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LAU Model Arab League

Conference Handbook
3rd High School Conference
10th and 11th of May 2014

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Table of Contents

1- Schedule of the High School Conference: ................................................ 2

2- Help Desks and Locations: ....................................................................... 4

A. Registration and Help Desks Locations: ............................................. 4

B. Places to Rest: ............................................................ 4

3- Rules during the Conference: ................................................................... 4

A. Attendance Policy for the Conference: ................................................. 4

B. Dress Code: ........................................................................ 4

4- Advisors Tasks during the Conference: ................................................. 5

A. What To Do: .......................................................................................... 5

B. What to Avoid: ..................................................................................... 6

C. Registration Procedure: ........................................................................ 6

D. Where to receive the envelopes of awards and certificates: ................. 7

5- Role of the delegates: ............................................................................... 7

A. Conference Vocabulary: ........................................................................ 7

B. Rules of procedure: ............................................................................................... 9

C. Research Skills: .................................................................................... 17

D. Country Statement Submission Process: ............................................ 17

6- Awards and Evaluation Rubric: ..............................................................19

Country Statement Award: ......................................................................... 20

Honorable Mention Award: ............................ 21

Best Delegation Award: .............................................................................. 22

Secretary General Award: ........................................................................... 23

7- High School Councils and Topics: .......................................................... 23

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Schedule of the High School Conference

The High School Conference is the culmination of all the material presented
to the esteemed students during the past 5 Training Sessions. All delegates
must attend both days of the Conference. During the two-day conference, we
will have simulations of real Arab League sessions, the Arab Village, and the
Closing Ceremony, according to the following schedule:

May 10
, 2014 Byblos Campus:

Time Event Location
08:00 09:00 AM Arrival & Registration
Registration Desks at Frem
Civic Center, and between
Science and Tohme-Rizk
09:00 12:00 PM Session Respective Councils
12:00 01:00 PM Break -
01:00 04:00 PM Session Respective Councils
05:00 09:00 PM Arab Village
Upper Campus Behind

May 11
, 2014 Beirut Campus:

Time Event Location
09:00 12:00 PM Session Respective Councils
12:00 01:00 PM Break -
01:00 04:00 PM Session Respective Councils
06:00 08:00 PM Closing Ceremony Irwin Hall
08:00 09:00 PM
Receiving participation
certificates, advisors
certificates, and awards
Green Desks in front of
Irwin Hall

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Council Name
Gamal Abdel Nasser Cabinet Frem 203 G04
Head of States Summit Frem 204 G05
United Nations Security Council Eng 405 BB905
Joint Defense Council Frem 302 BB1003
Council on Political Affairs Frem 303 BB1004
Council on Arab Ministers Responsible for the
Frem 403 BB1005
Council of Arab Ministers of Health Frem 404 G06
Arab Women Organization Frem 406 BB1107
Arab Committee on Human Rights Frem 503 BB1108
Historical Joint Defense Council Frem 504 BB1109
Council on Palestinian Affairs Frem 506 BB1207
Council on Arab Economic Unity Eng 402 BB1208
Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific
Eng 403 BB1209
Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Eng 404 BB1210
Geneva III Conference on Syria Eng 406 BB904
Generations' Council* Frem 205 BB903

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Help Desks and Locations

A. Registration and Help Desks Locations
In Byblos, for the first day of the High School Conference, the Registration
Desks will be at the entrance of Frem Building and between the Tohme-Rizk
and the Science One Buildings. You may find the desk corresponding to your
school in section 4.A.

In Beirut, for the second day of the High School Conference, the Help Desks
will be in the Business Building. There is no registration on the second day.

If you have any inquiry, kindly pass by these desks during the day, and we will
be more than happy to help you.

B. Places to Rest
In Byblos, the esteemed advisors may rest in the Cafeteria or in the Frem Civic
Center Faculty Lounge.

In Beirut, the esteemed advisors may rest in the Business Building Lobby.

Rules during the Conference

A. Attendance Policy for the Conference
The following students will not be eligible for the Certificate of Participation
or any awards:
1. Students who missed the first training session.
2. Students who have missed, or have been late to, a total of 2 training
3. Students who miss part of a High School Conference day, before or
after the break.
4. Students who miss an entire High School Conference day.
5. Students who miss both days of the High School Conference.

