Refer to the Rules and Procedures for full details (side panel, under Files).  A summary is provided below.

Organisation of Sessions and Rules

How are teams allocated to the nation which they will represent in MUNA?
The allocation of teams to nations is done by the Registrar, based as far as possible on the preferences expressed in the team's registration form. Teams are asked in the Registration Form to identify five nations they would like to represent, one from each bloc, from the list of those available. The Registrar will take into account the preferences expressed in allocating teams to nations on a first come, first served basis as complete registration documentation is received.
 
The Rules and Resolutions for the conduct of MUNA
Resolution for MUNA 2018 are available on this page. The resolutions for debate will be selected from this pack.
Rules are also available on this page. A briefing session on these has been recorded, and can be accessed here. 
 
The Special Administrative Session of the Assembly
A Special Administrative Session of the Assembly will be held on the Friday evening, to confirm the resolutions to be debated, speaker teams for and against each resolution, and to develop the bloc identity and teamwork.   
 
What are ‘Blocs'?
To facilitate better debate, we have grouped nations into five Blocs and we would appreciate it if your students would nominate one nation from each Bloc, indicating their order of preference in their registration documentation. The Registrar for MUNA will advise you of the country your team will debate once the registration form is received.
 
Teams are encouraged to work in their blocs over the MUNA weekend, to coordinate their approach to a Resolution and their approach to those with the opposite position.  A coordinated bloc approach can significantly alter the debate outcomes.
It will also be possible for blocs to work together prior to MUNA, using the collaboration platform Slack. If you wish to register on Slack, please start the process here.
 
What should the team wear?
Teams are encouraged to wear the national dress of their allocated country wherever possible. Traditional dress is preferred over dressing up as a character from the country's past.  Please ensure costumes and clothing are modest and not stereotyped or offensive, or you will be asked to change.
Desk flags will be provided.
 
Sessions
The debate will be conducted in six sessions, with one of the MUNA resolutions allocated to each session .
 
Advice on Adjudication of MUNA debating teams
 
Participation in MUNA is intended to be a rewarding and educational experience for every team member, and an opportunity for all those taking part to develop their skills as debaters.  The sessions are designed to enable each participant to practice public speaking skills, to contribute as a member of a debating team and to learn about the procedures of formal debate in a situation that replicates ‘real world’ debating as far as possible. 
 
A feature of all debating is that there is no single optimal approach which guarantees ‘success’.  Debates in democratic institutions of governance are opportunities to persuade others to your point of view.  There are many aspects of being persuasive, including credibility of arguments, their logical consistency, fluency and eloquence, teamwork, understanding of the institutional rules of debate, and capacity to find constructive solutions through understanding of the points of view of others, whether they are adversaries or supporters. 
 
Each listener hears every speech, every argument, every speaker from their own unique perspective, and will make judgements about all aspects of what is presented in a debate from that unique perspective. The performance of debaters and debating teams can only be assessed by the exercise of judgements about the overall contribution of each team, including content, presentation and methods of argument.  To ensure a balance of views in the adjudication of the debating in the course of the MUNA weekend, the views of several adjudicators are taken into account.  You will see different adjudicators at each session.  Their judgements are combined to obtain a consensus view about which teams produce the best overall debating performances throughout the weekend and which team is most deserving of an encouragement award.  Inevitably, some people will have views that are different from the collective consensus view of the adjudicators. 
 
The adjudicators will also endeavour to provide feedback from time to time during the weekend to add to the learning experience and assist all teams to give of their best throughout the debating sessions.