POSITION PAPERS Position papers outline your stakeholder’s stance on your committee’s topic Two page maximum, outlining the present scenario, your stakeholder’s stance, past UN actions, and your proposed solutions to the issue at hand Submit by 25 th August, 2359hrs!
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RULES Pre-writing of resolutions is not allowed No digital communications devices allowed in committee sessions Note-passers are available for communicating with other delegates in committee
WHAT IS A MUN? Delegates act as states or organisations Moderator of debate is known as Chair or Dais Discuss issues, find solutions Write and pass resolutions to solve these issues MUN protocol is the “language” of MUNs Two main parts: Points + motions, debate speeches
MOTIONS AND POINTS Motions Asking for the whole committee to do something together Start debating, stop debating, etc. Points For things you want to say to specific delegates / the dais.
DEBATE SPEECHES Formal speeches, limited time Address everyone in third person Order of speaking decided on speakers’ list May be voluntary, may be arrowed by dais
BASIC PROCEDURE Call to Order, Roll Call It’s important to be punctual! Motion to Open Speakers’ List Immediate vote, ½ majority to pass
BASIC PROCEDURE General Debate Speeches should outline topic and main issues to be discussed But when you end your speech, you have to yield your time... Yielding Your Time Yield to the chair, points of information (questions), or other delegates
CAUCUSES Motion for a Moderated Caucus To discuss specific issues; separate speakers’ list opened Seconds and ½ majority to pass Motion for an Un-moderated Caucus No specific purpose required; allowed to run around Seconds and ½ majority to pass
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS Write Draft Resolutions (DRs) Get 20% of committee to sign, get approval from dais “Sponsor” vs. “Signatory”
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS Preambulatory Clauses Give context of resolution! Operative Clauses Things to be done!
Sponsor(s): Canada, United States of America Signatories: China, France, Zimbabwe The Committee on Renaming Nations: Understanding that current paperwork for the myriad country names present today is getting out of hand, 1. Encourages member states to adopt a new official state name, which: a. includes the word Canada, or b. includes a derivative of the word Canada (e.g. Canadian); 2. Endorses corporations which facilitate in the changes mentioned in Clause (1), through means such as framework and technological upgrades.
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS Amendments Changes to the individual clauses of a DR “Friendly” vs. “Unfriendly”
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS Friendly Amendments Written by sponsor(s) and signed by all sponsors Applied immediately, no vote Unfriendly Amendments Changes written by non-sponsor Changes not agreed upon by all sponsors Must be debated
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS Motion to Vote on an Amendment After amendment is introduced ½ majority to add amendment to resolution
VOTING Motion to Close Debate a.k.a. Motion to Move into Voting Bloc Ends formal debate on topic No more speakers can be added to speakers’ list 2 speaking against, 2/3 majority to pass
VOTING Motion to Re-Order Draft Resolutions If there is more than one DR to vote for Seconds and ½ majority to pass Voting 2/3 majority to pass a resolution
ENDING DEBATE Motion to Suspend Debate If debate is not over If breaking for lunch or tea Seconds and ½ majority to pass Motion to Adjourn Debate When debate is completely over 2 speakers against, ½ majority to pass
POINTS Point of Personal Privilege Toilet break, volume of speakers, temperature of room Try to pass notes unless it is extremely urgent Point of Order To question the Dais on procedural issues
POINTS Point of Parliamentary Inquiry Asking the Dais when unsure of what to do Right to Reply To demand an apology from someone who has insulted you Granted on Chair’s discretion