Official Rules of Procedure for HeyMUN 2020
Dear delegates and chairs, These are the official Rules of Procedure for HeyMUN 2020. If your chairs won’t follow these procedures, please contact one of the secretariat members. A huge thank you goes to AtidMUN 2019’s academic team for their help with the Security Council rules.
*Points Point of Personal*
Privilege Point of Personal Privilege is raised if a personal discomfort harms your ability to participate in the debate, like the temperature of the air conditioning or a speaker that isn’t talking loudly enough or clearly enough. Points of Personal Privilege may be raised at any time, but they can only interrupt the speaker in matters relevant to their speech.
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry*
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry is raised when delegates want to clarify something regarding the Rules of Procedure. They cannot interfere a speaker.
Point of Order Point of Order* may be raised when the chairs have made a procedural mistake. However, points of order do not allow the delegate to speak on the topic of debate. They cannot interfere a speaker. Point of Information Points of Information (PoI for short) are questions raised at the end of a speech in the General Speaker List (For more detail about the General Speakers List, read “Motion to Open the General Speakers List”) if the delegate accepts PoIs. At the end of every speech in the General Speakers List, the chairs will ask how many PoIs the delegate accepts if any, and that will be the top number of questions the delegate will be asked. The chairs will then approach the room, asking who wants to ask a POI, and will pick usually two or three people from those who’ve raised their placards. Everyone who’s been recognized will then have 15 seconds to ask the question, and the speaker will have 30 seconds to answer it. In case a delegate wants to ask a follow-up, at the end of the answer of the speaker, the delegate may ask the chairs for it, saying: Motion for a follow-up. It is under chairs discretion to choose whether or not to allow the delegate to ask a second question. Delegates can also ask for an extension of the POIs as a whole. At the end of the last question, a delegate can motion for an extension of the PoIs . It is under chairs discretion to choose whether or not to allow the delegates to ask more questions, and how many. Note that if a delegate had accepted only a specific amount of POIs, the number of questions cannot exceed, under any circumstances, the number they stated.
Motion to Approach the Chairs* In case of a personal matter that is not of interest to the entire committee, delegates can raise a Motion to Approach the Chairs. Even though it is called a Motion, it is being regarded as a Point. Motion to Approach the Chairs may be raised at any time, but cannot interfere a speaker.
Motions Whenever the floor will be open, delegates will be able to propose motions, then vote on which is being accepted. Voting on them is according to their level of disruptiveness - we vote first from the most disruptive to the least disruptive. Motions are listed below according to their level of disruptiveness, the least disruptive being the first motion (Motion to Open Debate) and the most disruptive being the last motion (Motion to End Debate). If the same type of motion is being proposed twice, the longer of the two will be voted on first.
Motion to Open Debate The first motion to be proposed. Is being accepted automatically. Opens formal debate.
Motion to Read Opening Statements The Opening Statement (might be known to some as “Policy Statements”) are the first speeches in the committee. In this motion, all delegates read their opening statements according to their alphabetical order. The time limit allowed for each individual speech is 60 seconds. No POIs follow. This motion requires a simple majority to pass.
Motion to Open the General Speakers List The General Speakers List (GSL, for short) The General Speakers List is a list of countries that wish to speak. When the General Speakers List is open, countries will be called to give a speech on any sub-topic/s of the topic of the committee of their choosing. The length of the speech will be no longer than 60 seconds. In order to join the GSL, delegates can send a note to the chairs requesting to be added or to raise their placards when chairs ask who wants to be added to the GSL. Notice there should always be countries present in the GSL. This motion requires a simple majority to pass or all other motions to fail.
Yielding After the speech is given, there are three possible ways to use the remaining time in case the delegate was left with more than 10 seconds: 1. Yielding to POIs - look at 'Points of Information' for more details. 2. Yielding the time to another delegate - the delegate decides one speaker to raise up immediately and make a speech with the time remaining. 3. Yielding to chairs - the delegate sits down and the committee moves on to the next speaker or to a new motion. In case the delegate was left with less than 10 seconds, the floor automatically returns to the chairs.