B. Dress Code
Dressing professionally and appropriately is an important aspect of the
Lebanese American University Model Arab League preparations. The same as
being polite and having proper manners, dressing appropriately is an
important way to show respect for the nation the delegate is representing, for
fellow delegates, and for the Arab League. Delegates may wear their own
formal national dress.

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International standard business attire serves as customary dress for the
conference. It entails wearing a suit, which is made up of a pair of trousers, a
matching jacket, a button- down dress shirt, and a tie. Dress shoes and socks
are also important. Skirts and dresses may also be worn as long as they are
culturally appropriate and fall to a decent length.

Advisors Tasks during the Conference

A. What To Do:
The advisor is an invaluable asset of LAU MAL, and the guidance of their
delegation. Accordingly, our esteemed advisors have the following tasks
during the conference:
Making sure the delegation arrives on time;
Going to the Registration Desks on conference days (please read
the Registration Procedure section for more details);
Knowing where the students councils are located;

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Ensuring that the right delegates go to the right classes;
Providing support for the delegates during the breaks.
Please note that advisors will be able to enter the councils in accordance with
the following procedure:
Advisors may enter only councils whose doors are open.
If the doors of a council are closed, advisors may not enter that council
as that will disrupt the flow of the debate.
In order not to overcrowd the councils, each advisor is requested not to
stay more than 5 minutes in each council. In case an advisor stays
longer than 5 minutes, the chairperson or logistics coordinator may ask
them to leave the council.
Advisors are not allowed to enter a council while an un-moderated
caucus is in session. If an advisor is already in a council when an un-
moderated caucus takes place, they are kindly requested to leave the
At any time, if the chairperson feels the advisors presence is causing
distraction in the council, they reserve the right to ask the advisor to
leave the council.
Advisors can enter the councils in accordance with the above
mentioned rules on Saturday the entire day and Sunday only before the
break (until 12:00 noon).

B. What To Avoid:

Entering into the Councils Classrooms when an un-moderated caucus
is in session.
Talking to the usher, directors, or chairs;
Talking to or approaching the delegates during the session in both
moderated and un-moderated caucuses;
Taking pictures during the session. LAU MAL photographers will be
Crowding the area of the Registration Desks.

C. Registration Procedure:
Upon arrival on both days of the conference, kindly locate the registration
desks (locations are provided in the previous section).
There are two registration desks in the Byblos campus. Kindly make sure you
know your School Relations Coordinators name. Once you find the desks, the
advisor is kindly requested to register the school.
Kindly make sure not to crowd the Registration Desk Area and ensure that
only the advisor or head delegate registers the delegation and receives the

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D. Where to receive the envelopes of awards and certificates:
The Closing Ceremony for the LAU MAL High School Conference will be held
in Irwin Hall LAU Beirut Campus.
After the ceremony ends, the advisors are kindly requested to visit the
appropriate Distribution Desk to receive their envelopes, which include the
delegations Certificates of Participation, the Advisors Certificate, as well as
possible awards.
Please note that only registered advisors, according to the LAU MAL High
School Registration Form & Payment Receipts, will be presented with the
Advisors Certificate.
The envelopes will be divided between the two Distribution Desks at the
entrance of Irwin Hall, according to the first name of the School Relations
Coordinator. Kindly make sure you know your School Relations Coordinators
name. It is necessary to note that no certificates or awards will be distributed
before the Closing Ceremony.
Role of the Delegates

Students are going to be the ambassadors of the countries theyre assigned to.
For that, they should obey the following rules:
1. Have their LAU MAL ID with them at all times. No delegate can
participate in the conference without having their LAU MAL ID with
2. Abide by the Dress Code
3. No usage of inappropriate language.
4. Keep the placard clearly placed in front of them during the sessions;
keep them in class during breaks.
5. No use of electronics allowed (e.g.: laptops, phones, or any tablets). All
delegates will be required to hand in all and any electronic device to the
dais in their committee. Any delegate who fails to do so will be
disqualified immediately and may have his or her school disqualified as
6. Passing notes to other delegates must follow the following procedure:
a. Write the note in English. No other languages are allowed.
b. Ensure that the style used is formal.
c. On the back, specify the countrys name and the name of the
country to the note is intended to be sent to.
d. Kindly raise their hand and wait till the usher passes by and
deliver the note to him/her.
e. Kindly note that if the usher doesnt find the note appropriate
and/or relevant, he/she has the right not to deliver it.

