Participating in the 40th MOAS for High Schools (Nov. 17-19, 2021)

Review all the information that you will need for the Model:

- Information Bulletin
- MOAS Authorities
- Modus Operandi
- Rules of Procedure
- General Committee (Schedule of Events)
- Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (Schedule of Events)
- Committee on Hemispheric Security (Schedule of Events)

- Agenda of Topics
- Reading material (very useful for drafting resolutions!)
- Code of Conduct
- Country assignment
- Working Groups - Topics and Countries
- Working Group Leaders

TRAINING SESSIONS: Training sessions will be provided to all participants.

- During the Model, students will meet in their assigned Committees on their assigned day to debate the draft resolutions:

Wednesday, November 17th: General Committee


Thursday, November 18th: Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs


Friday, November 19th: Committee on Hemispheric Security and  Plenary and Closing Sessions for all Committee delegates


- Prior to the Model: Drafting of resolutions in Working Groups:

Please note that resolutions will be drafted in working groups with the assistance of MOAS Authorities prior to the Model. Refer to the Modus Operandi.
Draft resolutions must be submitted no later than November 1st.
Resolutions will be presented and debated in each Committee on the day the Committee will be meeting.
The presentation will be in charge of the Working Group Leader.

Important: Table (Distribution per Committee, Working Group and Topic) (will be posted soon)

After the MOAS:

 Book of Resolutions
 Newsletter on the 40th MOAS


Committee Dynamics: Please note the Virtual MOAS will feature 3 Committees (GC, CAJP, and HS).
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 and 3-Committee on Hemispheric Security. 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. Please note that due to budgetary restrictions, the number of OAS staff members has been reduced. Therefore, OAS experts may not be able to participate in this MOAS.


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


Resolutions: Please note that resolutions will be drafted in working groups prior to the MOAS.
Resolutions will be presented and debated during the Model.

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, Chairs and Vice Chairs are elected at the previous MOAS session to serve at the next MOAS. Since this MOAS will be virtual, there will be specific instructions for voting. Learn about:            
- Election’s rules
- Voting process         
- Other materials