In this issue of QMS Weekly Vocab, you are able to break the ice with a term that appears here and there in MUN’s documents: MOTION.
WHAT IS MOTION?
Motion is a set of fixed sentences proposed to the Council by the Delegates, with a view to directing the Council’s procedure. With Motions, Delegates become the navigators of the Conference Ship, while the Chairs assist in overseeing the tempo and ensuring the arrival time.
HOW MANY MOTIONS ARE THERE?
The general formula for all Motions:
𝕄𝕆𝕋𝕀𝕆ℕ + ‘𝕋𝕆 𝔻𝕆 𝕊𝕆𝕄𝔼𝕋ℍ𝕀ℕ𝔾’
The 5 fundamental types of Motion that you need to bear in mind:
- Motion to set the agenda
- Motion to open the General Speakers’ List
- Motion to open a Moderated / Unmoderated Caucus
- Motion to introduce Working Paper / Draft Resolution / Amendment (These four Motions are compatible with stages mentioned on LQDOMUN page. Please refer to the article of Rules of Procedure for more information.)
- Motion to move into voting procedure: After the blocs present and complete their Draft Resolution, and the time for debate runs out, Delegates use this Motion to move the Council on to Voting.
HOW TO USE MOTION?
All you need to do is raise your placard to the Chairs, then speak aloud the Motion to launch a new stage of the Conference.
WHEN TO USE MOTION?
First and foremost, before the Conference days, bear in your mind the procedure of a MUN Conference.
Next, pay attention to the Chairs’ suggestions during the Conference. For example, when a session has come to an end and a new one is needed, the Chairs will announce: “The Chair is now looking for a Motion to […]. Are there any such Motions on the floor? ”.
And finally, let your own perception take its course. If you wish for more intensive debates, don’t hesitate to make Motion to start a Moderated Caucus.
WHAT IF THERE IS NO MOTION?
Without Motions, everything would fall into a standstill. Delegates turning a blind eye to the Motion results in the Conference to go down in flames without any achievements. So, never underestimate the Motion!
Hopefully this article has somewhat helped you get rid of your splitting headache about the Motion. Bye bye and see you at the next Weekly Vocab!