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A. Conference Vocabulary
The dais consists of a Chair, a Vice-Chair and Directors.
The role of the Chair is to facilitate the flow of the debate and ensure the full
application of the Rules of Procedure taking into consideration their
respective committee.
The vice chair is the supporter of the chair concerning the logistics and the
flow of the debate in the committee.
Each committee is to have directors: Rapporteurs and Observers. The
Rapporteur records the speakers list and the minutes of all the sessions,
whereas the Observer evaluates every delegate according to the provided
rubric and checks the eligibility of the draft resolution.
Diagram of Hierarchy

Frequently Used Phrases
By the Chair and Dais:
Delegates we are now in a formal session of "name of the committee.
Please abide by the rules of procedure of the committee.
Delegates we will now proceed with the Roll Call.
Are there any points or motions on the floor?
The agenda is set on discussing the topic Name of topic.
The delegate of "Name of the Country", the floor is yours, you have
"time ".
Delegates you are out of order, please return to your seats and please
remain silent.
Delegate you are out of character.
Draft resolution state the draft resolution number is on the

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floor and is open for discussion.
By the delegate:
Motioning: Name of country wishes to motion for
The delegate of Name of country wishes to motion for
Motioning for a moderated/un-moderated caucus: Motion to suspend
the debate for a moderated/ un-moderated caucus of total time,
speakers time (in the moderated) to discuss topic
Addressing the committee: Honorable Chair, fellow delegates
Vocabulary reminders:
Abstain: During a vote on a substantive matter, delegates may abstain
from voting.
Binding: Having legal force in Arab member states. Security Council
resolutions are binding, as are decisions of the Security Council.
Decorum: The order and respect for others that all delegates at a
Model Arab League conference must exhibit. The Chair will call for
decorum when he or she feels that the committee is not being
respectful of a speaker, of the dais, or of their roles as ambassadors.
Veto: The ability, held by China, France, the Russian Federation, the
United Kingdom, and the United States to prevent any draft resolution
in the Security Council from passing by voting no.

B. Flow of Debate & Rules of Procedure
The Flow of Debate usually consists of the following major phases:
- Roll Call
- Setting the Agenda and Speaking time (depending on the conference)
- Procedural Debate
- Substantive Debate
- Closing Debate
- Voting Procedures

Roll Call
The Roll Call is the first order of business in a Model AL council. The
chairperson will begin the formal session with introductory remarks, and then
call the session into order. Roll Call is then taken by a member of the Dias;
he/she reads aloud the names of each member state in the council in
descending alphabetical order.
When delegates hear their countrys name they answer by present
or present and voting. If the delegate replied with present then
he or she may vote upon a resolution (yes or no) or may abstain
(neither say yes nor say no); On the other hand if a delegate replied
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Countries with direct concern to the topic are more likely to answer
with Present and Voting (E.g. Qatar if the topic is natural gas
Countries who try to Exercise prestige and show status are more
likely to answer with Present and Voting too (E.g. Egypt as a
regional political weight)
Delegates who are absent or tardy for the roll call must send a
written note to the Chair indicating the reason for their absence or
tardiness in order to be recognized as present or present and voting.

Setting the Order of the Agenda
The agenda is the order in which the issues before the council will be
discussed. The first duty of a council following the roll call is usually to set the
order of the agenda.
The Chairperson would ask: Are there any points or motions on the
A delegate typically raises a motion to set the order of the agenda,
either in favor of Topic A or Topic B
Once the motion has been raised, three delegates must speak in
favor of topic A and three others in favor of Topic B, and NOT
against topic A.
Setting the agenda needs a simple majority vote to pass (simple
majority is 50%+1 of the quorum; the simple majority for a council
of 22 countries is 12)

Procedural Debate (Speakers List)
The Dais maintains a speakers list and delegates speak in the order
they are listed where they have the opportunity to share their views
with the entire council. It is set through a motion from a delegate
(different motions could be entertained specifying different time; 50
to 90 seconds are most ideal).
Delegates make speeches by adding their countrys name to the
speakers list. The Chair then chooses the countries randomly to be
added to the speakers list. In the speakers list, delegates may state
their general policy, answer questions, introduce and debate
resolutions or discuss amendments.
Procedural debate is important to the councils work. By not
knowing the rules of procedure, delegates slow down the debate and
hold back their committees council progress.
The speakers List has to be established all throughout the
conference, thus, upon exhaustion, the chairperson will renew the
speakers list and delegates will be added again.

