The debating procedure is fairly strict in the Model United Nations. Resolutions will generally be given 20 minutes of time for a motion, and 20 minutes of time against the motion.
We strongly recommend that delegates submit amendments to a resolution, rather than simply vote against it, as this leads to a more interesting debate. Any country may submit an amendment at any time, and all amendments the chair has received by the end of time for the motion will be debated at the beginning of time against. Amendments will generally be given one minute for and one minute against (this time is reasonably flexible, depending upon the length of and interest in the amendment). This time is spent outside of the actual motion time.
Amendments must be submitted to the Chair. Write down which country you represent and exactly what you wish to change and pass the note to the Chair, who will read it aloud, and open debate on it.
A separate sheet must be used for each amendment, or for an amendment to an amendment (which is also allowed, though amendments to amendments to amendments are not!)
Amendments must state clearly:
a) The clauses which are affected by the amendment;
b) The kind of amendment. You may strike, add or insert words, phrases, or whole clauses.
It is not customary to amend preambulatory clauses, as they are simply an introduction, unless it is a friendly amendment (one which the submitter accepts).
DUTIES OF DELEGATES
Each delegate has the duty to:
Before resolutions are debated, you will need to raise support for them from other countries. Each resolution must be submitted by one country and co-submitted by at least two others before it can be debated. Co-submitters may be called upon by the Chair to speak for the resolution, and must be seen to give their full support to it. It is thus imperative that you read any resolution you are asked to co-submit carefully before pledging your support. If you wish to withdraw your co-submission, you must formally announce it during committee or GA (and you should be able to give a reason for doing so). You are encouraged to make deals with other countries, and to involve yourself in diplomatic negotiations. This should gain you enough support to be able to pass your resolution. Note passing and written communications can help this process of gathering support.
MODES OF ADDRESS
All references to other speakers should be in the third person, e.g. Points of Information should begin with a phrase such as: "Is the Speaker aware that...", and not "Do you think..."
Other phrases to be used include:
I request the floor...
Is the Chair/the Speaker (not) aware that...
I yield the floor to points of information/to the Chair / to another delegate
Does the Speaker (not) agree that