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2 Training Schedule

3-5 Rules of Procedure

6 Flow of Debate

7-9 Background Guide Information

10 Binder Guidelines

11 Secretariat Contact Information

Training Schedule

Please bring this booklet to all sessions. Training will take place in CBA 4.324. All times listed are
tentative; if there are any changes, we’ll let you know.

When Who Why

Saturday, October 16 Everyone-10:00-11:00 Introduction
Saturday, October 23 Everyone- 9:30-10:15 Individualized Training &
Moderators-10:30 Photo Day
Saturday, October 30 Everyone-10:00-12:00 Background Guide
Workday I
Saturday, November 6 Everyone-10:00-12:00 Binder Workday I &
Background Guides due
Wednesday, November 10 (via email) by 5:00 First Drafts of Binders due
Saturday, November 13 No Training Good luck UPMUNC
Saturday, November 20 Everyone 10:00-12:00 Binder Workday II
Training recap/Binders due
Saturday, December 4 Everyone-10:00-1:30 Mock Session
Thursday, January 13 Everyone-TBD Logistics Day/Mock
Friday January 14-Sunday Everyone CTMUN 2011!
January 16

Rules of Procedure
there are four points of procedure, used to ask questions and understand the way
committee is run.

point of…
may interrupt speaker
draws attention to a procedural mistake, either by a delegate or the chair.

may interrupt speaker
asks a question, usually procedural, of the chair.

information (or questions)

asks a question of the speaker, used during formal debate (speakers’ list) at the discretion
of the chair.

the speaker must yield to points of information following a speech. only answers will
deduct from the speaker’s remaining time.

personal privilege
brings up a personal concern that hinders the committee meeting, i.e. temperature,
volume, visual impairment, etc.

point of personal privilege will not be used to leave the committee room to go to the
restroom. dais staff will outline their policy for leaving the room at the start of committee
session, or may have a limited number of passes allowing delegates to leave the room.


motions recommend action to be taken by the committee, either procedural or substantial.

the chart later in this guide has information regarding these motions and their purposes.

some notes
seconds are not necessary and not acknowledged at this conference.

right of reply will be accepted only in cases in which a delegate has been personally
attacked or the delegate’s nation has been criticized for non-policy matters. right of reply
must be submitted to the dais through the rapporteur in writing. the rapporteur will note the
submission, and the moderator may mention the right and give the delegate the floor to
clarify the situation.

appeals of the moderator’s decisions will not be considered, as any procedural mistakes
can be made through points of order.

questions of confidence will not be entertained. if you don’t know what that is, there’s no
need to look it up.

voting & precedence

delegates have the option of voting yes, yes with rights, no, no with rights and to abstain.
most of the time only yes or no will be used. in the event that a delegate is voting in such a
way that contradicts their country’s policy or character, yes with rights or no with rights
shall be used so that they will be given the opportunity to explain themselves after the vote
has been taken. delegates may pass in the event of a roll call vote, but will be required to
vote yes or no the second time they are recognized.

substantive votes and draft resolutions will be voted upon in the order in which they are
received. moderators will accept procedural points and motions by order of precedence,
followed by the order sin which they are received. the following points and motions take
precedence in order:

point of personal privilege

point of order
point of inquiry
point of information
motion to suspend debate
motion for closure of debate

motion to…
you say this does vote requires debate
set the agenda sets the order of topics 50% + 1 2 pro
2 con
open the speakers’ list place delegates on the 50% + 1 (or without vote no
speakers’ list to introduce at moderator’s discretion)
policies or debate working
papers and draft
set speakers’ time limit speeches 50% + 1 (or without vote 2 pro
(automatically set at 90 at moderator’s digression) 2 con
withdraw motion to withdraw a delegate’s none no
own motion
suspend debate to break from the speakers 50% + 1 no
list for a moderated or
unmoderated caucus
(delegate must specify
length and purpose)
table / resume debate to discontinue or resume 2/3 majority 2 pro
debate on the current 2 con
close debate to end all debate, formal 2/3 majority 2 con
or informal, on the topic
and move into voting
roll call vote must be done after closure 50% + 1 no
of debate and before
voting on the resolution.
vote by clause must be done after closure 50% + 1 2 pro
of debate and before 2 con
voting on the resolution.
amend (for unfriendly must be done after 50% + 1 no
amendments only) working paper is approved
as a draft resolution by
director and before motion
to close debate. after
closure, amendments are
voted on in order from
most disruptive to least
disruptive prior to voting
on the draft resolution.
adopt to vote on approved draft 50% + 1 no
resolutions in the order in
which they were
approved. must be done
after motion to close
adjourn to end the committee 50% + 1 no
session. to be done only at
the end of conference.

flow of debate
flow of debate is the order in which a committee approaches and debates a subject, the
pace of the debate, and the quality of that debate. the chart below outlines the general
order of the committees proceedings, though this is in no way a strict guideline.

