It is the aim of SLMUN Secondlife on Model United Nations to provide students with a new and exciting opportunity to experience the numerous advantages of a MUN participation. SL allows users to overcome great distances and to meet in a virtual world, in which they can exchange their views and work jointly on solutions for problems in the real world. We are, however, aware of the fact that the interaction within a virtual environment can never be a substitute for meeting people in reality and we do not see our project as a substitute for other MUN project. It is a rather a complementation and offers the opportunity to prepare for real-world MUN and to experience the excitement of MUN without costs and journeys.
Model United Nations (MUN) have become indispensible parts of academic curricula and have filled students from all parts of the world with great enthusiasm for the idea of the United Nations and diplomatic interaction. It is within the simulated negotiations of MUN that students are able to test and improve many skills they have developed throughout their university careers. In many ways, the participation at MUN is a challenging experience. Delegates have to develop a thorough understanding of political, cultural and economic characteristics of the country they represent.
Moreover, negotiations at MUN require rhetorical skills and the ability to negotiate, to work under pressure, to work in a team and to compromise. For many students, MUN are a chance to improve their foreign language skills and, most importantly, it is a way to get to know other people, new cultures and to make friends with people from allover the world. Hence, MUN is not only about improving and applying skills, it is
about the very idea of the United Nations: uniting people from diverse backgrounds.
Rules of Procedure
The Presidency of the Security Council shall be held in turn by the members of the Security Council in the English alphabetical order of their names. Each President shall hold ofﬁce for one calendar month.
Costa Rica holds the presidency during SLMUN in November 2008.
The President shall preside over the meetings of the Security Council and, under the authority of the Security Council, shall represent it in its capacity as an organ of the United Nations.
Whenever the President of the Security Council deems that for the proper fulﬁllment of the responsibilities of the presidency he or she should not preside over the Council during the consideration of a particular question with which the member he represents is directly connected, he or she shall indicate her/ his decision to the Council. The presidential chair shall then devolve, for the purpose of the consideration of that question, on the representative of the member next in English alphabetical order, it being understood that the provisions of this rule shall apply to the representatives on the Security Council called upon successively to preside.
The President shall call upon representatives in the order in which they signify their desire to speak.
If a representative raises a point of order, the President shall immediately state his ruling. If it is challenged, the President shall submit his ruling to the Security Council for immediate decision and it shall stand unless overruled.
Proposed resolutions, amendments, and substantive motions shall normally be placed before the representatives in writing.
For purposes of this rule, all “proposals” shall be in the form of working papers prior to their approval by the Secretary. Working papers will not be copied, or in any other way distributed, to the Council by the Secretary. The distribution of such working papers is solely the responsibility of the sponsors of the working papers. Along these lines, and in furtherance of the philosophy
and principles of the SLMUN and for the purpose of advancing its educational mission, representatives should not directly refer to the substance of a working paper that has not yet been accepted as a draft resolution. After approval of a working paper, the proposal becomes a draft resolution and will be copied by the Secretariat for distribution to the Council. These draft resolutions are the collective property of the Council and, as such, the names of the original sponsors will be removed. The copying and distribution of amendments is at the discretion of the Secretariat, but the substance of all such amendments will be made available to all representatives in some form.
Principal motions and draft resolutions shall have precedence in the order of their submission. Parts of a motion or of a draft resolution shall be voted on separately at the request of any representative, unless the original mover objects.
The following motions shall have precedence in the order named over all principal motions and draft resolutions relative to the subject before the meeting:
- To suspend the meeting;
- To adjourn the meeting;
- To adjourn the meeting to a certain day or hour;
- To refer any matter to a committee, to the Secretary-General or to a rapporteur;
- To postpone discussion of the question to a certain day or indeﬁnitely; or
- To introduce an
Any motion for the suspension or for the simple adjournment of the meeting shall be decided without debate.
It shall not be necessary for any motion or draft resolution proposed by a representative on the Security Council to be seconded before being put to a vote.
A motion or draft resolution can at any time be withdrawn so long as no vote has been taken with respect to it.
If two or more amendments to a motion or draft resolution are proposed, the President shall rule on the order in which they are to be voted upon. Ordinarily, the Security Council shall ﬁrst vote on the amendment furthest removed from the original proposal and then on the amendment next furthest removed until all amendments have been put to the vote, but when an amendment adds or deletes from the text of a motion or draft resolution, that amendment shall be voted on ﬁrst.
Voting in the Security Council shall be in accordance with the relevant Articles of the Charter and of the Statute of the International Court of Justice
English shall be the ofﬁcial and working language of the Security Council.