Rules of Procedure

The MUN RoP is followed to maintain decorum and order during a MUN conference. These rules and procedures are put in place to facilitate an effective and structured debate. It is very important for each delegate to understand the rules and procedures in order to make the most of their MUN conference experience. Don’t worry, if you find the rules and procedures seem a tad confusing. It’s ok. Everything will become clearer as the committee session progresses. Practice makes perfect, and if you have any questions along the way, your chairs are always there to clarify the RoP

Important MUN Terms: 


Delegate - A participant who represented a country in a MUN committee 

Chair - The facilitator of a MUN committee 

Motion - To propose something, most motions are specific to certain parts of the MUN committee session. 

Caucus - A meeting of supporters. 

Clause - A specific section within a working paper or draft resolution 

Working Paper - A written collection of policies proposed by one or more delegates 

Draft Resolution - A written collection of policy ideas, formatted according to UN specifications.

Blocs: Groups of delegates who agree on certain principles. These blocs will work together to write draft resolutions, which they later introduce and vote on. Blocs can be formed based on any common interest. Some blocs are formed around regional, cultural, or ideological interests but there are many more. Choosing who is in your bloc should be done on a case-by-case basis depending on the topic.

Quorum: The minimum number of delegates needed to be present for the debate to take place. 

Sponsors: Delegates who were major contributors to the draft resolution. They are usually the ones who wrote the majority of the document but not always. The number of sponsors is usually limited.


Signatories: Delegates who support a draft resolution, or at least want to see it discussed. There is no limit on the number of signatories.


Pre-ambulatory Clause: Clauses that explain why you are implementing the policies described in the Operative Clauses. They can provide a background to the problem, legal precedent, and other supporting data. 


Operative Clause: Clauses that detail the policies / explain what the draft resolution is going to do. Operative clauses can go into detailed sub-clauses to properly convey the idea. The first words are italicized are each clause is numbered.


Amendment: A written change made to an operative clause. Amendments can change an existing clause, add the new one or delete a section, or an entire clause.


Friendly Amendment: A change to a clause approved by all the sponsors. These get automatically added to the resolution.


Unfriendly Amendment: A change to a clause that at least one sponsor does not agree to. These go to vote and are only added to the draft resolution is passed with a majority in favour of the amendment.