Model UN Points and Motions
Just terms in Model UN pertaining to Points and Motions and acts used for Personal Points, Motions to Turn Tables etc. etc
Terms in this set (9)
Suspend the Meeting
Calls for a moderated or unmoderated caucus. When doing this motion, delegated should specify the purpose for and length of suspension. This motion requires and immediate vote. The vote to pass required is a simple majority.
Ends the committee session until the next session, which may be held the following year. The motion is most commonly made to end a committee session for the purpose of lunch or dinner. It requires an immediate vote. The vote to pass required is a simple majority.
This motion is similar but different from the motion to Adjourn the Meeting. Motion ends debate on the topic. Delegates move on to another topic and return to the first topic at a later time. Before going to a vote, two delegates must speak in favor of this motion and two speak against it. The vote to pass required is two-thirds majority.
Closing debate allows the committee to move into voting procedure. Once a delegate feels that her or her country's position has been made clear, that there are enough draft resolutions on the floor and that all other delegates are ready, he or she can ask to do this motion. Two delegates usually speak against this motion. None speak for it. The vote to pass required is two-thirds majority.
Appeal the Chair's Decision
This motion is made when a delegate feels that the chairperson has made an incorrect decision. The appeal must first be made in writing. There is no vote to pass.
Point of Order
Used when delegates believe the chair has made an error in the running of the committee. Delegates speaking of this point may not speak on the substance of the matter under discussion. They should only specify the errors they believe were made in the formal committee procedure. There is no vote to pass.
Point of Inquiry (or Point of Parliamentary Procedure)
When the floor is open (i.e., no other delegate is speaking), a delegate may rise to a point of inquiry in order to ask the chairperson a question regarding the rules of procedure. There is no vote to pass.
Point of Personal Privilege
Used to inform the chairperson of a physical discomfort a delegate is experiencing, such as the inability to hear another delegate's speech.
Point of Information
After a delegate has given a speech in formal debate, he or she may yield time to points of information, or questions from other delegates concerning the speech.