Preparing for the 36th MOAS for High Schools

Rules of Procedure:
Knowing the rules and procedures of the MOAS is important to the smooth and effective functioning of each Committee. The MOAS Rules of Procedure provide thorough, detailed information on the procedures and operation of the Model. The rules explain how a Committee operates, the responsibilities of participating students, how debates are conducted, etc. MOAS authorities and faculty advisors must be familiar with these rules for a successful participation.      

- Take the quiz on the MOAS Rules of Procedure


Learn about the OAS:
The OAS Website is the best research tool to learn about the OAS mission, its main bodies, basic documents, such as the OAS Charter and the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and key issues in the Americas. It provides information about its priority areas, and specialized bodies of the Inter-American system. Press releases on current developments in the Hemisphere, and access to meetings of the Permanent Council through live Webcast can be helpful resources.  Through the Member States’ Permanent Missions Section you can access country’s official government websites. The approved resolutions of past OAS General Assemblies and documents produced by the various committees and working groups of the OAS Permanent Council are also available. Multilateral and bilateral Treaties and Agreements may contribute to a better understanding of a country’s position.  


Research your assigned country:
Follow the Quick Guide for Participation in the MOAS. When researching your country’s position on a specific issue, you will first need to learn about your country (location, political system, political ideologies, domestic issues, economic trends, etc) so you can address the issues raised at the Model as a real OAS delegate from that country would. After reading the reference documents on the MOAS Website analyze all the data gathered and produce your own ideas and proposals following your country’s stance.


Contact the OAS Permanent Mission:
To better understand the position of your country, you can contact the Permanent Mission to ask questions or request a position statement on an issue. You can also set up a meeting to be held upon your arrival in Washington DC. The contact information of the representative charged with the MOAS at the Permanent Mission will be provided by the MOAS Coordinator.   


Write a Position paper and General Statement:
Write a position paper on the assigned country with regards to the topic assigned to your committees. This must include your findings, country position and highlights on your topic. Guidelines. Sample of a position paper. This will serve as the basis for your opening speech or General Statement. During the Model, each head and alternate delegates will present a General Statement (1 minute max.) to the other delegates in the committees, each taking a different approach to the topic and stating his country’s position and proposal. 


Public speaking:
Public speaking is a skill you will use during the entire Model.  The first opportunity will be when you deliver your general statement.  You will convey your member state's positions in your Committee Sessions, help build consensus and formulate resolutions in your working groups. The best way to cope with your fear of speaking in front of a large group is to be well-prepared for the Model.  Watch delegates speak in previous Models through the MOAS Youtube account and practice public speaking before coming to the Model.

Are you ready for your next step?