MINUTES OF THE 2010 WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATING COUNCIL MEETINGMARRIOTT HOTEL, DOHA, QATARFEBRUARY 16, 2010
Claire Ryan (New Zealand)
Roger Hatridge (Korea)
Claire Ryan, the Chairperson of the World Schools Debating Council Executive Committee, opened the meeting.She reminded delegates to write their name and country on the attendance sheet being passed around. She alsoreminded everyone that the Scottish delegation was giving a presentation at 18:30 about progress on the 2011tournament they are hosting in Dundee, followed by the South African bid presentation.
Ratification of the Minutes
The minutes of the 2009 Council meeting in Athens, Greece, were ratified unanimously without any amendments.
Welcoming New Teams
Council welcomed India, Mexico, Mongolia, and Qatar as full members. Council welcomed Scotland's newcorporate status. Council congratulated new countries.
Motion to move forward to the report (attached to the agenda) - Proposed by Ann (Israel), seconded byAndrej (Slovakia), carried unanimously.
Geetha resigned from her position as secretary.
Only two nominated and others selected as well.Daragh (Mexico): There was an obvious problem with confidentiality this year. We should not allow this to driftaway. There could have been better management of the issue after the incident and we should limit theliability of the tournament as much as possible.Beth James (Wales) as Complaints Chair: There is no way to fully identify who leaked the information, but it hasbeen taken seriously. The committee asked people whether they passed it on. The difficulty is that unlesssomeone volunteers information, it is hard to accuse. The degree of exposure was limited. I did what I could tokeep the names in the complaint secret so anonymity of the individual that made the complaint was kept private,even from other committee members..Daragh (Mexico): The issue is not with complaints committee, but with the person accused. That person would bein their rights to sue.Beth (Wales): I had a lengthy discussion with the individual who tweeted about the incident and that person waswilling to take the posts down.Kelly (Qatar): All parties agreed that the more public it would be, the more disruptive it would be. All partiesaffected wanted it to be discreet. All parties involved were content that it was dealt with as discreetly as possible.