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Model United Nations 2009 Packet

  1. 1. Model United Nations 2009 Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club
  2. 2. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 To the Club President: Each high school will be given one committee to chair during Model UN. The committee chair may be the club President or a senior World Affairs Club member with previous Model UN or Model Congress experience. Please familiarize yourselves with the schedule of the day; we tried to adjust it so that more time could be spent in committee. We will be using projector carts to display the resolutions during the event. When we break into committees, each committee’s resolutions will be loaded and ready to be opened on the computer. Please save resolutions that have been passed in the specific folder on the computer. Please have a flash drive with you so we can quickly transfer the passed resolutions to the main computer during General Assembly. I really want to trim down the amount of time we waste in transition between phases this year; the more time we have available to committees and General Assembly the better. I want to ask you to emphasize to your club members the difference between points of inquiry and information. I am determined to avoid the abuse of points of information during debate; I feel that it detracts from the whole experience. Please do not allow back and forth debate or excessive motions to table. Please also remind your members that motions to table should be used sparingly if at all. I leave it to your discretion to determine if a table should be allowed. If a participant is not following the rules or etiquette you have the right to silence them during debate. Please direct any cases to me or an administrator if you feel it is appropriate. These measures are not indented to punish participants; rather, they are designed to help you run your committee as smoothly as possible and ensure that everyone enjoys themselves. Please be mindful of the April 9th deadline for resolutions. It would be best to avoid any resolutions trickling in at the last minute. Also, please have the money with you the day of the event. Checks should be made out to the CB West Student Activities Fund. If you have any other questions, concerns or comments please e-mail the club at or me personally at I will be relying on you at UN to help move the process along as efficiently as possible and I deeply appreciate your help and hard work. I’m looking forward to a smashing Model United Nation. Sincerely, Jason Gibbs Co-Chancellor World Affairs Club Central Bucks high School West
  3. 3. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 To Model United Nations participants: On Friday, April 17th, 2009 the CB West World Affairs Club invites you to the annual Model United Nations. You will act as a delegate of the United Nations and represent the interests of your country. Enclosed in this packet is: a schedule for the day, the list of countries by school and committees, a table of parliamentary procedure, a list of terms, rules of procedure, a sample resolution format and an example of a resolution. The success of United Nations hinges on your active participation and knowledge regarding the intimacies of your country. The more you write, speak and debate the more fun it will be for everyone involved. All students must write at least one resolution. Resolutions are an essential part of Model UN; when a more diverse assortment of resolutions is submitted it enhances the spirit of debate and friendly competition. If you have questions regarding your resolution I would be happy to answer them for you. All resolutions must be submitted via e-mail to by Friday, April 9th. No resolutions will be accepted the day of the event. Paper copies of resolutions will not be accepted. If you are using word 2007 please save your resolution has a Word doc 97-2003 so that we can avoid any compatibility issues. Please name your resolutions appropriately with your nation in the title. Also when you send your resolution please include in the body of the message what committee you are serving on to help us streamline the organization process. Please use your best judgment when choosing a resolution topic. You are all young adults and I trust that all subject matters will be appropriate and presented in a sophisticated manner. However, I reserve the right to remove any resolutions that I or my administrators deem offensive or prejudiced against any race, ethnicity, creed, et cetera, at our discretion. Discriminatory behavior, either a written resolution or spoken during debate, will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form. If you are not sure about a topic please contact me before hand. Before Model UN you should familiarize yourself with the rules and procedure of the event. Knowing these guidelines helps us administer the event more effectively and lets you participate to the fullest. If you are a middle school participant and have any additional questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to set aside time prior to the event to help you. I ask that each of you please give $8 to your club president before the day of the event. The money will be collected from the club at the time of registration helping us to offset the cost of the Continental Breakfast. You must either bring your own lunch or purchase it in the West cafeteria. You are expected to dress in appropriate business attire. Girls are suggested to wear skirts or slacks with a blouse or sweater. Skirts or dresses must be at knee length. Boys should wear dress pants, a belt, a button down shirt and a tie; jackets are optional. All school dress codes and rules still apply so again please use your discretion. Thank you very much for your cooperation. I look forward to seeing you all in April in what we hope will be one of the finest Model United Nations that we have ever held. Sincerely, Jason Gibbs Co-Chancellor World Affairs Club Central Bucks High School West