Substantive Debate
In order for debate to change styles away from procedural debate, delegates
take a break in which they can discuss a topic more easily. Thus, caucusing is
used in order to facilitate debate especially when there is a long speakers list.

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Also, substantive debates are used to transcend the procedural debate into a
more dynamic and specific discussion of the topic at hand.

Moderated Caucus: A type of caucus in which delegates remain
seated and the Chair calls on them one at a time to speak for a short
period of time, after raising their placards. During this period, the
meeting is suspended and the session moves into a moderated
caucus, which enables freer exchange of opinions than would be
possible in formal debate.
The motion for this suspension is triple-folded: it must specify the
specific sub-topic, the total time and the speakers time.

Un-moderated Caucus: A type of caucus in which the rules are
suspended and the council breaks for a temporary recess. This
enables the free sharing of ideas to an extent not possible during
procedural or even moderated caucus.
The motion for this suspension is double-folded: it must specify the
specific purpose and the total time.

Closure of Debate
Once delegates feel that the topic has been thoroughly discussed, a delegate
will motion to close the debate. This motion permanently ends debate on the
topic, the draft resolutions and the unfriendly amendments. Closure of debate
could be put into discussion with two pro and two con speakers, and is then
put to an immediate vote requiring a two-thirds majority (in a council of 21
countries, two-third majority is 15 countries). If this motion passes, the
Council then votes on the resolutions it has worked upon.

Voting Procedure
If the Motion to Close the Debate on a Resolution passes, the Council
automatically moves into voting procedures. Voting takes place, first and
foremost, on all unfriendly amendments concerning the resolution, then on
the resolution itself. Once all of the resolutions are voted on, the committee
moves to the next topic on the agenda.

Rules of Procedure:

Basically, yields are passing over a delegates remaining time. There are 3
main yields:
1) Yield to the Chair: Signifies that the delegate who has the floor
wishes to have his or her time expire and do nothing with it.
2) Yield to another Delegate: Allows a second delegate in the Council
to use the remainder of the first delegates time to address the
Council; time yielded to a second delegate cannot be yielded again.
This is the only time where a point of information could be
3) Yield to Points of Information: Allows other delegates to ask

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questions to the speaker regarding the content of his or her speech.
After the speaker yields, the Chair recognizes delegates on the floor
who raise their placards to motion for Points of Information.
Note: You may only yield time during procedural debate (speakers list), and
you cannot yield a yielded time.


There are two main types of motions: Oral and Written.

Oral Motions: these are raised in order to move from one phase of the flow
of debate to another. There are 10 main types of Oral Motions;

1) Motion to establish the speakers list:
This motion allows a delegate to make a motion to set the speakers list
specifying the time per speaker, after setting the agenda.

2) Motion to set the order of the Agenda: Allows the Council to determine
the order in which it will consider the agenda topics assigned to it

3) Motion to Suspend Debate on the Agenda topic: To move from one
topic in order to discuss the other. It needs 2/3
majority to pass

4) Motion to Limit Debate: Limits the Councils debate to a discussion on
the draft resolution or the amendment only. Once this motion passes,
the council will strictly discuss the draft resolutions and the
amendments; no more speeches or discussions on the topic.
After limiting the debate a Motion to Set a New Speakers List should
be entertained. In case a point was found to be very important and
extremely necessary to go back to, the Chair can entertain a Motion to
re-open the previous formal Speakers List for a certain period of time
decided by the chair.

5) Motion to Suspend the Rules: Suspends the procedural debate and
enters into a moderated caucus.

6) Motion to Suspend the Meeting: Allows the Council to go into a recess
or an un-moderated caucus where delegates debate the topic on the
floor in an informal manner.

7) Motion to Close Debate: Ends permanently the debate on the topic, the
draft resolution, or the unfriendly amendment.

8) A Motion to Adjourn the Meeting: Concludes the session for lunch,
break, next session, or concludes the whole conference. It is a motion
that is only in order at the end of the Council Session.

