CONFERENCE

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

VENUE | PINNACLE

The Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel promises an unforgettable experience for every delegate. With a balance between the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a downtown location and the professional amenities of the building, the hotel serves as an integral component to CAIMUN 2017. Offering stylish and unique guest rooms, the Pinnacle Hotel sets the standard for Vancouver’s luxury hotels. An easily accessible hotel, the Pinnacle is just walking distance from the SeaBus, SkyTrain, and local buses. During delegate's free time, delegates will be exposed to some of Vancouver’s many attractions such as Stanley Park and the Aquarium, and will be given the opportunity to explore some of Vancouver’s historic neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Gastown. Delegates are encouraged to take advantage of the hotel's variety of amenities and to truly explore Vancouver’s stunning downtown area.


SCHEDULE | 19th-21st

Friday | May 19th
  8:00 AM –   9:30 AM Registration
  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM –   12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM –   3:15 PM Committee Session I
  3:15 PM –   3:45 PM Break
  3:45 PM –   6:30 PM Committee Session II
  6:30 PM –   8:30 PM Dinner
  8:30 PM – 11:00 PM Committee Session III
11:30 PM Curfew
Saturday | May 20th
  8:00 AM – 11:30 AM Committee Session IV
11:30 AM –   1:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM –   4:00 PM Committee Session V
  4:00 PM –   4:30 PM Break
  4:30 PM –   6:30 PM Committee Session VI
  6:30 PM –   8:00 PM Dinner
  8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Delegate Social
11:45 PM –   2:00 AM Midnight Crisis*
Sunday | May 21st
  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Committee Session VII
12:00 PM –   2:00 PM Lunch
  2:00 PM –   3:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

*All CAIMUN 2017 committees will be partaking in a midnight crisis. IPC will also be present to report crisis details on the CAI-Forum.

SPEAKER

Coming out soon!

This year's Keynote Speaker features the CEO of a thriving start-up in the entrepreneurial city of Vancouver.

Jayesh Parmar

Jay is the founder and CEO of Picatic. Picatic is an innovative online ticketing and registration platform empowering event planners and event goers by completely eliminating service and convenience fees. Based in Vancouver, Picatic seeks to bring people together to share bread, spill wine, learn, laugh and create new memories without hesitation. Jay will be speaking about his path to success, as well as the lessons he has learned from taking risks in his life.

RESOURCES

General Model UN Information, Tips, and More: Best Delegate

Connect Youth's MUN Manifesto

Beginner Delegates: 5 Tips for Model UN

Quick Guide on MUN Procedure: 5 Stages of Committee

How to Write a Standard Position Paper (for Beginner Committees): VMUN's Guide


POSITION PAPER POLICY

Position Papers are required for delegates wanting to be eligible for an award.

The deadline for position papers for CAIMUN 2017 is Friday, May 12th 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Position Paper Policy
CAIMUN has taken a unique approach to pre-conference preparation of delegates. Its position paper policy, having been a successful staple of the previous iterations of CAIMUN, is coming back once again as a requisite for all committees. All Specialized Agencies (i.e. Intermediate and Advanced Committees) will be required to write two different position papers prior to the conference: a Press Release and a Diplomatic Cable. Rather than the usual position papers offered at other Model UN conferences, and in lieu of the conventional papers that elaborately regurgitate what Wikipedia dictates, CAIMUN has made preparation for something not just beyond-the-box, but something to be treasured and celebrated. Beginner Committees will only be required to write the standard one-page-per-topic position paper, and a link to a writing guide can be found in the Resources section above.

An exemplar Press Release and Diplomatic Cable can be found here. Note the following:

– Diplomatic Cables must be one page per topic. (This exemplar only has one Diplomatic Cable, as FIFA had an exception)
– Press Releases must also be one page per topic. This would mean a committee with two topics would have position papers that are four pages long, plus additional pages for works cited.
– A single Works Cited or Bibliography is required at the end, and can be as short or as long as it needs.
– The Press Release can be addressed to any news corporation local to the delegate's country position (or an international news corporation).
– An article title for the Press Release is not necessary.
– A Diplomatic Cable should be addressed to a foreign minister from a head of government – for example, in this exemplar, the Prime Minister of UK addresses the Foreign Secretary. The delegate was representing the United Kingdom in the FIFA Committee.
– The paper must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and single-spaced. Press Release
A Press Release is an official statement of policy from a national government, analogous to a national press release in real life. It is intended to be a public statement, and will often include political rhetoric and posturing. A good press release will attempt to “spin” your country’s position on controversial topics to defray any criticism.

Diplomatic Cable
A Diplomatic Cable is a confidential, internal document that discusses a country’s strategic interests for a particular topic, which may differ significantly from what your government discusses openly. Whereas the Press Release is a public statement, the Diplomatic Cable can be compared to a confidential policy memo for your diplomatic corps. A good Diplomatic Cable will demonstrate a sound understanding of your country’s internal motives behind a policy decision. Diplomatic Cables will only be viewed by the CAIMUN staff, and will not be accessible by other delegates.

