THE SECRETARIAT Secretaries-General Seah Ying Ying and Tamisha Tan Secretary-Treasurers Kwan TsunLok and PekJiaWen Head of Concept Noelle Huang Head of Logistics Pang Chee Him
AGENDA • Administrative Matters • Conference Protocol • 2nd Briefing Details • HCCRI Workshop
INTRODUCTION Hwa Chong Conflict Resolution and Inquiry (HCCRI) is a student conference in its 3rd year running designed to emulate real world diplomacy. Students will represent a country or organisation and aim to solve global issues with sufficient depth and scope.
CORE PRINCIPLES HCCRI aims to reflect realpolitik and diplomacy where countries’ national interests are their main priorities.
CORE PRINCIPLES In HCCRI, delegates aim to bring about the greatest amount of benefits to the international community. However, delegates must be prepared to take all necessary measures to defend their interests.
THEME Brave New World Towards A Brighter Age
CONFERENCE DETAILS Date:2nd – 3rd June 2014 Time:9 am to 6 pm (reporting time 8.30am) Venue:OngTeng Cheong Student Activities and Leadership Training (SALT) Centre Attire: Business attire
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 2nd June 8.00am, SALT Centre Registration Opens 8.30 am, Moot Parliament Hall Opening Ceremony
HCCRI PROTOCOL • Delegations • Debate • Clauses • Declarations • Voting Protocol • Press Conferences
DELEGATIONS • Delegations will have access to the full range of binding powers that the country or organisation has. • This provides extra leverage during negotiations. • Presidents have the right to reject certain uses of these powers on the grounds of pragmatism.
DELEGATIONS • Access to all diplomaticpowers • E.g. USA vetoing all Security Council resolutions on Israel. • Access to all economicpowers • E.g. Germany withdrawing funds from the bailout of Greece.
DELEGATIONS • Access to all domesticpolicies • E.g. Myanmar removing Aung San SuuKyi from the elections. • Access to all strategicadvantages • E.g. Indonesia blocking off the Straits of Malacca.
DEBATE Speeches • Delegates must refer to themselves in 3rd person at all times – e.g., ‘the delegate of Cuba’ or ‘this delegate’. • Speeches should be kept to under 2 minutes excluding time for Points of Information.
DEBATE Yielding of Time: • Once delegates have finished their speeches, they have to yield their time to Points of Information or back to the Chair. • Delegates cannot decline the option of Points of Information in HCCRI. • Delegates cannot yield their time to another delegate in HCCRI. • Follow-up points of information may be entertained at the discretion of the Chair
MOTIONS MOTIONS: • Delegations that agree with the motion should raise their placards and say “Second”, while delegations that disagree should raise their placards and say “Objection”. • Delegates objecting may be asked for their rationale in doing so. • The President will then decide whether or not the motion will be voted on or rejected. • A motion requires a simple majority to pass.
MOTIONS Motion to move to the Previous Question • Requests the President to move on to the next step in discussions. • If the House is in the midst of open debate on an amendment, this motion if passed will move the House directly to voting procedures on the amendment. • A motion to move to direct voting procedure is not recognised at HCCRI. Motion to Extend Debate Time • Requests the President to extend the allocation of time on discussion for the amendment or agenda item.
MOTIONS Motion for an Unmoderated Caucus • Requests the President to give the delegations time to talk to each other directly in the room. • The President will likewise set the time limit for unmoderated caucuses. Motion to Reconsider an Amendment • Requests the President to restart debate on an amendment that had previously been rejected by the committee.
POINTS Point of Personal Privilege • When your personal comfort is impacting your ability to debate effectively: i.e. when you cannot hear the speaker, or when the air-conditioner is too cold. • Example: “Point of Personal Privilege – this delegate cannot hear the speaker at all.” • May only interrupt a speaker in cases of audibility issues.
POINTS Point of Order • When you believe the President has used incorrect protocol or made a procedural mistake. • Example: “Point of Order – this delegate has not been entertained for my Point of Information to the delegate of China.” • May not interrupt a speaker.
POINTS Point of Parliamentary Inquiry • When you have a question pertaining to procedural matters. • Example: “Point of Parliamentary Inquiry – Does an unmoderated caucus require us to stay in our seats?” • May not interrupt a speaker.
POINTS Point of Information to the President • When you have a substantive question pertaining to the issue. • Example: “Could the President clarify if the US has ratified the International Criminal Court?” • May not interrupt a speaker.
POINTS Point of Information to the Speaker • Once a speech is concluded. Delegates must raise their placards to indicate that they wish to offer a POI. The President will decide whose and how many to accept. • POIs must be in the form of a question • Follow-ups are allowed at the discretion of the President. • Example: “Could the delegate of Brazil clarify their stance towards Mercosur?”