9) Motion to Temporarily Revoke Voting and Speaking Privileges: Passes

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if a delegate insists on behavior that is unacceptable and disruptive to
the debate process. Requires two speakers for and two against, and is
only acceptable upon the Chairs discretion

These conditions are required to entertain this motion:
i. Attacking the personal integrity of any delegate
ii. Ruling a speaker out of order by the Chair if he or she engages in
such conduct.
iii. Responding by retributive comments by the attacked party is
likewise inappropriate.

10) Motion to Reinstate Privileges: Restores the revoked privileges to the
delegate that has conducted the inappropriate or disrespectful
behavior. As Chair deems the time appropriate for this motion, he or
she shall entertain this motion

Written Motions:

There are two main types of written motions:
1) Motion to Appeal the Decision of the Chair: Reconsiders a Chairs
decision. This motion is made when a delegate feels that the chairperson
has made an unfair decision. This motion needs to be submitted in
writing to the Chair.

2) Right of Reply: Permits the Chair, during debate, to accord a Right of
Reply to any delegate if a speech by another delegate contains E.g.
extraordinary language clearly insulting to personal or national dignity.
A delegate requesting a Right of Reply must submit the request and the
proposed Reply in writing to the Chair, who may read the Reply if he or
she deems it appropriate. The decision of the Chair on a Right of Reply
is not subject to appeal.
Note: Written motions are passed to the Chair through the ushers.


There are four main points;

1) Point of Order: E.g. presses a complaint of improper usage of
parliamentary procedure. The Chair shall immediately rule upon the
point and his or her decision shall stand unless successfully appealed.

2) Point of Personal Privilege: Brings the Chairs attention to physical
distractions that impair the delegates ability to participate in the
proceedings. If the delegate faces any personal or physical discomfort, a
Point of Personal Privilege is usually raised.

3) Point of Parliamentary Inquiry: Permits a delegate to address the Chair
for questions concerning the rules or proceedings of the Council.

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4) Point of Information: Allows other delegates to pose questions to the
speaker regarding the content of his or her speech. A delegate must yield
his or her time to a point of information first.

Motions priority:
The following list gives the priority of motions from highest to lowest priority
if several motions were presented at the same time. Start voting on the one
with the:
1. Extension of a previously conducted caucus.
2. Motion for an un-moderated caucus.
3. Motion for a moderated caucus.
4. If two motions of the same kind are presented choose the one with the
longest time.
5. If two motions of the same kind and same total time are presented
choose the one with the longest speaking time.
6. If two un-moderated motions of same total time are presented follow
the rule of First Come First Serve Policy.
Working Papers:
1. Working paper is the draft stage of the resolution
2. Working paper is written in bullet point format
3. Sponsors should gather as much support as possible
4. Signatures must be at least 20% of the committees quorum

Draft Resolutions:
A draft resolution should reflect your countrys positions and interests as
determined by delegates research.

The content of a draft resolution should:

1. Demonstrate that the authors are familiar with the topic (cite relevant
background and previous League and United Nations actions),
2. Show an awareness of the issues (clearly outline what aspects of the
problem need to be addressed and how),
3. Be concise (every clause must have a purpose),
4. Be accurate (observe this format and the rules of grammar).

An Amendment: adds to, deletes from, or changes a draft resolution.

Amendments may only modify operative clauses and are only in order
during the Council sessions.
At the Chairs discretion, amendments may be ruled out of order.
An amendment itself may not be amended while it is on the floor. Any
delegate may move an amendment to the floor, where it will then be
assigned an identification number by the council Chair.
No oral amendments are permissible, no matter how small.

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An Amendment: may either be friendly or unfriendly.

1. A friendly amendment makes a change agreed upon by all sponsors of
a draft resolution.
Upon the amendments introduction, the Chair will ask all of the
resolutions sponsor(s) to verify that the amendment is in fact
friendly; if so then the amendment immediately becomes part of the
resolution without requiring a vote.
If one or more of the resolutions sponsors objects to the
amendment, it is treated as an unfriendly amendment.

2. An unfriendly amendment is an amendment that does not have the
support of all the sponsors of a draft resolution.
It is treated according to the chairs discretion:
Could be voted upon on the spot
Or voted upon along all other unfriendly amendments later.
When debate is closed on the draft resolution or topic, the
amendment is brought to an immediate vote.

