Code of Conduct
CODE OF CONDUCT
All Global Model United Nations delegates are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct to
ensure a civil and respectful work environment throughout the conference similar to that of the
diplomatic corps at the United Nations.
- Global Model United Nations delegates must treat other delegates, members of the Secretariat
and UN staff with the highest level of courtesy and respect. Please notify any member of the
Secretariat if a dispute arises at any time during the Conference.
- Diversity is a core value of the United Nations. Discrimination based on gender, colour,
nationality, age, religion or disabilities is prohibited in the activities of the Global Model United
Nations conference. Please notify the Conference Secretariat if you believe any of these are
- The delegates must be professional in their speech, actions and appearance during the
conference and display respect for the opinions and ideas of fellow delegates.
- Delegates must respect the property of the Palais des Nations. Delegates will be financially
responsible for any damage to UN Conference Facilities that may result from their actions.
- Global Model United Nations delegates are required to wear identification badges at all times to
obtain access to all conference meetings and activities within the Palais des Nations. Lost badges
must be immediately reported to the Conference Secretariat and cannot be replaced.
- During the Global Model United Nations 2009, delegates must dress in formal attire, traditional
national dress or western business attire (suit and tie for males and pant suit or knee length skirt
for females). Jeans and hats are not allowed.
- Delegates must study the Rules of Procedure in depth and follow its clauses throughout the
Conference. Please contact the Conference Secretariat should any questions about the Rules of
- Global Model United Nations meetings will begin on time as scheduled. All delegates must arrive
at their assigned conference rooms at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their meetings. The
presence of all delegates at all committee meetings is essential for ensuring productive debate
during the Conference and a successful outcome.
- Delegates must be present during all official Global Model United Nations working meetings.
Delegates should schedule their leisure activities in the city of Geneva during their free time.
- During plenary and committee meetings, delegates are expected, at all times, to remain in
character and represent the interests and policies of the countries to which they are assigned.
- During plenary and committee meetings, delegates will only be permitted to bring water into the
conference room. Eating, smoking, or drinking other beverages during formal meetings is
- Delegates are expected to give their full attention to the proceedings in all meetings. Passing
notes during meetings could be distracting and is discouraged. Delegates should engage other
delegations in discussions during breaks, informal consultations or after sessions have concluded
for the day.
- The use of cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted during Global Model
United Nations plenary and committee meetings. Laptops may only be used during informal
consultations and when drafting resolutions.
- The UN Department of Public Information, in consultation with the Global Model United Nations
Secretary General, will make all final decisions regarding disciplinary actions.
- Delegates are expected to behave properly when using Internet resources in computer labs.
Conference computers are to be used for research purposes only. Content restrictions and time
limits will be strictly enforced, and delegates are asked to be mindful of others waiting in line.
United Nations staff, the Global Model United Nations Secretariat, General Assembly Officials
and Volunteers have the right to monitor computer activities.
- Delegates must be adequately covered by travel and health insurance and should carry relevant
documentation at all times during their stay in Geneva. Delegates using medication must bring
enough supplies for the duration of the conference. Please inform conference organisers in
advance of any serious allergies or health problems.
- The organisers of the Global Model UN Conference are not responsible for delegates’ personal
possessions. Delegates are reminded to guard their belongings.
Delegates who do not follow the Code of Conduct will forfeit their privileges to debate and vote. In
serious disciplinary cases, delegates may be asked to leave the conference.
Please click here for a pdf file of the Code of Conduct.