  4. 4. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 Schedule of the Day – Friday, April 17th, 2009 8:00-8:30 Registration (Auditorium) Continental Breakfast (Auditorium) 8:30-8:40 Opening Session of the General Assembly (Auditorium) 8:45-10:45 Committee Meetings – you will be escorted to your separate committee rooms Political and Security WHO IS CHAIRING THESE? Social/Humanitarian Special Political 10:55-12:55 General Assembly (Auditorium) 1:00-1:30 Lunch (Cafeteria) 1:35 General Assembly Continues (Auditorium)
  5. 5. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 List of Countries – High Schools South East West (Secretary General) Afghanistan Bangladesh Austria Algeria Burkina Faso Belarus Andorra Canada Bulgaria Belgium China Costa Rica Brazil Columbia Croatia Burundi Cuba Czech Republic Democratic Republic of Congo Estonia Djibouti Denmark France Germany El Salvador Greece Hungary Federated States of Micronesia Haiti India Finland Iceland Iraq Former Republic of Yugoslav Jamaica Luxembourg Macedonia Japan Mexico Indonesia Jordan Monaco Iran Madagascar Netherlands Israel Myanmar Romania Kuwait Nigeria Russian Federation Lebanon Norway Rwanda Malaysia Poland South Africa Montenegro Qatar Spain Nepal Saudi Arabia Switzerland North Korea South Korea Turkey Pakistan Swaziland United Kingdom Serbia Sweden Vatican City Sudan Ukraine Venezuela United States of America Uzbekistan Vietnam
  6. 6. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 List of Countries – Middle Schools Tamanend Lenape Tohickon Bahamas Argentina Armenia Bahrain Côte d'Ivoire Belize Central African Rep. Liberia Dominican Republic Chad Libya Georgia Egypt Panama Kenya Italy Sri Lanka Lebanon Lithuania Tajikistan Mozambique Mongolia United Arab Emirates Samoa Peru Yemen Somalia Singapore Zimbabwe Uganda Holicong Bolivia Unami Chile Albania Eritrea Australia Fiji Guatemala Ireland Lichtenstein Kyrgyzstan Morocco Latvia New Zealand Lesotho Oman Republic of Congo Portugal Seychelles Slovakia
  7. 7. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 Countries by Committee United Arab Emirates Special Political Social, Humanitarian, and Albania Unites States of America Cultural Algeria Andorra Uzbekistan Armenia Argentina Venezuela Australia Austria Bahamas Belarus Political and Security Bahrain Brazil Afghanistan Bangladesh Cuba Belgium Belize Democratic Republic of Congo Burkina Faso Bolivia Denmark Costa Rica Bulgaria Dominican Republic Czech Republic Burundi Egypt Djibouti Canada Estonia Finland Central African Republics Federated States of Micronesia Germany Chad Former Yugoslav Republic of India Chile Macedonia Indonesia China France Jordan Columbia Georgia Lebanon Côte d'Ivoire Greece Lesotho Croatia Iran Madagascar El Salvador Ireland Malaysia Eritrea Italy Montenegro Fiji Japan Myanmar Guatemala Kyrgyzstan Nepal Haiti Latvia Netherlands Hungary Libya Nigeria Iceland Lithuania Norway Iraq Mexico Peru Israel Monaco Portugal Jamaica Mongolia Qatar Kenya Morocco Republic of Congo Kuwait Mozambique Rwanda Liberia New Zealand Serbia Lichtenstein Oman Seychelles Luxembourg Panama Singapore North Korea Poland Slovakia Pakistan Samoa Sudan Romania Somalia Swaziland Russian Federation South Africa Sweden Saudi Arabia Spain United Kingdom South Korea Sri Lanka Ukraine Vietnam Switzerland Vatican City Tajikistan Yemen Turkey Zimbabwe Uganda
  8. 8. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 List of Terms Speaker Must Procedure Second Vote Used When… Example Yield You want to know A question is raised more about how the about something the resolution will be Point of Inquiry N N N/A speaker has said implemented in developing nations There is confusion about that language You are confused of a resolution when about the meaning Point of Y N N/A it is being of a very large word Clarification presented; cannot be in the resolution used in debate The speaker claims A factual error has that inflation rate of Point of been said by the a country is 15% Y N N/A Information speaker when it is actually 15,000,000% The moderator errs There is a motion to in procedure during the previous, but the presentation or Point of Order Y N N/A chair person does debate of not acknowledge it resolutions You feel that When a delegate airlifting cheese to proposes adding or developing nations Motion to N N N/A subtracting a clause should be added to a Amend to the resolution hunger relief resolution Closing debate Debate arguments Simple Motion to the phase and have been Majority (Half Previous Y Y proceeding directly exhausted on of Delegates) Question to voting phase particular resolution A resolution has Simple Removes resolution many logistical Majority (Half from table; do not Motion to Table Y Y holes in proposed of Delegates) proceeded to voting legislation
