NSIT MUN 2012 Conference Handbook

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Established in 1983 by the then Delhi Administration. and alumni around the world. Outlook and the likes. consistently featuring in the lists of the ten best Indian engineering colleges in surveys conducted by DataquestNASSCOM. NSIT has an enrolment of over 3. NSIT has carved a niche for itself. learning. Falling under the purview of the Faculty of Technology. With a sprawling 145-acre campus.000 degree candidates. University of Delhi (DU). and research. 2 .About NSIT Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) is committed to excellence in teaching.) programmes in disciplines as diverse as Electronics and Biotechnology. and NSIT is now the only engineering in DU. and to developing leaders in varied disciplines who make a difference globally. NSIT offers six Bachelor of Engineering (B. including undergraduate and graduate students. with the approval of the Ministry of Human Resources Development.E.

NSIT MUN promises to be an experience like never before for participating delegates. writing. is why we have the United Nations. The energy and vivacity of its youth and the innate potential for innovation and risk taking is India’s biggest asset. NSIT has tasked itself with recreating the spirit of diplomacy that originally defined the United Nations. Over a course of 2 days. While aiming at upholding the spirit of the United Nations. And that.About NSIT MUN “More than ever before in human history. Besides our widely diverse committees. The conference shall bring together nearly 200 participants besides a 30 member strong Organizing Committee and numerous volunteers to the three exciting committees: the General Assembly. my friends. NSIT MUN is an embodiment of this vision. we are also pleased to introduce the Press Corps consisting of a unifies international press organisation upholding the fourth estate responsibility with which it is associated. With the right impetus and the right direction. This year.” -Kofi Annan Sixty –four years since independence. We can master it only if we face it together. young minds through deliberation can discover solutions heretofore unimaginable. we share a common destiny. the Security Council. negotiating. their skills in researching. The inaugural edition of NSIT MUN will be held on the 31st March and 1st April 2012. India finds itself with over half of its population under 25 years of age. and the League of Arab States. 3 . participants will discuss and debate the world’s most pressing issues and hypothesise appropriate solutions. and appropriately instigating debate from within the councils. and public speaking will be put to the test. As delegates engage in discussion and diplomacy on behalf of the countries they represent.

it is a pleasure and honour for me to welcome you to the inaugural edition of NSIT MUN. there are solutions to be discovered and bonds to be forged.From Secretary Generals’s Desk On behalf of the entire Secretariat. Best Wishes Kunal Ahuja Secretary General NSIT MUN ‘12 4 . It is the resolve and passion with which you. but more importantly. Our motto this year—what the mind can conceive and believe. the participants. instructive dialogue and enriching social exchange. We look forward to two days of stimulating debate. There may be points to prove and awards to win. We are proud to present three geographically and topically diverse committees and a seasoned Press Corps upholding the fourth estate responsibility. it can achieve—exemplifies this spirit of envisioning and striving for a unified world. The conference staff has worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to create a memorable conference—one that stands out substantively and socially. a brighter tomorrow. shall approach some of the most pertinent issues facing the international community that shall make NSIT MUN an unparalleled conference experience for each one of us.

April 1 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: 11. March 31 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: 11:00 AM – 1:15 PM: 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM: Sunday.30 AM – 11:45 AM: 11:45 AM– 1:45 PM: 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: 2:30 PM – 4:45 PM: 4:45 PM – 5:00 PM: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Committee Session IV Tea Committee Session V Lunch Committee Session VI Tea Closing Ceremony Registration Inauguration Tea Committee Session I Lunch Committee Session II Tea Committee Session III 5 .Conference Schedule Saturday.