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RESOLUTION: acronym of committee/number. Example: PA/1/1.1
COUNCIL: Full name of the committee
TOPIC: Topics Name
SPONSORS: 7 sponsors for 100+ committees; 5 sponsors for 50-
100 committees; 3 sponsors for 0-49 committees

Perambulatory Clauses:
- Bold and Underline the pre-ambulatory phrase
- End it with a comma (,)
- It includes (Make sure to relate everything to the topic under
1. References to the Arab League Charter.
2. Citations of past Arab League resolutions.
3. Mentioning of statements made by the Secretary-General or a
relevant Arab League body.
4. Recognition of the efforts of regional or nongovernmental
organizations in dealing with the issue.
Be it hereby resolved by the League of Arab States:

Operative Clauses:
- Bold and Underline the operative phrase
- Number each operative clause
- End it with a semi-colon
- The last operative clause ends with a period
- The one before the last operative clause has and after the semi-
- It includes:
1. The actions or recommendations made in a resolution.
2. Solutions should be organized in a logical progression, with each
containing a single idea or proposal.
3. If a clause requires further explanation, use (a, b, c, etc).
4. If the sub-clauses need further explanation, use (I, II, III, etc).
SIGNATORIES: 20% of the Quorum

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C. Research Skills
When conducting a research delegates need to look for different types of
information so as to get a clear picture about the topic they are researching.

Types of research include:
- Statistics and numbers.
- Newspaper articles.
- Reports from NGOs and Intergovernmental organizations.
- Statements made by the government or country officials.
- Resolutions issued on the topic or other conventions.
- Testimonials and other material that show specific experiences.
- An academic publication on the issue.

To find information, delegates can:
- Check out news and media sources for up-to-date developments on an
issue. Ask their community, school or university librarian if they can
get access to any system that searches periodicals and journals.

- Visit nongovernmental organization (NGO) websites. NGOs are
important due to the valuable research and information they generate.
Look for NGOs that address the topic.

- Read academic publications. Although they can be complex, they
provide in depth information on many issues. Professors, students and
researchers at university are constantly conducting studies and
publishing papers.

- Enrich their understanding of an issue by discussing it with other
Model Arab League participants.

D. Country Statement Submission Process
During the LAU Model Arab League Conference the delegates are required to
submit a Country Statement. Since the LAU Model Arab League program
believes in academic integrity and supports it, delegates are required to
submit their country statements to www.turnitin.com in order to ensure that
the paper is plagiarism-free.

Deadline for this submission: Tuesday May 6
, 2014 11:59 PM (before

The following guidelines will help the delegate submit their paper on turnitin:

1. Enter the website: www.turnitin.com
2. On the top right corner the delegate will find a button which says: Create
Account. Fill out the application and submit it as a student.
3. After creating the account, sign yourself in.

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4. On the top left of the page, click enroll in a class and enter the
class/section ID and the class password which can be found in the below
5. Enter the class page named after your Council and submit the country
statement. Follow the steps that the turnitin website provides you with. For
the name of the submission and name of the Country Statement,
please type in the name of the Country ONLY.
6. Finally click submit and the Country Statement will be checked for

Committee Class Name on
Class ID Password
Gamal Abdel Nasser Cabinet GANC 7976017 2014GANC
Head of States Summit HSS 7976030 2014HSS
United Nations Security Council UNSC1 7976076 2014UNSC1
Joint Defense Council JDC 7976079 2014JDC
Council on Political Affairs CPA1 7976083 2014CPA1
Council on Arab Ministers Responsible for the
CAME 7976094 2014CAME
Council of Arab Ministers of Health CAMH 7976098 2014CAMH
Arab Women Organization AWO 7976107 2014AWO
Arab Committee on Human Rights ACHR 7976113 2014ACHR
Historical Joint Defense Council HJDC 7976125 2014HJDC
Council on Palestinian Affairs CPA2 7976147 2014CPA2
Council on Arab Economic Unity CAEU 7976149 2014CAEU
Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific
ALECSO 7976156 2014ALECSO
Organization of the Islamic Cooperation OIC 7976159 2014OIC
Geneva III Conference on Syria
Generations' Council* GC 7976164 2014GC

Note: One Country Statement is required per Delegation per
Council. This means if you have a co-delegate, you are required to
submit ONE Country Statement.


Modern Language Association, MLA, is a style of crediting the sources quoted
or paraphrased in a particular piece of literature. MLA serves as the standard
formatting for the citation of scholarly writings.

For every position paper presented, references are to be placed on the second

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page of the position paper in MLA format.

