Since we've worked so much on reforming the various aspects of the MUN, I thought it time to add them all to the Charter and do some general spring cleaning there while I was at it.
I thought I'd start to rewrite the bulk of it, this draft uses the majority of the same points and language as Nef's version but pairs it down, uses clearer language, makes some things more explicit, makes some time frames clearer...however, I slightly worry it's too business like - what does the MUN think? Every bit can be queried, I've added in a few new segments as very rough sketches.
BTW - Thought Chapters and Articles might be a nice touch
Formatting will be comprehensive next draft.
Spoiler:ShowCHAPTER I - CHARACTER
Every delegate must debate in the character their country or UNO and stay accurate to that position.
i.e. The Chinese rep shouldn’t preach capitalism, the Australian rep shouldn’t condone genocide...
Remember that the opinions expressed here are always the stance of a member’s position and not their own views.
Acknowledge delegates by their country or UNOs title.
Stay sensible – declarations of war must obtain a SC resolution or be suspended.
Representatives debate the following threads out of character
Threads related to the operating procedure of the MUN
Elections of Members to Positions of Responsibility
Votes of No Confidence
The Off-Topic Thread
Any thread the Secretary General labels as Out-Of-Character
CHAPTER II - GENERAL RULES
Remain courteous at all times. No personal insults.
All delegates must stay in-character in appropriate threads.
All delegates shall endeavour to remain active at all times.
All delegates shall endeavour to take part in all debates.
All delegates shall endeavour to vote in every resolution.
All D&D Forum and TSR Forum rules are in force.
Smileys may be used but not as the sole point in a post in in-character threads.
All posts expressing condolence sentiments over a tragedy but offer no course of action to meet the problem at hand must be posted in the “Condolences Thread”.
CHAPTER III - CREATING A RESOLUTION
A thread with the resolution in the OP must be posted in the GA forum.
The Secretary General does not need to be informed.
The resolution must be directed towards the relevant UN Council i.e. Security, Cultural and Social, Human Rights...
Resolutions that do not have implications for International Peace and Security will be voted on solely by the General Assembly of the Model United Nations.
A vote may commence immediately or left for up to 7 days to allow for a period of discussion.
Voting must last either 2 or 3 days.
Voting must be “Public”.
In accordance with Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter members will abstain for votes on resolutions concerning their own actions.
CHAPTER IV - SECURITY COUNCIL - Resolutions
Security Council Resolutions must have implications for International Peace and Security. Only Security Council Resolutions may include the operative verb “Demands” and may invoke Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter. These resolutions will be passed to the Security Council.
If the proposer of the resolution or a co-sponsor of the resolution is a member of the Security Council then they are able to post the resolution in the Security Council sub-forum for discussion.
If the proposer of the resolution is not a member of the Security Council then they should ask the Secretary General be PMing them with the resolution to post it in the Security Council sub-forum.
Once the resolution has been posted to the Security Council subforum a discussion lasting a maximum of 7 days shall be held.
A vote will then be held lasting 3 days.
The representatives of the United Kingdom, the United States, the Republic of France, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China have power of veto over resolutions in the Security Council by voting against the resolution. Voting must be “Public”
CHAPTER V - OPERATING PROCEDURE
The Operating Procedure and Charter of the Model United Nations can be altered or reformed by a simple vote in the General Assembly.
Reform threads are debated out of character.
CHAPTER VI - THE SECRETARY GENERAL - ELECTION
The Secretary General will announce their resignation in a new thread in the General Assembly.
The Secretary General will ask for Manifestos from all potential candidates. The period for accepting manifestos should last around 7 days.
The Secretary General will post all manifestos in a new thread.
The Secretary General will allow a Question & Answer period of 48 hours.
The Secretary General will begin an election lasting 5 days.
The election shall be a secret ballot.
The results will not be disclosed until voting has finished.
The candidates will not declare support for a candidate until after the poll has closed.
If there are any suspicious votes then the Moderators shall be alerted and asked to check IP addresses. If fraudulent behaviour is discovered then the votes shall be discounted and the member responsible shall be permanently removed from the MUN.
If a candidate in the election is discovered to have been involved in fraud in any way then their candidacy shall be terminated.
Candidates shall not be permitted to campaign via private messaging during the election. Candidates can only PM other candidates and the incumbent Secretary General on topics relating to the election.
The Secretary General may vote in the election.
In the event of a tie in the votes at the end of the election the Secretary General shall hold another vote between the tied candidates.
The TSR Moderation team can refuse the Secretary General Election winner due to the Secretary General’s power as a Forum Assistant.
