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RESEARCH RESOURCES

CHIREC MUN 2014


Speak. Hear. Resolve.

Dates: July 18 19 and 20 Venue: CHIREC School, Kondapur


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Important documents
There are a few internationally recognized documents or legal instruments which all delegates should be aware of regardless of the committee or the agenda. 1. UN charter- In committees that are a part of the UN, it essential to know the rules which govern the entire organization. 2. Charter/founding document of the committee - Every committee has a mandate or a founding document which lists out the functions and powers of the committee. This is an essential component of committee research and every delegate must go through their committees mandate. 3. The Geneva Conventions- the Geneva conventions and their protocols are considered as customary international law and must be followed by all nations across the world. 4. Rome Statute- The founding document of the International Criminal Court. 5. Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Widely recognized as the most of comprehensive list of internationally recognized human rights. It is a nonbinding GA resolution 6. International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - Binding document, lists out basic civil and political rights. 7. International covenant on Social and Economic Rights (ICSER) - Binding document, lists out all social and economic rights. 8. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Prohibits the transfer of nuclear materials and weapons from nuclear to non-nuclear states for the purpose of weapon production. 9. United Nations Convention against Torture- This document forms an integral part of customary international law. 10. The Hague Convention- The Hague convention sets the rules for warfare. 11. UN convention on the law of Seas- This convention governs the allocation of the ocean to different countries.

Links for Foreign Policy Research


Foreign Policy is an essential part of being a delegate. Correct portrayal of foreign policy is a must and thus understanding foreign policy is important. 1. www.wikipedia.com (the site can be used to gain a very general understanding of the relations of your country with the rest of the world)

2. www.un.org (the UN website has statements made by countrys delegates which are a very good reflection of your countrys stand on the issue) 3. Ministry of foreign affairs website of the country you are representing. (this will give you statements made by fisr class government officials of your country and will also give you a small brief and analysis of your countrys foreign poli cy) 4. http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/ (Dag Hammarskjld library contains all relevant UN documentation on all agendas) 5. unbisnet.un.org The bibliographic system of the Un contains all relevant UN documents. It also has the voting records of every country, the voting records are good sign of foreign policy.

Links for Proofs and accepted documents


Only Reuters, UN and Government documents are accepted as proof. Delegates bringing up allegations against another country must have a copy of the document with him/her. No requests for showing the proof the next day be entertained. 1. www.reuters.com 2. www.un.org 3. Government website 4. Amnesty 5. HRW (human rights watch)

Links for solution research


Solutions are by far the most important aspect of MUNs. There are certain sites that can help with research. 1. www.rand.org 2. www.gpf.com 3. www.un.org 4. Apart from websites, studies conducted by individuals and academicians are also accepted.

Other websites for overall research include


United Nations Bibliographic Information System http://unbisnet.un.org/

Permanent Missions to the United Nations www.un.int/index-en/webs.html CountryWatch www.countrywatch.com/ The Economist Country Briefings http://www.economist.com/countries/ Info please www.infoplease.com/countries.html CIA World Factbookwww.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html Nations on-line www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/ Political Resources www.politicalresources.net/index2.htm Country Reports www.countryreports.org/