Position papers are due by Friday. They should be emailed to me with your country's name as the subject line and as one document with both topics. The format is one page, single spaced for each of the two topics. The header should be as follows:
We will be following the MUNUC Parliamentary Procedure for our mock session. A few important terms/procedures for you to be aware of:
Dais: This is the committee staff that runs the committee room. It consists of a chair (final decisions rest with this person), moderator (handles the flow of debate), and assistant chairs. For our conference, Mr. Gates will take on the role of chair/moderator with several senior members alternating in as well.
Decorum:A call to order or attention. During formal sessions and speeches, cross talking among delegates should not take place. You will hear this frequently in Chicago, especially in the larger committees. Please respect the delegates speaking.
Speaker's List: A list of countries wishing to speak on the given topic. The moderator will ask what countries would like to be on the list. You should ALWAYS have your country's name on the list. Once you have spoken, simply send a note to the dais to add your name to the list again. At Chicago, the Speaker's List is typically quickly abandoned in favor of moderated caucuses.
Motion: A request by a delegate. The most common motions are:
- motion to set the agenda-used at the beginning to determine which topic will be addressed first
- motion to comment-if the speaker does not yield, two comments are typically allowed (this is only from the speaker's list NOT moderated caucuses)
- motion for a moderated caucus-must state length, speaking time, and purpose (i.e. Motion for a 10 minutes moderated caucus with 1 minutes speaking time to discuss proposed amendments)
- motion for an unmoderated caucus-must state length and purpose (i.e. Motion for a 15 minute unmoderated caucus for the purpose of discussing working papers.
- motion to close debate-used at the end to move into voting procedures (Requires 2/3 majority vote and chair may allow 2 speakers opposed to closure of debate)
Yields: A delegate recognized to speak may yield (give up) part of their time either to another delegation, to questions, or simply back to the chair. This is only used during substantive speeches from the speakers' list, not during moderated caucuses.
- Yield to another delegate-give the remaining time to another delegation to speak (typically another member of your bloc)
- Yield to questions-Used to explain positions/working papers, etc. The moderator will call on what delegates are allowed to ask questions.
- Yield to the chair-the time simply elapses and we continue on the speakers' list (no comments allowed)
Points: Points are used to raise questions or draw the moderator/chair's attention to something. Some common points are:
- Point of inquiry-question about parliamentary procedure
- Point of personal privilege-used to address a discomfort or problem in the committee (i.e. cannot hear the speaker); this should be rarely used
- Point of order-used if you believe parliamentary procedure is not being followed (use at your own discretion, but generally frowned upon)
Working papers vs. Resolutions: During the committee sessions, initial ideas will be collected and submitted in the form of working papers. Working papers are typically written in resolution format, but cannot be referred to as resolutions. Multiple working papers are combined to form resolutions. Resolutions are the final goal of the committee. They are the committee's solution to the problems. There is a proscribed format that all resolutions must follow. A typical conference will have multiple "draft resolutions" on the floor at the same time and the goal is to gain enough support through consensus building and merging of resolutions to pass your resolution through.
Resolution Writing! The end goal of any conference is passage of a "comprehensive" resolution (preferably one that you are the main sponsor/author of) that addresses the issues raised in the background guide. For more information on resolution writing, please click on the Resolutions tab above.