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FLOW OF DEBATE – MUN Made Easy

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The flow of Debate is the order in which events proceed during a Conference.

  • Roll Call
  • Set an Agenda
  • Speakers List
  • Opening Statements – Position Papers
  • Motion to Suspend formal debate
  • Motion for a Moderated Caucus
  • Motion for an Unmoderated Caucus (Working Papers)
  • Motion to introduce a Draft Resolution
  • Vote on Draft Resolutions
  • Adjourn the Session

OPENING DEBATE 

The first session shall begin with a call to order and a roll call.

1.ROLL CALL

All delegates shall respond:

  • Present– The Delegation is present and has the right to abstain on substantive matters.
  • Present and Voting– The delegation is present and will vote on all resolutions, the delegation does not reserve the right to abstain from voting.
  • Please note that no delegate is allowed to abstain from voting on procedural matters.

2. SETTING THE AGENDA

Before the debate ensues, the issue to be discussed (AGENDA) must be decided. The chair will accept a motion to adopt the agenda from any of the delegates

(“Motion to set the agenda to ………………………………………………………………………….”).

Voting takes place & The agenda will be adopted by a simple majority vote.

3.SPEAKERS LIST

After the agenda is set, the chair will call for a motion to open the speakers list, this motion will be automatically adopted without a procedural vote.

“Motion to open the Speakers list”

Voting takes place & The motion will be passed by a simple majority vote.

Any delegates wishing to be on the speakers list may motion to do so at this time. Delegates may be added to the speakers list by:

  • Motioning to the chair – (Ex: Motion to add delegate of France to the Speakers List)
  • Chair says: “Recognised/ Not Recognised”
  • Sending a note to the chair; requesting to be added

Chairs will have the authority to set other methods for adding delegates to the speakers list Delegations may only be on the speakers list twice at any given time and may not be listed back-to-back.

OPENING STATEMENT

Each delegation in the committee needs to submit a position paper to the rapporteurs and One delegate in the Speakers list from each delegation of the committee to deliver an opening statement. (90 to 120 seconds)

The Chair calls one after the other in Alphabetical order of Country names.

4.SUSPEND FORMAL DEBATE

The chair will accept a motion to suspend the meeting from any of the delegates

“Motion to suspend the meeting and close the Speakers list”

5.MODERATED CAUCUS

The chair will accept a motion to move into moderated caucus from any of the delegates. The Speaking time should also be proposed in this motion.

“Motion to move into Moderated Caucus with a speaking time of 1 minute”

Once the motion is passed after a majority vote, the chair would ask the delegates who wish to speak to raise their placards. The chair recognises them and the delegates speak one after the other.

6. UNMODERATED CAUCUS

The chair will accept a motion to move into an unmoderated caucus from any of the delegates. The time should also be proposed in this motion.

“Motion to move into Unmoderated Caucus for 15 minutes”

Voting takes place & The motion is passed by a simple majority vote.

During this time the delegates write draft resolutions with the help of their working papers and gain support from other delegations as sponsors and signatories. The delegates can move around the hall during this time.

7.DRAFT RESOLUTIONS

The chair will accept a motion to introduce draft resolutions from any of the delegates.

“Motion to Introduce Draft Resolutions”

Voting takes place & The motion is passed by a simple majority vote.

Once the motion is passed after a majority vote, the chair would ask the delegates who wish to introduce draft resolutions to raise their placards. The chair recognises them and the delegates read out their resolutions one after the other.

8.ADJOURNMENT OF THE MEETING

The chair will accept a motion to adjourn the meeting from any of the delegates.

“Motion to Adjourn the meeting”

Voting takes place & The motion is passed by a simple majority vote. Meeting Ends.

FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE ADDRESSING THE COMMITTEE

  • All remarks to the committee must be made to the chairperson. Delegates will rise to address the committee.
  • All delegates must be recognized by the chairperson before speaking.
  • All remarks must remain germane to the topic discussed.
  • All delegates must refrain from the use of personal pronouns (ex: I, you, he, she, it, me, him, and her).
  • Delegates should always refer to themselves in the third person, as they are representing their country and government, not their individual opinions.
  • All delegates must remember to treat the chairperson, secretariat and all fellow delegates with the utmost respect.
  • All delegates will use diplomatic and respectful language when addressing the committee. The chair will hold the authority to confiscate a delegate’s speaking time if the delegate is being disrespectful or using non-diplomatic language.
  • Any Delegate wishing to make a motion must raise their placard and wait until being recognized by the chairperson before speaking.
  • Delegates found to be violating proper decorum when addressing the committee may have their speaking privileges revoked at the discretion of the chair or the AMUN Secretariat.
  • Delegates should always refer to themselves in the third person, as they are representing their country and government, not their individual opinions.

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