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Ch.03 Rules of Parliamentary Procedure · Crisis

Standard Model United Nations Rules of Procedure

3. CRISIS

A crisis situation may occur at any time during the conference. When a crisis is announced, the Committee may motion to postpone the debate on the current topic area. Once the motion to postpone the debate has passed, a new General Speaker’s List will be created to focus solely on the crisis at hand.

During a crisis session, all rules governing debate as mentioned above still apply; under the discretion of the Dais, new time limits on certain motions, such as both moderated and unmoderated caucuses, may be imposed, as to expediate delegates to formulate a prompt resolution to the crisis.

Instead of a Draft Resolution, a Draft Directive will be passed as a resolution to the crisis. The motion to introduce the Draft Directive and its subsequent procedures is identical to that of a Draft Resolution. However, unlike a Draft Resolution, the Draft Directive will omit preambulatory clauses and will start directly with operative clauses.

Depending on the time alloted to deal with the crisis, a failure to pass a Draft Directive may result in the closure of the debate on the crisis, or may lead to a return of the GSL on the crisis, subject to the discretion of the Secretary-General, Secretariat or Dais. Additionally, after a Draft Directive has been successfully passed, the Committee will return to debate on the tabled topic.

3.1 Postponement of Debate

A motion to postpone the debate may occur only in reference to topic area items, including formal debate.

In the event of a crisis or emergency, the Secretary-General or a member of the Secretariat or Dais may call upon a Committee to table debate on the current topic area so that the more urgent matter may be attended to immediately. Before proceeding to the urgent matter at hand, a motion to postpone the debate should be made.

Similar to the Setting of Agenda, once a motion to postpone the debate has been raised, two speaker’s lists will be established, one “for” and one “against” the motion. Speakers “for” will speak in support of the postponement of debate, speakers “against” will speak in favor of continuing debate on the topic area; they are to speak in an alternating manner. Each speaker will have 60 seconds to speak unless a delegate motions otherwise.

A motion to close the debate on postponement of debate will be in order after the Committee has heard up to two speakers for the motion and two against the motion. The Moderator will recognize up to two speakers against closing the debate on postponement of debate. A two-thirds majority is required for closure of debate on the motion to postpone the debate. If the speaker’s lists on postponement of debate are exhausted, the debate will automatically be closed.

When the debate is closed, the Committee will proceed to an immediate vote on the motion to postpone the current topic area. This is a procedural voting and requires a simple majority to pass. If the motion fails, the debate on the topic area will resume.

3.2 Resumption of Debate

A motion to resume the debate on the agenda or a particular document, including Draft Resolutions and Amendments, may occur only after a crisis or emergency has been addressed.

Once a motion to resume the debate has been raised, two speaker’s lists will be established, one “for” and one “against” the motion. Speakers “for” will speak in support of resuming debate, speakers “against” will speak against the resumption; they are to speak in an alternating manner. Each speaker will have 60 seconds to speak unless a delegate motions otherwise.

The Moderator will recognize up to two speakers in each speaker’s list. Thereafter, the Committee will move directly to voting procedures. This is a procedural motion and requires a simple majority to pass.

Once passed, the debate will return to the topic area before the crisis/emergency.

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