MUNA Structure

The Model United Nations Assembly is a learning simulation of the workings of the United Nations General Assembly 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.

DAY 1 – OPENING SESSION

Four resolutions, dealing with four issue areas and previously drafted by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg’s MUNA Committee, will be introduced in the opening session of the Assembly. The MUNA Committee will also designate the mover and seconder of each resolution along with other speakers.

Two of the six Standing Committees of the General Assembly will debate, amend, and approve the resolutions in the afternoon meetings for consideration of the General Assembly in the Plenary Session, which is held 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 either economic issues, which is the purview of the Second Committee on Economic and Financial affairs, or with humanitarian and cultural issues under the jurisdiction of the Third Committee on Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian affairs.

MUNA would operate two Committees for the Friday afternoon breakout session. This may vary from year to year depending upon the focus of the resolutions. Each UN member country is represented on the Standing Committees. top

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. To assist the presiding delegate, the Counselor for that delegation will act as Parliamentarian. It would be the responsibility of the counselors to acquaint themselves and educate their students in the rules of procedure.

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 or reject the resolution, and 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. top

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).

The Second/Third Committee will review the other two resolutions introduced in the General Assembly in the morning session concerning either economic and financial or socio-humanitarian-cultural affairs.

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. To assist the presiding delegate, the Counselor for that delegation will act as Parliamentarian. It would be the responsibility of the counselors to acquaint themselves and educate their student in the rules of procedure.

The Second/Third Committee will debate the two resolutions on either economic and financial 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 or reject the resolution, and 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. top

DAY 2 – PLENARY SESSION

In the Plenary Session, 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 will 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.

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 of those defeated in committee.

Deliberations and votes will follow as normal.