Terms used in MUN

Points and Motions

Points

  • Points should not interrupt the speaker
  • The presidency decides whether or not a point is entertained
  • Points are not voted upon
  • Delegates need to stand up when raising point and remain standing while the point is dealt with

Point of Personal Privilege

  1. Refers to a matter of personal well-being, comfort or safety
  2. May interrupt the speaker if the matter is urgent
  3. Can be raised at any time
  4. Shall be addressed immediately by the presidency

Point of Information

  1. Enables the delegates to ask questions in relation to speeches or amendments
  2. Is only entertained if the speaker is open to one or more points of information
  3. Delegates can request one follow-up question if granted by the Presidency

Point of Order

  1. Relates to the rules of the House or the conduct of the Presidency

Right of Reply

  1. Raised if a remark or statement is considered personally insulting by a delegate
  2. May interrupt the speaker if granted by the Presidency
  3. States which remark the delegate considers offensive and justifies this
  4. Requires an apology if the presidency decides so

Point of Parliamentary Inquiry

  1. Requests clarification on any and all procedural matters

Motions

  • Motions should not interrupt the speaker
  • Require a simple majority
  • Open to objections, which will lead to voting of the motion
  • Automatically accepted if seconded at least twice without objection
  • May not be entertained if the Presidency decides against the motion

Motion To Go Into Q&A Session

  1. Allows delegates to ask questions to a single delegate
  2. Concerned delegate has to agree to the motion
  3. Questioning is moderated by the President

Motion to Suspend the Meeting to go into Informal Caucus

  1. Requires a two-thirds majority
  2. Purpose and duration of the suspension of the meeting must be specified
  3. Committee Session will be resumed with a roll call

Motion to Suspend Formal Debate for Moderated Caucus

  1. Less formal debate that is moderated by the president
  2. Must specify duration of suspenstion
  3. Requires a two-thirds majority

Motion for P5 Caucus

  1. Only to be applied in the Security Council
  2. Applied if a permanent member intends to veto a Draft Resolution or an Operative Clause
  3. Separate meeting of P5 members in order to discuss the matter

Motion to Move Directly into Voting Procedure

  1. Requires a two-thirds majority
  2. Can be overruled by the Presidency

Motion to Explain the Vote

  1. Demands a delegate to explain their vote

Motion to Exclude the Public

  1. Raised if the public disturbs the delegates or the Presidency
  2. Raised if the committee wishes to work in absolute confidentiality
  3. Requires specification of duration and purpose of exclusion
  4. Requires a two-thirds majority

Motion to Invite a Guest Speaker

  1. Speaker from a different committee can be invited to hold a speech about the current topic, mainly if the country of the speaker is not represented in the commitee
  2. Requires explanation of purpose
  3. Guest Speaker is granted time to prepare

Motion to Divide the House

  1. Can be requested when voting on amendments
  2. Eliminates the option to abstain

Motion to vote by roll call

  1. Does not require a vote
  2. Vote will take place in alphabetical order of the names of the present member states
  3. Delegates can vote in favour, against or abstain

Motion to Close the General Debate

  1. Entails the progressing to the next stage of the committee session
  2. Requires a two-thirds majority

Motion to Join the Speaker’s List

  1. Raised if a delegate wishes to join the Speaker’s List
  2. Up to Discretion of the Presidency

Motion to Limit/Extent Speaking Time

  1. Must specify/propose duration

Motion to Resume Debate

Motion to Table Debate

  1. May reintroduce a topic so that debate can be resumed
  2. Requires a two-thirds majority

 

 

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