CAI-Forum
CAIMUN is pleased to offer free internet access in all committee rooms, and indeed, this investment has been made for a reason. The CAI-Forum – it’s the center of innovation, the stronghold of communication, and the ultimate database for progress. The CAI-Forum will be a single, unified stream of news updates with categories for individual committees.

Delegates can interact with these public articles by commenting and sharing on social media, much like interacting with the media in real life.

In addition to being a means for discussion, the CAI-Forum will be a database for all updates made by our journalists throughout CAIMUN 2017.

Divided Debates
In addition to the regular rules of Model UN, CAIMUN 2017 continues to uphold its unique form of caucus: Divided Debate. A brave innovation of CAIMUN, the concept of Divided Debates seeks to revolutionize the efficiency of debate in MUN. Divided Debates will seek to eliminate the circuitous and serpentine jitters from some delegates that provide no new insight to the topics’ development but rather parrots points already made by previous delegates. With two clear sides of alternating speakers, delegates are given the opportunity to directly and efficiently confront the ideas against their country’s policies, out their allies and contestants, and apply different speech features unavailable in moderated caucuses.

Joint Crises
For many delegates, crises are the ultimate paragon of Model UN satisfaction, and at CAIMUN, we want to make sure they are as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. Crises have been experimented with a lot in the past: regular crises, joint-committee crises, and global conference-wide crises. Looking critically upon what makes crises great and what leads to failure, we’ve put together an elaborate and novel plan for crises.

The CAI-Forum will be the river flowing into the sea of diplomacy. As an imperative medium of communication, it will facilitate efficient discussion across committees.

International Press Corps
Being part of the International Press Corps at a Model UN conference can be anything from incredible to dull, and at CAIMUN 2017, we’re ensuring the former. The International Press Corps is expanding its function. Often, the relationship between delegates and IPC is one way – IPC writes articles based off of delegates’ discussion; however, at CAIMUN 2017, we will be fostering a more congruent, realistic, and interactive approach to the press corps. With the help of the CAI-Forum, not only will delegates’ actions affect IPC articles, but also, IPC articles will affect delegates’ actions. Just like in real life, the media influences the politics – and as nations will have to maintain their image and explain themselves in the case of a blunder, the Model UN experience will be elevated to a whole new level.

POLICES | GENERAL RULES

CAIMUN Commitment of Conduct

As a Model UN conference that is both an educational and social event, CAIMUN recognizes that we have a responsibility to provide a safe, inclusive and rewarding experience for each and every delegate who participates in our activities and committees.

Likewise, in order for such a high-quality environment to be maintained throughout the conference, delegates and sponsor teachers must commit to meeting certain standards of behaviour, which will aid in improving every participant's experience.

Attending a Model UN conference, especially one that gives a large amount of creative freedom and autonomy, is a privilege that CAIMUN reserves the authority to protect under this Commitment of Conduct, which may include the ability to notify sponsor teachers, suspend delegates from debate or Internet/electronics privileges, report delegates' actions to local authorities, and bar their participation and board at the conference. We strive to balance the enjoyment of Model UN with the responsibilities and obligations we must uphold while facilitating a conference for over 800 participants.

I, as a delegate, commit to:

Being respectful to all other delegates, staff, Secretariat members, volunteers, hotel guests and other members of the conference. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Treating other delegates and guests of the hotel with respect and politeness, and resolving conflicts peacefully or with the assistance of CAIMUN staff and Secretariat;

• Seeking help from sponsor teachers, CAIMUN staff, volunteers and Secretariat when I feel uncomfortable, disrespected or that my rights are not being upheld;

• Following and respecting all rules and requests from Pinnacle Hotel staff;

• Following and respecting all rules and requests from CAIMUN committee staff, Secretariat and volunteers;

• Maintaining an acceptable level of volume in hotel rooms;

• Observing the curfew set by the CAIMUN schedule by staying in my assigned room during curfew period;

Being professional in my committee sessions. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Attending all my committee sessions, and notifying my committee director prior to a session in person or via email if I will be missing it;

• Using English only during my committee sessions, and refraining from using any offensive affected accents;

• Wearing western business attire during all my committee sessions
(Men - suit or a jacket with dress pants, with a dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes
Women - a dress, suit, dress slacks, or skirt, with a blouse or sweater and dress shoes) ;

Being a law-abiding citizen, in the spirit of Model UN. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Not possessing or using any alcoholic, illicit drug, or any other illegal substances ( CAIMUN will immediately bar delegates who are found in violation of this from the conference, and notify their sponsor teachers and the local authorities );

• Not engaging in disorderly conduct or violence towards any member of CAIMUN, guests of the hotel or members of the public;

Being responsible with electronic and Internet privileges provided by CAIMUN. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Using electronics (such as laptops or smartphones) and the Internet for committee-related purposes only during committee session;

• Posting respectful and relevant messages and posts in CAI-Forum;

Understanding that CAIMUN Secretariat and staff are empowered to enforce the commitment above for the benefit of the conference and its participants as a whole.