Motion for a Moderated Caucus
A moderated caucus (in short: a Mod) is a debate on a specific subtopic of the general topic of the committee. In the moderated caucus, the delegate who proposes the motion decides on the time each delegate has to speak (personal speaker’s time), and the total time of debate (overall time), so the one proposes it has to mention all three things. Times can also be stated in the form of [overall time]-to-[personal speaker’s time] (see examples below). If a moderated caucus is being accepted, the Proposer chooses whether they will speak first or last. The other speakers are chosen by the chairs - when they ask who wishes to speak in the moderated caucus, delegates will raise their placards and the chairs will choose from those. Delegates can speak more than once in a moderated caucus. This motion requires a simple majority to pass.
Motion for a Question of the Hall A Question of the Hall is a debate that has no intervention of the chairs. The person who proposed the motion gets to speak first, and they can speak for how long they wish. When their speech ends, one of the two following things happen: 1. They yield their time to another delegate by calling their country’s name, 2. They sit down and someone else takes the floor. This happens until the time for the motion elapses. Note when proposing this motion to state its overall time . This motion requires a simple majority to pass.
Motion for an Unmoderated Caucus During an Unmoderated Caucus (for short, an UnMod), delegates are free to walk around the room and talk to other delegates. Unmoderated Caucuses won’t be longer than 30 minutes. When proposing this motion, delegates need to state the overall time of this motion. This motion requires a simple majority to pass.
Motion to Extend (previous motion)
Motion to Extend a Previous Motion allows the delegates to extend a motion that had just elapsed. Delegates may extend by the time of the previous motion. The only motion that doesn’t require an official vote for its extension is the Unmoderated Caucus, in which the extension enters into effect immediately. This motion requires a simple majority to pass.
Motion to Introduce a Written Proposal After a draft resolution* or an amendment* has been approved, delegates may present it. In order to present their work, a Motion to Introduce a Written Proposal must pass. This motion requires a simple majority to pass.
*For more information on draft resolutions or amendment, go to the Draft Resolutions and Amendments sections respectively.
Resolutions After the committee has voted on the draft resolutions and approved one, it becomes the official resolution of the committee. Only one resolution may be adopted per committee.
Observers Observers cannot vote, but they can do everything else in committee. Voting on Amendments Voting on amendments starts immediately after closing debate and before voting on draft resolutions. Amendments will be voted upon by the order submitted. They require a simple majority to pass.
Voting on Draft Resolutions After all amendments have been voted on, we start voting on draft resolutions according to the time they were approved (presented by the number of the draft resolution). But before voting on draft resolution begins, delegates may present any of the following motions:
Motion to Vote By Roll Call Roll Call vote requires every country, in alphabetical order, to speak its vote out loud (Yes, No, Abstain or Pass). This motion requires seconds and is up to chairs’ discretion.
Voting For a procedural vote to pass, at least 9 members should be in favor, regardless of the number of delegates in the room present. Substantive votes require at least 9 members including all Permanent Members of the Council.
Motion to Make the Vote Substantive Before a procedural vote has begun, any P5 Member may raise a Motion to Make the Vote Substantive. If passed, the vote will become substantive rather than procedural, and all rules of a substantive vote will apply. This motion requires a second by another Permanent Member. If two or more Permanent Members object to it, this motion will fail.
P5 Caucus Any time the floor is open to motions, any of the P5 members may motion for a P5 caucus. In this motion, all the members of the P5 gather outside to discuss amongst themselves in private while the room moves to Unmoderated Caucus. The Permanent Members may decide to invite a non-P5 member out with them; in that case, the Permanent delegate must raise a motion for a P5+1 Caucus, and specify the delegate he wishes to add. There are no P5+2 (or more) Caucuses. This motion requires the unanimous agreement of all P5 members, regardless of the opinion of the rest of the Council. When proposing this motion, the Proposer has to state the overall time for the motion.
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