Position Bloc the right represents informal

Speeches Development debate; moderated and
unmoderated caucuses.

the left represents formal debate;

speeches made by individual
Drafting states on the speakers’ list, either
to enunciate national policy or the
position and progress of a voting
Draft Support
delegates should be aware of the
Speeches Gathering
best order in which to debate the
topics at hand. sticking to this flow,
keeping good notes, and helping
move forward the debate when
Support stalled will serve you well.
Finalize Drafts
not everyone wants to speak, and
others do not want to write. knowing
the flow of debate will help you
Final Support/ define your role in committee and in
Draft Debate
Cleaning your regional of voting bloc.


Background Guides
Your background guide will be the starting point for the delegates when they research the topics. It
introduces the topic, what has been done by the United Nations in the past, and gives them some
idea of what direction they should go when they write their position papers.

Background guides need to be typed in a reasonable size 12 font (Arial, Times New Roman,
Cambria, etc.). The font may be changed after submission for the sake of consistency throughout
the website, but your content will remain unchanged.

Background guides need to be between 1.5-2 pages, and should include the following sections:
-Past UN Action
-Questions to Consider
-Further Information (links to any relevant documents or events, such as The Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, UN Resolutions, or articles from a credible news source)

An example can be found on the next page.

Please have your director submit your background guide to the Chief of Staff via email
( on Saturday, November 6th by 5:00 P.M.

Topic A-Immigration


The United Nations has long been concerned with the issue of illegal immigration. The term
‘illegal immigration’ refers to third-party nationals that enter the borders of a U.N member nation
illegally often times through border crossing, fraudulent marriages, and overstaying visas. Illegal
immigration usually includes the use of forged documents or the help of organized criminal
networks of smugglers and traffickers and violates the immigration laws of the destination

Estimates of illegal immigration are derived from the number of refused entries, the number of
illegal immigrants apprehended at the border of a member state, and the number of applications
for deportation and removals. Similarly, recent measurements are taken from the estimates of
annual overstays in the member states and are thought to exceed six figures in the European
Union countries alone.

In view of the economic and political situation in many countries noted to have large numbers of
emigration and with regard to lack of UN jurisdiction the numbers of migration from under
developed nations into developed nations is likely to increase in the next decades. Illegal
migratory movements will continue at a significant rate as long as ‘push’ factors in third countries
and ‘pull’ factors in the UN remain important. Such factors include war, poverty, and religious
persecution. The dangers of illegal immigration include deportation, slavery, and human


The primary concern of the UN has and always will be to take the ‘most humane approach’ to
dealing with issues of misplaced migration. According to the UN declaration of human rights in
article 13, citizens may not be forbidden from leaving their country but it does not provide the
grounding for an international right to free movement across state boundaries. The United Nations
has repudiated the attempt to label these individuals as illegal immigrant prefer instead to adopt
terms such as 'irregular migrant.' While, historically most developing Western Nations and the
United States were open to immigration following WW2 leading the UN policies that followed,
recent developments including disease, over population and environmental issues have lead to
sweeping policy changes with regard to the nation state. Thus, the question of population
movements, their restrictions and the international legality of such restrictions has become a hot
topic with the United Nations. Even more recent concerns such as terrorism and threats to national
security have strengthened border controls in the United States and other developing countries.
Although no specific actions have been criticized simply on there refusal to let new individuals
into the country more recent tactics in a number of nations has drawn criticism for its

The most obvious recent case is the United States, whose inhumane actions with regard to
international security and immigration have become an increasing topic of concern within the
United Nations. No direct action has been taken, but the use of military force and the
encouragement of armed civilian security forces such as the minute minute has met with harsh
criticism. The UN is only able to take small actions against the means that preventing international
access to cross border travel rather than to create a legal framework that allows for full migration.
As a result the UN charter of human rights has garnered a number of criticisms because people are
unable to leave and migrate to nations and communities they believe are more in turn with their
own values.

