Advisor FAQs

Advisor FAQs

How do I know my account has been activated?

Once you register and click submit, your information has been logged into our database. You can go back and make changes until your country and committee assignments have been made. If you forget your account log-in information, please contact info@bmun.org.

Once I create an advisor profile and register my school, will I be getting a confirmation?

You should receive a confirmation email shortly after registering your school. You should, however, expect to receive your country assignments within reasonable time.

I see on my assignments list that I have been assigned different countries for different blocks. Is this normal?

Yes. In order to better fit delegation sizes and preferences, BMUN makes separate assignments for different blocks. For example, Brazil in Block A might be assigned to a different school than Brazil in Block B.

What do the blocks mean?

Block A refers to  large General Assembly committees. For the 62nd Session, the Block A committees are: 1st Disarmament (DISC), 3rd Social, Cultural and Humanitarian (SOCHUM), and 4th Special Political and Decolonization (SPD). All 3 are double-delegation committees, which means that one Block A assignment consists of 6 seats.

Block B refers to medium sized committees. For the 62nd Session, the 4 Block B committees are: International Monetary fund (IMF), UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environmental Organization (UNEO), and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). All are double-delegation committees, so one Block B assignment consists of 8 seats

Specialized Committees include European Union (EU), Organization of American States (OAS), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Security Council (SC), International Court of Justice (ICJ), African Union (AU), Joint Crisis Cabinet, Environmental Disaster Crisis, G-20 Committee (G20), Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Chinese State Council (CHINA), Alexander the Great’s War Council, United States Senate (SENATE).

Which ones are the single-delegate committees at BMUN this year?

For the 62nd Session, our single-delegate committees will include the following:  IAEA [THIMUN], Organization of American States [Bilingual], International Court of Justice, African Union, Joint Cabinet Crisis, Environmental Disaster Crisis, Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Chinese State Council [Bilingual], Alexander the Great’s War Council, United States Senate.

 

What do the deadlines mean?

For tasks that need to be done online (e.g. filling out delegate roster), BMUN will accept all changes until 11:59 pm of the stated deadline. For tasks that need to be done via mail (e.g., registration fees), BMUN will accept all material postmarked by the stated deadline.

There are two different deadlines for delegate position papers. What does each mean?

February 14, 2014 is the deadline for delegates to submit their position papers to be eligible for both research awards and committee awards.

February 25, 2014 is the deadline for delegates to submit their position papers to be eligible for only committee awards and not research awards.

Has my payment been received? Where can I view my financial statement?

After we receive your school’s payment, we record the information and send you a confirmation email. There might be some delay as we process the information. For that reason, the email may not be sent immediately upon receipt of the check, but usually within one week. Please email USG of External Relations at info@bmun.org if your payment has not yet been confirmed.

Remember the early registration school fee only applies to your school if the check has been sent before November 1st.

 

How will position papers be submitted?

This year, in-line with BMUNs goal of facilitating a waste-neutral conference, position papers will be accepted via e-mail only. The e-mail addresses for submission of position papers will be available on the website.

What does BMUN 62 mean by going green and why is BMUN undertaking this initiative?

Berkeley is the third greenest city in America. All around us, institutions are making efforts to reduce paper and water waste. BMUN believes in living the principles we espouse, and that is why we have undertaken the going green initiative. Our conference will be going waste-neutral by reducing paper waste via on-line submission of position papers and projected (rather than printed) resolutions. Also, the staff will work to recycle and compost all waste produced by the conference.

What are the new committees at BMUN 62?

We are very proud to introduce these specialized committees to BMUN 62:

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)*: Founded in 1957 as an autonomous organization, the IAEA reports to both the UN and SC. As an intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology and nuclear power worldwide, the Committee will discuss Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century and Nuclear Tension between India and Pakistan.
  • Organization of American States (OAS)*: This continental organization was founded on 30 April 1948, for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states. The OAS is composed of the 35 independent states of the Americas, and includes a Development Bank, Commission on Human Rights, Democratic Charter, and corresponding Summits. As a bilingual committee, delegates will discuss Water Security in the Americas and the “Corrupción en el sector Público y Privado” (Corruption in the Public and Private Sector).
  • Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC)*: This committee aims to create diplomacy between Islamic nations and other members of the global community. As a forum for debate, the OIC goes beyond the surface perception of the Islamic community and allows Member States to express Committee discussion covers differing issues within the Islamic world, including Intra-Religious Violence and Discrimination, and the Empowerment of Muslim Women.
  • G-20 Committee (G-20): The Group of 20 Summits are conferences held by all levels of government, including heads of governments, finance ministers and central bank governors, and employment and labor ministers of the G-20 major economies. Yearly summits are held around the world as a forum for cooperation and consultation on matters pertaining to the international finance system. This committee will discuss Austerity vs. Stimulus and global Energy Sustainability.
  • Environmental Disaster Crisis (ENV)*: Unexpected environmental disasters leave immediate and widespread impacts across multiple nations. Disasters such as the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 indicated the need for developed and sustainable infrastructure, as well as immediate-response plans, that could be implemented in the future. This committee will touch on such solutions, within the topic of Natural Disasters Framed by Development in India.
  • Chinese State Council (CHINA)*: The State Council is the highest administrative authority in the People’s Republic of China.  It includes the heads of each governmental department and agency, and directly oversees the various subordinate People’s Governments in the provinces. As the center for power and policy within China, the bilingual committee will discuss Domestic Economic Reform and 对西方的外交政策 (Foreign Policy Towards the West).
  • Alexander the Great’s War Council (WAR)*: Alexander III was the King of Macedon, a northern state in Ancient Greece. Tutored by Aristotle and trained as a warrior, Alexander created one of the largest empires of the ancient world before the age of 30. This historic committee will take part in the council of Alexander’s conquests, including the Persian Campaign (331 BC) and the African Campaign (326 BC).
  • United States Senate (USA)*: A (functioning) model of the current U.S. Senate, this committee will simulate policy debate and process. Delegates will have the privilege of representing current senators and advocating the policies that they believe will have the strongest impact on the current state of the nation. The agenda will include Omnibus Legislation: Jobs and the Economy, as well as  American Foreign Policy Shift to China.

