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Letter from the Director
Dear MUN Delegates, Directors, Teachers and Guests

It is my pleasure to welcome you to UWCSEA East and our fifth annual MUN@UWCSEA
East conference .

This year has seen many changes in our MUN club and my thanks goes firstly to my co-
directors for their support, but mostly to our devoted and knowledgeable MUN UWCSEA
East executive leadership team who have worked hard to prepare an MUN experience that
we hope will be both rewarding and memorable for you all.

MUN is a unique and special opportunity that allows students to embrace global
perspectives and internationalism. As we build leaders for the world of tomorrow, this
experience is invaluable for all participants, delegates, student offices and administrators.
Whether this be your first or last conference I urge you all to take time to notice the small
things during our conference along with the grande. Show your passion, inspire others,
grow from the experience and make new connections. This is the magic of Model United
Nations.

Finally I would also like to thank all the delegates and faculty of our visiting schools for your
collaboration and support without which we would have no conference.

I invite all delegates to engage fully in this amazing experience and thank you for caring
enough about global issues to dedicate your time and energy to MUN.

My best wishes to you all,


Judith Blake
MUN Director
Letter from the Secretariat
Dear MUN@UWCSEA 2017 Participants,

We cordially welcome you to the fifth annual MUN@UWCSEA East. It is our pleasure to
serve as your Secretariat for this conference. Over the past 10 months, we have worked
tirelessly to prepare a conference for you. This conference represents a culmination of our
hard work, personal experience, and enthusiasm for MUN.

We are proud to announce a range of new committees and areas for debate this year. Our
conference features a Joint Crisis Committee and Advisory Panel in addition to the SC, ICJ,
and IMF. Through advanced procedure and specific scope, our 5 specialized committees
aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of complex and divisive global issues.
These specialized committees are complemented by 5 General Assembly committees and
the World Health Organization which seek to provide a holistic understanding of current
events. Through provocative topics such as Trumps 100 Days and The Question of
Price Discrimination in the Medical Sector, we anticipate thoroughly engaged and informed
debate, the very cornerstone of Model United Nations, whether this be your first or last
conference.

With a greater scope, smaller committee sizes, and an experienced staff of student officers,
we anticipate this year's MUN@UWCSEA to be a success for all.

We look forward to seeing you this October! If you have any questions in the meantime,
you can contact us at muneast@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg.

Sincerely,
Secretariat of MUN@UWCSEA 2017
Contact Details
Director - Judith Blake
Email: muneast@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg

Secretary General - Kavya Nayak


Phone Number: 9835 3542
Email: nayak15139@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg

Deputy Secretary General of Logistics - Dana Kurniawan


Phone Number: 9834 0682
Email: kurni19032@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg

Deputy Secretary General of Personnel - Noa Rosenfeld


Phone Number: 8533 2861
Email: rosen14088@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg

Deputy Secretary General of Finance - Aditya Krishna


Phone Number: 9384 6565
Email: krish34447@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
Committees and Motions
1. Joint Crisis Committee (JCC) Trumps First 100 Days
2. Security Council (SC)
a. The question of curbing the outbreak of Civil Wars in developing countries
b. Preventing conflicts due to water security
c. Reform of the DPKO to ensure greater transparency and equity
3. International Court of Justice (ICJ)
a. Lagrand Case (Germany v USA)
b. Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece)
4. Advisory Panel Question of The Horn of Africa
a. Reducing social inequalities by ensuring equal access to basic needs
b. Strengthening political security through resolving territorial disputes
c. Measures to promote economic stability and encourage growth
5. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
a. The question resolving the Chinese Debt Crisis
b. Establishing a digital currency for international use and regulation
c. Improving the effectiveness of debt restructuring policies in achieving debt
sustainability and market access
6. Human Rights Council (HRC)
a. Curbing Islamophobia and other forms of racism in European Nations
b. Ensuring the rights of people residing in detention centers and prisons
c. Promoting womens rights in LEDCs
7. Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)
a. The question of micronations
b. Combatting the rise of cybercrime and online trading of narcotics
c. Ensuring stable and transparent governance in African nations
8. Disarmament Committee (DISEC)
a. Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the DPRK
b. The Question of Militarization of Neutral Zones in the South China Sea and
Arctic
c. The Question of Curbing Military Spending
9. World Health Organization (WHO)
a. Measures to alleviate the famine in Somalia
b. The question of price discrimination in the medical sector
c. Improving womens access to affordable reproductive healthcare
10. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
a. Measures to Address the Rise in Protectionism in the World
b. The Question of Youth Leadership and Development within the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDG)s
c. Measures to Approach an Environmentally-Friendly Economy
11. Legal
a. The question of exploring cyber espionage affecting the state of
democracies
b. The question of finding a distinction in legal obligation to economic migrants
compared to refugees seeking asylum
c. The application of the Rome Statute as an international law in order to
process criminals in the ICC
Points & Motions
Point of Order:
This is a point raised by delegates if there has been a mistake made by a delegate or
Chair. These are used to point out the mistake or clarify if it is a mistake.