I, as a staff member or volunteer, commit to:

Producing an enjoyable and effective committee experience for delegates. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Being present and focused on committee during all committee sessions;

• Being friendly and positive in all interactions at the conference;

• Accepting polite, constructive criticism from delegates, sponsor teachers and CAIMUN Secretariat;

Being respectful to all delegates, other staff, Secretariat members, other volunteers, hotel guests and other members of the conference. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Treating delegates, other members of CAIMUN and guests of the hotel with respect and politeness, and resolving conflicts peacefully or with the assistance of CAIMUN Secretariat;

• Following and respecting all rules and requests from Pinnacle Hotel staff;

• Following and respecting all rules and requests from CAIMUN Secretariat;

• Maintaining an acceptable level of volume in hotel rooms;

• Observing the curfew set by the CAIMUN schedule by staying in my assigned room during curfew period;

Being helpful and of service to delegates and sponsor teachers. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Offering assistance to those delegates who require it, especially in the case for novice delegates;

• Answering questions via email, note or in person in a professional and timely fashion;

• Mediating conflicts in accordance to common sense and CAIMUN policy;

• Asking for assistance from CAIMUN Secretariat when I feel uncomfortable, disrespected or that the situation is out of my control;

Enforcing all conference rules and the delegate commitment fairly. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Being professional and unbiased in all my behaviour and decisions throughout the conference as a representative of CAIMUN;

• Using English only during my committee sessions, and refraining from using any offensive affected accents;

• Wearing western business attire during all my committee sessions
(Men - suit or a jacket with dress pants, with a dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes
Women - a dress, suit, dress slacks, or skirt, with a blouse or sweater and dress shoes) ;

Being a law-abiding citizen, in the spirit of Model UN. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Not possessing or using any alcoholic, illicit drug, or any other illegal substances at the conference ( CAIMUN will immediately bar staff members who are found in violation of this from the conference, and notify their school/post-secondary institution and the local authorities if appropriate );

• Not engaging in disorderly conduct or violence towards any member of CAIMUN, guests of the hotel or members of the public;

Being responsible with electronic and Internet privileges provided by CAIMUN. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Using electronics (such as laptops or smartphones) and the Internet for committee-related purposes only during committee session;

• Posting respectful and CAIMUN-relevant messages and posts in CAI-Forum;

• Enforcing the above commitment by removing or requesting the removal of disrespectful and irrelevant posts if necessary;

Understanding that the CAIMUN Secretariat are empowered to enforce the commitment above for the benefit of the conference and its participants as a whole.

I, as a CAIMUN Secretariat member, commit to:

Producing an enjoyable and effective conference experience for delegates. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Being present and focused throughout the conference;

• Being friendly and positive in all interactions at the conference;

• Accepting polite, constructive criticism from delegates, sponsor teachers and CAIMUN staff;

Being respectful to all delegates, staff, other Secretariat members, volunteers, hotel guests and other members of the conference. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Treating delegates, other members of CAIMUN and guests of the hotel with respect and politeness, and resolving conflicts peacefully or with the assistance of CAIMUN Secretariat;

• Following and respecting all rules and requests from Pinnacle Hotel staff;

• Maintaining an acceptable level of volume in hotel rooms;

Being helpful and of service to delegates and sponsor teachers. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Offering assistance to those delegates who require it, especially in the case for novice delegates;

• Answering questions via email, note or in person in a professional and timely fashion;

• Mediating conflicts in accordance to common sense and CAIMUN policy;

• Asking for assistance when I feel uncomfortable, disrespected or that the situation is out of my control;

Enforcing all conference rules and the delegate commitment fairly. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Being professional and unbiased in all my behaviour and decisions throughout the conference as a representative of CAIMUN;

• Using English only during my committee sessions, and refraining from using any offensive affected accents;

• Wearing western business attire throughout the conference;

Being a law-abiding citizen, in the spirit of Model UN. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Not possessing or using any alcoholic, illicit drug, or any other illegal substances at the conference;

• Not engaging in disorderly conduct or violence towards any member of CAIMUN, guests of the hotel or members of the public;

Being responsible with electronic and Internet privileges provided by CAIMUN. I understand that this includes but is not limited to:

• Using electronics (such as laptops or smartphones) and the Internet for relevant purposes throughout the conference;

• Posting respectful and CAIMUN-relevant messages and posts in CAI-Forum;

• Enforcing the above commitment by removing or requesting the removal of disrespectful and irrelevant posts if necessary;

Understanding that the CAIMUN Secretary-General is empowered to enforce the commitment above for the benefit of the conference and its participants as a whole.

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