Example Committee Procedure (Non-Crisis)

  1. Motion to open debate (may happen automatically):
    • Chair will ask all those wishing to be added to the speaker’s list to raise their placards, then pick the order of the speakers.
    • If you are not added to the speaker’s list by the chair, you can send a note to the dais requesting to be added to the list.
  2. Speaker’s List
    • Delegates will speak at the front of the room in the order they were added to the list for the allotted time (typically 1 minute – 90 secs)
    • Speeches typically outline general ideas, solutions, and goals you’d like to see addressed
  3. Motion for Moderated Caucus
    • After almost all of the countries have spoken, delegates may motion for a moderated caucus to have more informal, fast-paced debate on any particular issue or idea that arises from the speakers.
  4. Moderated Caucuses Continue
    • Moderated caucuses will continue and can be on any variety of topics for any length in order to get as many ideas expressed as possible.
  5. Blocs Form
    • As moderated caucuses continue, delegates will begin to contact those with similar ideas via notes passed by the page and form groups with other similar countries.
  6. Motion for Unmoderated Caucus
    • Once you get a good idea of who you’d like to work with and most ideas have been discussed formally, you can motion for an unmoderated caucus to begin writing the clauses for your bloc’s working paper.
  7. Motion for Moderated Caucus
    • Typically, you should always motion for a moderated caucus after an unmoderated in order to discuss the different ideas in each working paper.
  8. Repeat the above process until working papers are finalized
  9. Submit working papers to dais
    • Make sure that there are enough sponsors and signatories for your working paper and that it is in order.
  10. Working papers presented to committee/Authors’ Panels
    • After all working papers have been submitted to the dais and typed for presentation, the chair will read out each working paper to the committee.
    • The sponsors of the working paper will come up to the front of the room for a question and answer session after the paper has been introduced. Other delegates may ask questions about parts of the working paper that they do not understand or agree with.
  11. Working papers discussed (moderated caucus)
    • Delegates will propose moderated caucus(es) to discuss all of the working papers, their flaws, and what can be done to improve them.
  12. Working papers merged or amended (optional)
    • If there are too many working papers in the committee, the chair may ask for several to “merge” into one to consolidate similar papers and decrease the number of papers on the table.
    • Amendments can also be written and submitted at this time.
  13. Draft resolutions presented
    • After working papers have merged and/or been amended, the dais will notify the committee of any changes.
    • A moderated caucus is usually used to discuss final ideas and for delegates to show concern/support about draft resolutions.
  14. Motion to move into voting procedure
    • After debate has been exhausted, someone may motion to move into voting procedure to determine whether or not the committee passes the resolution.
  15. Vote on resolutions
    • If the committee agrees to move into voting procedure, the door will be locked and no one will be able to enter or exit the room.
    • The entire committee will vote on each draft resolution. If 2/3 of the committee votes “yes” on a resolution, it passes. If there is not a 2/3 “yes” vote, it fails.