GatorMUN XII Jan. 30th – Feb. 22nd 2015 Delegate Handbook 2015 2 Table of Contents Welcoming Notes 3 Letter from the Secretary-General The Conference 4 Honorary Speaker 5 Conference Schedule 6 Committee Room Assignments 7 Map 8 Delegate Conduct 9 - 12 GatorMUN Parliamentary Procedure 13 Useful Phrases 14 Best Delegate Summer Program 15 Offered Vouchers and Deals 3 Letter from the Secretary General Dear Advisors and Delegates, I have the honor and privilege as this year’s Secretary General to invite you to the twelfth annual Gator Model United Nations conference. GatorMUN XII will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Florida and shall run from January 30th to February 1st, 2015. GatorMUN is one of the largest conferences held in the region and is designed to provide delegates with an engaging and educational interaction with current and historical events, issues, scenarios, and policy making bodies. GatorMUN strives to provide the best possible opportunities for delegates to develop their public speaking, writing, cooperative, and problem solving skills. We aim to foster innovative and informed debate that allows delegates to showcase their knowledge, logic, and ingenuity when faced with difficult problems and crises. An integral part of GatorMUN’s history of success and growth is our staff, who put on some of the best Model UN committees I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Our staff of over 80 Model UN addicts, most of whom are members of the University of Florida’s Model United Nations team, are dedicated to continuing to provide the high level of both debate and fun GatorMUN is known for. My Secretariat, the Directors, and rest of the staff spend countless hours preparing, researching, and planning the committees and logistics that get put into action at GatorMUN. None of that would matter though if it wasn’t for the delegates who bring their dedication, enthusiasm, and intellectual rigor into every committee session here at GatorMUN. As a two time Director at past GatorMUN’s I can assure you that seeing the delegates take our ideas and topics to another level is the most rewarding part of the job. This will be that first time in quite a long time that GatorMUN will not be taking place in the J. Wayne Reitz Union due to the ongoing construction, we will have more information on where everything will be taking place on a later date and that information will be shared with you as soon as possible. As those who attended GatorMUN last year might remember we held our crisis committees in Matherly on the opposite side of UF’s campus from the Reitz. Moving out of the Reitz Union will allow us to keep all the components of the conference closer together and thus help the conference run smoother. I hope that I have convinced you that GatorMUN XII is a conference worth attending and I encourage you to browse our website for further information about this year’s committees and registration info. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Secretariat at [email protected] with any questions you might have. I look forward to hopefully seeing all of you that have made it this deep into my letter in January at GatorMUN XII. Sincerely, Kevin Bowie Secretary-General GatorMUN XII 4 Honorary Speaker Michael E. Thurston Michael Thurston most recently served in Afghanistan, where he was the Political Advisor and Senior Civilian Representative to the Special Operations Joint Task Force, the largest single combat command with countrywide responsibility. His assignment required close coordination within the USG interagency, with host government ministries, NATO civilian and military leadership, and regular contact with the international community. Prior to his service in Afghanistan, he led the U.S. Embassy in Burma as the Charge d’Affaires (2011 to 2012). As the chief of mission, he welcomed then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her visit to Burma, the first by a Secretary of State since John Foster Dulles in 1955. He has also served as the Consul General in Melbourne, Australia (2008-2011), and before that he was the Team Leader of the Diyala Province, Iraq, Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (2007-2008). He and his team helped improve local democratic institutions and economic conditions throughout Diyala Province. He has also had assignments as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Kigali, Rwanda (2005- 2007), and as Consul General in Durban, South Africa (2002-2005). In both of those postings he worked closely with U.S. development programs that saw significant improvement in HIV/AIDS healthcare delivery. He has also served in Auckland, New Zealand; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Mexico City. He has held Washington assignments as a Staff Assistant to an Assistant Secretary and as an analyst in the Office of Strategic Proliferation Affairs. Mr. Thurston is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a BA in philosophy and a JD from the University Of Washington School Of Law. He worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Seattle before joining the Foreign Service in 1988. 