Delegate Training
West Windsor – Plainsboro
Model United Nations
• Flow of Debate
• Parliamentary Procedure
• How to be an awesome delegate
Learn everything you need to know to
be successful at MUN
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
Flow of Debate
Motion to Open Debate
Motion to Set Agenda
Working Paper
Draft Resolution
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
Speaker’s List
• Determines the order in which
delegates speak
• Primary mode of debate
• Will run throughout the duration of
the conference
• To the Chair
• To Questions
• To another delegate
Working Paper
• Document containing preliminary ideas and
• The outline to the draft resolution
• The chairs will specify minimum
sponsors/signatory numbers based on their
• 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
• 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
• Friendly Amendments
– Must be agreed by all sponsors.
Automatically incorporated into the
• Unfriendly Amendments
– Not agreed by all(i.e. one sponsor
– Requires 1/5 signatories
– Requires 2/3 majority vote to pass
Motion for Moderated Caucus
• Moves the committee into a
structured debate about a specific
topic with a specific time limit.
• Requires majority vote
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 unmoderated caucus to write working
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
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
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
Motion to Limit/Extend Debate
• Increase or decrease speaker’s time
• Requires majority vote
Motion to Adjourn the Session
• Final motion of the conference
• Requires a majority vote
Point of Personal Privilege
• Indicate personal discomfort or
impediment to debate
• Desire to use the restroom or to get
• Cannot be used during a person’s
speaking time unless you can’t hear
the speaker
Point of Order
• Points out procedural mistake or
infraction by a delegate or Chair
• Can interrupt speaker, but please
refrain from interrupting a speaker.
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry
• Clarifies the rules
• Ask the Chair about the structural of
• Have no clue what is going on, use
this point
Point of Clarification
• Clarifies errors or word choice in a
–Working paper, resolution, and
• Can only be used to fix grammar
errors and not be used as clarification
on the issue itself
Right of Reply
• Replies to a personal attack on a
delegation’s member(s)
• Not used to response to substantive
–I.e. The Country of Haiti is very
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
• 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
• Don’t be apathetic
Princeton International Relations Council 2013

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