MUN Procedure

What is MUN?

MUN (Model United Nations) is a simulation of the real United Nations. A group of students from the same school band together to represent a country, or 'delegation', where individual students are 'delegates'.

The debate is conducted within two sets of bodies: the General Assembly and the Committees. The committees are usually composed of one delegate per delegation, so they are much smaller than the General Assembly. They focus on one particular group of issues, such as human rights or disarmament. The exception is the Security Council; here, there are only 15 countries represented and almost any topic could come up. The most common are those relating to international peace and security.

HABSMUN 2018 Charter

This section applies to the standard committees (Political I, Political II, Disarmament, Ecology & Environment, Health and Human Rights) only. There are separate pages on Security Council Procedure and Special Commission Procedure

Approvals, Resolutions and Lobbying

Resolutions

A resolution writing guide for HABSMUN 2018 can be found here.

Approvals
  • At HABSMUN 2018, we are requesting that all delegates pre submit their resolution for approval via MyHabsmun.
  • This will allow for all resolutions to be pre approved before lobbying
  • The approvals criteria for HABSMUN will be the following:
    • No more than 15 clauses including sub clauses
    • Resolutions should be in the same format as the sample resolution on our website. (committee name, main submitters, co submitters, pre ambulatory clauses, operative clauses) Resolutions which do not follow this format will be automatically rejected.
    • While all delegates should represent their country’s views and official policies, needlessly offensive resolutions will not be debated
    • Resolutions should not contravene the United Nations Charter will also be automatically rejected
    • All operative clauses should end with a semi colon with the exception of the final clause which should be followed by a full stop. All sub clauses should be proceeded by a colon.
    • Please ensure that resolutions are free of grammatical and spelling errors. Resolutions with poor grammar and/or spelling will be rejected.
Lobbying

Delegates will require a certain number of co-submitters before they can be selected for debate; this number will be up to the chairs' discretion at HASBMUN 2018.

  • There are a couple of regulations to which delegates must adhere.
    • First, a signature that has been obtained from a delegate of the same school as the main submitter is not valid.
    • Secondly, only two signatures from delegates of the same school are permitted.
  • Apart from signatures, lobbying is also a time where one may wish to set-up yield chains and determine potential allies in the committee, as well get to know the other delegates with whom they will be debating.
  • After the requisite number of signatures has been collected, the resolution and signature sheet should be given in to the Chair who will complete the Approvals Process.

Committee/GA Debate Procedure

Debates at HABSMUN 2018 will be Open Debate
HABSMUN 2018 Will follow standard THIMUN procedure

Beginning of the Debate

  1. Chair must call the floor to order and announce the resolution that is about to be debated.
  2. Debates at HABSMUN 2018 will be 40 minutes long and voting procedure at the end
  3. Chair calls up the main submitter to take the floor and read out the operative clauses. (N.B. Operative clauses are not read out in GA debates)
  4. The Chair will then invite the speaker to make a 2-minute speech
  5. The Chair will then ask the speaker whether the delegate opens himself/herself up to any points of information.
  6. At HABSMUN 2018 there will be 2-3 points of information after a speech. (Delegates will also be allowed to reject points of information altogether or request a specific number of points of information)
  7. The Chair will then ask the speaker “Does the delegate wish to yield the floor back to the Chair or to another delegation?”
    N.B At HABSMUN 2018 delegates will not be allowed to yield to other delegates from their school.
  8. The Chair will then move the committee into open debate and amendments will be allowed to be submitted
  9. The standard speaking time from then onwards will be 1-2 minutes at the discretion of the Chair

Amendments

  1. The Chair will check that the delegate’s amendment has been typed up. If it has the Chair will call the delegate up to the floor and say “It will be in order to debate your amendment”. The chair will then ask the delegate to read out their amendment.
  2. After the delegate has read out their amendment the chair will declare a length of time for and against the amendment.
  3. At HABSMUN 2018 amendments will also be debated in the open debate format
  4. When time against the amendment has run out the Chair will move to voting procedure
  5. The Chair will ask delegates to vote for or against the amendment. Remember that no delegate can abstain from voting on an amendment as it is a procedural vote

End of Debate

  1. After the final speech has been made the Chair will declare to the committee “Time on this resolution has now elapsed therefore we will be moving into voting procedure.”
  2. The Chair will ask delegates to raise their placard to vote for, against or abstain.
    N.B. There shall be no “Motions to Divide the House” at HABSMUN 2018

Motions

Motion Name

May Interrupt a Speaker

Requires a Second

Can be Overridden by a Single Objection

Discretion of the Chair

Motion to extend debate time

No

Yes

No

Yes

Motion to move to the previous question (Previously motion to move to voting procedure)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes (but the chair cannot override the objection)

Motion to divide the house. (delegates cannot abstain from

voting)

These will no longer be entertained because Delegates cannot be forced to vote Yes or No on the final resolution

Motion for a re-vote

No

Yes

No

Yes – only in exceptional cases will it be

accepted

Points

Point Name

May Interrupt a Speaker

Requires a Second

Can be Overridden by a Single Objection

Discretion of the Chair

Point of Personal Privilege

 

(e.g. due to audibility, unbearable humidity, etc)

Yes (if due to audibility)

No

No

No

Point of Order

 

(e.g. personal offence, delegate said something factually wrong)

No

No

No

No

Point of Information to the Chair

 

(A question to the Chair)

No

No

No

No (The Chair must listen even if they then dismiss the point)

Point of Information to the Speaker

 

(A question to the speaker)

No

No

No

Yes (must be recognized by the Chair, during time for points of information.)

Other Parliamentary Procedure

a. Voting

Voting on Amendments – Votes on amendments are procedural votes and as such all delegates must vote either for or against. No abstentions are allowed.
Validity of Dividing the House – A motion to divide the house is not valid at HABSMUN but if there are enough abstentions that it could have passed if all the delegates had voted then delegates can request a re-vote. Delegates are however still free to abstain if they wish.
If a Vote is Tied – If a vote is tied then the resolution passes.

b. Yielding

Length of a Yield Chain – A yield Chain can only include 2 delegates.
Same School – All delegates in a yield chain must be from different schools.

c. Amendments

In GA – Amendments will not be entertained.
In Committee – Amendments can be dismissed by chairs for being inappropriate or irrelevant.

d. Parliamentary Behavior

Dress Code – All delegates must be in appropriate dress when speaking, and all speakers should have their jackets on when speaking.
Parliamentary Language – All language should be appropriate to debate. Swearing is not permitted at HASBMUN 2018 and will result in punishment.