5 Conference Schedule Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015: 4:00pm-6:00pm: Registration 5:15pm - 5:30pm: Assembly Training 5:30pm -5:45pm: Crisis Training 6:00pm-7:00pm: Opening Ceremonies (Turlington L007) 7:00pm-10:00pm: Committee Session 1 7:30pm: Advisor Meeting Saturday, Jan. 31st, 2015: 8:30am-12:00pm: Committee Session 2 9:00am: Advisor Meeting 12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch 1:30pm-5:00pm: Committee Session 3 2:00pm: Advisor Meeting 5:00pm-7:00pm: Dinner 7:00pm-9:30pm: Committee Session 4 7:30pm: Advisor Meeting 9:30pm-10:00pm: Break 10:00pm-12:00am: Evening Event Sunday, Feb. 1st, 2015: 9:00am- 11:30am Committee Session 5 9:30 am: Advisor Meeting 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm- 2:30pm Committee Session 6 3:00pm- 4:00pm Closing Ceremonies (Turlington L007) 6 Committee Room Assignments Assembly Committees: Rooms: European Union Turlington 1105 General Assembly First Committee Turlington 2318 General Assembly Third Committee Turlington 2319 International Atomic Energy Agency Turlington 2353 North Atlantic Treaty Organization Turlington 1101 UNICEF Turlington 2354 UN Commission on the Status of Women Turlington 2350 United Nations Security Council Turlington 2306 U.S. House of Representatives Turlington B310 World Health Organization Turlington 1315 Crisis Committees: 1910 American Leaders Turlington 2334 Communist Government of Vietnam 1955 Little Hall 219 (Fri); 237 (Sat/Sun) Court of King Henry VIII Turlington 2336 Iroquois Confederacy Turlington 2328 Journey of Hernán Cortés Turlington 2349 Mongol Horde Little Hall 205 (Fri); 223 (Sat/Sun) Ronal Reagan’s Cabinet Little Hall 217 (Fri); 235 (Sat/Sun) S.H.I.E.L.D Turlington 2346 University of Western Topeka Turlington 2303 Ad-Hoc Turlington 2322 7 Map 8 Delegate Conduct Cell Phone and Laptop Use Delegates are prohibited from laptop use during committee sessions, except during unmoderated caucuses. Any delegate seen using his or her laptop inappropriately or for non-GatorMUN-related work will be required to close it for the remainder of the conference. Cell phone use during committee sessions is also prohibited except in a case of emergency. Delegates are free to use laptops and cell phones during lunch and dinner breaks. Dress Code Delegates shall dress in western business attire for the GatorMUN conference. For young men, dress pants, a collared shirt, a tie, dress shoes and dress socks is appropriate attire. A suit jacket is preferable, though not required. For young women, a woman's suit, dress pants, a dress, or a dress skirt; a nice blouse or button up shirt; and dress shoes is appropriate. Skirts must reach the knee. Undergarments, the chest, and the shoulders must be appropriately covered. No jeans or sneakers will be permitted. If any delegate is unable to meet the standards for western business attire for socioeconomic reasons, the delegate's adviser must contact the Secretariat immediately. Otherwise, any delegate not dressed in western business attire shall not be allowed to participate in committee session until dressed appropriately. For delegates participating in themed crisis committees who choose to wear a costume or elements of a costume, western business attire must be worn underneath. Committee themed hats, wigs, fake appendages, and fake animals are allowed. NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND (EVEN PLASTIC SWORDS) SHALL BE ALLOWED AS PART OF A COSTUME. If delegates have specific concerns regarding the dress policy, they should contact the Secretariat at [email protected] Diplomatic Courtesy The primary principle of diplomatic protocol is courtesy or decorum. Any delegate or visitor that persists in an attempt to divert the conference from its educational purposes shall be subject to action from the Secretariat and may have his/her credentials revoked by the Secretary-General. Harassment of any kind is explicitly prohibited at GatorMUN, and any delegate who engages in harassing others may be removed from committee at discretion of the Secretary-General. Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use Alcohol and illicit drugs are not permitted at any GatorMUN event. If you are seen possessing and/or using alcohol/drugs during any part of the weekend, your credentials will be revoked, and your advisor will be notified so that the appropriate disciplinary actions can be taken by your school. 9 GatorMUN Parliamentary Procedures 1. The Rules of Procedure The guidelines found in the following clauses constitute the official Rules of Procedure of the GatorMUN XII conference. 2. Officers The Secretary-General appoints all officers for the duration of the conference. 3. Language English shall be the official working language of the conference. The use of other languages is permitted if both of the following conditions are met: - The Secretariat is given prior notice, and - An approved translation into English is made readily available. 4. Credentials The Secretariat will approve the credentials of accredited representatives. The Secretary-General has the right to revoke the credentials of any delegate at any time during the conference. 5. Official Observer Status Delegates from groups with Observer status will be allowed access to any offered committee except the Security Council. The secretariat has the right to revoke the credentials of Official Observers at any time during the conference. 