Points and Motions

Rules and Procedure: Security Council

Motion/Point Decision Vote
Point of order The Presidency
Point of information The Presidency
Point of parliamentary inquiry The Presidency
Motion to suspend the meeting: Recess the meeting for a specific period of time The Presidency
Motion to close the debate: Ends the debate. If the debate have been closed, it will not be reattained. Majority
Motion to move into open debate 

In Open Debate it is possible to speak both in favor and against a resolution. The motion is used by a delegate if he/she feels the need to comment on arguments made in Time Against, or did not get the opportunity to speak during Time in Favor. If another delegate is against the motion he/she may object to it, but will then have to take the floor to explain or further speak against the resolution. The motion bust be seconded at least twice to be in order, but it will always be up to the chair to deny the motion in the interest of the debate. If a member of the house continually appeals this decision, the Secretary General is called upon.

 

Second/objection
Motion to appeal the decision of the President The Presidency (or the Secretary general)
Motion to enter a consultative session: Suspend rules and move to an informal debate session. (time of this session will be determined by the chair). The Presidency
Motion to add an Agenda Topic: This motion will only be entertained if all approved resolutions of the house have been voted opon. Majority
Motion to change the order of consideration of the 

Working Agenda: Change the order in which agenda items are set on the agenda

The Presidency
Motion to divide the house: The Presidency
Motion to table the resolution: Majority
Motion to table the issue: Majority
Motion to move into time against: Second/objection
Motion to move into time in favor: Second/objection
Motion to extend debating time: The Presidency
Motion to move into voting procedure: Second/objection
Motion to explain the vote: The Presidency
Division of the Question: Divide an amendment into two or more clauses, each to be voted on separately after Closure of Debate Majority
Motion to propose an amendment: can only be proposed when the original amendments within the draft resolution have been debated. The Presidency
Motion to propose a draft resolution: The Presidency
Motion to call upon a party of dispute: Request that a non-Security Council member be invited to the session The Presidency
Motion to make friendly amendment:
Motion to adopt an amendment by acclamation: adds an amendment to a draft resolution without moving into voting procedure if there are no objections.

During this EG MUN, in the Security Council, the majority is defined by 11 votes.

Committees, commissions, HRC and ECOSOC

A point of order is used when a delegate believes the chair has made an error in the running of the committee. The Delegate should only specify the errors they believe were made in the formal committee procedure, and may not address the topic being discussed. Decision of Chairperson
A point of parliamentary procedure can be made when the floor is open (i.e. when no other delegate is speaking) in order to ask the chairperson a question regarding the rules of procedure. No vote
A delegate may raise a point of personal privilege in order to inform the chairperson of a physical discomfort he or she is experiencing, such as not being able to hear another delegate’s speech. No vote
A delegate raises a point of information to the speaker in order to pose a question to a speaker during formal debate. The speaker chooses whether or not to yield his or her time to points of information after having finished the policy statement. Decision of speaker 

 

A point of information to the chair is made when a delegate whishes to ask a question without relation to the rules of procedure, and one that is not a point of personal privilege No vote
A delegate makes a motion to appeal the decision of the chair when he or she feels the chairperson has incorrectly decided upon a point or motion. The appealing delegate explains his/her motion and the chairperson defends him/ herself before going into voting procedures. If this motion is used on several occasions or is obstructing the debate, the chair may call upon the Secretary General to make the final decision. Two-thirds majority vote
A motion to open the speaker’s list allows delegates to sign up to speak. At some conferences a motion to close the speakers list closes the list for the remainder of the session or topic. However, at most Model UN conferences the speakers list can be opened and closed multiple times. This motion requires an immediate vote. During the speaker’s list other motions will not be entertained. Decision of the chair
Delegates motion to enter a consultative session for the purpose of holding a caucus. At EGMUN a caucus is a closed, informal meeting between delegates of the house, in which they may debate the resolution while disregarding formalities. If you move into a consultative session, be sure to specify the purpose and the amount of time. If the chair objects the motion, delegates may appeal the decision, but are then required to explain the appeal on the stand. If the motion is continually denied, the Secretary general is called upon to settle the issue. Decision of the chair
 

A motion to adjourn meeting ends the committee session until the next session, which may be the next year’s conference, or after lunch. (Delegates may propose a motion to suspend the meeting if they want a regular recess, unrelated to the debate)

Decision of the chair
 

A motion to table the resolution is used to table, or put on hold, all of the work that the committee has completed on a particular resolution. The motion is used if the house is growing tired of a topic, and wishes to move to the next resolution. Once tabled, the work on a resolution may be resumed upon the decision of the chair.

Two-thirds majority vote
 

A delegate makes a motion to move into voting procedure in order to move the committee to a vote, usually when the delegate has made his or her country’s position clear and there are enough draft resolutions on the floor.

Second at least twice, objected once
 

A motion to extend lobbying time is used to extend the time used for writing resolutions.

Decision of the chair
 

A motion to follow up is used when a delegate wishes the speaker to clarify or elaborate on the answer to the point of information just proposed by the same delegate. A motion to follow up should NOT be used to ask an entirely different question, and the chair must object to one such.

Decision of the chair
The Request for a right of reply may be used if a delegate has been addressed or offended directly by the speaker, and wishes to defend him/herself without posing a question. If the delegate has been seriously insulted, he/she may demand an official apology from the speaker. If a delegate will not apologize, the ambassador of his/her nation will be called upon to state the apology. If the ambassador also refuses the Secretary General must be contacted. Decision the chair
Motion to move into time against 

Used when arguments in favor of a resolution seem to have exhausted, and the time has yet to elapse.

Second/objection
Motion to move into open debate 

In Open Debate it is possible to speak both in favor and against a resolution. The motion is used by a delegate if he/she feels the need to comment on arguments made in Time Against, or did not get the opportunity to speak during Time in Favor. If another delegate is against the motion he/she may object to it, but will then have to take the floor to explain or further speak against the resolution. The motion must be seconded at least twice to be in order, but it will always be up to the chair to deny the motion in the interest of the debate. If a member of the house continually appeals this decision, the Secretary General is called upon.

 

Second/objection
Motion to divide the house is used when the majority of the final vote on a much-disputed issue is too narrow to be considered conclusive. The house is then asked to vote again, but this time, with no abstentions allowed. Decision of the chair
A Motion to explain the vote may be used by a delegate who is confused about the opinion of a nation, and wants it to explain to the house the reason for it’s vote. Decision of the chair


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