KCL MUN Introduction to Rules of Procedure (11/10/2011)

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KCL MUN Introduction to Rules of Procedure (11/10/2011)

  1. 1. KCL Model United Nations Society<br />
  2. 2. Today’s session<br />Outline of goals<br />Rules of procedure<br />How to remember all of this?<br />KCL MUN First Simulation - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict<br />
  3. 3. I. Outline of goals<br />
  4. 4. Outline of goals<br />KCL MUN as an accessible society<br />Concretely<br />Select delegates of all levels for conferences<br />Allow all delegates to debate on a high-level as soon as possible<br />This session<br />Rules of procedure<br />Caucusing<br />Next week’s session will introduce new delegates to resolution-writing<br />
  5. 5. II. Rules of Procedure<br />
  6. 6. II. Rules of Procedure<br />Order of debate<br />Opening of debate explained<br />Cauci<br />Motions<br />Unmoderated Caucus explained<br />Moderated Caucus explained<br />Differences between moderated and unmoderated<br />End of debate<br />Tips<br />
  7. 7. Order of debate<br />START OF THE DEBATE<br /><ul><li>Roll Call
  8. 8. Speakers list</li></li></ul><li>Order of debate<br />MODERATED CAUCUS<br /><ul><li>Formal discussion of topic</li></ul>START OF THE DEBATE<br /><ul><li>Roll Call
  9. 9. Speakers list</li></li></ul><li>Order of debate<br />UNMODERATED CAUCUS<br /><ul><li>Alliances
  10. 10. Resolution writing</li></ul>MODERATED CAUCUS<br /><ul><li>Formal discussion of topic</li></ul>START OF THE DEBATE<br /><ul><li>Roll Call
  11. 11. Speakers list</li></li></ul><li>Order of debate<br />VOTING ON RESOLUTIONS<br />UNMODERATED CAUCUS<br /><ul><li>Alliances
  12. 12. Resolution writing</li></ul>MODERATED CAUCUS<br /><ul><li>Formal discussion of topic</li></ul>START OF THE DEBATE<br /><ul><li>Roll Call
  13. 13. Speakers list</li></li></ul><li>Order of debate<br />Goal: Problems under discussion => resolution voted by the committee<br />Designed to give all a voice and to allow both formal and informal debate to precede resolution-writing and voting<br />
  14. 14. II. Rules of Procedure<br />Order of debate<br />Opening of debate explained<br />Cauci<br />Motions<br />Unmoderated Caucus explained<br />Moderated Caucus explained<br />Differences between moderated and unmoderated<br />End of debate<br />Tips<br />
  15. 15. Opening of debate explained<br />START OF THE DEBATE<br /><ul><li>Roll Call
  16. 16. Speakers list</li></li></ul><li>Opening of debate explained<br />What happens?<br />Opening of debate<br />Setting of speakers’ list<br />Concretely:<br />Roll Call (present or present and voting)<br />Motion to set agenda<br />Creation of a Speaker’s list<br />Setting and time limit<br />
  17. 17. Opening of debate explained<br />Technical things to remember<br />Speeches start by addressing the Chair and fellow delegates<br />Speeches end by Yielding<br />To the chair<br />To points of information<br />To another delegate<br />Speaker’s list can be interrupted by points and motion<br />
  18. 18. II. Rules of Procedure<br />Order of debate<br />Opening of debate explained<br />Cauci<br />Motions<br />Unmoderated Caucus explained<br />Moderated Caucus explained<br />End of debate<br />Tips<br />
  19. 19. Cauci<br />Caucus - A break in formal debate in which countries can more easily and informally discuss a topic. There are two types: <br />moderated caucus - a type of caucus in which delegates remain seated and the Chair calls on them one at a time to speak for a short period of time, enabling a freer exchange of opinions than would be possible in formal debate.<br />unmoderatedCaucus - A type of caucus in which delegates leave their seats to mingle and speak freely. Enables the free sharing of ideas to an extent not possible in formal debate or even a moderated caucus. Frequently used to sort countries into blocs and to write working papers and draft resolutions.<br />
  20. 20. Cauci and Motions<br />Motion - A request made by a delegate that the committee as a whole do something. <br />Go into a caucus, to adjourn<br />to introduce a draft resolution<br />move into voting bloc<br />