1. Sponsors may not sign their own resolutions. and signatories cannot be withdrawn after the resolution has been submitted. the committee and the sponsors at the beginning of the resolution. (1) Header The header provides the basic information mainly for administrative purposes. (3) Operative clauses The operative clauses are the primal part of the resolution. and (3) Operative clauses. Good operative clauses are original. Resolutions A resolution is a written proposal that deals with the issues being entertained by the committee. such as Reminding. usually placed in the upper left corner of the document. but do not indicate any support or opposition for its substantive ideas. The number of signatories needed varies with the size and type of committee and the chair will inform you of this number at the beginning of the conference. It lists the topic. (2) Preambulatory clauses. Signatories indicate interest in the resolution.Rules of Procedure The goal of any committee is to write and adopt feasible and comprehensive substantive proposals. resolutions and amendments. writers. innovative. and diplomacy all into one expression of the ideas and solutions by a group of member-states. Reiterating or Emphasizing. caucusing. They should lay out a specific solution or set of solutions to the problem at hand. that is. and in general indicate the attitude of the resolution. provide some background information. (2) Perambulatory clauses These clauses introduce the problem at hand. They are the creators. Sponsorship and Signatories Each resolution or amendment has sponsors. on policy. and end each clause with a comma. and both 6 . They outline the ideas and proposed actions of the resolution. Resolution Structure Resolutions are divided into three parts (1) Header. Each resolution or amendment also needs a certain number of signatories in order to be official. The committee votes on resolutions and those that pass are implemented. and advocates of the substantive ideas presented within the document. It is the process of drafting these proposals that unites speaking. Begin perambulatory clauses with an underlined participle.

Calls for the immediate. Cost considerations are also dealt with in the operative clauses. Reiterating the fact that visitors within a nation are entitled to fundamental rights. Number the operative clauses Use a semicolon to separate operative clauses Underline first action word(s) Use a period to end a resolution. 1. Begin each operative clause with an underlined action word. such as Recommends. Strongly reaffirms the belief that increased military presence in the region is the most effective means by which to defuse the situation. 3.economically and politically feasible.A. Expresses the hope that this volatile and potentially explosive situation be speedily and peacefully resolved so as to restore cosmic harmony and eventually lead to Nirvana and the utopia that has been so long sought after. The last operative should end with a period. Each operative clause should be numbered. Resolution 217A (III)). as outlined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (G. Header Use full country name Title in UPPERCASE and Bold Organ (not committee) and underline Preambulatory Clauses (Background) Use a comma to separate perambulatory clause Single space between clauses Indent five spaces on the first line Operative Clauses (Solutions) 1. Emphasizing the right of all nations to act in defense of a violation of territorial integrity granted in Article 51 of the UN Charter. including the right to freely choose when to leave the country. Encourages. Recommends a buffer zone extending 10 miles on each side of the effective Iraqi-Saudi border 4. Sample Resolution Topic: Middle East Resolution A2 Committee: SPD Sponsored By: The United States of America Signatories: CRISIS IN KUWAIT The General Assembly. and end each clause with a semi-colon. and unconditional withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. or Establishes. Reminding all nations of the obligations they share to maintain and promote international peace and security as detailed in Article 2 of the UN Charter. complete. 7 . 2.

3. Deletes operative clause #7. Amendments can alter any operative clause. or delete an already existing operative clause. Includes a new operative clause to read: Sample Amendment Header Title in UPPERCASE and Bold Number with capital letters Uses semi-colons to end Double space between amendment clauses Topic: Middle East Committee: SPD Amendment to Resolution A2 Amendment Sponsored By: China AMENDMENT TO RESOLUTION A2 A. 1. Structure Amendments are divided into two parts (1) Header and (2) Operative clauses. Establishes a buffer zone extending five miles on each side of the IraqiSaudi border. There are three ways operative clauses in amendments can start: 1. B. Any combination of those can be used in an amendment. End with a period. Amends operative clause #3 to read: 3. Deletes operative clause xx. (2) Operative clauses: This is the substantive part of amendment because it explicitly lays out what changes are being proposed. Renumbers accordingly. Amends operative clause xx to read: 2. which resolution the proposals is amending. add an operative clause. (1) Header: The header contains basic information about the amendment. the committee name. C.Amendments Amendments modify resolutions in the hopes of improving or making acceptable certain substantive points. namely. 8 . and the sponsors’ names.