RIGHTS Right to Reply: • A Right to Reply can be used only when a delegate or his/her nation is personally insulted. Eg. “DPRK is a war-mongering, evil and a disgrace to the international community” • Statements of fact do not count as “insults” Eg. “DPRK has been aggressively arming itself with nuclear weapons and infringes on basic human rights” • If the President recognizes that this right is in order, the delegate who made the insult should apologize immediately.
DECLARATIONS Delegates will only need to prepare amendments to the base declaration for HCCRI.There is no need for delegates to prepare or submit their own declarations/resolutions as all debate will take place based on the base declaration drafted by the President.
DECLARATIONS Base Declarations: • Written by the President and will form the scope, agenda, and basis for debate about the conflict. • Consists solely of non-binding clauses. • Delegates are encouraged to replace/amend the Base Declaration’s non-binding clauses with binding clauses of their own.
DECLARATIONS Declarations of the House: • Final product of a committee that will constitute an effective resolution to the conflict • Contains both non-binding and binding clauses • Requires 2/3 majority to pass All delegates must sign the Declaration of the House passed by their committee, with the exception of NATO
CLAUSES Non Binding Clauses Symbolic statements representing the collective principles of stakeholders made by the President on behalf of all delegations. Similar to pre-ambulatory clauses.
CLAUSES Binding Clauses Binding clauses mandate a specific course of action to be taken by one or more specific stakeholders, and are thus legally binding on these stakeholders. They are proposed by delegates in the form of amendments to the current version of the declaration.
CLAUSES Binding Clauses should contain: • Purpose • Stakeholders involved • Conditions for action (optional) • Course(s) for action • Timeframe • Supporting stakeholders
CLAUSES 1. In order to <insert purpose>,<insert delegation(s)>shall, upon the fulfilment of the condition(s) that<insert conditions to be fulfilled, if any>,undertake a legal and binding commitment to adopt the following actions: a. <insert course of action to be taken>, within a period of<insert, where possible, a timeframe>, with the support and subject to the approval of <insert supporting stakeholders>;
AMENDMENTS Amendments: • The primary method of action in HCCRI • Delegations can propose to strike out old policies or introduce new ones. Amendments to the 2nd degree are also acceptable. • They have to be written on official Amendment Sheets, alongside two strong reasons • Will be introduced at the chair’s discretion. • Requires unanimous vote for to pass
VOTING PROTOCOL • In HCCRI,only delegations relevant to the amendment being debated are given voting power. This is because realistically, parties that are central to the conflict or contributing to the solution are the ones whose opinions count the most. Before a vote on an amendment, the President will identify the delegations that will be allowed to vote on the amendment, and justify his decision.
VOTING PROTOCOL Types: • Unilateral binding commitments by a single delegation • Only the single delegation may vote. • E.g. Fiscal policies within a nation • Multilateral agreements between two or more delegations • Only those that are party to the agreement may vote. • E.g. A proposal to deliver humanitarian aid to Myanmar requires the support of the Myanmese government and the nation providing aid.
VOTING PROTOCOL Types: • Amendments imposing binding obligations on all nations/the international community, • All delegations may vote • E.g. Treaties or Conventions • If no binding legal commitment is imposed, but a delegation’s support is requiredto feasibly implement it, that delegation may vote
VOTING PROTOCOL Particular Examples: • A proposal to impose sanctions by the Security Council on a nation requires the support of all 5 permanent members of the Security Council. • A proposal to intervene in another country, however, by nature only requires the support of the intervening nations. • Delegates may at any time ask the chairs for justification
NATO VOTING • Only NATO members will be able to vote on the Final Declaration of the House. • Non-NATO nations will be able to vote on matters pertaining to their nation. • Stationing NATO troops in Okinawa’s military bases requires Japanese approval
VOTING PROTOCOL • Motions: 50% • Clauses: 100% • Delegations must inform the chair/committee if they intend to vote against and justify it • Abstentions must also be justified • Declarations of the House: 2/3rds
PRESS CONFERENCE • Presidents will call for Press Conferences periodically. • They seek to emulate public pressure and media scrutiny. • During Press Conferences, Presidents and members of the Press will get the chance to question the entire committee on their actions. • Members of Press will represent prominent media corporations, adopting a “bias” or slant during questioning.
2ND BRIEFING 24th May Delegates will be expected to make a 7 minute presentation on the issues within their respective committees.
2ND BRIEFING Presentations should detail the following, both in general and specifically in your nation: • Background Information • National Stances and interests • Key blocs and actors • Possible Solutions
WEBSITE Research Reports and Base Declarations will be released on our website within the next week. www.hccri.org
FACEBOOK PAGE Updates on the conference and articles related to issues will be posted on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/HCCRI2014