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Position paper:A summary of a country’s positionon a topic, written by a delegate before a Model UNconference.
47Preambulatory Clause:The part of a resolution thatdescribes previous actions taken on the topic andreasons why the resolution is necessary. It beginswith a participle or adjective (noting, concerned,regretting, aware of, recalling)Procedural:Having to do with the way a committeeis run, as opposed to the topic being discussed.All delegates present must vote on proceduralmatters and may not abstain.Quorum:The minimum number of delegatesneeded to be present for a committee to meet.In the General Assembly, a quorum consists ofone third of the members to begin debate, and amajority of members to pass a resolution. In theSecurity Council, no quorum exists for the body todebate, but nine members must be present to passa resolution.Rapporteur:A member of the dais whose dutiesinclude keeping the speakers’ list and taking theroll call, as well as assisting in and keeping track ofadministrative duties in the committee room.Resolution:A document that has been passed byan organ of the UN that aims to address a particularproblem or issue.Right of Reply:A right to speak in reply to a previousspeaker’s comment, invoked when a delegate feelspersonally insulted by another’s speech. Generallyrequires a written note to the Chair to be invoked.Roll Call:The first order of business in a Model UNcommittee, during which the Rapporteur readsaloud the names of each member state in thecommittee and respective delegate may respond“present” or “present and voting”.Rules of Procedure:The rules by which a Model UNcommittee is run.Secretariat:The staff of a Model UN conference.Secretary-General:The leader of a Model UNconference.The current Secretary-General of theUN isAntónio Guterres.Signatory:A country that wishes a draft resolutionto be put on the floor and signs the draft resolutionto accomplish this. A signatory need not support aresolution; it only wants it to be discussed. Usually,Model UN conferences require some minimumnumber of sponsors and signatories for a draftresolution to be approved.Simple majority:50% plus one vote of the numberof delegates in a committee. The amount neededto pass most votes.Speakers’ List:A list that determines the order inwhich delegates will speak. Whenever a new topicis opened for discussion, the Chair will create aspeakers’ list by asking all delegates wishing tospeak to raise their placards and calling on themone at a time. During debate, a delegate mayindicate that he or she wishes to be added to thespeakers’ list by sending a note to the dais.Sponsor:One of the writers of a draft resolution.A friendly amendment can only be created if allsponsors agree.

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