The UN suggests evaluation of legislation both on commercial carriers’ obligations to prevent

illegal immigration and the facilitation of unauthorized entry, smuggling. This evaluation will be
carried out with the close cooperation of member states and relevant stakeholders (transport
industries, and humanitarian organizations).


1. How can the UNHRC develop policy to encourage cooperation between member states to
address the underlying causes of illegal immigration such as war, social turmoil, and political
2. In what way could the UNHRC more successfully address issues concerning sovereignty and
asylum seekers?
3. What role does sovereignty play in member nations level of cooperation with illegal
immigrants? What economic and social effects are caused by the presence of illegal immigrants
and how do those impacts compare to the moral effects of deportation especially concerning
issues of political asylum?


International Covenant on Civil and Politcal Rights

Binder Guidelines
Your committee binder will be your main resource for information during the conference. It is
important that you include all the information outlined below so that you are prepared. This is not
only to reinforce your knowledge of the topic, but to help you communicate with delegates when
they ask topic specific questions.

-All parts of your binder should be typed in a reasonable size 12 font (Arial, Times New Roman,
Cambria, etc.).
-Please include the source of any current events articles.
-Try to keep your copy/pasting to a minimum. Printing out the Wikipedia page on your committee is
not acceptable.

Your first binder draft is due on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:00 P.M. You will email
this to the Chief of Staff ( as ONE Word document. The document should be
titled “CommitteeNameAbbreviation_BinderDraft.doc”. So, if you are the Security Council,
your draft will be submitted as follows: SC_BinderDraft.doc

Your binder will be reviewed and annotated with any edits you need to make. These will be emailed
back to you on the day of the second Binder Work Day. During that time you will be able to make
your corrections and ask any questions you have to the available OSG members.

Your final binder draft is due on Saturday, November 20 at 5:00 P.M. You will follow the
same procedure for emailing as you did the draft, but instead of draft, it will be called final. (ex:

— Topic 1
-Background Guide 1
-Positions of the G8 Countries and any other major countries associated with the topic;
paragraph summary of each
-2-3 pages of general info (current events, topic specific events)
-Bloc positions for the topic. General summaries of each bloc’s position and what countries
are in these blocs
-3-5 page section on history, function, and jurisdiction of your committee

— Topic 2
-Background Guide 2 (everything following this will pertain to topic 2)
-Positions of the G8 Countries and any other major countries associated with the topic;
paragraph summary of each
-2-3 pages of general info (current events, topic specific events)
-Bloc positions for the topic. General summaries of each bloc’s position and what countries
are in these blocs
-3-5 page section on history, function, and jurisdiction of your committee
-Any other information you think is pertinent to your binder.
Contact Information
Office of the Secretary General
Name Position E-mail Phone
Courtney Lee Secretary General (713) 594-4234
Janette Martinez Deputy Secretary-General (210) 324-1708
Allyson Holley Chief of Staff (210) 818-5884
Dana Reichman USG for Logistics (505) 362-6411
Aneesa Needel USG for Finance (512) 924-5944
Shelby Wilson USG for Technology (210) 557-2285
Kara Hernandez USG for Public Relations (361) 563-5135
Erica Bhachawat USG for Delegate Services (210) 831-2394
Alex Mackey USG for Registration (321) 948-6127
Nirja Mehta USG for Crisis (214) 551-1724

United Nations High Commission for Refugees
Security Council
Meagan Giltner Moderator
Molly Spratt Moderator
Yahya Khan Director
Mumta Mittal Director
Nicky Kumar Rapporteur
Savannah Smith Rapportuer
NATO Crisis
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Grace Zhang Moderator
Reuben Perez Moderator
Sam Spencer Director
Ricky Llamas Director
Gavin Gillock Rapporteur
Alexandra Wiechman Rapporteur
Warsaw Pact Crisis
Economic and Financial Committee
Austin Matthews Moderator
Armen Hazarian Director
Jingshen Zhao Moderator
Kenneth BolsterR apporteur
Maria Ponce Director
Samantha Smith Rapporteur
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Committee Email Addresses
Haziel Williams Moderator
Aaron Fair Director
Security Council
Alex Jones Rapporteur
Warsaw Pact
United Nations Development Programme
Mackenzie Siedl Moderator
Tara Boggaram Director
Elise Voorhis Rapporteur
United Nations Human Rights Committee
Gorav Ricky Jain Moderator
Fanni Farago Director
  Molly Giltner Rapporteur