1. General Rules
The Rules of Procedure introduced in this Handbook lays the foundation for the flow of debate, and applies to the majority of Committees (e.g., UN agencies, regional international organizations, etc.). In crucial situations, the Dais has the right to modify certain rules to ensure the smooth running of the conference.
Delegates must adhere to the stipulated official language requirements of each Committee; this includes all statements, documents, interactions, and speeches.
A quorum is the minimum number of delegations required to begin the session. The Moderator may declare a Committee open when at least half of the delegations of the Committee are present. However, substantive voting (i.e., Draft Resolutions, Draft Directives and Unfriendly Amendments) requires a Two-thirds Majority of the Member States to be present.
1.4 Electronic Devices
In general, electronic devices may not be used in the Committee rooms during the debate. Delegates using electronic devices during formal sessions may be seen as disrespectful to their colleagues and to the Dais, or to anyone giving a speech. However, this is subject to the discretion of the Dais. During an Unmoderated Caucus, delegates are permitted to use their electronic devices in the Committee room to work on their documents, unless otherwise stipulated by the Dais.