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Choosing Leadership Roles

When planning a MUN conference one of the first decisions is who will be included in the leadership roles and how will they be selected. An accurate simulation of the United Nations needs to take into consideration the leadership structure of those UN entities that will be simulated in a given conference.

This guide focuses on the General Assembly, Security Council and UN Secretariat. A list of other leadership roles in the UN Family is provided in the Appendices. To a certain extent the number of leadership positions will depend on the size of the conference. That being said, the following list of leadership positions is recommended when doing a simulation that includes these three Organs of the United Nations:

Leadership positions to include in General Assembly simulations

Leadership positions in the Secretariat to include in General Assembly simulations

Leadership positions in Security Council simulations 

Selecting candidates for leadership positions