6. Diplomatic Courtesy The primary principle of diplomatic protocol is courtesy or decorum. Any delegate or visitor that persists in an attempt to divert the conference from its educational purposes shall be subject to action from the Secretariat and may have his/her credentials revoked by the Secretary-General. 7. Quorum A majority of voting members answering to the roll at each day's first meeting shall constitute a quorum for that day. This means that half plus one of all voting members are physically present. Quorum will be assumed consistent unless questioned through a Point of Order. Delegates may request to be noted as "Present" or "Present and Voting." See Rule 30 for further clarification. Delegates can also motion to reestablish quorum. 8. Order of Consideration Each committee shall establish the order of consideration of Agenda Topics. Amendments to the Order of Consideration of Topics are permissible and require a two-thirds vote of the committee. This motion may be made from the floor. Debate on Amendments to the Order of Consideration of Topics is limited to one speaker for and one speaker against. 9. Powers of the Committee Director In addition to exercising the powers, which are stated elsewhere in these Rules of Procedure, the Director shall: - Declare sessions opened and closed, - Direct all discussions in the body, - Ensure observance of the Rules of Procedure and provide interpretations of the Rules, - Repeat questions and announce decisions to the Committee, - Rule on Points of Order and have control over all proceedings to ensure the smooth functioning of the body - Limit the number of speakers and the time allotted to each speaker, - Limit the number of times each representative may speak on a question, and - Declare necessary recesses. 10. Speakers' List The Committee Director shall keep a Speakers' List for setting the Agenda and for each Topic (not each resolution or amendment). Resolutions will be debated simultaneously using a singular Speakers' List. If delegates are absent when they are called upon to speak, they will lose their position on the Speakers' List and must be recognized by the Director to be placed on it again. A delegate may only be present on the list once, but may re-enter after he/she has spoken. A delegate may re-enter the Speaker’s List by notifying the Director in writing of his/her request. The Director may request of the body that delegates wishing to enter the Speaker’s List raise their placards to be added. Speaker’s Lists must be established by way of a Motion to Open a Speaker’s List. At the discretion of the Committee Director, a Speakers' List may not be used if the committee has too few members. 11. Motion to Close the Speaker’s List The Speakers' List may be closed upon a motion from the floor. Permission to speak shall be accorded to one speaker for and one against. A two-thirds majority is required for passage. The vote will be by placard. The Committee Director may refuse to entertain a motion of closing the Speakers' List at their discretion. 10 12. Yields If a delegate completes a speech within the predesignated Speaking Time limit, the remaining time may be yielded to another delegation, to comments on his/her speech from other delegates, or to questioning by other delegates. When a delegate yields to questioning, the remaining Speaking Time begins to elapse only when he/she responds to the question posed. A delegate yielding to another delegate must inform the latter of his or her intentions. There will be no yields when a time limit has not been set. A delegate who yields Speaking Time to the committee director also yields all automatic questioning time and comments. Yields apply only to substantive matters and remaining time may only be yielded once. 13. Motion to Set Speaking Time This motion from the floor must indicate speaking Time before any members of the body may speak on the Speaker’s List. This motion must also accompany any motion for a Moderated Caucus. In a Motion to Set Speaking Time for the formal Speaker’s List, a delegate may also specify a number of questions or comments to automatically affix to the Speaking Time. These designated questions or comments may also have Speaking Time or Response Time (in the case of a question) limits, but these are not required. The Director may rule any Motion to Set Speaking Time dilatory. This motion requires a simple majority. Any delegate may make this motion between formal speakers in an effort to change the Speaking Time. 14. Motion to Suspend the Rules for the Purpose of a Moderated Caucus This motion must include four specifications: -Duration of the Suspension, - Speaking time, - Moderator, and - Reason for the Caucus. During a moderated caucus, delegates will be called on to speak by the Committee Director or other Moderator. Delegates will raise their placards to be recognized. Delegates must maintain the same degree of decorum throughout a Moderated Caucus as in formal debate. This motion requires a simple majority to pass. 15. Motion to Suspend the Rules for the Purpose of an Unmoderated Caucus This motion must include three specifications: - Duration of the Suspension, and - Reason for the Caucus. During an unmoderated caucus, delegates may get up from their seats and talk amongst themselves. All discussion must be germane to the Topic being considered in formal debate. This motion requires a simple majority to pass. 16. Motion to Table the Topic If a delegate believes that the flow of debate has become stagnant, he/she may make this motion. To Table the Topic is to halt debate on the present Topic, save the speakers' list and all draft resolutions, and move on to the next Topic on the Agenda. The delegate making this motion may also choose to specify a previously tabled Topic. This motion requires a two-thirds vote to pass. The Topic may be returned to at any time by tabling the present Topic and adding the phrase “for the purpose of returning to Tabled Topic ____,” to this motion. If no Topics have been previously tabled, debate must follow the established Agenda. This motion is to be used sparingly. 