Rules and Procedures


1. Rules – The rules are not subject to change.
2. Language – English shall be the working language of the General Assembly and Committee Sessions.
3. Courtesy – All delegates must show courtesy and respect to the Secretary General, President of the General Assembly, Committee Staff, Advisors and fellow delegates.
3.1 The Secretary-General must be addressed as Madame Secretary-General; the       President of the General Assembly must be addressed as Madame President.
3.2 The Committee Chairperson must be addressed as Madame/Mister Chairperson.
3.3 Fellow delegates must be referred to as Madame/Mister Delegate or the Honorable  Delegate from ______.
3.4 All speeches in the General-Assembly must begin “Madame Secretary-General, Madame President…” All speeches in Committee Session must begin “Madame / Mister Chairperson… ”
4. Quorum – The President of the General Assembly or the Committee Chairperson may declare the General Assembly or Committee Session open when at least 1/4 of its members are present.
4.1 A “member” is a state which is officially registered at the conference.
4.2 Quorum is necessary for any vote to be taken.
5. Agenda– The order in which the issues shall be debated and which the resolution shall be introduced is at the discretion of the President/Chairperson.


6. Point of Order – During the discussion of any matter, a delegate may rise on a Point of Order to complain about departure from parliamentary procedure (i.e. these rules).
6.1 This point may interrupt a speaker.
7. Point of Parliamentary Inquiry – When the floor is open, a delegate may rise on a Point of Parliamentary Inquiry to ask the President/Chairperson a question about the rules of procedure.
7.1 This point may NOT interrupt a speaker.
8. Right of Reply – If a delegate feels that her/his personal or national integrity has been insulted, she/he may rise on a Right of Reply.
8.1 The President’s/Chairperson’s decision whether or not to grant the Right of Reply is final and not open to appeal.
8.2 A delegate may not reply to a Right of Reply.
8.3 A request for a Right of Reply may interrupt a speaker. However, the reply shall not be granted until the conclusion of the speech presently being made. The reply shall be limited to one (1) minute.


9. Debate – In both the General Assembly and the Committee Session, a speakers list will be created for the purpose of general debate.
9.1 Once a resolution is introduced, it will remain on the floor until it passes, fails or is postponed.
10. Speeches- No delegate may address the General Assembly or the Committee Session without first having obtained the permission of the President/Chairperson.
10.1 Permission may be obtained by raising one’s placard or sending the name of one’s state to the President/Chairperson.
10.2 A time limit of three (3) minutes applies to all speeches in the General Assembly and Committee Sessions. This limit is debatable and a motion to change it shall be entertained at the President’s/Chairperson’s discretion.
11. Moderated Debate – While in Committee Session, a motion to enter into Moderated Debate shall be in order.
11.1 While in Moderated Debate, discussion continues to be controlled by the Chairperson, but the procedures are more relaxed.
12. Amendments – Delegates may amend any resolution which has been introduced.
12.1 Prior to being introduced, amendments must be approved by the President/Chairperson.


13. Voting – Each Member State of the United Nations shall have one vote. States with Observer Status are not permitted to vote.
13.1 Each state may vote yes, no or abstain. On procedural matters, members may not abstain.
13.2 Resolutions require a majority (50% + 1) to pass. Amendments require a 2/3s majority to pass.
13.3 Voting shall be conducted by placard.


14. Closure of Debate – When the floor is open, a delegate may move to close debate on the matter being discussed.
14.1 The President/Chairperson may choose not to accept this motion.
14.2 The President/Chairperson shall allow up to two (2) speakers against this motion. There shall be no speakers in favor.
14.3 If Closure of Debate passes, the General Assembly/Committee Session shall move into immediate voting on the resolution or amendment being discussed.
15. Adjournment – While in the General Assembly, and when the floor is open, any delegate may move to adjourn the conference.
15.1 The President may choose not to accept this motion.

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