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Adopted in 1971, entirely revised in October 1983 and
2. Associate Members shall participate in the Assembly and its Standing Committees with the same rights as ordinary members, with the exception of the right to vote and to present candidates for elective offices.
1. Representatives of international organisations may be invited by the Governing Council to follow the work of the Assembly in the capacity of observers. Representatives of other bodies to which observer status has been accorded by the General Assembly of the United Nations may also be invited by the Governing Council as observers (cf. Statutes, Art. 21 (g))2.
Members of the Union may designate former parliamentarians to follow the work of the Assembly as Honorary members of their delegation.
1. The Assembly will meet twice a year. The first session will take place in the first half of each year and normally last for five working days. The second session will take place in the second half of the year and normally last for three working days. It will be held in Geneva, unless the IPU Governing bodies decide otherwise.
2. The place and date of each Assembly shall be determined by the Governing Council, if possible one year in advance (cf. Statutes, Art. 21 (b), Assembly Rule 6). The convocation of the Assembly shall be sent to all Members of the Union at least four months before the opening of the session.
1. The Member of the Union inviting the Assembly shall be responsible for providing all necessary facilities for the session, in conformity with an Agreement concluded with the Secretary General acting in the name of the Union.
2. The Governing Council may, however, decide whether it is necessary in certain cases for the Union and other Members of the Union to bear part of the expenses of organising an Assembly.
The dates of each Assembly shall be determined by the Governing Council in consultation with the host Member (cf. Assembly Rule 4).
1. The Assembly shall be opened by the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union or, in the President's absence, by the Vice-President of the Executive Committee designated in conformity with Rule 5.2 of the Rules of the Executive Committee.
3. The number of Vice-Presidents shall be equal to that of the Members of the Union represented at the Assembly.
1. The President shall open, suspend and close the sittings, direct the work of the Assembly, see that the Rules are observed, call upon speakers, put questions to the vote, make known the results of the voting and declare the Assembly closed. The President's decisions in these matters shall be final and shall be accepted without debate.
2. The President shall decide on all matters not covered by these Rules, after having taken the advice of the Steering Committee if necessary.
1. The Steering Committee of the Assembly shall be composed of the President of the Assembly, the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Vice-President of the Executive Committee designated in conformity with Rule 5.2 of the Rules of the Executive Committee. The Presidents of Standing Committees may take part in its work in an advisory capacity.
2. This Committee, which shall be assisted by the Secretary General of the Union, shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the effective organisation and normal functioning of the Assembly proceedings, in conformity with the Statutes and Rules of the Union.
1. The agenda of the Assembly, approved on the occasion of its previous session, shall include a General Debate with an overall theme, and one subject item proposed by each Standing Committee and relating to its own field of competence (cf. Standing Committees, Rule 6 and Statutes, Art. 14.1).
2. The agenda shall be communicated to all Members of the Union by the Secretary General at least four months before the opening of the Assembly.
1. Any Member of the Union may request the inclusion of an emergency item in the Assembly agenda. Such a request must be accompanied by a brief explanatory memorandum and a draft resolution which clearly define the scope of the subject covered by the request. The Secretariat shall communicate the request and any such documents immediately to all Members.
2. Consideration and acceptance by the Assembly of a request for the inclusion of an emergency item in its agenda shall be subject to the following provisions:
(a) A request for the inclusion of an emergency item must relate to a major event of international concern on which it appears necessary for the IPU to express its opinion. Such a request must receive a two-thirds majority of the votes cast in order to be accepted.RULE 12
Before taking a decision on a request for the inclusion of an emergency item and after hearing the opinion of the Steering Committee on its receivability, the Assembly shall hear a summary explanation from the sponsor and a statement from one speaker holding a contrary opinion, neither of whom shall enter into the substance of the matter.
As a rule, the Assembly will appoint two rapporteurs for each Standing Committee who will prepare a report or reports on the item placed on their Committee’s agenda. Members of the Union may contribute to such reports by submitting suggestions and comments to the rapporteurs. The arrangements for the submission of such suggestions and comments shall be indicated in the convocation of the Assembly (cf. Standing Committees, Rule 12).
1. The rapporteurs will also prepare a draft resolution on the subject included on the agenda of their Committee.
2. The procedure for submission of draft resolutions on the emergency item shall be determined by the Assembly on the recommendation of the Steering Committee.
