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Ch.04 Conference Documents

Standard Model United Nations Rules of Procedure

1. Working Papers

Delegates may propose Working Papers for the Committee’s consideration. Working Papers are intended to aid the Committee in its discussion and formulation of Draft Resolutions and suggested to be written in Draft Resolution format. The contents of Working Paper may include the summary of debate in previous sessions, as well as the proposed directions and details to be discussed in prospective sessions.

Typically, the authors of Working Paper should indicate the name of the Committee, the topic under discussion, and the sponsors at the top of the first page. The body of Working Paper has no fixed formatting requirements. It is not compulsory to be written in the format of Draft Resolution.

Working Papers are not official documents, but do require the signature of the Director in order for it to be copied and distributed. Once distributed, it is considered introduced by default and delegates may begin to refer to that Working Paper by its designated number[1] . No formal introduction of a Working Paper is needed, delegates may discuss it through Moderated Caucus.

2. Draft Resolutions

The Draft Resolution is the final outcome of the Conference, covering all issues that have been discussed in previous sessions. The Draft Resolution is based on Working Papers and written by delegates as a collective effort. The contents of a Draft Resolution must have been discussed during the Formal and Informal Debate. Clauses that have not been discussed but are included in the document may be grounds for rejection by the Director.

A Draft Resolution can be introduced when it receives the approval of the Director and is sponsored by Twenty Percent of the Member States in the Committee. The number of sponsors required for each Committee will be publicized at the beginning of each session, as it is contingent on the eventual attendance of the Committee.

Sponsors are Member States which have contributed to the formulation of the Draft Resolution. Any delegate can sponsor only one Draft Resolution and can withdraw it at any time by submitting a request in writing to the Director. If a delegate wishes to sponsor another Draft Resolution, that delegate will have to withdraw his/her sponsorship of the initial Draft Resolution. When the Draft Resolution is submitted, if the number of sponsors become less than 20%, the document can not be discussed, revised or voted on.

Signatories are Member States and Observer Entities which do not necessarily agree with the Draft Resolution, but see potential in its contents, therefore deserving of further discussions, which means that the signatory believes that the Draft Resolution has the potential for further discussion. As such, the signatory has no further obligations towards the Draft Resolution and can be party to more than one Draft Resolution.

After a Draft Resolution has been approved by the Director and distributed to all delegates, a motion to introduce the Draft Resolution is in order. 

When a Draft Resolution is introduced, it will remain on the floor until a Draft Resolution on that topic has been passed or until debate on that specific Draft Resolution is voted down, the number of sponsors is less than 20% due to withdrawal of sponsorship. No delegate may refer to a Draft Resolution until it is formally introduced. A Draft Resolution that has not been formally introduced may not be voted upon during substantive voting.

When there is more than one Draft Resolution on the floor, delegates may refer to the Draft Resolution by its designated number[2]. More than one Draft Resolution may be on the floor at any one time, but at most one Draft Resolution is passed per topic.

After the Q&A session, the debate proceeds according to the General Speaker’s List for that topic, delegates may motion for Moderated Caucus to discuss on the Draft Resolution(s), submit Amendments or motion to close Formal Debate and enter voting procedure.

3. Amendments

Delegates may amend the operative clauses of any Draft Resolution that has been introduced