Officials Role Description

ROLE DESCRIPTION

PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

-The President of the General Assembly plays a crucial role in making sure that the general debate that takes place during GA Plenary sessions or any meeting of the General Assembly runs smoothly. He or she has complete control over rulings on matters of procedure, time limitations for speakers, and making decisions on extending, curtailing or adjourning debates. He/she must draw up the agenda for each plenary meeting and in determining the priority of its items. In addition, the President is expected to be neutral and promote consensus among Member States.

VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

– The Vice-Presidents may be called upon to replace the presiding officer. Acting as the presiding officer he or she has the same powers and duties as the President. A Vice-President may be called upon by the President to deliver the President’s statements, chair meetings, or act as a facilitator on any matter before the General Assembly, such as deliberations (formal or informal) on the draft resolutions submitted under a particular agenda item or negotiations on a text or statement to be adopted. As a member of the General Committee, the Vice-President shall also assist the President in drawing up the agenda for each plenary meeting and in determining the priority of its items. They will also be assigned to regional blocs to moderate regional caucuses and make sure that their region is fairly represented in the final resolution.

 CHAIRPERSONS/PRESIDENTS

– The Chairperson/President is the presiding officer of one of the General Assembly Main Committees. The Chairperson/President shall have complete control of the proceedings at any meeting. These duties shall include declaring the opening and closing of each meeting of the committee, directing its discussions, ensuring observance of the Rules of Procedure by ruling on all Points of Order, granting the right to speak, and announcing decisions. The Chairperson/President may, in the course of the discussion of an item, propose to the committee the limitation of the time to be allowed to speakers, the limitation of the number of times each representative may speak, the closure of the list of speakers or the closure of the debate. He or she may also propose the suspension or the adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion.

VICE-CHAIRPERSONS/VICE PRESIDENTS

– Vice Chairpersons/Vice Presidents are needed for each of the committee that would be simulated. The Vice Chairpersons/Vice Presidents may be called upon to replace the presiding officer of the committee. Acting as the presiding officer he or she has the same powers and duties as the Chairperson/President.

 

COMMITTEE SECRETARIES

– Provide continuous guidance and advice to the Chairperson/President concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, and conduct of business including interpretation of the Ghana

International Model UN rules of procedure;

-Prepare the talking points for the Committee Chairperson for each Committee meeting in consultation with the Chairperson;

-Be expected to respond to informal questions on the Committee’s agenda and follow-up with delegates on issues related to the Committee’s agenda;

-Provide procedural guidance to the Chairperson while seated at the podium alongside the Chairperson;

-Be well versed in the Ghana International Model UN rules of procedure, its Committees and UN resolution processes;

– Be expected to be knowledgeable about the substantive work of his/her Committee, particularly as it relates to the theme of the conference and general Member State positions on the issues;

– Communicate regularly with the GIMUN Secretary-General on all and any conference developments.

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