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Best Delegate Model UN Tournament of Champions (TOC)

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Welcome to the Model United Nations Tournament of Champions (TOC) taking place May 22-23, 2021

TOC is a year-end conference for high school students that showcases the best advanced delegates competing in Model UN. This challenges delegates to work together with their peers -- delegates who are passionate about solving world issues and experienced in research, speaking, debating, negotiating, writing, and leadership skills.

Every delegate participating must have received an award at a Qualifying Conference to enter TOC (see below for details). This is a high school level conference, but any advanced delegate ages 11-18 may register. 

Important Note: The Tournament of Champions is only accepting 160 delegates and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect the conference to sell out quickly.

Tournament of Champions Conference Details

Date: May 22nd - 23rd, 2021 (Two Days)

Time: 12 - 6 PM Eastern 

Delegate Fee: $100 USD

Registration Deadline: April 23rd

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Committees & Topics

Every delegate will be simulating the United Nations Security Council at TOC. The UN Security Council is considered the most advanced of the traditional and realistic Model UN committees. Delegates will be challenged to debate constantly in a smaller committee, to manage power imbalances, and to react to crisis updates as they build toward passing a resolution. 

Theme and Topics for TOC 2021

The theme for TOC 2021 is Foreign Interventions in Crises. TOC will simulate 8 UNSC committees, with each addressing one of four different possible topics. Delegates will be randomly assigned to one of the topics below: 

UN Security Council The Situation in Mali
UN Security Council
The Situation in Yemen
UN Security Council
UN Peacekeeping Missions in Africa
UN Security Council The Situation in North Korea

 Delegates will simulate how the UN Security Council deals with complex challenges that involve an understanding of geopolitical proxy wars, human rights, humanitarian and refugee crises, national sovereignty, genocide, and responsibility to protect. 

Delegates will be creating UN Security Council resolutions on day one of committee. On day two delegates will receive crisis updates based on the direction of what was drafted in the resolutions on day one. However, these are not “crisis committees” -- there will not be personal directives, communiques, or press releases, only committee directives during the second day to encourage collaboration. 

Background guides for each committee and topic will be provided to advisors and delegates by May 1st so that all participants have equal time to prepare. 

Each of the UN Security Councils will have the current 15 member states, including the permanent five members with veto power, be represented. Committees may also assign five countries who are highly involved in the topic to participate as delegates without resolution voting power in the Security Council. These delegates will be able to vote on procedural matters in the committee. Resolutions and directives will require a 9 out of 15 vote to pass in committee, as per the UN Security Council rules.

Conference Schedule

Eastern Time

Saturday Committee Proceedings Sunday Committee Proceedings
12:00 - 2:30 PM Speeches, moderated caucuses, form blocs to draft resolutions First crisis update, speeches, moderated caucuses, draft committee directive
2:30 - 3:00 PM Meal break Meal break
3:00 - 5:30 PM Finalize resolution writing, Authors Panel, amend and vote on all resolutions
Second crisis update, speeches, moderates caucuses, draft committee directive
5:30 - 6:00 PM Staff feedback & Student networking time
Staff feedback, break, and Closing Ceremony for Awards

Learning Objectives

Model United Nations seeks to empower students to solve international issues through research, public speaking, negotiation, written solutions, and rules of procedure. In addition, Best Delegate emphasizes the diplomatic style of debate and leadership in MUN where students Bring Out the Best in each other.

Best Delegate Model UN Conference Learning Objectives

Awards Policy

Individual Awards

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Delegates who demonstrate a strong performance of the Learning Objectives will be recognized with individual delegate awards. This will be based on cumulative performance across both days of the conference and evaluated by the two different Chairs. The awards are:  

  • Best Delegate (given to 1 winner)
  • Outstanding Delegate (given to the top 20% of committee)
  • Honorable Mention (given to the next 20% of committee)

Best Delegate winners will receive a Gavel (mailed only to students residing in the USA or Canada).

Chairs, Judges, and Scoring 

Delegate’s will be scored using a rubric that they will receive with their country assignment and background guide. Each committee will have 2 designated judges, one during the first day and a different one on the second day, responsible for scoring their performance. Awards will be based on the score from the chair and judges.Judges will take into account the advantages and disadvantages of having or not having veto power and resolution voting power when determining delegate awards.

Qualifying Conferences

Delegates must have received an individual award at a Qualifying Conference in order to register for TOC. 

A Qualifying Conference is any Model UN conference, virtual or in-person, that:

  • Had at least 100 total delegates 
  • Had at least 3 schools participating in the conference
  • Had at least 6 scheduled hours of debate 
  • Was not designated a training or novice conference 

All Virtual MUN Invitational level conferences count as Qualifying Conferences: 

  • East Coast Model UN Invitational (ECMUNI)
  • West Coast Model UN Invitational (WCMUNI)
  • Southern Model UN Invitational (SMUNI)
  • Midwestern Model UN Invitational (MMUNI)
  • Canada Model UN Invitational (CanMUNI)
  • United States of America Model UN Invitational (USAMUNI)

Conference Fees

Delegate fees for the Tournament of Champions is $100. Delegate fees include a professionally trained and highly experienced Chair to facilitate two days of MUN committee, Judges to evaluate two days of MUN performance, a background guide written by Best Delegate staff, the Certificate of Completion, and any awards won. 

Advisors and Chaperones can observe at no cost. 

The TOC aspires for accessibility and believes that cost should not be a barrier for all qualified students to attend. Financial aid available for students attending Title I low income schools, or for qualified students whose families cannot afford the full delegate fee. Please use the Contact Us form to apply for financial aid.

Registration for the Tournament of Champions is OPEN! Sign up by April 23rd

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