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Harvard Rules of Procedure - Leiden MUN

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Transcript of Harvard Rules of Procedure - Leiden MUN

1. Invitation to silent prayer
2. Roll Call
3. Setting the Agenda
a. 2 speakers for and 2 speakers against
b. simple majority vote
c. motion to close agenda debate
4. Motion to open debate
5. Motion to set up the General Speakers List
Points
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry
Raised when there are questions regarding the Rules of Procedure
Not to be raised when others are speaking
Point of Personal Privilege
Raised when there are personal issues e.g. temperature or delegate is not audible
ONLY the latter may be raised during a speech
Point of Order
When directors make a mistake with regards to the Rules of Procedure
Not to be raised when others are speaking
Right of Reply
Used when national integrity of a delegate is infringed upon, note can be sent to the director upon approval, rebuttal can be made
Opening Debate
Image by Tom Mooring
Motions
Leiden MUN
Moderated Caucus
Abandoning the speakers list to discuss a certain topic, for a certain time under the complete control of the chair
Unmoderated Causus
Communication
Research
Presentation
Rules of Procedure
Resolutions
International Affiliations
Current Affairs
Active listening
Social Sensitivity
Adaptive Capacity

Posture
Attitude
Appearance
Dress
Speeching
Lobbying
Constructive Contribution
Commensurability
Speech Projection
Rules of Procedure
General format for a motion (open debate or open speakers list):
"Delegate of XXX motions to YYY"
Committee Actors
The Dais: HNMUN staff that manages the content and structure of your committee
The Dais has supreme power
The Dais may override rules of procedure
The Dais consists out of a committee director and one or more moderators
The Delegates
Representatives of their respective country
The NGOs
Representatives of their respective NGOs
The Harvard Journalists
They take pictures and write articles
"The delegate of WWW motions for a moderated caucus on the topic of XXX of YYY minutes with an individual speakers time of ZZZ."
Abandoning the speakers list for a certain time so as to move to informal debate, build blocks and write resolutions.
"The delegate of WWW motions for a unmoderated caucus of XXX minutes."
The General Speakers List
Established initially by raising placards
To be re-added send a note to the chair
Yielding is required
"..yield our time back to the chair."
"..yield our time to points of information."
"..yield our time to the delegate of XXX."
Written Proposals
Working Papers
Purpose: concretises ideas of committee or block
No signatories or sponsors
Often serve as a foundation for Draft Resolutions
Draft Resolutions
Purpose: a solution to problem discussed by the committee
Requires
Signatories (interested parties)
Signatories don't exist
Roll Call
Present

Present and voting
Amendments to Draft Resolutions
(Unfriendly) Amendment
Not signed by all signatories
Clarificatory Points
No substantive adjustments
Final Stages
Panel of authors
Can be initiated anytime after introduction of Draft Resolution
Q&A as well as elaboration on the Draft Resolution by sponsors
Max. 20 min
Motion to question the competency of the committee
Applicable when Draft Resolution oversteps the mandate of the committee
Motion to reorder Draft Resolutions
Deviate from the order in which they were approved
Motion for division of the question
Voting on a resolution point-by-point
Motion for Roll Call Voting
Two rounds
Motion to move into voting procedure
Voting
Procedural vote- Anything regarding motions
no abstention possible- only YES or NO
Substantive vote - vote on a Draft Resolution
Yes
No
Abstain
Yes with rights
explain white
No with rights
explain why
Pass
possible second or third round of voting, where you may be forced to vote
Do's & Dont's
DO NOT USE 'I'
DO NOT UNDERMINE THE DIRECTOR
KEEP DISRUPTIVE PROCEDURES TO A MINIMUM
DO NOT "MOTION TO APPEAL DIRECTORS DECISION"

Developed by David Jagtman and Lena Vogel
Note on Signatories
Signatories:

GA: 25
ECOSOC: 15
Regional Bodies:
* > 40: 15
* < 40: 8
Security Council: 4
Amendments; signatories
and procedure
GA: 12 signatories
ECOSOC & Regional Bodies:
> 40: 10 signatories
< 40: 6 signatories
Security Council: 3 signatories
Debate on amendment needs to be opened and closed; closing requires 2/3d majority
Amendments will have 2 speakers in favour and against.
Tabling
Postponement:
A request to take an draft resolution off the floor and effectively end the debate on the document
2 delegates in favour and 2 delegates against
Requires a 2/3 majority

Resumption
A request to reopen the debate on a draft resolution or amendment
2 delegates in favour and 2 delegates against
Requires simple majority
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