes. A delegate can answer with “Present” or “Present and Voting”. A representative who introduces himself/herself as “Present and Voting” cannot skip the substantive voting. When this stage is finished, the meeting can proceed onward to the subsequent stage.

Setting the Agenda:
If only one subject is given before entering the debate, this part is unnecessary but delegates needs to choose the topic in case of multiple topics to raise the motion. Once a motion has been raised, the Chairs will call for a procedural voting process, meaning that delegates are unable to abstain and MUST vote. Only a simple majority is needed. Now, A topic has been raised, the Countries have been counted. The actual Debate can now proceed.

The Debate Opening Speech
Once a topic has been chosen, each state’s delegate, according to the alphabetical order of each State present, will give an opening speech in which they briefly outline their opinion on the matter at hand. Once this process is over, the discussion will move on to the General Speaker’s List.

The General Speakers List:
The GSL is essentially a default section within a discussion. Chairs will establish a time limit that each speaker should adhere to and Countries can then ask to be added to the list, taking turn to speak in the order the Chairs have provided.

Moderated and Unmoderated Caucuses:
While the GSL is ultimately a tool to allow general discussions, sometimes one needs to spend more time on certain specifics, in which case one can call for an unmoderated or moderated caucus. A moderated caucus has a particular topic which is proposed by delegates based on main agenda, and every speaker should speak just according to that subject. The caucus requires a set amount of time per speaker, the two of which are controlled by the delegate who made the motion for the caucus. Now, an unmoderated Caucus is a whole other tactical game. Within it, general rules seize to exist for a while, and one is able to be within a freeform debate, no turns, no points, no speaking time, they can get to meet the other countries in a more personal manner, and they get to negotiate and write their draft resolutions. Like the moderated caucus, a motion for this has to be raised. It’s a procedural vote, so no abstaining is possible. The unmoderated caucus takes time for as long as the allotted time allows.

Draft Resolutions:
A draft resolution is a document which states the proposed solution of the issue at hand and is supposed to be representing the viewpoints and the agenda of those who have written and signed it. It must have a minimum number of sponsors who support it and will vote in favor of it, once debates have ended. The number of necessary sponsors differs based on the Council and the Chair, according to the size of a Committee. When a draft goal has been affirmed by the Chair, a motion might be made to acquaint it with the board. A sponsor will present the draft resolution and read the clauses individually. Correcting Draft Resolutions -When a draft resolution has been presented, changes to operative clauses might be recommended and voted for. The amendments might be presented, and afterward the Chair will inquire as to whether they acknowledge it as an inviting change. Sponsors having a problem with the alteration will be noted, and a vote will follow. If the amendment passes, it will be included in the draft resolution and the other sponsors can eliminate their sponsorship. An amended operative clause can’t be re-amended.

Closing the debate:
For a draft resolution to be voted for, the GSL must first be closed, hence one must either wait until the GSL list runs its course, or one must raise the motion to close the debate. If two-thirds agree and are in favor, the debate will end.

If there is more than one draft resolution on the table, the committee will vote on the one which had been handed in first, based on their serial number. The Committee then votes on the Draft Resolution.
Else, the conversation on the subject is suspended, and the committee moves to the next thing on the

Voting procedure:
The voting procedure is a substantive vote for everyone except those countries which said that they are “Present and voting.” Meaning, that everyone who said that they are present at the Roll Call gets to either vote “Yes”, “No”, or gets to abstain. Furthermore sponsors are not allowed to abstain for the draft resolution at hand.
Once voting is completed and a proposal has been passed, it becomes the resolution of the committee, at which point the council will move on to the next topic that was on the agenda. If it should however fail, the draft resolution next to the first one will be voted on. Once one has been approved, or all have been voted on, one move on to the next topic.


United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), under the overall authority of the General Assembly, coordinates the economic and social work of the United Nations and the UN family of organizations. As the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues and for formulating policy
recommendations, the Council plays a key role in fostering international cooperation for development. It also consults with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), thereby maintaining a vital link between the United Nations and civil society. The Council has 54 members, elected by the General Assembly for three-year terms. It meets throughout the year and holds a major session in July, during which a high-level meeting of Ministers discusses major economic, social and humanitarian issues

The work of ECOSOC involves so many issues that it has many commissions to help it. Some are known as functional commissions. They meet regularly and report back to it on such issues as human rights, social development, the status of women, crime prevention, narcotic drugs, and science and technology

  • AGENDA: “Addressing economic challenges and promoting sustainable development in South Asian countries with focus on inclusive growth and poverty eradication.”

