Congratulations on joining Model United Nations! The Georgetown Library in Qatar has a number of resources available to help delegates on their research journey.
As a delegate you will be asked to accurately portray the views and interests of your assigned country. To achieve this you will have to become familiar with many aspects of not only your country, but the topics and committees you will be participating in.
Following these research steps will help prepare you for your MUN conference:
A working knowledge of your committee’s focus, history, and operations will be an asset during the conference. Delegates will enjoy a more realistic experience if they understand the mandate and scope of the committee, and will be better able to produce accurate proposals to address the issues being discussed. Delegates are encouraged to go beyond the information the background guides and survey the committee’s actual website.
Committees for the 2017 MUN conference include:
One of your first steps should be familiarizing yourself with social, political, and economic characteristics of the country you'll be representing.
The following resources are free and can be accessed from anywhere:
CIA: The World Factbook Political, geographic, economic, and sociological summaries organized by country.
Country Profiles. (BBC) Guides to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.
Library of Congress' Country Studies
Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world from the US Library of Congress.
US Dept. of State's Background Notes
Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.
To access these resources, delegates will need to visit the Georgetown Library in Qatar.
Provides up-to-date information and news on the 191 countries of the world. Includes, in a concise and useful form, a key set of political, economic, and business information for its clients in the form of Country Reviews and the Country Wire. Country Reviews provide a political and economic survey for each of the 191 countries of the world, updated continuously online. Country Wire is an online information update from ten international news organizations, as well as periodic data updates from the staff which provides the latest political, economic, corporate and environmental news on a country by country basis as it occurs. Combines breaking country-specific news developments with substantial geopolitical and business background information and data on individual countries.
Country Profiles (EIU)
Annual analysis of major trends in economies of over 180 countries. Includes forecasts for the upcoming year and evaluations of foreign trade data and background data on political developments in each country.
Europa World Year Book
Narrative and brief statistical information on the political, economic, and commercial conditions of the countries of the world. Updated annually. Includes web addresses for country statistical offices when available. Europa Guides to regions of the world offer more detail on countries in a region; ask at the Reference Desk.
OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.
It is important for delegates to conduct thorough research on the topics being discussed during the conference. Particpants should focus not only on understanding their country's views, but those of fellow member states.
Here are some key resources delegates can use to gain familiarity with their topics: