Officer Positions

In its efforts to simulate the United Nations as accurately as possible, Viking Model United Nations invites students of participating schools to apply to serve as an officer on one of the conference’s five bodies. Most conferences have students from the host school serve as officers, but this is an inaccurate simulation because at the United Nations, committees are chaired by national representatives, not by UN staff members. Students should have experience as a Model United Nations delegate and must be able to be trained by the Secretariat in the UN4MUN rules of procedure.

Below are descriptions for each of the officer positions; please read them carefully before completing the application at the bottom of the page. Please note that officers who do not represent a Member State (i.e., the President of the General Assembly, the Chairman of the Third Committee, the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Program, and the President of the Human Rights Council) are ineligible to receive awards unless they demonstrate exceptional skill in moving the body toward consensus on a resolution.

The VMUN Secretariat will provide training for all selected officers prior to the conference and will offer procedural guidance during the conference.

Please contact Sai Dereddy, Chief of Staff, at saider1@nilesk12.org with any questions.

Application Process
Please submit the VMUN II Officer Application by Friday, 7 October (earlier submissions are preferred). The Secretariat will notify accepted applicants of their position by Friday, 14 October, when country assignments are released.


General Assembly (Plenary)

President

The President shall declare the opening and closing of each plenary meeting, direct the discussions in plenary meeting, ensure observance of the rules of procedure, accord the right to speak, put questions, announce decisions, rule on points of order, and have complete control of the proceedings at any meeting and over the maintenance of order thereat, subject to the rules of procedure. The President shall not vote, nor does the President represent a participating delegation. During informal meetings, the President facilitates negotiations of draft resolutions in order to help delegations come to a consensus. The President must at all times treat all delegates equally, behave impartially, not appear to favor any party, and not appear to favor any side of a contentious issue.

Vice-President

There are 21 Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly. One Vice-President serves as Acting President when the President is absent. At VMUN 2016, Vice-Presidents facilitate negotiations of draft resolutions in order to help delegations come to a consensus. Vice-Presidents retain their capacity as national delegates throughout the conference unless they serve as Acting President. Vice-Presidents, unless serving as Acting President, may vote. As national representatives, the Vice-Presidents are expected to write position papers.

Currently, the following Member States are Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly; Vice-Presidents at VMUN 2016 will represent one of these Member States: Armenia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, China, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, El Salvador, France, Germany, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, the Russian Federation, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, and Zambia.


Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the General Assembly

Chairman

The Chairman shall declare the opening and closing of each meeting of the Committee, direct its discussions, ensure observance of the rules of procedure, accord the right to speak, put questions, and announce decisions. He/she may propose to the Committee the limitation of time to be allowed to speakers, the limitation of the number of times each representative may speak, the closure of the list of speakers, the closure of debate, the suspension or the adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion. The Chairman shall not vote, nor does the Chairman represent a participating delegation. During informal meetings, the Chairman facilitates negotiations of draft resolutions in order to help delegations come to a consensus. The Chairman must at all times treat all delegates equally, behave impartially, not appear to favor any party, and not appear to favor any side of a contentious issue.

Vice-Chairman

There are three Vice-Chairmen of the Second Committee. One Vice-Chairman serves as Acting Chairman when the Chairman is absent. At VMUN II, Vice-Chairmen facilitate negotiations of draft resolutions in order to help delegations come to a consensus. Vice-Chairmen retain their capacity as national delegates throughout the conference unless they serve as Acting Chairman. Vice-Chairmen, unless serving as Acting Chairman, may vote. As national representatives, the Vice-Chairmen are expected to write position papers.

Currently, the following Member States are Vice-Chairmen of the Second Committee; Vice-Chairmen of the Second Committee at VMUN II will represent one of these Member States: Cyprus, Saint Lucia, Italy.


Security Council

President

The President shall declare the opening and closing of each meeting of the Council, direct its discussions, ensure observance of the rules of procedure, accord the right to speak, put questions, and announce decisions. He/she may propose to the Council the limitation of time to be allowed to speakers, the limitation of the number of times each representative may speak, the closure of the list of speakers, the closure of debate, the suspension or the adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion. During informal meetings, the President facilitates negotiations of draft resolutions in order to help delegations come to a consensus. In November 2017, the Presidency will be held by Italy; the President of the Security Council at VMUN II will concurrently be representing Italy on the Council. The President (Italy) may vote and speak in his/her national capacity in addition to speaking as the President. As a national representative, the President is expected to write a position paper as Italy.


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