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

The UN Human Rights Council is the principal intergovernmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe, and for
addressing and taking action on human rights violations around the globe.

The Council meets for at least 10 weeks every year at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and discusses thematic human rights issues and country-specific situations that require its attention. It responds to
human rights emergencies and makes recommendations on how to better implement human rights on the ground. The Council can also convene urgent meetings on short notice to respond to emerging
human rights crises. Among the Council’s subsidiary bodies are the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism and the Special Procedures.

  • AGENDA: “Combating discrimination and promoting equality”

United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the leading environmental authority in the United Nations system. UNEA uses its expertise to strengthen environmental standards and practices while
helping implement environmental obligations at the country, regional and global levels. UNEA’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEA re-organised its work programme into six strategic areas as part of its move to results based management. The selection of six areas of concentration was guided by scientific evidence, the UNEA mandate and priorities emerging from global and regional forums.

  • AGENDA: “Exploitation of environment in war and armed conflict”


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the age of 16-24.
  • The delegate should currently be enrolled in a high school/university of any country

Dress code:

  • Western business formal attire for boys and girls.
  • Delegates are requested to adhere to the dress code throughout the conference

Country Allotment:

  • Institutions can indicate their country preferences in the preliminary registration form.
  • These preferences will be subject to approval, based on past MUN experiences of the institution. If the application is successful, the allotted countries will be intimated to the institution.
  • Allotment of countries will only be finalised after the receipt of the registration fee.

Delegate Code of Conduct:

  • Respectful spoken and written language is a must at all times (no flaming, derogatory language and personal attacks on individual or country positions).
  • Delegates are expected to maintain courteous behavior towards SSLMUN directors, moderators, faculty advisers and others assisting in the conference.
  • Any instances of plagiarism in a delegates speech, position paper, documentation or chits is strictly prohibited.
  • It is the responsibility of all participants to know and abide by the laws of the state which govern their internet use and general conduct.
  • Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct will result in a warning and possible suspension from SSLMUN 2023

Registration Procedure:

The registration fee is Rs. 300/- per participant.

Payment Details:

Account Details: Account Number: 6624553986
Branch: Sathyabama University, Old Mahabalipuram Road,
Jeppiaar Nagar, Chennai – 119
IFSC Code: IDIB000S201

Register Here

  • Participants are requested to make the payment and download the receipt of payment.
  • Click the registration form link and after filling the relevant details upload the payment receipt and submit the form.

Important dates

  • Registration closes – August 15th, 2023
  • Release of background guidelines – July 20th, 2023
  • Release of country / portfolio allotment – August 10th, 2023
  • Position Paper submission deadline – August 20th, 2023
  • Conference date – August 24th – 26th, 2023


With the Blessings of Col. Dr. JEPPIAAR M.A, B.L, Ph.D., Founder Chancellor
Chief Patrons, Dr. MARIAZEENA JOHNSON B.E., M.B.A., M.Phil, Ph. D.,
Chancellor, Dr. MARIE JOHNSON B.E., M.B.A., M.Phil, Ph. D.,
President, MR. J. ARUL SELVAN B.E., M.S.,
Vice President, MS. MARIA CATHERINE JAYAPRIYA, Sathyabama Institute of science and Technology (Deemed to be University)

Vice Chancellor, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed to be University)
M.L., M.B.A, Ph. D, Dean, School of Law Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, (Deemed to be University)

Organizing Secretary
MA.,M.Phil,.Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Law Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, (Deemed to be University)


Dr. T. AMBIKA MA.,M.Phil,.Ph.D, Assistant professor, School of Law, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology


K. Pavyaa Angelina, President, 4th Year B.B.A.LL.B (Hons), Ph: +91 9042097386

S. Subhashree, Vice-President, 4th Year B.B.A.LL.B (Hons), Ph: +91 6384678313

B. Akash Mrithvin, Secretary, 4th Year B.A.LL.B (Hons), Ph +91 638261929

S. Sujitha, Treasurer, 4th Year B.A.LL.B (Hons), Ph +91 7010778006

J. Jerry Bastin, Student Co-ordinator, 4th Year B.A.LL.B (Hons), Ph: +91 9791173819

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