Point of Information to the Chair:


This point is raised if a delegate has a direct question to the Chair. This could be regarding
any aspect of the debate, but cannot interrupt a speaker.

Point of Parliamentary Inquiry:


Delegates can use this point to clarify any confusion about the rules of procedure or
procedure of the conference as a whole.

Point of Personal Privilege:


This point is raised to address the discomfort of a delegate, or the fact that a delegate
cannot hear what is being said. This is the only point which can interrupt a speaker.

Point of Information:
These are the most common points used in a debate. This point is used to ask questions to
a delegate who has the floor/is the speaker at the time. These have to be concise and in
the form of questions.

Motion to extend points of information:


This motion allows delegates to request an increased number of points of information
provided the delegate who has the floor has opened himself/herself to any and all points
of information. Another delegate must second this motion for it to be considered.

Motion for roll call vote (Motion to divide the house):


This motion is to recall the votes once more, going country by country. All countries have
the right to abstain.

Motion to enter an unmoderated caucus:


This motion allows delegates to recommend the committee move into unmoderated caucus
(See glossary). Another delegate must second this motion for it to be considered.

Motion to move to the previous question:


This motion allows delegates to move the committee to voting procedures on a currently
debated amendment/clause/resolution. Another delegate must second this motion for it to
be considered
Procedure
I. Committee will begin with an Unmoderated caucus during which Delegates will get
together and write up and create resolutions. Which will be submitted to the
approval panel for approval. The chairs must remember to set a certain amount
time for an unmoderated caucus after which no more resolutions will be accepted.
II. Once the approval panels has approved the resolutions they will be debated in the
order the chairs see fit.
III. The Chair will then set time for debate on the resolution and decide whether the
debate is open or closed.
IV. Debate will run firstly with the main submitter of the resolution reading out the
clauses of his/her resolution.
V. After which the chairs will open the floor to any points of clarification on the
resolution as a whole. Reminder that the floor should not be opened for points of
information as the main submitter has not given their speech yet.
VI. The chair will than allot time for the main submitters speech. The main submitter will
go on to give his/ her speech to the house. Highlighting any important clauses and
points.
VII. The Chair then asks the main submitter if he/she is open to any points of
information. The delegate could answer in three ways:
i. This delegate is open to any and all points of information- in this case the
delegate has opened himself/herself to an unlimited amount of points of
information.
ii. This delegate is open to 3 points of information- in this case the delegate
has opened himself/herself to a limited amount of points of information.
iii. This delegate is not open to any points of information- the delegate will not
be answering any points of information.
VIII. After all the points of information have been answered the main submitter can either
yield the floor to another delegate or to the chair. If yielded to another delegate, the
delegate will come and give her speech on the resolution. If yielded to the chair the
chair will open the floor to any speeches on the floor.
i. However if a delegate yields the floor to another delegate, that delegate
must yield the floor back to the Chair.
IX. The debate will go back to forth but when the time for debate on the resolution as a
whole has elapsed, the Chair then calls for the administration (admin) to take voting
procedures and asks the delegates to vote. Delegates can either vote for, against or
abstain on a resolution.
X. During any point of debate a delegate may submit an amendment to the resolution.
There are two types of amendments.
i. A friendly amendment is when the main submitter of the resolution
welcomes the amendment and thus the amendment is added to the
resolution without any debate.
ii. A unfriendly amendment is one where the main submitter does not sign of
on. Thus the amendment is debated by the house. If passed by the house it
will be added to the resolution but if not it will not be added. However if the
resolution is amended such that the main submitter can no longer support
the resolution, the resolution is immediately struck.
iii. With amendments delegates cannot abstain during voting procedure.
Glossary of Terms
Abstain
During a vote, countries may abstain from voting instead of voting for or against. This
means that the country doesnt support the resolution but also doesnt oppose it enough to
vote against.

