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General information (9)

Every year, the HagaMUN secretariat chooses a specific theme for the upcoming conference. This theme will be chosen upon current events happening in the world at that specific moment. The secretariat will then continue with searching for a charity it can connect to this theme and can support with donations throughout the conference. Guests of the charity will do speeches at the HagaMUN opening and closing ceremony and in specific committees about the charity, their projects and their achievements. A large number of the issues that will be debated in the committees will be based on the conference’s theme. Choosing a theme is a good way to connect the conference to current events happening in the world.

This year’s theme is ‘celebrating international cooperation’. You can read more about this year’s theme here. You can read more about this year’s theme here.


The upcoming HagaMUN conference will take place on 8, 9 and 10 March 2019 at the Gymnasium Haganum school in the Hague, on the Laan van Meerdervoort 57. You can view our exact location and building here.


Where can I find the exact Rules of Procedure for HagaMUN?

At HagaMUN the most recent and updated version of the THIMUN Rules of Procedure are used. You can always find these on the THIMUN website or via the link under the header ‘Downloads’.


After arriving on Friday at the Gymnasium Haganum, you will start with your committee activities before the Opening Ceremony and the Reception in the evening.

The first day, Friday, all committees, except for ad-hoc committees, will be lobbying. Lobbying will probably be continued the next morning, after which the debate will start. Ad-hoc committees will start debating on Friday. The next two days, Saturday and Sunday, will consist of debating and will also include lunch, a set of workshops, guest speakers, documentaries, committee pictures and of course the HagaMUN Dance! Finally, on Sunday afternoon, all General Assembly committees will gather in a plenary session, whilst all other committees will continue to debate on their resolutions or will have a crisis session. The day will end with the closing session.


HagaMUN is fully an English event. Everybody is encouraged to speak English as people come from all over the world.


The opening ceremony will take place in the Elandkerk on the Elandstraat. Staff members will guide the delegates to the Elandkerk on friday afternoon after lobbying. The opening ceremony is mandatory.
The closing ceremony will take place in the assembly hall of the Haganum and is not mandatory.


Absolutely not – enthusiasm is the characteristic we look for the most. Both experienced and non-experienced delegates participate in HagaMUN. During the conference, there will be extensive workshops for starting delegates in order to make sure they know the ins and the outs of being a delegate. HagaMUN will also provide workshops for experienced delegates who have the ambition to become a Student Officer in the future and a workshop on public speaking. A number of the committees at HagaMUN will function as ‘experienced’ committees. In these committees the level of debate is faster and the delegates in general are more experienced than others, but they are open to delegates of all levels.


Model United Nations is a formal event. Therefore, there is a strict dress code that has to be followed by every delegate. Clothing must portray professionalism and modesty.

Male delegates are expected to wear long sleeve shirts, a tie and formal dress shoes. Shirts should always be buckled in and sleeves rolled down. Males should wear a jacket and appropriate trousers, and must remain in the jacket while speaking

Female delegates are expected to wear a dress, smart pants, or skirts of reasonable length with a buttoned down dress shirt or blouse. Footwear should also match the occasion.

Though colours are accepted, black and white are preferred.


Researching is the most important part of properly preparing for a conference. It is necessary to know the stance on all the issues the country or organisation you will be representing will debate. You can find a lot of information regarding a nation’s policies on for example the website of the CIA World Factbook.
You can always contact a Student Officer that is in charge of your committee if you have any questions on how to prepare.
The ‘Best Delegate’ website is also really useful for starters, intermediates and experts alike.


Preparation (3)

Your main activities as a delegate attending an MUN always consist of the following two components: lobbying and debating. The Security Council will be the only committee not engaging in the lobbying activities, due to the ad hoc debate this committee will be following.

Whilst lobbying, you seek to complete the draft resolution you wrote at home together with delegates with the same policies or interests in order to merge to a complete and effective resolution.
After lobbying, when all the resolutions have been completed and have been approved by the Approval Panel, the debates will start.
Each resolution is separately debated and voted over by the whole committee. The chairs decide how much tome to spend on each resolution. The debate starts of with an opening speech by the submitting Delegation and after that will consist of delegates giving speeches either in favour or against the resolution (these delegates will thereafter be asked questions by different delegates in the committee via Points of Information) and making amendments, which will also be voted over by the committee. Depending on your committee, you will at the end of the weekend have a Plenary Session in which you debate the best passed resolutions from each Sub-Commission with all the delegates from the different Sub-Commissions of your Committee.

HagaMUN will also offerits participants a set of workshops, guest speakers and documentaries.


An ambassador is the ‘head’ delegate of a country/delegation and he/she mostly is the most experienced delegate of your country/delegation. At some conferences this would mean that you have to deliver an openings speech. However, at HagaMUN, we do not entertain these.


Researching is the most important part of properly preparing for a conference. It is necessary to know the stance on all the issues the country or organisation you will be representing will debate. You can find a lot of information regarding a nation’s policies on for example the website of the CIA World Factbook.
You can always contact a Student Officer that is in charge of your committee if you have any questions on how to prepare.
The ‘Best Delegate’ website is also really useful for starters, intermediates and experts alike.


Cost (3)

For students outside The Hague we will try to provide community housing. Please fill in the housing form if you are interested in community housing during HagaMUN. Please note that students that travel the furthest will have a much liklier chance of receiving community housing.

The Hague also offers many types of accommodation from hotels to hostels. You can read more about the hotels here.


HagaMUN will provide an excellent lunch on Saturday and Sunday for all participants as well as MUN-Directors.

Click here for some suggestions of quality restaurants in The Hague.


The conference fee is €55,- per participant and €50,- per school. For Stoff and Press members the fee is €40,-. This includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and entrance to the party.


Registration (2)

HagaMUN has no age limit, you only need to be enlisted to a high school.


Within two weeks you will be sent an email from the secretariat confirming that your registration was successful, or asking for more information if that is required. If you have not received a personal confirmation within two weeks, please send an email to info@hagamun.org or use the contact form on the website.


Student Officers (2)

Student Officers, also known as StOff, Presidents and/or Chairs are the ones who are in charge of a committee. They, in pairs of two (a ‘head’ and a deputy) are responsible for a wide range of things, e.g.  giving everyone a chance to speak up and maintaining the order in the house. Chairs are in charge of the GA committees and Presidents chairs of all other committees. The qualifications include good leadership and experience.

 


Everybody is allowed to apply for a student officer position and all applications will be considered. However, Hagamun chooses their Stoff based on skill, professionalism and experience, so you’ll have a bigger chance if you’ve done a couple of MUN’s before.