Resolution phrases Preambulatory Phrases Acknowledging Affirming Alarmed by Anxious Appreciating Approving Aware of Bearing in mind Believing Cognizant Concerned Conscious Confident Considering Contemplating Convinced Declaring Deeply concerned Disturbed Operative Phrases Accepts Adopts Affirms Appeals Approves Authorizes Calls Calls upon Commends Condemns Confirms Congratulates Considers Decides (accordingly) Declares (accordingly) Regretting Deploring Desiring Determined Emphasizing Encouraged Endorsing Expecting Expressing its Appreciation Satisfaction Fulfilling Fully alarmed Aware Bearing in mind Believing Further deploring Guided by Having adopted Approved Considered further Decided Having devoted Attention Having examined Further Having heard Received Reviewed Studied Keeping in mind Mindful Noting with Approval Grave concern Satisfaction 9 Regretting Deploring Desiring Determined Emphasizing Encouraged Endorsing Expecting Expressing its Appreciation Satisfaction Fulfilling Fully alarmed Aware Bearing in mind Believing Further deploring Guided by Having adopted Approved Considered further Decided Having devoted Attention Having examined Further Having heard Received Reviewed Studied Keeping in mind Mindful Noting with Approval Grave concern Satisfaction Observing Reaffirming Realizing Recalling Recognizing Referring Reiterating Seeking Stressing Taking into account Consideration Taking note Viewing with Appreciation Apprehension Welcoming Observing Reaffirming Realizing Recalling Recognizing Referring Reiterating Seeking Stressing Taking into account Consideration Taking note Viewing with Appreciation Apprehension Welcoming .

but not to vote upon. Organisational Changes. substantive matters currently being addressed in the Security Council. Each resolution and amendment will require a set number of sponsors and signatories as decided upon by the Chair. 4. Powers 5. 2. Section 1: The Committee Description 1. if deemed appropriate by the Chair and approved by a specified majority of Delegations. (Simple majority required) 8. The Committee will only decide questions with a quorum present. (Simple majority required) (b) Change Time Allotted for Speeches/Comments: The time allotted for each speech or comment may be changed to suit the needs of the Committee.Definition. With the exception of the Security Council.Note: The use of operative clauses in a resolution must be done with much scrutiny.Security Council Priority. The Committee may modify certain organisational aspects of debate with the following: (a) Set the Agenda: The Committee may switch discussion from the agenda topic currently set for debate to another topic on the agenda. 3.Quorum Required. The Committee will be defined as the body consisting of all Delegations present.Interrupt.Dialogue. The Committee may. (b) Procedural Motions: Usage of powers by the Committee or a Delegation. The Committee will use two primary modes of dialogue: (a) Substantive Proposals: Written statements that will be defined as resolutions and amendments. The Chair will decide whether the topic on the floor is the same as that which is currently being discussed by the Security Council if there is any ambiguity. This motion is only in order before any substantive debate or substantive discussion has begun on the previously set agenda topic. and thus the use of unusually strong operative clauses such as condemns or deplores is usually avoided in these committees. interrupt normal proceedings for any of the following: 10 . The Committee will have the ability to discuss. A quorum will be defined as one-third of the Delegations on the Committee roll-call sheet. all other committees of the United Nations cannot make binding resolutions.