17. Motion to Recess the Meeting This motion is in order if there is a scheduled break in debate to be observed. (i.e. Lunch!) This motion requires a simple majority vote. The Committee Director may refuse to entertain this motion at their discretion. 18. Motion to Adjourn the Meeting This motion is in order at the end of the last committee session. It signifies the closing of the committee until next year's conference. 19. Motion to Close Debate If a delegate believes that no further debate is necessary to achieve a reasonable solution to the current Topic of debate, he/she may make this motion. To Close Debate is to immediately cease all debate on a Topic and move into voting procedures. This motion requires two speakers for, two speakers against, and a two-thirds vote. Upon passing this motion, no more Draft Resolutions may be introduced, and no more debate will be entertained. 20. Points of Order Points of Order will only be recognized for the following items: - To complain of errors in voting, tabulation, or procedure, - To question incorrect placement on the Speakers' List, or - To question a quorum. A Point of Order may interrupt a speaker if necessary and it is to be used sparingly. 21. Points of Inquiry When there is no discussion on the floor, a delegate may direct a question to the Committee Director. Any question directed to another delegate may only be asked immediately after the delegate has finished speaking on a substantive matter; delegate that declines to respond to a question after a formal speech forfeits any further questioning time. The question must conform to the following format: 11 Delegate from Country A raises placard to be recognized by the Committee Director. Committee Director: "To what point do you rise?" Country A: "Point of Inquiry." Committee Director: "State your Point." Country A: "Will the delegate from Country B (who must have just concluded a substantive speech) yield to a question?” Committee Director: "Will the Delegate Yield?" Country B: "I will" or "I will not" (if not, return to the next business item) Country A asks their question (it must not be a rhetorical question.) Country B may choose to respond or to decline. If the Delegate from Country B does not yield to or chooses not to answer a question from Country A, then he/she yields all remaining questioning time to the Committee Director. 22. Points of Personal Privilege Points of personal privilege are used to request information or clarification and conduct all other business of the body except Motions or Points specifically mentioned in the Rules of Procedure. **** Please note: The Director may refuse to recognize Points of Order, Points of Inquiry or Points of Personal Privilege if the Committee Director believes the decorum and restraint inherent in the exercise has been violated, or if the point is deemed dilatory in nature. 23. Rights of Reply At the Committee Director's discretion, any member nation or observer may be granted a Right of Reply to answer serious insults directed at the dignity of a country represented. This procedural motion must be submitted to the Director in writing. The Director has the ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY to accept or reject Rights of Reply, and the decision IS NOT SUBJECT TO APPEAL. Delegates who feel they are being treated unfairly may take their complaint to any member of the Secretariat. 24. Appealing the Decision of the Committee Director A delegate may appeal any ruling of the Committee Director except: those in regard to the granting of roll-call votes, explanation of votes, rights of reply, and all other decisions specifically exempted elsewhere. The appeal must be submitted to the Director in writing before any motion for the appeal is made on the floor. Once the motion to appeal is made, it is put to an immediate vote. The Director's ruling shall stand unless overruled by a two-thirds vote. Upon passing the appeal, the Director will submit the written appeal submission to any member of the Secretariat, and the Secretariat will make the final decision. Delegates should use extreme caution when appealing the decision of the Committee Director. 25. Working Papers All written ideas, regardless of format, must be referred to in formal debate as “Working Papers” until they have been submitted and accepted by the Director. 