RULES OF DEBATE & ASSEMBLY PROCEDURES
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. 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. The Secretary General 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. The subsequent 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. They may choose to waive 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 views of the country you are representing and not your personal views. For a resolution to be carried, it requires 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 Delegations will be limited to 3 minutes per Delegation. A warning will sound 15 seconds before time is up and then a final warning at the completion of the allocated time. The Delegate must resume his or her seat at completion of the allocated time. Right of Reply speakers will be limited to 1 minute per Delegation.
Points of order will be allowed at the discretion of the Secretary General. Delegates may request a ruling by the Secretary General by rising from their seat and stating their case when given leave to do so.
Points of Clarifications/Personal Explanations will be only allowed at the discretion the Secretary General and only on matters where a delegate claims to have been misquoted or misrepresented. Delegates may request leave by rising from their seat and stating their case when given leave to do so. The Secretary General’s ruling will be final on all such matters.
After the opening of the session, Bloc or Alliance meetings may be held to discuss mutual stand points on issues. Smaller groups may decide to meet to discuss certain positions and motions. Additional Bloc or Alliance 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 or Alliance meetings 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/her rulings or his conduct of the debate. Each motion 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.
The Secretary General may suspend the debate at any time to acknowledge the arrival of a special guest, e.g. the District Governor or other important events.
Diplomatic Notes are an important part of the MUNA process. They are used to communicate between Delegations and between Delegates and the Secretary General. Delegates can use diplomatic notes to request that another Delegation which is yet to speak to add a Delegation view in its presentation. An example is where a Delegation which has not been invited to speak or elected not to speak but still wishes to have its position presented by an ally.
Diplomatic Notes will be allowed by the Secretary General on the following basis:
That all messages are in the spirit of MUNA.
That messages are not frivolous in their nature.
That all messages are delivered by the MUNA Attendants who will read the note for appropriateness
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Basic Behaviour Code, Permission and Disclaimer
By Registering and/or Attending Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) you are explicitly stating that you understand and agree to the following:
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a District Youth Project sponsored 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 & the management of the venue have a NO SMOKING, ALCOHOL or UNPRESCRIBED DRUGS policy inside and outside the venue.
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.
There is no curfew, however, we ask that you be considerate of other delegates. You will need your sleep to be well prepared for MUNA. (Supervising Rotarians 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.
All adults involved in the organising and conduct of the MUNA conference will hold appropriate “Working with Children” check or equivalent as prescribed by the State of Victoria. Rotarians must also have submitted a “Form 3” as required by Rotary International and Rotary District 9820
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 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 organisers, District 9820 or Rotary International.
The MUNA Social Media Policy forms part of the venue rules and code of behaviour.
Whilst all reasonable endeavours will be made to ensure the safety and security of participants and their belongings, the organisers 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.
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