CHAPTER VII - THE SECRETARY GENERAL – POWERS AND LIMITATIONS
The decision of the Secretary General is final in all matters.
All decisions of the Secretary General must be in the best interests of the MUN.
The Secretary General may be removed at any time by a Vote of No Confidence.
The Secretary General must maintain the MUN forum and subforum
a) Moving, closing and creating threads as necessary.
b) Editing, moving and removing posts as necessary.
c) Enacting changes to the forum as suggested and voted for by the membership of the MUN but subject to the limitations permitted by the Owners and Moderators of TSR
d) Enacting Roll Calls in order to ensure the entire General Assembly is active at all times
The Secretary General shall act as head of the MUN Usergroup and admit new members and remove inactive members
The Secretary General shall officiate in the election of representatives of Major Countries, non-permanent Security Council elections and the election of the next Secretary General
The Secretary General shall enforce the Charter and the Rules of TSR and penalise those who break them persistently.
The Secretary General shall endeavour to consistently improve the MUN forum with consultation with the membership and Moderation team as necessary.
The Secretary General shall mediate in all disputes and remove personal debates from the MUN forum.
The Secretary General is the only person in the MUN allowed to close and re-open threads.
The Secretary General must ensure correct procedure is followed at all times including
a) debating in-character threads in-character
b) acting courteously at all times
c) alter resolutions directed at an incorrect Council
CHAPTER VIII - DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
The “three strikes” policy is in effect in the MUN – a Cliché but effective.
If the Secretary General considers that a representative has broken any of the articles of the Charter then they may issue a public warning.
Only the Secretary General may issue warnings or punishments in the MUN, though any member may alert the Secretary General to suspected impropriety.
Obtaining three warnings will result in the representative being removed from the MUN.
A member representing a Major Country can be demoted at the discretion of the Secretary General to a smaller country after receiving any number of warnings.
Removal from the Model United Nations need not be permanent and the former representative can be reconsidered for a role in the MUN at the discretion of the Secretary General
Personal disputes may not be discussed within the MUN. Personal disputes should be discussed by PM. Such posts can be removed by the Secretary General and warnings may be issued.
CHAPTER IX - COMPLAINTS
If one representative has concerns relevant to the MUN with another MUN delegate then they may notify the Secretary General by PM.
The Secretary General will consider the complaint and may PM all those concerned.
A representative may request the Secretary General post a Vote of No Confidence against any member of the MUN.
If the Secretary General considers this legitimate then they will begin the Vote of No Confidence.
The Security Council may override the result of the Vote of No Confidence if they feel that the member in question is being unfairly victimised. There is no veto on this discussion and vote.
Complaints against the Secretary General may be sent to the Moderation team via Ask a Moderator (?) or a Vote of No Confidence may be called.
CHAPTER X - ELECTIONS FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF MAJOR COUNTRIES
A “Major Country” is a permanent member of the Security Council – UK, USA, China, Russia, France.
The Secretary General may call an election for the representative of any nation if there are multiple applicants or if the Secretary General considers that the lack of a competent representative for that role would hinder the MUN.
The Secretary General may start a thread stating that the position is open.
Any prospective candidates should PM the Secretary General with a Manifesto.
The Secretary General should allow at least six days for submitting Manifestos.
A Manifesto should detail why the representative considers they are suitable for such an important role and should ideally be between 100 and 200 words.
The Secretary General will start a thread with all Manifestos in a random order in the OP.
A Question & Answer period of 48 hours will ensure for the entire MUN to question candidates.
Members shall attempt to ask the candidates equally difficult questions
NO member shall announce their support for a candidate during this time period or during the vote
NO member shall comment on the level of competition
The Secretary General will then open a poll which will last for 48 hours.
The “Re-Open Nominations” or “RON” option shall be included.
The results of the poll will be hidden until the poll is closed.
The Secretary General may not vote in this poll unless there is a tie in the voting. The Secretary General has the casting vote.
Candidates shall not be permitted to campaign via private messaging during the election.
CHAPTER XI - NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
There are two additional seats on the Security Council on a non-permanent basis.
The recipient countries of representation on the Security Council shall be chosen by a vote in the General Assembly.
The procedure for this vote is the same as for permanent or P5 nations though the Manifestos should detail why a COUNTRY is suitable for the role and not the representative.
A representative may change countries in order to stand for the election in a more viable seat.
CHAPTER XII - TERM DURATIONS
Representatives for the P5 nations must occupy the seat for a minimum of 60 days. This can be lifted due to personal issues at the discretion of the Security Council.
