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Parliamentary Procedure (Parli Pro)

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Brooke Kassner

on 6 February 2012

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Transcript of Parliamentary Procedure (Parli Pro)

What the heck is Parli Pro?? A set of guidelines on how to behave and debate within the United Nations!
Substantive Speeches = Formal Speeches! Refrain from using “I”!!!!
(Instead, The People’s Republic of China believes…)
Refrain from degrading other countries
There are certain words to avoid during
speeches such as Genocide and Terrorism

After a Substantive Speech and time is left over, you have 3 options to yield
Yield to Chair: Remaining time expires
Yield to Questions: The delegate agrees to answer questions from other countries
Yield to Another Delegate: Remaining time is given to another delegate that is aware that he is being yielded to

Caucuses! (Not Cactus)

2 types:
Moderated: Led by the Chairperson and each country is called on

Unmoderated: No Chairperson free to discuss freely!
Points in a Debate! (No actual pointing) Point of Order: For not following rules

Point of Inquiry: To ask a question

Point of Personal Privilege: When
a member experiences discomfort
that inhibits him/her participation
“Point of Personal Privilege, I cannot
hear the delegate.”

Point of Information: A delegate may ask the chair for information regarding procedure or rules (not information regarding debate.)
You may want to change a resolution, so to do this you use amendments
Just Say: "Motion to introdouce an amendment"

There are two types of amendments: Friendly and Unfriendly. Friendly amendments may be made by the submitter of the resolution or co-signatories.
If an amendment is unfriendly, the submitter must present and defend it.
If the amendment is friendly, the submitter of the resolution may add it without a vote.
5 Possible responses 1- yes, 2- no, 3- abstain (refrain from voting), 4- with rights (to explain why you voted the way you did). 5- pass (but must vote yes or no when the Chair comes back to you)
Writing a Resolution!!! It is a “working paper” until it is
voted as a resolution!
See samples provided!
Preambulatory Clause
The preamble states the reasons for which the
committee is addressing the topic and highlights
past international action on the issue.
Each clause begins with a preambulatory word

Think of the Preamble to the US constitution!
Preambulatory Phrases
-Affirming -Alarmed by -Approving
-Aware of - Bearing in mind -Believing
-Confident -Contemplating -Convinced
-Declaring -Deeply concerned -Desiring

Operative Clauses
Operative clauses identify the actions the resolution demands and reccomendations it makes.

Each operative clause begins with an operative phrase and is one long run on sentence (English teachers hate this.)

Operative clauses should be organized in a logical progression. (You don't say you ate a slice of pizza and then buy the ingredients to make it.)

Operative clauses end with a semi colon; after the last operative clause, the resolution ends in a period.
Operative Phrases
-Calls upon
-Declares accordingly
-Draws the attention
Follow the format for resolutions

Cite facts whenever possible.

Be realistic.

Be professional.

Be creative.

Respect your chair and fellow delegates


Have Fun!
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