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GMUN General Assembly Officials

The United Nations Department of Public Information has selected the following nine students to be members of the General Assembly for the Global Model United Nations conference:

The nine GA Officials are:

Ms. Barbara Bravo (Brazil)
Mr. Petri Gozma (Finland)
Mr. Paul Gathara (Kenya)
Ms. Melissa Seif (Lebanon)
Ms. Margarita Garcia (Mexico)
Mr. Akachukwu Okafor (Nigeria)
Mr. Mateusz Drapczynski (Poland)
Ms. Sophie Pollard (United Kingdom)
Mr. Akhmed Tillayev (Uzbekistan) 

Elections for General Assembly Officials to Begin 14 May

Elections for 18 General Assembly Officials will be organized in two separate ballots as follows:

First online ballot: 14-17 May

Candidates for the following nine leadership positions will be posted on the GMUN website from 13-15 May (please note that these offices have been distributed among different regions--in keeping with the GMUN Rules of Procedure--to ensure that the leadership of the General Assembly is geographically diverse):
• President of the General Assembly (Western Europe)
• Chairpersons of the GA Committees:
1st Committee (Africa)
2nd Committee (Eastern Europe)
3rd Committee (Asia)
4th Committee (Latin America and Caribbean States)

• Vice-chairpersons:
1st Committee (Asia)
2nd Committee (Latin America and Caribbean States)
3rd Committee (Western Europe)
4th Committee (Africa)

View the list of Member States included in each regional group to see which countries are eligible for each position.


Second online ballot: 3-4 June

A second list of candidates for the remaining 9 leadership positions within the Global Model UN General Assembly will be posted for the second phase of the online election from 3-4 June. This ballot will include the following nine positions with candidates from the regions indicated:

Vice-President of the General Assembly (Africa)
Vice-President of the General Assembly (Asia)
Vice-President of the General Assembly (Eastern Europe)
Vice-President of the General Assembly (Latin America and Caribbean States)
Vice-President of the General Assembly (Western Europe and Other States)

Rapporteurs of the GA Committees:
1st Committee (Asia)
2nd Committee (Western Europe)
3rd Committee (Latin America and Caribbean States)
4th Committee (Eastern Europe)

Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of each position as well as the issues debated in each GA Committee can be found in the Quick Links section on the home page under Selection of Secretariat and General Assembly Officials.

All delegates that have been approved to attend the GMUN conference in Geneva will be eligible to vote in each election. Results will be posted on the GMUN website.

DESCRIPTION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY POSITIONS

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. In addition, the President is expected to be neutral and promote consensus among Member States.


VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Vice-President 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.


CHAIRPERSON


The Chairperson is the presiding officer of one of the General Assembly Main Committees. The Chairperson 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 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 of she may also propose the suspension or the adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion.

VICE-CHAIRPERSON 

The Vice-Chairperson may be called upon to replace the presiding officer of the Main Committee. Acting as the presiding officer he or she has the same powers and duties as the Chairperson.


RAPPORTEURS

The rapporteur (the term is equivalent to “record-taker”) is to follow the proceedings of the Main Committee in order to ensure that they are properly recorded in a report of the session. The rapporteur approves the draft report prior to submission to the full General Assembly and is assisted by the Secretariat staff members in the preparation of the final report. As a member of the Bureau, the rapporteur also has a “behind the scenes” role to play in the organization and management of the Main Committee session.