MUN Charter and Guidance Document

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The Charter of the Model United Nations
The Charter of the
Model United Nations

1. Representatives in the MUN
2. Forum Rules
3. Creating General Assembly Resolutions
4. The Secretary General
5. MUN Business
6. Reforming the Model UN
7. Disciplinary Procedure

1. Representatives in the MUN
MUN Charter
1) Are required to debate accurately in the character of their particular country or organisation.
2) May post out of character by beginning their posts with the letters OOC.
3) May hold three positions at the same time via a system called ‘dual representation’ by informing the Secretary General of their desire to represent a second/third country. Dual representatives are expected to be fully active in each position.

2. Forum Rules
1) Members should follow TSR’s general code of conduct that encourages courteous behaviour and advises against the use of personal insults or negativity.
2) Members should be regularly active in the Model UN. If members wish to stand down from a position or are going to be absent for a while, they should inform the Secretary General.
3) Members should vote on every resolution where possible.
5) Messages of condolence from one country to another are accepted providing they are posted in the Condolences Thread.
6) All members are allowed to submit relevant discussion topics.

3. Creating General Assembly Resolutions
1) Resolutions must be sent to the Secretary General who will check that the format of the resolution and post it in the main forum (the General Assembly)
2) Resolutions should be directed towards the relevant UN Council i.e. Security; Cultural and Social; Human Rights. The Secretary General will ensure that this happens and that they are titled as stated in the Guidance Document.
3) Up to 7 days of discussion is allowed for resolutions. Voting itself must last for a maximum of 3 days.
4) If your Resolution concerns the actions of your own state, please abstain in the vote.

4.The Secretary General
1) Is the main administrator and mediator of the MUN, the decision of the Secretary General is final in all matters and they must act in the MUN’s best interest.
2) Should hold regular roll calls to ensure activity is maintained.
3) Will serve a minimum term of six months, after which they can stand for election to retain their position.
4) Can be removed at any time by a Vote of No Confidence.
5) Will endeavour to hold an awards ceremony every year to honour the best MUN members.
6) Shall be elected using the timetable in section 2 of the Guidance Document. The Deputy Secretary General shall also be elected using this method.
7) The Deputy Secretary General will provide support to the SG with all MUN issues.
8) The DSG will preside over the MUN in the event that the SG is unable to fulfill their duties.
9) The DSG may also represent an MUN position in addition to their administrative responsibilities.

5. MUN Business
Hypothetical and Historical Scenarios
1) Are those that deal with situations that are not currently occurring in the real world.
2) Can be started by any member, and can also be requested by any member of the General Assembly. The starter and the Secretary General are the only members permitted to provide updates to the scenario. The Secretary General can close any Hype which they deem to be inappropriate.
3) Any use of military force must be approved with the Secretary General via PM.
4) Resolutions may be created, following guidelines outlined above.

1) May be initiated by any member of the General Assembly or UNO who posts a Position Paper or similar on the subject.
2) The results of the Summits will be recorded by the Secretary General in a way possible for public viewing.
3) May result in the creation of a Treaty. Each individual Treaty will have separate time limits and sanctions for its breach and clauses for withdrawal from Treaty obligations and verification protocols which will be determined by the representatives when the Treaty is drafted.

6. Reforming the Model UN
1) The Operating Procedure and Charter of the Model United Nations can be altered or reformed by a simple vote.
2) Reforms should be debated out of character and voted upon in private.
3) The Secretary General will introduce changes and reforms as suggested and voted for by the membership of the MUN, ensuring these follow TSR guidelines.

7. Disciplinary Procedure
1) This consists of a “three strikes” policy. If the Secretary General feels that a representative has broken any of the articles of the Charter, then they (and only they) may issue a public warning. Any member can alert the Secretary General to suspected rule breaking.
2) Gaining three warnings will result in the representative being removed from the MUN. The length of the removal is at the discretion of the Secretary General.
3) Personal disputes may not be discussed within the MUN. Such posts can be removed by the Secretary General and warnings may be issued.

The Guidance Document of the Model United Nations
The Guidance Document of the
Model United Nations

1. Formatting of General Assembly Resolutions
2. Elections in the MUN

1. Formatting of General Assembly Resolutions

1) Normal Resolutions shall be titled :-
Resolution (year)/(number) – (title)
Resolution 2013/01 – Israel Vs Gaza

2) Historical Scenario Resolutions shall be titled :-
HIST (year)/(number) – (title)
HIST 2013/01 – World War II

3) Hypothetical Scenario Resolutions shall be titled :-
HYP (year)/(number) – (title)
HYP 2013/01 – Korean War

2. Elections in the MUN

1) Shall be run according to the following schedule:

a) Day 0 - The Secretary General will announce the resignation of member occupying the position up for election in the General Assembly and, acting as returning officer, will announce the election and ask for manifestos (no more than 300 words) to be submitted to them.

b) Day 4 – The Secretary General will post any manifestos and open a 2 day Q&A period.

c) Day 6 – The Secretary General will open voting. Q&A may continue during this time.

d) Day 10 – The Secretary General will announce the winner. If there is a tie between the top two candidates, a run off vote of three days shall occur.

2) All manifestos for elections will be of 300 words maximum.

3) Elections for the TSR members representing each of the permanent members of the Security Council will take place biannually in accordance with Part II of Resolution 2013/5. Security Council representatives may only be chosen through the biannual elections or a by election. Extra electoral seat swapping is not allowed. Likewise, no member may represent more than one permanent member of the Security Council at any given time.

4) Candidates in any election are not permitted to campaign via personal message.

5) The returning officer will report any suspicious voting to the moderation team. If fraudulent behaviour is discovered then the votes shall be discounted and the member responsible will be permanently removed from the MUN.
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