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Ch.03 Rules of Parliamentary Procedure · Rules Governing Debate

Standard Model United Nations Rules of Procedure

2. RULES GOVERNING DEBATE

2.1 Overview

When the conference commences, the Committee will begin roll call and set the agenda. Roll call takes place at the beginning of every session, while setting of the agenda only takes place at the first session of every topic discussion.

Debate consists of two main parts: Formal Debate and Informal Debate.

Formal Debate is debate according to the General Speaker’s List (GSL). The GSL is to remain open unless a motion to close the formal debate is passed. If the given GSL is exhausted, the formal debate automatically ceases at that point of the conference. In other words, there must be at least one member on the GSL at any point of time in order to sustain the formal debate. Once the formal debate is closed, no motions except the motion to adjourn or suspend the meeting may be in order.

Informal debate is debate in the form of caucuses. It comprises of Moderated Caucus and Unmoderated Caucus.

In the event when an Unfriendly Amendment is on the floor, debate concerning the amendment and voting will take place during debate.

When the stipulated time for the conference is almost exhausted, delegates may motion to close the debate and enter voting procedure for Draft Resolution(s), or enter the discussion for the next agenda, or adjourn the meeting, according to the progress of debate.

During the conference, all procedural and substantive motions require voting. Delegates are not to interrupt during voting procedures, unless under special circumstances.