Motions & Points

To move from different types of debate or to discuss a different part of the topic, delegates must motion for the committee to head in a certain direction. The most frequently used motions and examples are explained below. Motions must be voted on by the entire committee and have a majority of delegates speak “for” to pass. More than one motion may be voted on at once.

  • Motion for a moderated caucus – can be done after several speakers have gone in the speaker’s list or the previous caucus has expired. Must identify: topic, total caucus time, and speaking time.
    • Example: Egypt motions for a 10-minute moderated caucus, 30 second speaking time, on the topic of increasing access to fresh water in rural communities.
  • Motion for an unmoderated caucus – can be done after substantial debate has occurred and the dais is willing to let delegates take a break from formal debate. Must identify: total caucus time.
    • Example: Egypt motions for a 10-minute unmoderated caucus.
  • Motion to suspend a meeting – used to suspend the committee for breaks.
  • Motion to close debate – used after resolutions have been drafted, debated, and all avenues of discussion are exhausted.

Points are used to ask questions. Frequently used points are explained below.

  • Point of Information- Cannot interrupt a speaker- used to ask questions of the chair, dealing with how much, when, and previous actions, questions that attempt to clarify and enlighten current debate.
    • Example: Point of Information (Raise placard) – What is the current situation as of today in Syria?
  • Point of personal privilege -Can interrupt a speaker (but really, be respectful of others—so unless you cannot hear the speaker, don’t do this during a speech)- used to bring attention to some discomfort, room is too cold/ hot, cannot hear the speaker, etc.
    • Example: Point of personal privilege – May I use the bathroom?
  • Point of inquiry – cannot interrupt a speaker. Used to ask questions about the rules or format of parliamentary procedure.
    • Example: Point of inquiry – when will we be able to motion for a moderated caucus?