The Committee will use voting bloc as a means to adopt substantive proposals. if any.” “no. A motion for a moderated caucus must specify the topic of the moderated caucus. at the onset of Voting Bloc—prior to the execution of any votes or motions affecting the substantive content of resolutions—the Committee may decide to reorder resolutions. (Simple majority required) (f) Moment of silence: An un-chaired portion of committee dedicated to prayer or meditation. (Two-thirds majority required) (b) Ordering of Resolutions: Resolutions will be voted upon in the order that the Chair has numbered them. A motion for an un-moderated caucus must specify duration of time and a purpose.Voting Bloc. a Delegation may ask to have the substantive proposal tabled.” or “pass.(a) Un-moderated Caucus: An un-chaired portion of committee for direct interaction among Delegations. any Delegation responding with “no with rights” will be given the opportunity to make a statement concerning their decision. the Committee may ask that a roll call vote be taken. (c) Roll Call Vote: To ensure a precise tally of votes. (Chair approval required) (g) Adjournment: An end to the committee’s annual session. and then vote on each re-ordering. Two speakers for and two against will precede this motion. Each Delegation will reply with “yes. (Chair Approval Required) (d) Adoption/Rejection of a Substantive Proposal: Any substantive proposal to receive ap11 . The Chair will entertain all proposals for re-ordering on the floor. (Simple majority required) 9. The first proposed re-ordering to receive a simple majority will be adopted. The Chair will decide if such a motion is appropriate and will allot the proper amount of time.” “abstention. (Simple majority required) (e) Suspension: A break in committee as dictated by the official Conference Schedule. A motion for a moment of silence must specify a purpose. The Committee will have the ability to review the content of a substantive proposal and its own jurisdiction. the duration of time allotted for each statement and for the entire period. Two speakers for and two against must precede this motion. (Two-thirds majority required) 10. If there is a question regarding the jurisdiction of the Committee to discuss a particular substantive proposal.” After the roll call vote is completed. Review.” “no with rights. The roll call vote will be taken in the English alphabetical order of the Delegations. (a) Move into Voting Bloc: After sufficient substantive discussion on an agenda topic. the Committee may end debate and move into Voting Bloc. (Simple majority required) (c) Moderated Caucus: A chaired portion of committee interrupting the speakers list and allowing Delegations to be called upon for brief statements. However.

All substantive proposals receiving approval by less than a simple majority of “presenting and voting” Delegations will be considered rejected. (b) ensuring that a quorum is present (as required by Sec. 4.proval by a simple majority of “present and voting” Delegations will be adopted by the Committee.Voting Restriction. The Chair will be defined as the individual enforcing proper conduct and the correct use of these rules during committee.1. The official duties of the Chair will be as follows: (a) announcing the opening and closing of each committee session. (g) directing productive discussion by the Committee. (f) putting questions and announcing decisions.Duties.) 12 . Possession of the gavel will identify the Chair as such. (e) Reconsideration of a Resolution: The Committee may re-vote on the question of any resolution.Definition. (This ruling cannot be overturned by the Committee or any Delegation. (Two-thirds majority required) Section 2: The Chair Description 1. Powers 5. (d) enforcing decorum in committee. (e) regulating the submission and approval of substantive proposals. The Chair will decide upon the legitimacy of motions with the following rulings: (a) In order: Usage of power is legitimate and the stipulations of said power will be executed. 3. Precedence. The Chair will entertain motions in the following order of precedence: (a) Points of Parliamentary Procedure (b) Caucusing (c) Suspension (d) Move to Voting Bloc (e) Adjournment (f) All other motions in the order they are proposed. The Chair will not vote upon any questions posed in committee. 2). (b) Out of order: Usage of power is illegitimate and the stipulations of said power will not be executed or halted in progress. Two speakers for and two against must precede this motion. (c) regulating the proper and legitimate use of these rules. 2.Rulings.

