[BASIC series] Do's and Don'ts during Unmoderated Caucus

Unmoderated Caucus is a form of informal debate where delegates are allowed to leave their tables and move around the room (or to take a restroom break). Many delegates find this period important. However, many other delegates (especially new MUNers) do not know what to do during this “free time”. Here is MUN@TIU 2019’s note to Do’s and Don’ts During Unmoderated Caucus.

1. Be prepared to debate, negotiate, and cooperate

The unmoderated caucus is the time for delegates to freely communicate and exchange information. During this occasion, allies are made and the premise of a draft resolution is built. Initiative delegates will use the time wisely to gain support and clarify any point that is left unanswered from the Moderated Caucus. You should also be ready to have your opinion challenged. Be flexible and open-minded; you should consider other reasonable viewpoints.

2. Communication is key

Find potential allies based on, as well as the information in other delegates’ opening speeches, and go talk to them. Convince them of your ideas and thoughts. Be assertive (but not too aggressive ) when you pitch your proposal. Also, you should not forget to listen to people, a good listener will learn more from others’ wisdom.

3. Respect and teamwork

Always maintain appropriate behavior. Listen carefully and respectfully. If you don’t agree with a viewpoint, politely tell them and explain the reason. Show them that you are here to find common grounds and to argue with respect, not to impose your country policy onto the assembly (even if you represent a big country). Collaborate with other sponsors on your working paper (or draft resolution) and consider proposals from your partners.

4. Avoid passivity

Move away from your seat, and go talk to different people. Don’t just discuss with those you already knew, expand the partners of your conversation. Breaking the ice is not easy but it is very important if you want to become a better delegate. In many MUNs where English is not the native language, a phenomenon called “bilingual delegate” may occur, where a group of delegates will whisper quietly in their mother tongue when discussing during Unmoderated Caucus but will switch to English in a public context. This behavior should be avoided as it reduces the professional atmosphere of Model United Nations conference.

5. Boycott and foul plays

Targeting and attacking others is not accepted at any session of the MUN conference, especially during Unmoderated Caucus. Unmoderated Caucus is the time to debate, discuss and work on drafts, and is the time for diplomatic skills, not ostracism. More importantly, Model United Nations rewards delegates who prove themselves capable despite challenges by granting the awards fairly to the most competent delegates. Therefore, it is unnecessary and not constructive to let your personal feelings dictate the debate.