P5 Representatives can be removed if
a) they have been inactive for a period of 3 weeks without explanation offered prior to their absence by either entirely failing to post or failing to make adequate representation when their presence would have substantially benefitted the MUN
b) another representative requests the Secretary General hold an election for the post
Non Permanent members of the Security Council remain in their post for 60 days.
During this period the representatives are not permitted to change countries.
Non Permanent members of the Security Council shall hold their seat for a period of 60 days and for an indeterminate period thereafter unless
a) they have been inactive for a period of 3 weeks by either entirely failing to post or failing to make adequate representation when their presence would have substantially benefitted the MUN
b) another representative requests the Secretary General holds an election for the post
The minimum duration of any of these terms can be overridden by the discretion of the Secretary General or by a Vote of No Confidence or by the gaining of warnings.
CHAPTER XIII - UNITED NATIONS OBSERVERS AND ORGANIZATIONS
UNO representatives are subject to all the MUN Rules except for the following
UNO representatives cannot vote on any resolutions that strictly concern nation politics or security.
UNO representatives can vote in Out Of Character and Reform threads
UNO representatives can vote in elections for Security Council representatives
UNO representatives can vote in elections for Secretary Generals
UNO representatives cannot vote in elections for non-permanent Security Council representatives
UNO representatives must remain politically neutral in all in character discussions
CHAPTER XIV - HYPOTHETICAL AND HISTORICAL THREADS
Hypothetical and Historical Scenarios are those that deal with situations that are not currently occurring in the real World.
These threads must only be initiated by the Secretary General.
These scenarios may be requested by any member of the General Assembly.
No member may use military force without first privately contacting the Secretary General with details of this force while providing as many details as possible.
Only the Secretary General may announce any development in the scenario such as the use of military force, natural disasters, breeches of international law etc
Resolutions may be created but must be titled according to Chapter XIX
CHAPTER XV – DUEL REPRESENTATION
Senior Representatives of the MUN (these being SC members or members who have been particularly active over a period of at least two months) will be given the ability to simultaneously represent two nations at the discretion of the Secretary General.
Voting shall take place on In Character resolutions with the representative voting in the poll with their primary nation and posting the vote of their two nations.
Out of Character votes are will be unaltered.
The representative shall make posts in the character of each of their Duel Represented nations in separate colours.
Another method may be used by approval of the Secretary General.
The DRed nation shall not be permitted to join the SC as a non-perm member.
A lack of activity while DRing will result in the DRed nation being removed.
CHAPTER XVI - EMERGENCY SPECIAL SESSIONS
Emergency Special Sessions are threads for debate to be held in the SC Voting forum with Security Council members and extra members in order to discuss relevant situations to the Model United Nations and draft resolutions or statements on this issue.
Any representative may PM the Secretary General requesting an Emergency Special Session.
The Secretary General shall contact all Security Council members and invite them to the Session.
Members of the Security Council or the originator of the request or the Secretary General may ask of the Secretary General to invite relevant members of the General Assembly to the Emergency Special Session.
These members will be temporarily allowed into the Security Council usergroup at the discretion of the Secretary General and Moderation team solely for the duration of the Emergency Special Session.
A Joint Public Statement can be drafted as a result of the Emergency Special Session where all or a majority of Security Council members outline a short statement on outlining the stance of the Security Council.
This Joint Public Statement will be released to the General Assembly by one Security Council members on behalf of the entire Security Council.
CHAPTER XVII - TIME LIMIT EXTENTIONS
The Secretary General shall have the power to extend or decrease time limits on all elections, debates and votes in the GA and SC subfora by 50% or less during periods of decreased activity such as during exam seasons.
CHAPTER XVIII – House of Commons
The representative for the UNO of the House of Commons will be put forward by the TSR House of Commons according to their rules.
The Secretary General will have the power to veto any candidate from the House of Commons if they feel it is in the best interests of the Model United Nations.
The rest is TBC - UNO or SC? Remembering these provisions are temporary, based on a review in a few months.
CHAPTER XIX - SUMMITS
The representatives of the Model United Nations shall gather to discuss issues without seeking a Security Council Resolution or to discuss treaties in a Summit.
The Secretary General can initiate a Summit by calling on all members to join in discussion on the matter.
These Summits can be initiated by any member of the General Assembly by posing a Position Paper or similar on the subject.
These Summits can be initiated by any relevant UNO.
The goal of the Summit should be
a) the creation of a new Treaty
b) the Revision or Reform of an Extant Treaty, whether from Real Life or the Model United Nations
The acceptance of the Treaty by each representative shall be counted as the ratification of the Treaty by that country except in the case of the United Kingdom.