Below you will find some examples on how to cite using MLA:

Citing a newspaper article:
It is required to include the authors name, title of the article, and title of the
newspaper, city, date published, edition, page designation and URL

Citing an online journal article:
It is required to include the authors name, title of the article, title of the
publication, volume and issue numbers, year, pages and URL (optional).

This link will help you cite your sources in MLA format:

Enter this link and choose MLA inside the box on the right. A new page will
open and then choose which source you want to site and start filling the
information required. Finally click make citation and you will obtain a
referenced source in MLA format.
Awards & Evaluation Rubrics

The number of awards will be distributed in each committee
according to the following criteria:

1- Best Delegation/Delegate: 1 per delegation per council
2- Honorable Mention: 2 per delegation per council
3- Country Statement: 2 per delegation per council

Note: This is the maximum number of awards to be distributed. Taking into
consideration the criteria for eligibility, those numbers may not be satisfied in
every committee.

A. Best Country Statement Award: this certificate is awarded to
the delegation of students that demonstrates a precise and
extraordinary country position concerning the issue at hand in their
respective council or committee. An in-character, professional,
impactful, creative statement that would deserve recognition from the
corresponding daiss side,

B. Honorable Mention Award: this Mention is awarded to the
delegation of students that demonstrates the highest diplomatic
skills, and most prominent tactful ways of dealing with the clashes
found inside the respective council or committee. The delegation
should be outstanding in all spheres related to the skills taught during
the Public Speaking, Role Playing, Negotiations, and Conflict

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Resolution Training Sessions,

C. Best Delegation Award: this certificate would be awarded to the
delegation of students who projects the highest degree of excellence
in preparation, debate, caucusing, representation, diplomatic
leadership, and overall positive contribution to the work of their
Council along with the delegates performance in their Country
Statement Grading,

D. Secretary General Award: this certificate is awarded to the most
deserving school that has shown the greatest deal of commitment to
the program through attendance during all training sessions, events,
and conference days accompanied with the needed follow-up, the
right amount of passion to perform well and dedicatedly during all
times of the program, and the biggest outcome of success through the
acquiring of awards at the end of the program;

1. Highlights the need for criteria at best to choose awards on a clear and
compact set of rules:

A. Country Statement Criteria:

i. Background Guides: The soul aim of having a background
guide is to have a specific road map on which students should
build their further research and interpretations. Thus their
country statement should show a good understanding of the road
map we set: Thoroughly addressing all aspects of the country
statement by accurately analyzing and interpreting most of the
documents given to them,
ii. References: To be sure and reflect a sense of responsibility
towards the topic one is addressing, one should make sure they
have attained a full level of understanding to approach the topic
properly and confidently. Thus further research is essential.
References should show an incorporation of relevant outside
information that includes relevant facts, examples and details,
with a wide understanding of the information and proper quoting
to defer the risk of plagiarism,
iii. Mechanics: We do understand that many schools in our
program are not very well-equipped language wise, however one
can still research the proper way of writing a sentence. If one had
a perfect idea in mind but could not transmit it in a way others
could see it the way he/she does, he/she would have failed to step
forward. Thus the means through which the message is
transmitted should be given high importance. The delegation
should communicate with full control and understanding of the
conventions of English Grammar and usage. They should also
show a small effort in experimentation with sophisticated
language and varied sentence structures,

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iv. Purpose: The delegation should demonstrate a solid in-
character argument in their country statement. To be credible
and attain a proper peer understanding they should establish and
maintain a clear focus of their argument and stand through
demonstrating evidence of a distinctive voice and an appropriate
tone towards the issue at hand,
v. Policy Development: In a Country Statement one should not
only develop a good pattern and a compact outline but also a
system of deep and complex policies supported by rich, engaging
and pertinent details; all those which show evidence of analysis,
reflection and insight,
vi. Reference to the Real World: There should be alongside the
research a good reference to past international treaties,
international organizations, and real world stake-holders who
have a saying in the topic at hand;

