2011 Harvard wmun procedures

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Rules of Procedure


RULE # 1: SCOPE The rules included in this guide are applicable to all committees of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Specialized Agencies. Each rule is self-reliant unless modified by the Secretariat, in which case, the modification will be deemed adopted from before the session begins. No other rules of procedureapply. If a situation arises which has not been addressed by the Rules of Procedure, the Committee Chair will be the final authority on which rule to apply. For committees in the Specialized Agencies and some committees in the ECOSOC, the rules can be adapted by the Committee Chair to reflect the rules of the actual body that is being simulated and these adapted rules will take precedence unlessexplicitly specified by the Committee Chair.


English will be the official and working language of the conference. If a delegate wishes to present a document written in a language other than English, the delegate will have to provide a translation to the committee staff that will then distribute the translated version to the rest of the committee. The only exception willbe in special language committees of the Specialized Agencies and these exceptions will be announced in advance by the committee Chair.


RULE # 3: REPRESENTATION A member of the Committee is a representative who is officially registered with the Conference. Each member will be represented by one or two delegates and will have one vote on each Committee. If two delegates represent a MemberState of a Committee, only one delegate will have the right to speak and vote during a particular session. One delegate cannot yield or share his or her time to the other member of the same delegation.

RULE # 4: CREDENTIALS The credentials of all delegations have been accepted upon registration. Actions relating to the modification of rights, privileges, or credentials of any member may notbe initiated without the written consent of the Secretary-General. Any representative whose admission raises an objection by another member will provisionally be seated with the same rights as other representatives, pending a decision from the Secretary-General. RULE # 5: PARTICIPATION OF NON-MEMBERS Representatives of Accredited Observers will have the same rights as those of full members, exceptthat they may not sign or vote on draft resolutions or amendments. These representatives reserve the right to vote only on procedural matters but not substantive matters. A representative of an organization that is not a member of the United Nations or an Accredited Observer may address a Committee only with the prior approval of the Chair. RULE # 6: PARTICIPATION OF NON-GOVERNMENTALORGANIZATIONS 
 Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations reserve the same rights as a full member of the committee, with the exception of the right to vote on substantive matters, or the right to sponsor (or sign) draft resolutions. At the discretion of the committee Chair, the delegates of Non-Governmental



Organizations hold certain unique procedural rights stated below: •Ιntroductory Statements to Committee: If desired, an NGO holds the right to submit a written
introduction to the Committee Chair that elaborates on the position and powers of the NGO. The Chair reserves the right to postpone the introduction of the NGO if necessary. Written or oral announcements: An NGO is allowed to address the committee in oral or written form, stating its stance on the topic beingdiscussed and the possible contributions it can make. This announcement will also be made at the discretion of the Committee Chair.

RULE # 7: STATEMENTS BY THE SECRETARIAT The Secretary-General or a member of the Secretariat designated by him/her may at any time reserve the right to make either written or oral statements to the Committee. RULE # 8: GENERAL POWERS OF THE COMMITTEE STAFF...