26. Draft Resolutions Once a Working Paper has been submitted, approved, distributed, and formally introduced to the body, it can and will be referred to as a “Draft Resolution.” In order for a Working Paper to be submitted to the Committee Director, it must be in correct format and bear the names of a combination of Sponsors and Signatories equal to ten (or the number equivalent to 1/3 of Quorum, whichever is less) confirmed Sponsors and Signatories. - Sponsors are writers of the Working Paper, and agree with it in its entirety. They should be able to vote ‘yes’ for the paper during voting procedure. - Signatories are interested delegates that are willing to bring the Working Paper to the floor for debate, but do not necessarily agree with its contents. There are no adverse policy ramifications for signatory status on any Working Paper. 27. Friendly Amendments Friendly Amendments are any changes to a formally introduced Draft Resolution that all Sponsors agree to in writing. The Committee Director will have Friendly Amendment forms available to all delegates. The Committee Director must approve the Friendly Amendment and confirm each Sponsor’s agreement both verbally and in writing. 28. Unfriendly Amendments Unfriendly Amendments are any substantive changes to a formally introduced Draft Resolution that are not agreed to by all of the Sponsors of the Draft Resolution. The Committee Director will have Unfriendly Amendment forms available to all delegates. In order to introduce an Unfriendly Amendment, the Unfriendly Amendment must have ten (or the number equivalent to 1/3 of Quorum, whichever is less) confirmed signatories. The Committee Director has the authority to discern between substantive and non-substantive Unfriendly amendment proposals. 29. Plagiarism GatorMUN maintains a zero-tolerance policy in regards to plagiarism. Delegates found to have used the ideas of others without properly citing those individuals, organizations, or documents will have their credentials revoked for the duration of the GatorMUN conference. This is a very serious offense. 30. Voting Procedure As mentioned in Rule Number 19, a Motion to Close Debate may only pass with a Two-Thirds Vote. Once this motion passes, and the committee enters Voting Procedure, no occupants of the committee room may exit the Committee Room, and no individual may enter the Committee Room from the outside. A member of the Dias will secure 12 all doors. -No talking, passing notes, or communicating of any kind with be tolerated during voting procedures. -Each Draft Resolution will be read to the body and voted upon in numerical order. Any Proposed Unfriendly Amendments to each Draft Resolution will be read to the body and voted upon before the main body of the Draft Resolution as a whole is put to a vote. -Delegates who requested to be noted as "Present and Voting" are unable to abstain during voting procedure. Abstentions will not be counted in the tallying of a majority, except in a Security Council committee. For example, 5 yes votes, 4 no votes, and 7 abstentions means that the Draft Resolution passes. -The Committee will adopt draft Resolutions and Unfriendly Amendments to Draft Resolutions if these documents pass with a simple majority. Specialized committees should refer to their background guides or Committee Directors for information concerning specific voting procedures. 31. Roll Call Voting A counted placard vote will be considered sufficient unless any delegate to the committee motions for a Role Call Vote. If a Role Call Vote is requested, the committee must comply. All delegates must vote: “For,” “Against," “Abstain," or "Pass." - During a Role Call vote, any delegate may also answer, “Pass,” which allows this delegate to reserve his/her vote until the Committee Director has exhausted the Role. However, once the Committee Director returns to “Passing” Delegates, they must vote: “For” or “Against.” - Unless otherwise specified by the Secretariat, each Committee may pass as many resolutions as it agrees are necessary to efficiently address the Topic. 32. Accepting by Acclamation This motion may be stated when the Committee Director asks for points or motions. If a Roll Call Vote is requested, the motion to Accept by Acclamation is voided. If a delegate believes a draft resolution will pass without opposition, he or she may move to accept the draft resolution by acclamation. The motion passes unless a single delegate shows opposition. An abstention is not considered opposition. 33. Voting with Rights During a Roll Call vote delegates may vote "For with Rights" or "Against with Rights." Delegates will be granted 30 second to explain their reasons for voting for or against a draft resolution. This time will come after the tabulation of votes. - Delegates should use this option sparingly. It is meant for delegates who feel that their vote may seem off policy despite it being correct. The acceptance of rights is up to the director's discretion. If a speaker goes off topic during their allotted time the director will rule their speech dilatory and move to the next motion in order 13 Useful Phrases Preambulatory Clauses Acknowledging... Affirming... Alarmed... Anxious... Approving... Aware... Bearing in mind... Being convinced... Believing... Cognizant... Concerned... Confident... Conscious... Considering... Contemplating... Convinced… Deeply disturbed... Desiring... Determined... Emphasizing... Encouraged... Endorsing... 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