Agenda
This is the order of proceedings in a committee. A Chair will set the agenda immediately
after roll call.

Amendment
This is a change to a resolution being proposed by a delegate. This can be in the form of
adding to, modifying or deleting a clause in the resolution. Abstentions: are not in order
during voting procedures for amendments.

Caucus
This is a break from formal debate where countries can informally discuss issues or
resolutions. There are two types of these: moderated caucus and unmoderated caucus.

Chair
A Student Officer who moderates debate, keeps track of time, rules on points and motions
and enforces the rules of procedure. The Chair runs the debate in a committee.

Closed debate
This is a type of formal debate where time is allocated for speakers for and against a
resolution or amendment. When time has elapsed for both sides, the committee moves on
to voting procedures.

Delegate
A student acting as a representative for a member nation in a Model United Nations (MUN)
committee.

Delegation
The entire group of students representing a member state in all the committees in a MUN
conference.

Formal debate
The type of debate at a MUN conference. in which delegates speak for a certain amount of
time, in an order based on a speakers list.

Member State
A country which has ratified the Charter of the United Nations and who has been
successfully accepted to join the United Nations by the General Assembly and the Security
Council.

Moderated Caucus
This is a type of caucus in which delegates remain seated, but can informally discuss
issues through direct conversation.

Motion
A request made by a delegate for the committee as a whole to do something. These might
be to move to voting procedures, to caucus or to extend time for debate.

Observer
A state or organisation that is not a member of the United Nations but can participate in
debate. Observers cannot vote on resolutions.

Open debate
This is a type of debate in which both for and against speakers can take the floor
whenever it is open. There is no allocated time for either.

Operative Clause
This is the part of a resolution which describes actions to take to address the issue being
debated. It beings with operative clauses, which are action verbs.

Placard
This is a piece of equipment with a countrys name on it, which is used by the delegate to
signal to the Chair that he/she wishes to speak. These are also used for voting.

Point
This is a request made by a delegate for information or for an action to be performed. A
commonly used example would be the point of information.

Position Paper
This is a summary of a countrys position on a topic. It should be written in preparation for a
MUN conference.

Pre-ambulatory Clause
This is the part of a resolution that acknowledges and describes previous actions taken on
an issue and reasons why the resolution is necessary.

Resolution
This is a document that seeks to to find solutions to issues addressed by the committee

Second
This is shouted out when a delegate agrees with a motion being proposed.

Signatory
This is a country that wishes for a resolution to be debated in the committee. A signatory
need not support the resolution, only want it to be debated.

Speakers List
This is a list that Chairs use to determine which delegate will be yielded the floor to speak.
Whenever a new topic is opened for discussion, the Chair will create a speakers list asking
delegates wishing to speak to raise the placards. The Chair then reads down this list to
yield the floor to delegates

Unmoderated Caucus
This is a type of caucus in which delegates can freely move about and speak. This is used
to allow delegates to share ideas or come up with solutions if they are stuck at a point in
debate.
Voting procedure
This is the period at the end of debate when delegates vote on amendments and
resolutions. At this time, doors are locked and note passing is suspended

What to Bring
You are reminded to bring the following, as they will not be provided:
Water-bottle - We have an eco-friendly campus and do not sell plastic water
bottles. Please bring your own and refill them at our water fountains

Charger - We will provide extension cords for you to plug your laptop into for
charging during the conference.

Blazer / formal jacket - The campus gets quite chilly, particularly in rooms for
larger committees. Make sure to bring a blazer or formal jacket.