Typical committee size: 15-200

*Single delegation committee

What hotel accommodations exist near the Berkeley campus?

  Double Tree Hotel

Located on the beautiful Berkeley Marina with a great view of the bay, 3 miles away from the UC Berkeley campus, the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to BART, UC Berkeley, AMTRAK, and Berkeley shopping.

For Reservations: (510) 548-7920
Distance from Oakland Airport: 16.1 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 23.5 miles

Hotel Durant

Located within 2 blocks of the UC Berkeley campus, Hotel Durant is a popular place to stay during the BMUN weekend. This hotel has provided its wonderful service and comfortable rooms since 1928. Although considered a historic landmark of Berkeley, Hotel Durant’s recent renovation will ensure a contemporary and spacious feel!

For Reservations: (510) 845-8981
Distance from Oakland Airport: 14.6 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 24.6 miles

 
  Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Also located within just two blocks of the UC Berkeley campus right next to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station is the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Its convenient location, friendly service, and newly renovated interior will surely guarantee a comfortable stay for you and your students. Since 1910, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has provided top-notch accommodations for guests from all over the world!Price Range: $131/single or double

For Reservations: (510) 845-7300 or Click Here
Distance from Oakland Airport: 14.3 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 24.8 miles

Rose Garden Inn

Just half a mile away from the UC Berkeley campus lays the Rose Garden Inn. Each room in the Rose Garden Inn is individually and beautifully decorated to give a very homey and personal feel to it. The combination of its “historic mansion setting and modern amenities will make your weekend a warm and relaxing experience!

For Reservations: (510) 549-2145
Distance from Oakland Airport: 13.6 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 23.6 miles

 
  Bancroft Hotel

Situated on the very edge of campus is the Bancroft Hotel. As a former sorority house, this hotel is smaller but compensates with its beautiful interior and exterior built in 1928. The hotel features a friendly staff, convenient parking, and meeting rooms for your delegates’ late night researching. The hotel is located within walking distance of the heart of downtown Berkeley with everything you need nearby. Space fills up quickly, so book today!

For Reservations: (510) 549-1000
Distance from Oakland Airport: 14.8 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 24.9 miles

Berkeley Inn

Located a couple miles from campus, the Berkeley Inn provides an affordable and convenient location to stay for the weekend. Since the walk to campus is a couple miles, this inn is recommended for groups who have other means of transport to get to campus. With a car or bus, the Berkeley Inn is a well-located choice.

For Reservations: (510) 524-8778
Distance from Oakland Airport: 17.6 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 24.4 miles

 
  Hilton Oakland Airport

The Hilton Oakland Airport is located next to Oakland International Airport and provides easy access to the rest of the Bay Area via the BART Transit System, only two miles away. The Hilton provides a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and BART station as well upon request.

For Reservations: (510) 383-4051
Distance from Oakland Airport: 1.9 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 12.9 miles

Hilton Garden Inn

Conveniently located in the heart of the Bay Area, the Hilton Garden Inn’s breathtaking view shows the best San Francisco has to offer. Other locations of interest in the immediate area include the University of California at Berkeley and Golden Gate Park. If you’re lucky enough, the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge may be viewable from your hotel room.

For Reservations: Click Here
Distance from Oakland Airport: 13.6 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 20.5 miles

 
  Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Bay Bridge

Four Points provides a centralized location from which to begin your acquaintance with the Bay Area. Downtown San Francisco and Oakland are a short drive away with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Berkeley Hills viewable from your hotel room.

For Reservations: (510) 547-8414
Distance from Oakland Airport: 13.6 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 23.6 miles

Berkeley Rodeway Inn

A newly remodeled and attractive hotel, the Berkeley Rodeway Inn is only a mile away from the UC Berkeley campus. It provides easy access to the restaurants of Berkeley as well as Oakland Airport.

For Reservations: (510) 848-3840
Distance from Oakland Airport: 16.9 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 23.7 miles

 
  Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

The Holiday Inn at Berkeley is only a stone’s throw away from the UC Berkeley campus and is everything you would expect from a quality-guaranteed hotel. Perfect for groups with buses, since the two mile walk to campus is a bit daunting.

For Reservations: (510)548-1700
Distance from Oakland Airport: 16.4 miles
Distance from San Francisco Airport: 23.2 miles

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