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Security Council & Special Committee: Special Rules & Beginning Procedure
Kayla Davison 17 October 2013
Transcript of Security Council & Special Committee: Special Rules & Beginning Procedure
Security Council &
These committees have different rules from other committees at our conference
1. To set the agenda, raise your placard, and after the chair recognizes you, say "(Country) wishes to set the agenda at 1,2,3" in the order you wish to discuss the introduced and accepted topics.
2. If more than one motion involving the agenda is introduced, a procedural vote will occur, in which every member must vote, and must vote only once.
3. The winning motion will be the order in which the topics are discussed by the body.
4. After the body has decided on an agenda, debate must be limited to the first topic, where a speakers list can be created.
To limit debate, raise your placard, and when recognized by the chair, say "(Country) motions to limit debate to topic 1."
Setting the Agenda & Limiting Debate
1. Unlike the other committees, the Speakers List in Security and Special do not have to/for/against columns. It is one column only.
2. When the Speakers List expires, the body will immediately move into voting procedure, so it is extremely important to keep adding yourself back to the list as you work on your papers.
3. You motion to set and change speakers time and points of information the same as other committees do. Yielding time also works the same way.
4. When speaking, remember to encourage other members of the body to look at and contribute to your working paper during the next caucus.
The Speakers List
The goal of writing these resolutions is to effectively and diplomatically assess and attempt to solve the issue in front of the body.
1. All working papers edited and accepted by the chair need to be introduced and debated, then voted on, by the body.
To introduce your draft resolution: "(Country) motions to introduce draft resolution (resolution number)."
2. All substantive votes are done by roll call vote in these committees, beginning from the right of the chair and moving across the room.
3. When all resolutions have been discussed and voted on, the process begins again with topic 2.
1. The Chair will introduce themselves, call committee to order, and call roll.
2. After roll is called, delegates should motion for a brief caucus to discuss potential topics for debate.
3. When this caucus expires, the Chair will accept up to three topics
To introduce a topic, raise your placard. When the Chair recognizes you, say "(Country) motions to introduce the topic of (topic here)."
4. After the Chair stops accepting topics, the body will begin the process of setting the agenda.
1. When looking for other member nations to begin working on a working paper, think of nations in your trade bloc, in your geographic neighborhood, and with similar histories/interests on the issue.
2. Your preambulatory clauses should assess the problem at hand, describing its depth, its importance to the body and to the global community, and use facts/figures if at all possible.
3. Operative clauses, on the other hand, should describe what the body wishes to do about the problem.
Remember, only the Security Council has the authority to demand anything from the body. All other UN Bodies only have the ability to suggest.
The template for resolutions at our conference is on the WUMUN website and has been e-mailed to your advisor. Working Papers not following this format cannot be accepted by the chair.