General Assembly & International Maritime Organization Rules
This conference tries to provide delegates with an opportunity to practice parliamentary procedure. However, it is not our intention to be so strict about procedure that it gets in the way of a good educational simulation. Included below is the procedural order we will be following at the conference.
I. The General Assembly shall each be presided over by a Chair who will declare the opening and closing of each meeting, direct the discussion of the meetings, ensure the observance of these rules, accord the right to speak, put questions, and announce decisions.
II. First the Chair will conduct roll call. All delegates should raise their placards and respond with “present” when their country’s name is called. Delegates should make their own placards for use during the conference.
III. The committee will then move to consideration of topic X
- The committee shall move to open a speaker’s list or caucus, for the purpose of debate
- Delegates shall raise their placards or hands to be acknowledged.
- A motion for a speaker’s list requires a second, is debatable, and requires a simple majority vote
◦ Upon adoption of a speakers list, a time limit can (and should) be set for speeches. A motion to limit the speaker’s time requires a second and is debatable.
- A motion to caucus must be seconded and requires a simple majority vote. A time limit must be set for caucusing.
- Caucusing can be either moderated or unmoderated. Unmoderated caucusing will involve members meeting in groups to discuss, while moderated caucusing will be presided over by the Chair. During moderated caucusing, members will put a message in the chat to be recognized and may then speak for the designated amount of time.
- Unmoderated caucusing will take place only in the approved caucusing break-out rooms provided by the conference. Delegates are not permitted to create their own meeting rooms to caucus in.
- Delegates are expected to remain on topic when speaking to the floor. If the Chair determines the speaker has gone off topic they will call Dilatory and the speaker must return to the Topic under discussion.
IV. Passage of Resolutions
- Draft resolutions shall be introduced to the Chair by notifying them that a draft resolution is ready in the Google Drive folder. The dais will review the draft and may request changes. After all changes have been made and the resolution has been approved the dais shall announce that the resolution is ready for delegates to read in the Google Drive Folder.
- To be introduced to the dais a draft resolution must have the signatures of at least 25% of the committee.
- When the draft resolution has been approved, the floor is opened for debate. One of the signatories may introduce the draft resolution. The adoption of draft resolutions is a substantive question.
V. Caucus to Combine Resolutions
- Resolutions may be combined, however they require a Vote by Consensus. A Vote by Consensus requires unanimous “yes” or “abstain” from all voting members in order to pass.
VI. Motion to Vote (Call to Question)
- Once a resolution has been brought to the floor, Call to Question may be motioned. A Call to Question requires a second and is debatable with two speakers in favor and two speakers opposed.. It requires a simple majority vote to pass. Once a Call to Question has passed, the committee will immediately enter into Voting Procedure.
- All votes require a simple majority.
- Roll-Call Vote: The committee shall normally vote by a show of placards or hands, but any delegate may request a roll call vote. The roll call vote shall be taken in the English alphabetical order of the names of the members. The name of each member shall be called. Votes shall be “yes,” “no,” or “abstain”. Requests for a roll call vote are not subject to vote, debate, or objection.