1. The Assembly shall start by holding a General Debate with an overall theme. During this General Debate, Members may also address the political, economic and social situation in the world. This debate shall not give rise to the adoption of a motion or draft resolution.
2. The Assembly may hold a panel discussion on a specific topic of general interest, which could also be the overall theme allocated to the General Debate.
3. The three subject items placed by the Assembly on its agenda shall be debated by the competent Standing Committees each of which shall prepare a report and a draft resolution for consideration by the Assembly (cf. Statutes, Art. 13.2).
4. The emergency item shall be dealt with according to an ad hoc procedure approved by the Assembly, on the proposal of the Steering Committee.
5. The Assembly shall vote on the texts submitted by the Standing Committees, without holding a debate on the substance of these questions.
1. No debate may be opened nor any vote taken on a question which the Assembly has examined and on which it has taken a decision.
2. However, in exceptional circumstances, the Steering Committee may submit to the Assembly a motion proposing that a procedural decision already taken be reconsidered; a positive decision on such a motion shall be based on a consensus among the delegations.
1. Any delegate may submit amendments relating to the draft resolutions prepared by the rapporteurs on the subject item included in the agenda approved by the Assembly. They shall be deposited with the Secretariat of the Assembly no later than 15 days before the opening of the Assembly. However, the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians shall be permitted to submit amendments incorporating a gender perspective at any time prior to the closure of the first sitting of the respective Standing Committee. This Rule shall apply to the Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians at the second Assembly of the year (cf. Standing Committees, Rule 12.2).
2. Sub-amendments relating to these draft resolutions may be submitted until the Standing Committee adopts the draft resolution intended for the Assembly.
3. In order to facilitate the work of the Committee, the rapporteurs may propose a new text in order to give due consideration to proposed amendments and sub-amendments.
4. When the Assembly is called upon to take a decision on the draft resolution prepared by the Standing Committee, the only amendments in order, other than those of a purely drafting nature, shall be those incorporating the content of earlier proposals submitted within the statutory time-limits but not accepted by the Standing Committee.
5. When the Assembly is called upon to take a decision on any other draft resolution, amendments and sub-amendments may be submitted until the Assembly adopts the texts to which they relate.
1. Amendments and sub-amendments shall relate directly to the text. They may only call for an addition, a deletion or an alteration with regard to the initial draft, without having the effect of changing its scope or nature.
2. The President of the Assembly shall determine whether or not amendments and sub-amendments which are to be voted on in plenary sitting of the Assembly are in order.
1. Amendments and sub-amendments shall be voted on before the text to which they relate.
2. If two or more amendments apply to the same words in a draft resolution, that which is furthest from the text under consideration shall have priority over the others and shall be put to the vote first.
3. If two or more amendments are mutually exclusive, the adoption of the first shall involve the rejection of the other amendment or amendments bearing on the same words. If the first amendment is rejected, the next amendment in order of priority shall be put to the vote; the same procedure shall be applied for each of the following amendments.
4. In case of doubt regarding the priority, the President shall decide.
Unless the President decides otherwise, the only speakers on an amendment or a sub-amendment shall be the sponsor, one delegate holding a contrary opinion and, if need be, the Rapporteur of the Standing Committee (cf. Standing Committees, Rule 21).
No delegate may speak without the authorization of the President.
1. No more than two representatives of each delegation may speak in the General Debate. For this debate, every delegation shall be entitled to 8 minutes' speaking time unless the Steering Committee decides otherwise. When two speakers from the same delegation are registered for this debate, they shall share the speaking time in the most appropriate way.
2. With a view to ensuring the normal running of the debates, the Steering Committee may alter the above speaking time to suit the circumstances.
3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 above, the President may, at the end of the corresponding sitting, give the floor briefly to a delegation wishing to exercise its right of reply.
1. As a general rule, delegates shall take the floor in the order in which they have asked to speak.
2. However, the registration of speakers for the General Debate shall be governed by a specific procedure established by the Assembly.
3. Speakers may only be interrupted by other delegates on a point of order.
4. The President shall rule immediately without debate on all points of order.
The President shall call a speaker to order when the latter does not keep to the subject under discussion or prejudices the debate by using abusive language. The President may, if necessary, withdraw permission to speak and may have the objectionable words struck from the record.