The Treaty shall be ratified on behalf of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland by the TSR House of Commons according to their law.
The Secretary General or Representative of the United Kingdom in the Model United Nations shall send the final Treaty document to the Speaker of the House of Commons or the Prime Minister of the House of Commons or the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom.
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.
The results of the Summits will be recorded by the Secretary General in a way possible for public viewing.
CHAPTER XX – AWARDS
Every November-December the Secretary General will endeavour to hold an awards ceremony to honour the best of the best of the best of the MUN reps.
CHAPTER XXI – MUN OBSERVERS
Notable former Model United Nations Representatives who no longer feel able to occupy a full nations seat can act as MUN Observers.
MUN Observers cannot vote on resolutions.
MUN Observers can vote on elections and reforms.
MUN Observers can take part in any debate.
CHAPTER XXII - THREAD TITLES
Normal Resolutions shall be titled :-
Resolution (year)/(number) – (title)
Resolution 2009/01 – Israel Vs Gaza
Historical Scenario Resolutions
HIST (year)/(number) – (title)
HIST 2009/01 – World War II
Hypothetical Scenario Resolutions
HYP (year)/(number) – (title)
HYP 2009/01 – Korean War
CHAPTER XXIII - ADDENDUM
This Charter is not exhaustive and the Secretary General must use their discretion to enforce and adapt this Charter. The Secretary General shall impose restrictions, sanctions or practice directions necessary to maintain the effective function of the MUN as situations require.
The Secretary General is bound by the conditions outlined the in the Moderators section of the Terms and Conditions of TSR.
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Reform : MUN Charter MkI watch
- Thread Starter
- 07-07-2009 21:06
- 07-07-2009 23:14
Looks excellent. Especially Chapter XVI
- 07-07-2009 23:25
After a brief scan...the charter seem very wise. But I shall fully read the reform tomorrow
- 08-07-2009 16:07
I like it, but it should include the bit about the HOC.
- Thread Starter
- 08-07-2009 17:04
Student - Glad you like it Does that Chapter come up to scratch?
Mr Fix - Thanks, hope you like it
AFC - It will as soon as we get to grips with it in the other thread, then a re-vote (since there's support for the idea, just not sure on specifics) and then I'll add it all.
- 08-07-2009 22:18
I've read it now. Approved.
- 08-07-2009 22:59
I'll read it tomorrow night as I've left my laptop at home (in Glasgow at the moment). Well done for doing it though!! Bored much??
- 09-07-2009 01:59
I would like to annouce that the proposels for MUN Charter MkI....I concur
- 09-07-2009 02:54
The Secretary General is the only person in the MUN allowed to close and re-open threads.
you should just add in "apart from moderators", by the way! and you should add "and to edit posts within said threads"
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- Wiki Support Team
- 09-07-2009 13:57
Looking very promising... This has needed updating for a while.
- 09-07-2009 21:56
I like the chapter and article touch, makes it sound very professional..it is written in a way that the general public will understand thus making sure there is no confusion..at least, from my perspective *I hope that didn't sound arrogant..*
Although, I feel that the inactivity period of 3 weeks should be raised to 4 weeks, and mails sent instead, or at least, each MUN should be looked at individually, so MUN representatives who are more active, if off, should be given a longer period till possible expulsion and MUN representatives who have been near enough dormant should be given a shorter period and mails sent to remind them of their commitment.
But all in all, a very good charter, I accept it
- Thread Starter
- 10-07-2009 11:58
natty_d - Glad you like it
Captain Biggles - Terribly bored Well, I just figured I had so much to add, I may as well see if I could tighten it up a little
Mr FiX-iT - Thanks
Noémie - Good point! I totally forgot about Mods!
The second point - can we reword it cause that might mean that people can't edit their own posts
Birchington - Yeah, I needed to add quite a bit in so I thought it should all be done at the same time and now is the first chance I've really had.
jakemittle - That's what I was going for, glad it worked. And, no, it didn't.
Yeah, could change it to a month, but it's usual that I'll be more lax with people who are regular posters usually but some are pushing it...
- 12-07-2009 23:08
Just completed a more in-depth review of it and I have to say it seems very complete already. I have no problem seeing it go to a re-write and then to a vote within the next week or two.
Good work, Morg!
- 13-07-2009 01:19
I can see the benefit of having made it more concise Looks good
- Thread Starter
- 13-07-2009 21:06
Glad for the approval all
I'll start a re-write and get it posted soon.
- 13-07-2009 21:39
Looks good to me