We require that all delegates make an opening speech in their respective committees. The maximum length of this speech is one minute.

Delegates are to use the opportunity to present to their committee their country's position on each of the topics in that committee. The speech should be well crafted. The delegate can choose from a variety of styles. For the delegates this serves to 'break the ice', and is less intimidating as all delegates must make a speech. It may also be, for some, the only time they do get to project their message to the audience.

We provide to every delegate a simple checklist with which they keep track of the speeches. They listen to the speeches of other delegates to see if their positions on topics are similar of very different, then mark a 'check' for similar, an 'X' if too different.

Following the speeches, and using the checklist to advantage, delegates then move into lobby and merge time. They can target better which other delegates to approach by using the checklist. They then lobby each other by presenting their draft resolution ideas which they brought to the conference. Using IT it is pretty easy to merge their various ideas into more comprehensive resolutions that we call merged resolutions. These then go to the chairs, then to the approval panel.

Opening Speech
In order to give everybody the chance to explain the position of their countries, opening speeches of around 1-1.5 minutes are given by willing delegates. Opening speeches are not obligatory in every MUN conference, but in general, the first speech given by any delegate is more or less in the form of an opening speech.
Use the full name of your country. (if possible, use your assigned country's official language)
· Use key words and expressions to focus the audience's attention.
· Be as polite as the foreign policy of your country dictates. (no more, no less)
· Know and recall your allies well, they will most probably support you in the committee sessions.
· Put the emphasis on the issues which particularly concern the interests of your assigned country, and give hints on possible solutions.
· Take your time and speak clearly. If you feel that it is too short, it is fine. Do not get yourself cut out by the Chair during your conclusion. Remember, an opening speech is better when it is short, yet effective.
· The more interesting your speech, the more "rights of reply" it will generate, and the more likely you will be remembered throughout the session. (an enviable position in diplomacy)
Every speech should, of course, be preceded by a formal greeting e.g. "Madame President, Honored Delegates..." and should finish with a phrase such as "Thank you Madame President!" Delegates should avoid making such introductions and conclusions too long, however, since they only have one minute to speak and the Assembly will soon become bored with long, flowery introductions.
The design of the speech should be content-based as well as dramatic in tone. The participants at the conference will respond to a speech that is both informative and emphatic. A primary purpose of the opening speech is to allow a delegation to communicate what it perceives to be an important message for the world community.
Remember the audience should always be considered when making a speech. Be aware of the audience and their diversity. The beginning of the speech must captivate the audience and motivate them to want to hear more. Create the speech to meet the level of the audience It must pertain to audiences' interests.

Sample Opening Speech

Honorable chair, fellow delegates and distinguished guests:
The delegation of Sudan realizes the importance of a world without a digital divide between MDCs and LDCs, genetic privacy and nondiscrimination, as well as resolution on the issues between Israel and Palestine. However the delegate of Sudan wishes to especially focus on digital access among all countries, for all people. The digital divide between MDCs and LDCs is something that needs to be bridged in order to help lower the rates of poverty worldwide and give many LDCs a better economy. As an LDC, Sudan is affected by this issue because of its lack of up to date digital access. The delegate of Sudan believes that a possible solution to the bridging of the digital divide is assistance from MDCs to LDCs in the form of programs, donations, and training. The delegate of Sudan looks forward to hearing and debating other delegations’ opinions on this and other issues.

Forum: Human Rights 2
Question of: The Use of torture in criminal interrogation procedures
Country: United States Of America

Honorable chair and fellow delegates; the United States is extremely privileged to attend this conference. In the past few years, the United States and several allies have been fighting a campaign in Iraq as part of its war on terror. Many lives were lost, but after long, hard combat the US finally defeated dictator Saddam Hussein. After his removal, the United States has been working to rebuild Iraq into a democracy and soldiers have stayed behind to eliminate insurgents. However, the delegation from the United States feels that its progress in Iraq has come to the point where the Iraqi government can handle itself independently, as is needed for any strong democracy. Beginning in 2011, the United States will begin withdrawing its soldiers from its Iraq. It has faith in the Iraqi people and know that they will be able to become a healthy nation. Thank you.

Forum: The Environment II Council Question of: The Question of the Disposal of Nuclear Waste Delegation: The United States of America Delegate: Cindy Gao School: Shanghai American School Honorable chair, fellow delegates and distinguished guests, The United States of America is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this conference and the chance to find suitable solutions for environmental issues, such as nuclear waste disposal. Nuclear waste disposal is an important issue to the modern world because nuclear power greatly benefits human society, while at the same time potentially resulting in serious consequences. Exposure of radioactive waste in the environment must be eliminated if nuclear power is to be used, and better disposing methods of nuclear waste must be achieved. The United States highly values the environment and its well being. Therefore, it looks forward to discussing this and other issues in the following days. Thank you.

Forum: Human Rights
Question of: Gender equality in access to primary and secondary education

Honorable Chair and fellow delegates and distinguished guests, thank you for according us your time to deliberate this speech which Morocco believes is capital. Despite many efforts made by Morocco, gender equality in access to primary and secondary education is essential for a developing country such as Morocco. Women in Morocco usually receive less education then men which the data shows that 40% of women and 60% of men in Morocco receive a basic education which is a huge impact on the society. Morocco has already made considerable effort to enforce the laws but still has some progress to make. Morocco is looking forward for the support of UN countries beyond the borders for solutions to this International issue.