DelMUN rewards delegates for their hard work, research, and participation through awards. Each committee selects an Outstanding Delegate and a Best Delegate to receive special recognition for their performance as a delegate. It should be noted that at the end of the day, delegates should focus on solving the problem presented to their respective committee and not on winning awards.
DelMUN does not require delegates to write position papers. All delegates are eligible to win an award. Delegates will be judged on the following:
- Foreign Policy Accuracy
The primary role of a delegate in a committee is to represent their country and its interests at an international meeting, regardless of whether or not they are in line with the delegate’s personal views. The delegate’s aim is to ensure that international consultations, negotiations, treaties, resolutions and statements adequately reflect their country’s priorities and interests. At the same time, they must build and maintain healthy relationships with the representatives of other countries as befits diplomats. Thus good delegates must show a strong grasp of their country’s policies, including political, economic and trade, and ideological considerations.
- Substantive Knowledge and Contribution to Consensus-building
A good delegate knows not only their country’s background but also the agenda topic being discussed. A winning delegate must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the topic that is used to inform and advance debate and work towards achieving the goals of the committee. They must also propose creative and feasible solutions, with well-developed strategies for implementation, including operations and funding. These solutions should be inclusive not divisive, and accommodate concerns from different sections and blocs of the committee, with as wide acceptance as possible.
- Negotiation Skills
A diplomat must use all the resources at their disposal to protect their country’s interest while furthering cordial relations with strategic partners and the international community at large. Delegates are commended for resolving differences by pushing mergers or by mediating negotiations. Finding a middle ground to achieve solutions that are acceptable to all parties is an important part of diplomacy. They must be able to exchange concessions with other delegations while maintaining an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork. The mark of a delegate with good leadership and negotiation skills is inclusiveness and the ability to draw out and encourage other people’s diverse viewpoints and skills to creatively solve problems.
- Rhetorical Skills
In order to successfully represent their country’s interests, a delegate must have strong communication skills that allow them to convey shades of meaning, understand what is said and not said, and be able to persuade their peers of the validity of their arguments, to bring them together despite their differences for a common solution to a pressing problem. While delegates are not judged on language abilities, but rather the ability to express themselves with a certain level of fluency and comfort.
- Resolution Drafting
Delegates should recognize that exact wording and syntax used in the resolution can make a great deal of difference to the meaning of the resolution and its acceptability to different states, as UN resolutions are not legally-binding. Resolution-drafting can be a significant site for demonstration of negotiation skills, since it requires achieving a compromise on the final text that will represent the committee and be documented in historical records. Winning delegates should always be part of the negotiations at this stage, since consensus-building on the text of the committee’s statement is crucial.