Participating in the 36th MOAS for High Schools

General Information about the MOAS:
Review all the information that you will need for the Model:
- Convocation letter
- Rules of Procedure
- Information Bulletin
- Schedule of Events
- Agenda of Topics
- Reading material
- Code of Conduct
- Country assignment
- Working Group Distribution:
   - General Committee
   - First Committee
   - Second Committee
   - Third Committee
   - Fourth Committee
- MOAS Authorities
- MOAS General Secretariat
- MOAS Communication Center
- Position Papers:
   - Guatemala: 1st Committee Topic 1A

         

 

Committee Dynamics:
The Committees are the basic work units of the MOAS. Delegates are divided into five committees: 1-General Committee, 2-Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, 3-Committee on Hemispheric Security, 4-Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities; and 5-Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs. Once in their committees Head and Alternate Delegates deliver their general statements to other delegates during the first sessions of the Committees. To address the Committee topics, delegates are distributed into Working Groups (WGs) where they propose ideas and formulate draft resolutions. Model and Committee Dynamics.

 

OAS experts' participation in the MOAS:
One key benefit that sets the MOAS apart from other Models is the relevant and helpful guidance on a wide range of topics provided by OAS specialists. Their participation provides unique added value to the program. After a brief presentation and Q&A session, OAS experts are available to support the process of drafting resolutions. The resolutions issued by each of the Working Groups are discussed with the OAS Expert, before being debated and discussed by other delegates. Once the recommendations and/or changes suggested by the OAS Expert have been incorporated, draft resolutions must be forwarded to the Chairs of each committee.
 

 

Drafting resolutions:
A resolution is a written document that addresses an issue that needs to be resolved or acknowledged. Draft resolutions formulated by MOAS participants are the result of research, analysis, negotiation and compromise made by Committee delegates regarding a topic, taking into consideration the interest and policies of the assigned countries. Delegates in Working Groups will draft one resolution with the support of the Committee Chair, Vice Chair or Secretary. This draft resolution must include all the proposals from the delegates, and must have between 4 and 6 operative clauses and corresponding preamble. Guidelines | Resolutions of the OAS General Assembly | Resolutions trajectory

 

Working group format:
The Chair will break the Committee into six working groups to draft one resolution each. Delegates brainstorm and propose ideas for the draft resolution. Each Working Group will select a delegate to keep record of the proposals to be included in the resolution. All proposals need to be presented in the form of clauses. Check the Working Group Help List and the Working Group Flowchart

 

28th MOAS for High Schools Debate and Voting:
Draft resolutions are debated in each Committee. The Committee Chair opens the floor for the intervention of all delegates who can be for or against the resolution. The Chair calls for a vote on proposed amendments when applicable. Check Debate of Resolutions flowchart. Each country delegation has the right to one vote. One of the main goals of the MOAS exercise is that delegates reach consensus through negotiation and compromise. If this is not possible a vote will be taken by a show of the country placards. Check MOAS Rules of Procedure regarding Debate and Voting

 

Election of MOAS Authorities:
The MOAS President, Secretary General, Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons are elected at the previous MOAS session to serve at the next MOAS.   Learn about:            
- Election’s rules
- Voting process         
- Other materials