RULES OF DEBATE & ASSEMBLY PROCEDURES
- To maintain order, permission to address this Assembly is granted by the Secretary General. Delegates must address the Secretary General at all times when speaking to the Assembly. They may not address the representatives of other nations directly. Delegates should open with “Mr Secretary General, we the delegates from … [then state your country] …
- When a resolution is to be debated, the Secretary General or his or her assistant will read the resolution. He will then call the Proposer, Seconder & first & second Speakers Against as elected at the Friday Night Preliminaries. The other Countries who wish to speak in support or against the motion send their name to the Secretary General via the Diplomatic Couriers after the commencement of debating.
- The Proposer will open the debate followed by the Seconder, then the principal speaker & second speaker against the motion. Following speakers will then alternate between speakers for and against the motion. Except for the Proposer and principal speaker against, each nation may only speak once on each motion.
- The Proposer and principal speaker against both have the Right of Reply at the end of discussion on a resolution or amendment. They may choose to decline this right if they wish. In most cases these should be used to summarise support or opposition to the motion and to rebut arguments put forward during the debate, not as an opportunity for introducing new arguments.
- Delegates are reminded that where possible, the views you put forward in the debate should be the likely views of the country you are representing and not your personal views. For a resolution to be carried, it requires 51% support not merely a majority (you may abstain from voting). No country has a veto.
- The Proposer and the Principal Speaker Against will have 5 minutes, all other Delegates will be limited to 3:00 minutes time for each speaker. A warning will sound 15 seconds before time is up and then a final warning at the completion of allocated time. The Delegate must resume his or her seat at completion of allocated time. Right of Reply speakers will be limited to 1:00 minute.
- Points of order will be allowed by the Secretary General only on an issue where it is felt that the rules have been broken. Delegates may interrupt the debate by rising from their seat and calling for a ruling.
- Points of Clarifications/Personal Explanations will be allowed by the Secretary General only on matters where a delegate claims to have been misquoted or misrepresented. Delegates may interrupt the debate by rising from their seat and calling for a clarification. The Secretary General will rule absolutely on the validity of these matters.
- After the opening of the session, Bloc meetings may be held to discuss mutual stand points on issues. Smaller groups may decide to meet to discuss certain positions and motions. Future Bloc Meetings may be called prior to discussing a particular motion. The calling of these is treated as a motion, with proper procedures applying. A motion calling a Bloc Meeting must be passed by two thirds of the assembly or at the instigation of the Secretary General.
- Delegates can introduce a Motion of Dissent if in their opinion the Secretary General appears to be showing bias in his rulings or his conduct of the debate. They require a seconder. The Secretary General is then obliged to accept the Motion of Dissent and is required to vacate the chair. The President will call for a vote on the motion which if supported by a majority in the Assembly will result in an alternate chairperson replacing the Secretary General for the remainder of the debate on that resolution.
- If a debate is going nowhere and nothing new is being said or there is general agreement either to support or reject the resolution, then any delegate can require “that the resolution be put”. If the resolution be put vote fails then the debate continues with countries still to speak, being allowed to continue.
- Diplomatic Notes are an important facet of the MUNA process. They are used to persuade Bloc members who are yet to speak to add a Bloc member’s view during a presentation. The delegate sending the note may not have been invited to speak or elected not to speak when speakers where initially called for. They can also be used to communicate with the Secretary General during the debates.
Diplomatic Notes will be allowed by the Secretary General on the following basis:
• That all messages be in the spirit of MUNA
• That messages are not frivolous in their nature
• That all messages are delivered by the MUNA Attendants and will be vetted (read).
- The Secretary General may suspend the debate at any time to acknowledge the arrival of a special guest, e.g. the District Governor.
Basic Behaviour Code, Permission and Disclaimer
By Registering and/or Attending the MUNA Camp you are explicitly stating that you understand and agree to the following:
- The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a District Youth Project auspiced by Rotary International District 9820 Inc. A0010174Z., Victoria, Australia. The event is run for the District by the Rotary Club of Traralgon with assistance from other Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.
- All participants in MUNA agree to exercise common sense and respect for others in their dealings throughout the conference. By taking part in the conference they agree to abide by the Code of Conduct required of participants and to follow the directions of Rotarians in charge during the weekend.
- A name badge is issued when you arrive at sign in/registration and it must be worn so it can be seen at all times.
- District 9820 MUNA & Forest Edge has a NO SMOKING, ALCOHOL or UNPRESCRIBED DRUGS policy inside and outside the complex.
- For safety, delegates participating in MUNA must not leave the boundaries allocated to our group without authorization from a member of District 9820 MUNA Committee.
- Participants must not leave the confines of the MUNA venue without the permission of a supervising Rotarian.
- There is no curfew, however, we ask that you please be considerate of other delegates. You will need your sleep to be well prepared for MUNA. (Supervising Rotarian may call “Lights Out” if they deem it necessary).
- Female rooms are out of bounds for all Males and vice versa.
- Adults’ rooms are a no-go zone unless you need to report an incident or concern.
- Do not go into another person's room without their direct permission.
- Attendance at all sessions is compulsory and you are expected to be on time.
- Compliance with standing rules, regulations and directions of the venue operators and District 9820 MUNA are to be observed at all times.
- If for any reason the MUNA Committee find the need to send a delegate home due to inappropriate behaviour the onus is on the parent or guardian to collect the student from the venue at their own cost. If there are issues that involve illegal activity the Police will be called.
- District 9820 MUNA reserves the right to take photographs, interviews and recordings of participants and the MUNA proceedings and to use such media and other materials from MUNA for promotional and archival purposes. District 9820 MUNA asserts all relevant intellectual property rights over such media. Any views expressed by participants during MUNA are the sole views of the individual concerned, and do not necessarily represent the views of the organizers, District 9820 or Rotary International.
- The MUNA Social Media Policy forms a part of the camp rules and code of behaviour.
- Whilst all reasonable endeavours will be made to ensure the safety and security of participants and their belongings, the organizers accept no responsibility for any consequences or injury sustained as a result of participation in MUNA, whether by accident, omission, negligence or any other cause.