  21. 21. Cauci and Motions<br />Motion - A request made by a delegate that the committee as a whole do something. <br />Go into a caucus, to adjourn<br />to introduce a draft resolution<br />move into voting bloc<br />
  22. 22. Cauci and Motions<br />Motions to enter a caucus<br />1)When no speaker is addressing the committee, raise your placard and ask the chair.<br /> 2) Say for how long (5, 10,15 minutes..)<br /> 3) Give a speaker’s time (30 seconds, 1 minute..)<br /> 4)Say why (To discuss a specific point, to come up with a statement etc..)<br /> 5) The chair will then proceed to a vote, simple majority wins.<br />
  23. 23. Cauci and Motions<br />Example: motion to enter a moderated caucus from the formal debate (success conditional upon vote)<br />Type of caucus, time, speakers time, topic<br />E.g. “Motion for an moderated caucus of 15 minutes, speaker time 30 seconds to discuss the clarity of this powerpoint”<br />MODERATED CAUCUS<br /><ul><li>Formal discussion of topic</li></ul>Motion<br />START OF THE DEBATE<br /><ul><li>Roll Call
  24. 24. Speakers list</li></li></ul><li>Moderated Caucus<br />i.e. Speakers’ list type of debate to discuss your country’s viewpoint on a particular topic within the speaking time allocated<br />
  25. 25. Unmoderated caucus<br />UnmoderatedCaucus<br />This is an informal type of debate- you can stand up and go talk to you fellow delegates<br />It is particularly useful once you know your fellow delegates’ agendas and you know who is on your side. Use it to form alliances and write resolutions!<br />
  26. 26. II. Rules of Procedure<br />Order of debate<br />Opening of debate explained<br />Cauci<br />Motions<br />Unmoderated Caucus explained<br />Moderated Caucus explained<br />End of debate<br />Tips<br />
  27. 27. End of debate<br />Two possible options<br />Adjourning<br />Voting on resolutions and then adjourning<br />
  28. 28. End of debate<br />Motion to Adjourn:<br />Ends the debate or discussion topic.<br />Simple majority is needed, abstentions are counted as a ‘no’ vote.<br />
  29. 29. II. Rules of Procedure<br />Order of debate<br />Opening of debate explained<br />Cauci<br />Motions<br />Unmoderated Caucus explained<br />Moderated Caucus explained<br />End of debate<br />Tips<br />
  30. 30. Tips<br />Points<br />Voting<br />
  31. 31. Tips<br />Points<br />Point of Personal Privilege:<br />Cold, cannot hear etc..<br /> (Can interrupt a speaker)<br />Point of Order<br />Draw attention to chairman procedural error<br /> (Can be raised at any moment)<br />Point of Parliamentary Inquiry:<br />Question about the Rules of Procedure<br />(Cannot interrupt a speaker)<br />
  32. 32. Points of Information:<br />Are the most important and most relevant points in any debate. They are general questions about what another delegate has said.<br />Eg: What did you mean by...?<br />What sources do you have for...?<br />Why do you think that...?<br />
  33. 33. Tips<br />Voting:<br />In general, votes can be in favor or against<br />For resolutions and adjourning debate, delegates can abstain if they wish so BUT only if on the roll call they reported as present, not as present and voting!<br />Different committees can have slightly different voting procedures (role call vote, P-5 vote, etc.)<br />
  34. 34. I. How to remember all of this?<br />
  35. 35. How to remember all of this?<br />Easy metaphor: imagine that you live in the world’s strictest dictatorship, and you have to ask permission for everything you do (i.e. the chair is the dictator), but the dictator is perfectly democratic (because everything is put up for a vote)<br />You ask to start the debate (opening of the speaker’s list)<br />You ask to talk about a particular topic (moderated caucus)<br />You ask to get some private time to discuss (unmoderated caucus)<br />You ask to introduce an alternative (introducing resolutions)<br />You ask to vote over an alternative (asking for vote)<br />You ask to leave (adjourn debate)<br />
  36. 36. How to remember all of this?<br />
  37. 37. KCL Model United Nations Society<br />

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