  9. 9. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 Rules of Procedure 1) Committees will operate as follows: a) The Chairperson(s) will open the session and may manage the committee as he sees fit. b) Each resolution will be discussed separately. c) For each resolution: i) The Chairperson(s) will announce what resolution the committee will be debating. ii) The sponsor(s) of the resolution will read the text of the resolution at this time, and answer any clarifying questions. Only questions that are for clarification are allowed, the sponsor(s) will not answer any argumentative questions. iii) Following this, the Chairperson(s) will create a speakers list. Any member nation is allowed on the speaker’s list. The nation who sponsored the resolution will be given the opportunity to speak first. iv) During the debate on a resolution, any delegate may rise and say, “Point of Inquiry.” The Chairperson(s) will then ask, “Will the delegate yield to a question?” If the speaker agrees, the delegate may ask one question. No back and forth debate is permitted. v) If a delegate has a “Point of Information” the speaker must yield to the point. A “Point of Information” must be a single statement of established fact from the delegate. A point of information must be relevant to the debate and cannot express a personal opinion. vi) Should a delegate abuse points of information, the chair has the power to deem his actions as badgering and the delegate will lose his right to speak during the committee. vii) After at least two pro and two con speakers have had the floor, a delegate may move to the previous question to close the debate. This motion is not debatable and it requires a 2/3 vote. viii) The Chairperson may, at any time, declare the speakers list closed. ix) Delegates may interrupt another delegate while they are speaking for a “Point of Order.” This should only be used to point out a failure to follow the rules. x) Delegates must speak on the resolution under discussion. xi) Delegates may move to close the speakers list on an amendment or a resolution. xii) A delegate may request that the operant clauses of the resolution be voted on individually. The motion requires a majority vote. 2) The General Assembly will operate: a) Each committee will report their passed resolutions to the General Assembly. b) The General Assembly will establish an agenda that rotates between committees. c) The Secretary General will open debate on a resolution. Motions to amend may be made immediately after the introduction of the resolution. d) Parliamentary rules for the General Assembly will be the same as those for the Committee.
  10. 10. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 Resolution Format UN resolutions are comprised of two parts: the perambulatory clauses and the operative clauses. The information below discusses the set-up of these clauses and sample phrases for each section. The sample resolution on the next page demonstrates the resolution format and set-up. Perambulatory Clauses The preamble of a resolution states why the committee is addressing the topic and highlights past action on the issue. Each clause begins with a present participle (called a perambulatory phrase) and ends with a comma. Perambulatory clauses can include: • References to the UN Charter • Citations of past UN resolutions or treaties on the topic under discussion • Mentions of statements made by the Secretary-General or a relevant UN body or agency • Recognition of the efforts of regional or nongovernmental organizations in dealing with the issue • General statements on the topic, its significance and its impact Example perambulatory clauses include: Affirming Approving Aware of Confident Declaring Deeply concerned Emphasizing Expecting Expressing its satisfaction Fulfilling Fully alarmed Further recalling Having adopted Having considered Having examined Keeping in mind Noting with approval Observing Recognizing Referring Seeking Operative Clauses Operative clauses identify the recommendations made in a resolution. Each operative clause begins with a verb (called an operative phrase) and ends with a semicolon. Operative clauses should be organized in a logical progression, with each containing a single idea or proposal, and are always numbered. If a clause requires further explanation, bulleted lists set off by letters or roman numerals can also be used. Example operative clauses include: Accept Calls upon Condemns Confirms Considers Declares accordingly Deplores Designates Endorses Expresses Further reminds Further resolves Notes Proclaims Reaffirms Recommends Requests Solemnly affirms Strongly condemns Supports Takes note of Trusts
  11. 11. Central Bucks High School West World Affairs Club Model United Nations 2009 Sample Resolution Sponsor: United States Topic: “Strengthening UN coordination of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies” The General Assembly, Reminding all nations of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity, equality and inalienable rights of all global citizens, [use commas to separate perambulatory clauses] Reaffirming its Resolution 33/1996 of 25 July 1996, which encourages Governments to work with UN bodies aimed at improving the coordination and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance, Noting with satisfaction the past efforts of various relevant UN bodies and nongovernmental organizations, Stressing the fact that the United Nations faces significant financial obstacles and is in need of reform, particularly in the humanitarian realm, 1. Encourages all relevant agencies of the United Nations to collaborate more closely with countries at the grassroots level to enhance the carrying out of relief efforts; [use semicolons to separate operative clauses] 2. Urges member states to comply with the goals of the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs to streamline efforts of humanitarian aid; 3. Requests that all nations develop rapid deployment forces to better enhance the coordination of relief efforts of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies; 4. Calls for the development of a United Nations Trust Fund that encourages voluntary donations from the private transnational sector to aid in funding the implementation of rapid deployment forces; 5. Stresses the continuing need for impartial and objective information on the political, economic and social situations and events of all countries; 6. Calls upon states to respond quickly and generously to consolidated appeals for humanitarian assistance; and 7. Requests the expansion of preventive actions and assurance of post-conflict assistance through reconstruction and development. [end resolutions with a period]