ALTMUN HS 23
This page elaborates on the specifics of both General Assembly sessions.
Monday, November 13th from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
GA Session II is a special session addressing a new, conference-wide topic that will be introduced to delegates at the conclusion of GA Session I on Sunday. Delegates will be tested in their ability to collaborate both within their delegation and between other delegations in order to write working papers, debate the matter at hand and vote on the work of the committee, all within the 4.5 hours allotted for GA Session II. Delegations will be encouraged to use every member of their delegation effectively to write and debate simultaneously. Delegates will be granted nearly all the same parliamentary powers afforded to them in the individual committee sessions to shape debate as they see fit.
GA Session II will have 4.5 hours to address the conference-wide topic.
The docket will begin empty and the start of committee will call for those wishing to be added to the speaker’s list.
Delegations will work together to write working papers, enter them into the docket, debate resolutions and vote on the docket.
Parliamentary procedure in GA Session II mirrors that of a typical ALTMUN committee (except for SecCo) save for a few limitations and alterations to established procedure. As the session will only be addressing one topic, there will be no need for debate or motions regarding setting the agenda. In order to streamline debate slightly, the dais will only be required to read amendments in full, unfriendly amendments will enter 2 pro / 2 con debate rather than create a new speaker’s list and divisions of the question will be limited to only once per resolution. Lastly, in order to accommodate an increased number of delegates, the chair will recognize up to three points or motions from the floor after recognizing the priority motion of the last speaker. All styles of voice voting will be prohibited.
Submitting Working Papers and Amendments
Documents need to be titled as either “working paper” or “amendment” and should list all the primary authors (which in GA can be anywhere from 3 to 6 countries).
So something like “working paper_Author1-Author2-Author3-Author4”
Ex: working paper_Norway-Belgium-Germany-Denmark-Finland
The document then needs to be attached to an email as a .doc or .docx file attachment. Don’t send a link to a shared Google Doc. Senf to email@example.com with the subject of the email must be titled with the same title as the document itself.
Sunday, November 12th from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Chairs will select a small number of passed resolutions from their committee to send on to GA Session I. These resolutions will capture the spirit of the committee’s work during ALTMUN 2023; they could be from one or both topics and could be narrowly passed or passed with resounding agreement.
Resolutions chosen for GA Session I serve the purpose of bringing a sample of the most engaging debate to the General Assembly floor and allowing a final opportunity to debate and vote on the resolutions presented.
Each Committee will be given 30 minutes to debate and vote on their chosen resolutions. The speaker’s list will begin with author’s panels consisting of all primary authors of the resolutions from that committee on the General Assembly docket. Voting will occur automatically at the conclusion of the speaker’s list or at a time designated by the General Assembly Chair.
Parliamentary procedure in GA Session I is restricted as no changes may be made to the resolutions once they have passed out of their respective committee’s. Additionally, due to the incredibly limited time allotted for each committee, other parliamentary procedure elements of debate have been streamlined, as well. Therefore, there will be no freeform speaker’s, no amendments, no division of the question, no unmoderated caucuses and no motions to introduce working papers. All author’s panels will be required to yield their time to questions. Voting styles will be restricted to a placard vote only.