Debating Help

Once you’ve understood the proceedings of a MUN debate, which you can find in the Rules of Procedure, it is also important for you to get acquainted with the proper manners to keep the debate formal. Here are some useful tips that will help you with the debate.

1. During the debate, while making a speech or a point of information, remember to refer to subjects in third person, at all times. Example: “Is the delegate from Spain aware that…” not “Are you aware that…”

2. Refrain from using informal language throughout, and keep a respectable tone. Example: “Is the delegate from Spain aware that its statement is very offensive to Iran?” not “Is Spain being offensive?”

3. All Points of Information towards the speaker on the floor must be in the form of a question. Example: “Is the delegate from Spain aware that its statement is very offensive to Iran?” not “The delegate from Spain is clearly trying to offend the delegate from Iran.”

4. Start a speech by addressing the delegates and end the speech by announcing “the delegate yields the floor back to the chair” once being asked to do so by the chair. Example: “Honorable chair, distinguished delegates”

5. During the speech, it’s recommended to keep it short and concise, stick to the facts, in order to keep the delegates’ attention. The speaker will be notified if his speech is taking longer than allowed, and should then proceed to the conclusion of the speech.

6. Stand up and keep a straight posture while making a speech or Point of Information. Speak at a reasonable pace so all delegates can keep up.

7. In the case when you want to make a speech (or an amendment) but the time for/against had already passed, remember you can still make that speech (or amendment) in the open debate.

8. Be quiet! Any dialogue on the floor is not allowed unless the chair permits it.

9. During the voting procedure for the resolution, it’s possible to abstain from voting on a resolution as a whole, but not when voting on amendments. NGOs, IGOs and observer states can vote on amendments but can not vote on resolutions.

10. Administrative staff (ad-staff) will always be present in the debates and will provide you with personal assistance if you require so. Questions regarding procedures can be asked. They should also be used when submitting amendments or when in need to send a note to other delegates.

11. Read the Rules of Procedure and get familiar with the points and motions you are allowed to use.

12. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask anyone from the MUNOS Association. Don’t hesitate to ask other delegates if there is something you don’t understand.