The President shall deal immediately with any incident which may arise during the meeting and, if necessary, take any measure required to restore the normal working of the Assembly.
1. Priority to speak shall be given to delegates wishing to propose:
(a) Adjournment of the debate sine die;2. These procedural motions shall have priority over the substantive questions; debate on the latter shall be suspended while the former are considered.
3. The mover shall make a brief presentation of the motion without entering into the substance of the question under debate.
4. In debate on procedural motions, only the mover of the proposal and one delegate holding a contrary opinion shall be heard, each of whom may speak for not more than three minutes, after which the Assembly shall decide.
Debates of the Assembly shall be public. They shall be held in private only if the Assembly so decides by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.
Voting shall be conducted in conformity with Articles 15 and 16 of the Statutes.
A table giving the number of votes to which each Member of the Union is entitled shall be distributed at the opening of the Assembly.
1. Assembly votes shall be taken only after due notice has been given by the President.
2. Results of votes by secret ballot shall be ascertained by the Tellers appointed by the Assembly.
1. Any delegate may request that part, or each paragraph, of a text submitted to the Assembly be put to the vote separately.
2. If any objection is raised, the request for division shall be voted on without debate.
3. If the request for division is accepted, separate votes shall be taken on those parts and paragraphs of the text on which the Assembly has resolved to take a separate vote. The full text, excluding such parts or paragraphs as may have been rejected, shall subsequently be put to the vote as a whole on the understanding that, should all the parts and paragraphs of the text be rejected, the text shall be considered as rejected in toto.
1. Nobody may interrupt a vote once it has commenced, except to obtain clarification as to the manner in which the voting is being conducted.
2. Delegates who wish to explain their vote briefly may be authorized to do so by the President, after voting has taken place.
3. No explanation of vote shall be admissible on amendments and procedural motions.
1. A vote may only take place if at least half of the delegations participating in the Assembly are represented in the meeting room at the time.
2. For each Assembly, the quorum shall be established on the basis of the number of delegations effectively participating at the first plenary meeting. This quorum shall be announced by the Secretary General at that time.
2. In calculating the number of votes cast, only affirmative and negative votes shall be taken into account.
3. When a specified majority is required, the number of affirmative votes must be equal to at least one-third of the total number of votes allocated to delegations participating effectively in the Assembly (cf. Rule 33.2).
4. If the votes are equally divided, the proposal under consideration shall be considered as rejected.
1. The Secretary General of the Union shall be responsible for the organisation of the Secretariat of the Assembly. The Secretary General or the Secretary General's representative shall assist the President in directing the work of the Assembly.
2. The Secretary General or the Secretary General's representative may at any time, at the request of the President, submit to the Assembly advice on any question which the meeting has under consideration (cf. Secretariat, Rule 6).
The Secretary General shall transmit to the Members of the Union as rapidly as possible all the documents sent for the Assembly.
1. The Secretariat of the Union shall receive all documents, reports and draft resolutions and distribute them, together with the summary records of the sittings, in English and French. It shall ensure the simultaneous interpretation of the debates in these two languages, as well as in Arabic and Spanish.
2. The Secretariat of the Union shall preserve the documents of the Assembly in its archives and, in general, carry out all the tasks which the Assembly may think fit to entrust to it.
1. The provisional summary record of each sitting shall be made available to delegates within twenty-four hours. Any delegate may request a rectification; the Steering Committee shall decide, in case of doubt, as to its admissibility.
2. Should the Assembly sit in private, it may decide that no records of the sitting be kept.
3. The final summary record of the proceedings shall be published and distributed before the following Assembly.
1. At the close of each Assembly, the President shall enumerate the principal resolutions adopted.
2. It shall be the duty of the Members of the Union to submit these resolutions within their respective Parliaments, in an appropriate form, and to communicate them to their Governments with a view to obtaining the most active possible support for the implementation of these resolutions (cf. Statutes, Art. 7).
1. The Assembly shall adopt and amend its Rules by a majority of the votes cast.
2. Proposals for amending the Rules of the Assembly shall be formulated in writing and sent to the Secretariat of the Union at least three months before the Assembly meets. The Secretariat shall communicate such proposals immediately to all Members of the Union. It shall also, if necessary, communicate to all Members any proposals for sub-amendments at least one month before the meeting of the Assembly.
3. Consideration of any request to amend the Rules shall be included automatically in the agenda of the Assembly.
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