Delegate Information

Parliamentary Procedure
Point/Motion Purpose Debate Vote
Point of Information To question the speaker none none
Set agenda To establish precedence of topics up for debate none Simple majority
Open (close) speakers' list To open (close) the speakers' list on a specific topic. Must be approved by Chair. Speakers are added to the speakers' list by order of the Chair none Simple majority
Set (change) limit on speaker's time To set (change) the amount of time a speaker may speak without further committee approval, as well as (optionally) the number of questions and/or follow-ups the speaker may receive none Simple majority
Allow the speaker to finish To permit a speaker to continue speaking after the predetermined time limit has expired. Must be approved by Chair and speaker none Simple majority
Point of order To correct an error in procedure none none
Point of parliamentary procedure To inquire about procedures (cf. Point of inquiry) none none
Point of personal privilege To point out a hindrance to debate none none
Decision of no action To cause the committee to assume official positions that no action is to be taken at the time and that the topic should be removed from the agenda 2 pro and 2 con Simple majority
Adopt by consent To pass a resolution by consensus none none
Table debate To postpone the debate for a period of time or indefinitely 1 pro and 1 con Simple majority
Close debate To end debate and go to a vote 2 pro and 2 con Two-thirds majority
Moderated caucus To break from speakers list, permitting delegates to speak individually in a Chair-moderated format none Simple majority
Unmoderated caucus To temporarily suspend formal debate, permitting delegates to leave their seats and discuss matters without Chair oversight none Simple majority
Roll-call vote To vote by roll-call and not by show of placards none none
Withdraw motion To withdraw an active motion none none
Amend To bring an amendment to the floor for debate. Must be proposed by a 10% quorum none Simple majority
Consideration of draft resolution To bring a working paper to the floor for consideration as a draft resolution. Must be proposed by a 15% quorum listed as signatories on the working paper none Simple majority
Recess To suspend debate and the session for a period of time none Simple majority
Adjourn To end session none Simple majority

Crisis Parliamentary Procedure

MUNSA XXI’s crisis committees are intended to give delegates a fast paced and competitive environment to delegate in. The goal of a crisis committee is to force delegates to think on the spot and adapt to unexpected events in order to meaningfully address the crisis at hand. As specialized committees, the procedure of the crisis committees will differ from that of regular MUN committees. We strongly encourage any delegate who has not previously participated in a MUNSA crisis committee to review the information on this page in preparation for the conference.

Overview

While regular committees at MUNSA present two separate topics for delegates to debate, crisis committees are meant to address only a single topic. As such, debate over the initial crisis given to the delegates by the Chair will span all three days of the conference.

Instead of representing nation-states, crisis committee delegates will represent a single individual. In the regular Crisis Committees, delegates will represent modern figures, while in the Historical Crisis Committees, delegates will represent historical figures from the appropriate time period. As such, delegates will be permitted, though not required, to use personal pronouns when addressing the room.

Crisis committee delegates will not be required to write a position paper. Delegates are still encouraged to write a position paper if they believe that this will help them with their research; however, the Chair will not accept any position papers that delegates attempt to submit.

Parliamentary Procedure

Debate in crisis committees will be done solely through moderated and unmoderated caucuses. In addition, crisis committee delegates will not write resolution papers during the conference. In addition, the following points and motions, as well as any points and motions that are directly related to these, will not be valid in crisis committees:

Motion to set agenda

Motion to open (close) speakers' list

Motion to table debate

Motion to consider a working paper

Action Orders

Action Orders are a crisis delegate’s way of taking action to influence the way that the crisis develops. Action Orders take the form of notes written to the Chair and can be sent to the Chair at any time during the session. Delegates will be expected to follow the following guidelines when creating Action Orders. If an Action Order fails to follow any of these guidelines, then it will likely be rejected by the Chair. If an action order meets these guidelines and is approved by the Chair, then it will be shortly announced to the rest of the committee.

Action Orders must be addressed to the Chair and state the name of the delegate submitting it.

Actions Orders must have the words “action order” written at the top of the note.

The body of the Action Order should describe the action(s) that the delegate wishes to take. Delegates should be as specific as possible when explaining these actions.

The bottom of the note must be signed with the delegate’s name.

If a delegate wishes for their action order to remain confidential, then they must write “do not announce” at the top of the note. The Chair will send a note to the delegate if their action order is passed.

Although crisis committees do not draft resolution papers, delegates will still have the opportunity to work with their fellow delegates towards solving the issue at hand by submitting Joint Action Orders. Joint Action Orders function similarly to regular Action Orders and follow similar guidelines:

Joint Action Orders must describe action(s) that at least two delegates wish to take.

Joint Action Orders must be signed by each delegate taking action in the note.

Joint Actions Orders may be only be submitted during an unmoderated caucus.

Please keep in mind that the decision over whether or not to pass an action order is left up to the Chair’s discretion. If an action order that follows all of the previous guidelines is rejected by the Chair, then it is likely that the content of the action order influenced the crisis in a way that the Chair did not think was beneficial to the quality of the simulation.