Lobbying is an important aspect of Model United Nations (MUN) because it helps you to improve your resolution and avoid having one too similar to those of other countries.
During lobbying time you try to find allies and discuss your resolution with them, adding clauses they propose, deleting clauses they are against or merging your resolution with your ally’s resolution.
You will need your allies in order for your resolution to succeed. Lobbying will also give you an idea of who will support or oppose your resolution during the debate, as well as what aspects of your resolution will be controversial. It is important to remember that the role of each country in MUN is to try to solve the problems of the world and not to defend any particular ideology; therefore resolutions should always be realistic and capable of working in the real world.
When you have finished making your resolution better through discussion with potential allies, you then need to get it signed by at least five other nations. By signing your resolution these nations become co-submitters and are responsible for defending your motion when it is being debated. Your country will still be the main submitter and therefore the main defender of you resolution, but co-submitters will be called upon by the chair to argue in favour of it. Therefore be careful of what resolutions you sign - keeping in mind that you will have to defend them during the debates. Once you have succeeded in getting your resolution signed by a minimum of five other nations, you need to submit it to the approval panel which will check it for content, grammar and any format errors. Try not to get too many co-submitters above the five mark or your chair might think there is no point debating your resolution since there is no real opposition.