Leadership Positions in the GA

  • President of the General Assembly (PGA)

The PGA is the guardian of the General Assembly (GA) Rules of Procedure but has no say in the actual decision-making of the GA. In this role the PGA, opens and closes each GA plenary meeting, rules on points of order, and presides over discussions in plenary meetings. In addition, the PGA organizes thematic debates and plays an important role in raising the public visibility of the GA

  • Vice-Presidents (VPs) of the General Assembly (while the GA elects 21 VPs, the number can be adjusted to the size of the conference)

The Vice-Presidents replace the president of the General Assembly, when he is absent, as Acting President. The Acting President has the same powers and duties as the President and remains under the authority of the General Assembly. An Acting President does  not vote. If need be, the Acting President has to designate another member of his delegation to vote in his place. The VPs are frequently tasked by the PGA with the facilitation of complex negotiations. In this capacity, the Vice–President will conduct consultations on a specific assignment and chair informal meetings of the plenary at ambassadors and experts level.

  • Chair of a General Assembly Main Committee (up to a maximum of six, the number will depend on which GA Main Committees are included in the simulation)

The Chair or Chairperson declares the opening and closing of meetings of the committee. In these meetings he directs the discussions, makes sure that the rules are observed, accords the right to speak, puts forward questions, and announces decisions.  The Chairperson has complete control of the proceedings at any meeting and has the responsibility of maintaining order at all times. Because the Chairperson represents the whole Committee, he/she cannot simultaneously represent one of the participating delegations.

Chairpersons are expected to cease operating as a member of their national delegation as long as they are acting as Chairman and do not vote. If, as is often the case, they are a delegation leader, another member of that delegation must take over the role of speaking and voting on behalf of the delegation. The Chairman should speak and act impartially on behalf of the Committee as a whole and not seek to promote any national or personal views.

  • Vice-Chairs (while the GA elects 18, three per Committee, this number can be adjusted according to the size of the conference)

In the event that the Chairperson is not available for a meeting or any part of the meeting, the Vice-Chairperson shall take his/her place. While acting as Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall have the same powers and duties as the Chairperson.

  • Rapporteur (up to a maximum of six, the number will depend on which GA Main Committees are included in the simulation)

Although report writing is left to the Secretariat, the Rapporteur takes responsibility for reviewing the report on the Committee’s work drafted by the Secretary at the end of each session of the GA and presenting it at the closing Plenary meeting. Like the Chair and Vice-Chair, the Rapporteur is elected but sits alongside the Chair on the podium.