Top 10 most important MUN terms-Part 4

    10 more terms of MUN glossary/vocabulary explained for you

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    Just like with everything else, the technical part of MUN is complex but also what truly makes it interesting. The whole game is being played in the most technical and difficult phases of the MUN.

    That’s precisely why we’ll be discussing terms related to such heat-filled stages!

    If you haven’t checked out the part 1, part 2 and part 3, check them out!

    If you have, let’s get going!

     

    1. MUN Quorum

    The minimum number of delegates needed to start a session.

    Normally, it’s 1/4th of the total strength, but do check your MUN RoPs to be sure.

    2. Bloc

    A group of delegates having the same ideas and opinions on the issue. As mentioned before, these are the delegate’s country’s opinion and not his own. Each bloc makes its own working paper and draft resolution. Blocs are formed in an unmod after enough discussion has been done.

    Sometimes, blocs join together by what is referred to merging. As blocs merge, so do their draft resolutions.

    3. MUN Working Paper

    This is the first document the delegates make during the conference. It sums up the ideas and discussions so far. It doesn’t really have any solutions but what the bloc has so far agreed upon, because not enough solutions are thought to be discussed yet.

     

    4. Clause

    Generally, these are the sub-sentences of an article, as in a constitution where they explain an article further. In MUN, these are in the place of articles, and as articles have clauses, these have sub-clauses.

    They are of 2 types; Preambulatory and Operative. Preambulatory ones reflect the feelings and the things understood by the blocs. Operative clauses talk about actions to be taken. You can find the opening words of these clauses on the internet. In fact, do check them and save them for sure. However, it’s a little complicated on where and how to use these, so if it’s your first MUN, observe and familiarize before using them.

    Clauses are underlined in the working paper and draft resolution.

    5. Table

    This simply refers to suspend action or discussion on something until later.

    This usually doesn’t happen, but sometimes the chair can table a working paper or a draft resolution, probably if they’re rude. It’s probable they may think the working paper isn’t even good enough to be discussed. However, don’t panic if this happens. This is simply an indication to improve what has been tabled.

     

    6. MUN Draft Resolution

    This is the final draft of working paper in which the solutions and policies related to them are added, and is approved by the chair.

    However, it has not been voted upon and so it’s a draft resolution.

    This has a very specific format so make sure to follow it. Although, to be fair, you don’t necessarily need to know them because most definitely someone else in your bloc will already be doing it on your first MUN. So yeah, just get familiar that way.

    Delegates who contribute points to the draft resolution are its sponsors. Delegates who at least want the draft resolution to be discussed are its signatories. This seemed strange to me at first, but signatories can also be from another bloc.

    The voting on the draft resolutions is the last move of the committee after which, the committee concludes. It starts via a motion to close debate. The draft resolution that passes first is the resolution, which makes sense. However, as we mentioned in part 1, in UNSC, a veto can prevent a resolution from passing, no matter how many votes it has.

    A delegate can vote in the following ways:

    • Yes: The delegate is in favor of the resolution
    • No: The delegate is against the resolution
    • Abstain: The delegate doesn’t want to vote
    • Yes with rights: The delegate is in favor but also wants to comment on it. Thus, the delegate gets a short time to comment. Usually, this is when the delegate has some contentions with the resolutions.
    • No with rights: The delegate is against but also wants to comment on it. Thus, he gets a short time to comment.

     

    7. Panel Of Authors

    These are the major contributors to the draft resolution but this term actually refers to asking them to answer questions regarding the draft resolution. This is done via a motion. Deep questions are asked by other bloc members to interrogate and try to expose the flaws in the draft resolution. This is partly what makes this moment tense and interesting.

     

    8. Amendment

    Generally, it’s a change in a document, most commonly referred to in terms of a constitution. Similarly, in MUN, it’s any change to the clauses of draft resolution.

    If the amendment is approved by all sponsors, it’s a friendly amendment. If opposed by at least one sponsor, it’s an unfriendly amendment. Unfriendly amendments are put to vote and are passed if majority of delegates side with it.

     

    9. MUN Resolution

    This is the passed draft resolution. It is the final document that comes out as the agreed solution of the committee.

    Its emergence concludes the committee’s actions and thus, acts as the last event in the committee.

     

    10. Legally Binding

    Refers to a document being legally valid and thus enforceable. None of the MUN documents are legally binding as this is only a simulation.

    You’ll be surprised to know, but even in the UN, only UNSC resolutions are legally binding.

     

     


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