(b) an observer-state. Roll Call. (b) the ability to solely sponsor substantive proposals. In the event that the Chair must leave committee or otherwise wishes to temporarily relinquish control over the committee proceedings. Statements. A Delegation will have the ability to make statements with the following: (a) Start/Add to Speakers List: A request to start or be placed on the Committee’s speakers list. A Delegation will at all times abide by the stipulations of these rules and the decisions of the Chair. Delegations whose status is that of an observer-state will be given the full rights of an accredited member state except for: (a) the ability to vote on substantive proposals. 13 . This is non-applicable to observer nations. A Delegation will have one vote to cast on each question regardless of the number of representatives it has present. Definition. Comments not pertaining to the previous speech will be out of order. The Chair may also hand over the control of the committee to representatives of the Secretary-General for brief written or oral statements. Observer-States. Representatives will under no circumstances cast votes for Delegations other than their own. Section 3: The Delegations Description 1. 5. (b) Comment: A brief statement related to the previous speech. Delegations may choose to abstain from voting on substantive proposals. Lastly. At any time prior to a Delegation’s turn to speak. Powers 6. Voting. 3. A Delegation will answer “present” when called during roll call in order to denote its attendance at each committee session. the Delegation may withdraw their name from the Speakers List. that Delegation’s statement will be forfeited. Conduct. A Delegation will be defined as either: (a) a member-state.6. 4. If a Delegation is not ready to speak when their turn is up. Responding with the phrase “present and voting” will denote that a Delegation will not abstain from any substantive question. a Delegation may not request a spot on the Speakers List if they are already on it. 2. Substitutions are not allowed. he/she may pass the powers of the Chair over to the Director. Any vote ending with an equal number of votes affirmative and votes negative will be considered as a failed proposal or motion. but not on procedural motions. Substitution.

it shall immediately be tabled. (ii) Yield to Points of Information. A Delegation must yield their remaining time in one of the four ways mentioned: (i) Yield to another delegation. A Delegation cannot be both a signatory and a sponsor of a substantive proposal. 14 . 8. distributed. (d) Right of Reply: In the event that a Delegation has its personal and/or national dignity harmed by a statement. Points of Parliamentary Procedure. A Delegation may submit or support substantive proposals with the following: (a) Submission of Substantive Proposal: The submission of resolutions and amendments to be placed on the floor. The Delegation receiving the yield will then have the remaining allotted time in the speech to make a statement of their own. (iii) Yield to Comments: Two comments pertaining to the delegation’s speech will be entertained. If all of the sponsors of a substantive proposal withdrawal then the substantive proposal is considered “open. said Delegation may ask to be given the right to respond to the Committee concerning the attack. (iv) Yield to the Chair: The committee resumes back the normal proceedings. A Delegation will be endowed with the right to exercise the following points of parliamentary procedure: (a) Point of Order: If the Committee is proceeding in a manner that is contrary to these rules. or debated. Substantive Proposals. sponsors may only be added if all of the current sponsors agree to the addition.(c) Yield: A portion of speech time given up by a Delegation. (c) Signatory: A Delegation who is a signatory of a resolution or amendment does not necessarily support the substantive ideas in the proposal. who will then judge the validity of the claim and reconcile the issue. (Chair Approval Required) 7. a Delegation may bring the concern to the attention of the Chair. After submission and Chair approval of a substantive proposal. Resolutions and amendments must be approved by the Chair before they can be officially numbered. but merely requests that the proposal be discussed on the floor. (b) Sponsorship: A Delegation sponsoring a resolution or amendment will be recognized as an upholder and contributor of the substantive ideas presented in the proposal.” If no Delegation motions to give sponsorship to an “open” substantive proposal. (d) Withdrawal: At any time a Delegation may withdraw their sponsorship from a substantive proposal provided that that substantive proposal has not been amended.

Points of Information may only be raised if a delegation yields their time to Points of Information at the end of their speech during the speakers list. a request may be made to the Chair who will then reconcile the issue. a Delegation may ask for clarification from the Chair. 15 . who will be obligated to reply to the inquiry. (c) Point of Personal Privilege: If there arises a concern regarding the personal comfort of the Committee or a Delegation.(b) Point of Inquiry: If there is a question regarding the rules and/or committee proceedings. (d) Point of Information: A question directed to another delegation.