MUNA Structure

The Model United Nations Assembly is a learning simulation of the United Nations General Assembly (GA) in its structure and proceedings.  Therefore, debates in MUNA, the committee structure, rules of procedure, and the general decorum of delegates, are designed to approximate the UN General Assembly, conditioned, of course, by local limitations.

The GA has six Standing Committees (see http://www.un.org/):  Disarmament and International Security, Economic and Financial, Humanitarian and Cultural, Special Political and Decolonization, Administrative and Budgetary, and Legal.  Every UN member country is represented on each committee.  After a resolution has been introduced and debated in the Assembly, it is referred to one of the six committees for further deliberation, analysis, and amendments which, if approved by the committee, are sent back to the GA.  The Assembly considers each amendment in a general debate and approves or rejects the amendment.  If approved, the amendment is incorporated in the main resolution and the amended version is then discussed and finally approved or rejected by the GA.

MUNA simulates this structure and procedures.  However, given time constraints, MUNA operates with only the first three committees.  Also inn consideration of the available time and the number of delegates in each delegation, MUNA often combines the Second and Third Committee into one.  Each MUNA committee is chaired by the country that chairs the same committee in the actual GA for that year.

DAY 1 – OPENING SESSION

Four resolutions, dealing with four issue areas will be introduced in the opening session of the Assembly. These are drafted by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg MUNA Committee prior to the Assembly.  The MUNA Committee will also designate the mover and seconder of each resolution along with other speakers.  Once formally introduced, the four resolutions are sent over to the Standing Committees.

Either two or three of the six Standing Committees of MUNA, depending upon the subject of the resolutions, will debate, amend, and approve the amendments in the afternoon Committee meetings for consideration by the Assembly in the Plenary Session on day two.  One of the four resolutions will deal with an international peace and security issue, which falls under the purview of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. The second resolution will relate to a disarmament issue, which also falls under the jurisdiction of the First Committee.

The other two resolutions will deal with an economic, environmental and sustainable development issues, which is the purview of the Second Committee on Economic and Financial affairs, or with a humanitarian and cultural issues under the jurisdiction of the Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural affairs.

DAY 1 – COMMITTEE MEETINGS

First Committee

The First Committee will examine the two resolutions on international peace and security and on disarmament.

The Chair of the Committee will be the representative of the country chairing the committee in the UN at the time of MUNA. The delegation will be so informed when country allocations are notified. The MUNA Committee will designate a Parliamentarian to assist the Committee Chair in conducting the meeting.  Role of the Parliamentarian is purely advisory.

The First Committee will debate the two resolutions on international peace and security and on disarmament introduced in the General Assembly in the morning session. The Chair, with the agreement of the committee, will determine time allocation for discussion of each resolution. There shall be a twenty minutes break between discussion of the resolutions to allow time for informal consultation and caucusing among delegates.

The First Committee may consider, deliberate, discuss and pass any amendments to the resolution, vote to endorse the original resolution or to reject it.  The Committee may, after designated agenda items have been dealt with and time permitting, entertain, discuss, deliberate, and vote on new resolutions from the floor of the Committee to be presented to the General Assembly in the plenary session the next day.

At the beginning of the plenary session the next morning, the Chair of the First Committee will be allotted six minutes to report on the deliberations of the Committee, including the introduction of any amendments to the original resolutions or new resolutions.

Second/Third Committee

Depending upon the nature of the remaining two resolutions, the other committee would either be the Second (Economic and Financial affairs) or Third (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural affairs), or a joint meeting of both.

The Chair of the Committee will be the representative of the country chairing the committee in the UN at the time of MUNA. The delegation will be so informed when country assignments are notified. The MUNA Committee will designate a Parliamentarian to assist the Committee Chair in conducting the meeting.  Role of the Parliamentarian is purely advisory.

The Second/Third Committee will debate the two resolutions on either economic, environmental, or sustainable development concerns or socio-humanitarian-cultural concerns. The Chair, with the agreement of the Committee, will determine time allocation for discussion of each resolution. There shall be a twenty minutes break between discussion of the resolutions to allow time for informal consultation and caucusing among delegates.

The Second/Third Committee may consider, deliberate, discuss and pass any amendments to the resolution, vote to endorse the original resolution or to reject it.  The Committee may, after designated agenda items have been dealt with and time permitting, entertain, discuss, deliberate, and vote on new resolutions from the floor of the Committee to be presented to the General Assembly in the plenary session the next day.

At the beginning of the plenary session the next morning, the Chair of the Second/Third Committee will be allotted six minutes to report on the deliberations of the Committee, including the introduction of any amendments to the original resolutions or new resolutions.

DAY 2 – PLENARY SESSION

In the Plenary Session on Day 2, reports of the Chairs of the Committees will lead off deliberations by the General Assembly of the resolutions and amendments to them, if any, as passed by the Committees.

The President of the Assembly may still consider private amendments (those outside of formal committee and/or those defeated in committee) to the main resolutions for debate and vote by the General Assembly after amendments from the Committee have been dealt with.

The President of the Assembly may also entertain new resolutions, either being brought forward from the Committees or privately put forward by delegations from the floor of the Assembly, or those defeated in committee.

Deliberations and votes will follow as normal.