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1 West Windsor – Plainsboro Model United Nations Conference
Delegate Training West Windsor – Plainsboro Model United Nations Conference

2 Learn everything you need to know to be successful at MUN
Agenda Flow of Debate Parliamentary Procedure How to be an awesome delegate Learn everything you need to know to be successful at MUN

3 Roll Call Begin each committee session with a roll call
Delegates can say “Present” or “Present and Voting” Present: allows delegate to abstain Present and Voting: Delegates cannot abstain on substantive issues Everyone must vote on procedural issues

4 Flow of Debate Motion to Open Debate Motion to Set Agenda
Voting Amendments Draft Resolution Working Paper Motion to Set Agenda Motion to Open Debate

5 Motion to Open Debate First motion of the conference
Opens the General Speaker’s list Default Speaking Time: One Minute Talk about whatever you desire at this moment

6 Speaker’s List Determines the order in which delegates speak
Primary mode of debate Will run throughout the duration of the conference

7 Yields To the Chair To Questions To another delegate

8 Working Paper Document containing preliminary ideas and thoughts
The outline to the draft resolution The chairs will specify minimum sponsors/signatory numbers based on their discretion We don’t actually vote on the working paper Merge them and craft resolutions to introduce Usually allow for 10 min explanation and Q/A

9 Resolution After consolidation of working paper, a resolution is formed when formally submitted for introduction in committee Needs to be in resolution format Allow for 10 min explanation and Q/A

10 Amendments Friendly Amendments
Must be agreed by all sponsors. Automatically incorporated into the resolution Unfriendly Amendments Not agreed by all(i.e. one sponsor objects) Requires 1/5 signatories Requires 2/3 majority vote to pass

11 Motion for Moderated Caucus
Moves the committee into a structured debate about a specific topic with a specific time limit. Requires majority vote

12 Motion for Un-moderated Caucus
Suspend the rules Move the committee into an organized chaos for a specific amount of time to work/discuss I.e. I motion for a 20 minute un-moderated caucus to write working papers/resolutions/amendments

13 Motion to Move to Previous Question
Ends debate on current topic and moves into voting procedure Requires 2 for and 2 against Requires 2/3 votes

14 Voting Procedure Vote on resolution in order of docket(i.e. resolution 1.1,1.2,1.3, etc) First, the committee will vote on unfriendly amendments for each respective resolution Second, vote on the entire resolution/ Only delegates who said “present” can abstain

15 Motion for Roll Call Delegate’s privilege
Believe that the vote was too close to call and want to record everyone’s vote Yes, yes with rights, no, no with rights, abstain

16 Motion to Limit/Extend Debate
Increase or decrease speaker’s time Requires majority vote

17 Motion to Adjourn the Session
Final motion of the conference Requires a majority vote

18 Point of Personal Privilege
Indicate personal discomfort or impediment to debate Desire to use the restroom or to get water Cannot be used during a person’s speaking time unless you can’t hear the speaker

19 Point of Order Points out procedural mistake or infraction by a delegate or Chair Can interrupt speaker, but please refrain from interrupting a speaker.

20 Point of Parliamentary Inquiry
Clarifies the rules Ask the Chair about the structural of debate Have no clue what is going on, use this point

21 Point of Clarification
Clarifies errors or word choice in a submission Working paper, resolution, and amendment Can only be used to fix grammar errors and not be used as clarification on the issue itself

22 Right of Reply Replies to a personal attack on a delegation’s member(s) Not used to response to substantive attack I.e. The Country of Haiti is very poor

23 Do’s Speak up and engage in debate Use effective motions and points
Write stuff. Compromise and work with others Sound smart(according to your country’s view) Stay on topic during unmod caucus

24 Don’ts Don’t be afraid to take tough positions Don’t use electronics
Don’t have a prewritten resolution(Get rid of it ASAP) Don’t be anti-social or afraid to interact Don’t be apathetic


26 Credits Princeton International Relations Council 2013

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