International Ascendants of Model United Nations Conference Roles and Responsibilities

Model United Nations gives us the chance to practice tolerance, celebrate diplomacy and mutual respect on an international floor. It is our opportunity to voice our opinion and to share it with the world’s leaders. It is our forum to create tomorrow’s world leaders. You have been given the unique opportunity to share this

experience with other students and to encourage less experienced delegates, to open their door into politics, into diversity, into the future we create.


We hereby present the roles and responsibilities along with the required skills for an Executive Board Member:



 A Chair or President is the leader of a committee; one, who confidently guides the

delegates through debate, one to answer all their questions and one to turn a group

of young students into competent delegates of the nations they represent, who are

skillfully addressing vital issues of global importance. In MUN simulations, the Chairmen

 play mostly a procedural role and their more substantive role is overlooked. Emphasizing

the more substantive role of this key leadership position in MUN simulations can greatly enhance

 the negotiation process and lead to more decisions being adopted by consensus.


Key tasks:

1.Planning and agenda setting

The Chairman must have a clear idea of what outcome is possible and desirable and a plan as to how it can be achieved. Both of these will be subject to constant monitoring and possible revision as the conference unfolds. He/She is also responsible for providing the delegates with the background guide for having a clear understanding on agenda and research area.


As long as the conference is proceeding in accordance with this (flexible and evolving) plan, the Chairman’s responsibility is to facilitate its course. If, however, the conference shows signs of stalling or losing its way, the Chairman’s responsibility for the outcome requires him/her to take a more active role that may include encouraging delegations to act in a manner helpful to the conference resuming its progress.

3. Following ROP:

The chairperson should be well aware of the rules of procedures of the committee and should be successful in guiding the committee sessions accordingly.


The resources and skills necessary for a Chairman:

1.Rules of Procedure

2.Keeping a Positive Atmosphere

3.Managing time to carry out the effective procedural discussion as well as come up with a substantive outcome.

4.Assistive Nature: Chairman should be willing to assist with information, advice, forbearance, and cooperation to carry out constructively-minded delegations.


A MUN Co-Chairperson performs all the functions of a Chairperson. He assists the Chair during sessions and even switch positions during the conference. They are usually assigned to larger committees to support the chair with the procedural followings of a committee. However to serve as a vice chair is open to all MUNers who show dedication and aspire to become a chair without or with only a little chairing-experience.

Tasks and skills:

 Assisting the chairperson and responsible for carrying out the responsibilities of the chair (refer to key tasks of chair) in case of any abnormality.


As rapporteur plays an important role in the successful follow up of the working group sessions. Their aim is to ensure that the proceedings and outcomes of the session are clearly recorded so that the discussions can then be of genuine practical value for the meeting outcome.


Key tasks:

1. Support the process of drafting a joint resolution. Must take an active and proactive role during the drafting process.

2. Thorough knowledge of the agenda, rules of procedure, schedule of events, documents and forms related to the committee proceedings.

3. Must keep the following documents at hand:


    2.List of participants

    3.Instructions for preparing draft resolutions

    4.Order of precedence form.

4. Performs the roll calls, at the beginning or during the sessions, to determine attendance and the number         of votes required.

5. Ensures that copies of the resolution to be debated during the sessions are available to all delegates prior      to that session.

6. Keeps the list of delegates that are on the speakers list.

7. Makes corrections and/or amendments directly on the resolution being debated, as needed.

8. Together with the Chairs, counts the votes.

9. Edits the final resolution of his/her committee and provides a version of it to the secretariat.


Abilities and skills:

1.Excellent command of written and spoken English:  good grammar and editing skills.

2.Ability to integrate and summarize ideas.

3.Ability to establish a good working relationship with the delegates and the secretariat.