Sunday, November 15, 2009


I – Why Do You Have To Write an Opening Speech?
If you are the Ambassador for the country you represent at THIMUN, you can be asked to do an opening speech before the General Assembly (GA for short). An opening speech, should last 1 minute. In this minute, you should address very clearly to the audience the position of the country/organization you represent on the primary concerns about the state of the world.

II – What Are The Different Parts of An Opening Speech?
There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for an opening speech:
- First of all, there is the beginning of the speech. It is customary to address the
President of the GA and the delegates present by starting your speech, saying something like: “Fellow Delegates, Distinguished Delegates”
- Then go on to the main body of your speech. The main body of your speech should address the issue on the agenda your Delegation feels most strongly about. Some delegates think that this part of the speech should be funny and entertaining. This is not what the speech is about at all. Keep it diplomatic and concentrate on getting one single message across. It is standard practice to end the speech with a flourish such as: “Thank you, Delegate.”

III – How To Deliver An Opening Speech?
When speaking your committee at JMUN, you can be easily in awe of the number of people you are facing. You will be nervous. The best way to overcome this is by practicing the delivery of your speech in your school and having your MUN Director present and also maybe your fellow delegates. Ask them what they think about your speech and adjust it if you think it needs that. You should open your speech with a strong sentence to gain audience attention. Also, when delivering your speech, you must remember to speak slowly and clearly. As a rule of thumb, you are speaking slowly enough when you think to yourself: “I am speaking too slowly now.” Have the speech timed and see that it does not exceed the time allotted to you. If necessary, the President will remind you that your time is almost up by saying: ‘Will the Delegate please come to His closing remarks’. If you hear this said to you, please act accordingly.
Summing up, an opening speech consists of an opening flourish, a main body that drives home one point only and a closing flourish


  1. ok, but with what exactly should i begin? the location of my country and then the concerns?

  2. great example. Thanks.
    We love Model UN