Council is in session
"Right to Reply!"
In Week 3 of Model United Nations training, Team LSE delegates were introduced to the wonderful world of Rules of Procedure (ROP). On the surface, ROP may seem dry or boring; yet they form the bedrock of any foundation in Model UN. From distinguishing Points of Parliamentary Inquiry and Order, to figuring out what a Division of the House entails - our Training Officer Jonathan Lin provided an engaging, step-by-step presentation for all members to gain a better grasp of what ROP is.
Taking a vote
Subsequently, delegates broke up into smaller committees to experience debating The Situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with ROP in play. Though the time allotted for debate was short, some committees managed to introduce and debate working papers, and Committee Chairs were impressed both with the quality of solutions and the intensity of debate (including the energy of the DPRK delegates!).
Making a point
Through the training, Team LSE delegates took away a greater understanding of the procedural guidelines that must be adhered to in council. In the process, delegates also hopefully came away with a better understanding of the intricacies of passing a working paper/ resolution, and the need for rules to ensure objective debate. So next time you try to overthrow the chairs - know that they can overrule you 'at the chair's discretion'!
In next week's training, Team LSE delegates will learn more about Lobbying, Research, and Resolution Writing. We hope to see you there!