The Model U.N. is governed by a specific set of rules that each participating country must follow.
The first session shall begin with a call to order and a roll call. All delegates shall respond:
Before debate ensues, the order of issues to be discussed must be decided. The chair will accept a motion to adopt the agenda (ex. Issue 1 then Issue 2). The chair will recognize two speakers for and two against this motion, with a speaking time of one (1) minute. The agenda will be adopted by a simple majority. If the proposed agenda is NOT adopted, the agenda will automatically be set to the opposite order.
After the agenda is set, the chair will call for a motion to open the speakers list, this motion will be adopted automatically without a procedural vote. Any delegates wishing to be on the speakers list may motion to do so at this time. NOTE, when the speakers list is exhausted the matter must move to voting procedures. Delegates may be listed on the speakers list up to 2 times. Delegates may be added to the speakers list by:
After the agenda is set, and the speakers list opened, the chair will accept motions to adopt a speaking time (example: speakers time of 1 minute, speakers time of 45 seconds). Once motioned, the chair will ask for seconds to the motion. The speaking time will be adopted by a simple majority. The speaking time may be adjusted at any time in the conference at the discretion of the chair.
When a Delegate on the speakers list has finished their speech to the committee, if there is remaining time, that time may be yielded in the following ways:
Note: Yields are only used when speaking off the speakers list
The following described he process by which working papers become resolutions, how resolutions are debated and how they are voted upon.
Working Paper: A working paper is the draft form of a resolution. A working paper is a resolution that is still being written and developed by the delegates. Once a working paper has developed to the point that is is fully written and formatted correctly it may be submitted to the chair for consideration as a draft resolution. Working papers will only be considered by the chairs if they meet the following criteria:
After debate on a topic has been exhausted, a motion can be made to close debate on the topic. After the motion is made, the chair will ask for two speakers for and two speakers against closing debate on the topic, with a speaking time of one minute. A simple majority is required to close debate, if the motion passes, the committee moves immediately into voting procedure on all draft resolutions. Resolutions will be voted on in the order they were received by the chair. Once all resolutions have been voted on, the committee will then automatically proceed on to the next agenda item, and the chair will accept motions to open the speakers list and set the speaking time.