B. Honorable Mention Criteria:

i. Country Representation: The Delegation should at all times
represent the viewpoints and policies of the country he/she
represents. All the delegates speeches and negotiations (allies
and national capabilities offerings included) should have a direct
relation to the realistic capabilities, stands, advantages, foreign
policies, etc of the country itself,
ii. General Knowledge on the Arab World and Arab
League: in order to formulate the most diplomatic and realistic
approach in a committee with 21 () other countries a delegation
should show the ability of referring to certain cases or issues in
the Arab World history or Arab League History and project a high
understanding of the Arab League ways of dealing with an issue
according to precedents,
iii. Knowledge of the Topic: The delegation should have
outstanding knowledge of the topic at hand based on obvious
additional research different from those offered in the
background guides,
iv. Knowledge of Rules of Procedure: Keeping in mind the
importance of chronology and organization when dealing with
big issues such as those offered in all committees without
exception, the delegation should always follow the Rules of
Procedure according to Training Session two material,
throughout the debate and should use them to the countrys
advantage wisely,
v. Diplomatic Composure: One of the most important
phenomenon in a conference would be how a delegation deals not
only with the issue at hand or with their colleagues in the
committee but also how they deals with each other and their
personal selves during reactionary periods, crisis modes, rights of
reply, points of information, back-stabbing situations, chaotic

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un-moderated caucuses and sudden topics they may not have
researched. The delegates should always act in a diplomatic
manner and use sophisticated and respectful language at all
times. Charisma, outfit, and creativity are irrevocable plusses,
vi. Involvement and Balance: Interest only shows when one
initiates claims, and shows high want to participate even when
not given the chance to. Thus it is of imperative importance for
the delegation to initiate committee proceedings in formal and
informal debates and show exceptional willingness and
leadership. Furthermore, interest in improvement of the country
and putting the countrys interest first, shows in the balance the
delegates in one delegation representing one country make.
When both balance each other, it is a big plus;

C. Best Delegation Criteria:
To be named best delegation denotes high prestige and recognition, thus the
criteria of this award necessitates care and attention. The best out of 100%
would be the delegation that has worked most. One point that is irrevocable
here, would be that the delegation should show their ability in balancing each
others capabilities, their ability in making teamwork most efficient, and their
ability in having a great spirit of cooperation and advancement that is obvious
to the whole committee.

i. 30% Country statement grading
ii. 30% Delegate A
iii. 30% Delegate B
iv. 10% Harmony between Delegate A and Delegate B
In Case there is only one delegate the Diplomacy Grading will be at 70%

2. Designates the responsibility of deciding the awards to:

I. The Chair (75%): And we quote from the Official National
Councils handbook: Chairs are encouraged to submit in writing
their views on potential award recipients. Chairs have a unique
perspective on the overall functioning of the Councils and this allows
the Chairs to explain why they believe certain delegations should or
should not be included for consideration. Along with a Grading
System, this should be enough,
II. The Directors recommendations (25%): Directors in the
committee will have to write small recommendations for the
potential award winners and submit those to their chair who will in
turn send them attached with their own grading system to the
Director of Training, the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary

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D. Secretary General Criteria:
As for the Secretary General Award to the Best School, the school with
the most points collected would be given the deserved Secretary
General Award:

Based on, most importantly, the Ratio of Awards:

i. A Country Statement Award will allot the school with one point.

ii. An Honorable Mention Award will allot the school with two points

iii. A Best Delegation Award will allot the school with three points.

All of which would give a maximum of 36 Points. Whoever collects more
points would be the most deserving and thus would win the Secretary General
High School Councils and Topics
Council Topic
Gamal Abdel Nasser Cabinet (Arabic)
The Nationalization of Suez Canal and 1956
Tripartite Aggression
Head of States Summit Terrorism in Yemen
United Nations Security Council The Syrian Crisis
Joint Defense Council External Threats to Arab Security
Council on Political Affairs Adjusting to the change in Arab Political
Council on Arab Ministers Responsible for the
Environment Outlook for the Arab Region
Council of Arab Ministers of Health Trans-border infectious diseases
Arab Women Organization Women Affected by Abuse
Arab Committee on Human Rights Securing the Human Rights of all Arabs
Historical Joint Defense Council Gulf War I
Council on Palestinian Affairs Quality of health among the residents of the
occupied Palestinian territories
Council on Arab Economic Unity Greater Arab Free Trade Area
Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific
Preserving the Arab Culture
Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (Arabic) Impact of Terrorism on the Arab World
Geneva III Conference on Syria
The Syrian Crisis
Generations' Council - Organization of the Islamic
Cooperation (English)
Impact of Terrorism on the Arab World

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