The Crisis Committee
The Crisis Committee is described as spontaneous and extremely engaging and should be on the checklist of every MUN-er. With no topics presented beforehand, each delegate joins the conference with an assigned country. Topics shaped as crises are given to the delegates throughout the conference and, pressured by time, they are expected to reach the best possible outcome.
The Crisis Committee follows a slightly modified set of rules from other committees.
After passing the customary motion to open the debate and finishing with the roll call, the chairs of the Crisis Committee will proceed with describing the first crisis, as well as its background. If the delegates feel that the crisis calls for specific research on their country’s position on the matter, they may propose motions for research time, during which they are allowed to use the internet or other sources of information.
The debate then moves forward with the General Speaker’s List, the backbone of solving the crisis, a list that contains the order of speakers who would like to state their position or opinion on how to handle the situation. Entertaining a speech on the General Speaker’s List is not mandatory, but it is recommended for the delegates who are directly involved in the crisis to announce their desired course of action. Next, the crisis is being solved during an unmoderated caucus, in which delegates have to write a set of directives*, outlining the decisions to be made. The delegates will debate on these directives in a moderated caucus and will vote afterwards. A simple majority is required for the set of directives to pass.
After a crisis is solved, the chairs will describe the next crisis and the same procedure is being followed.
* A set of directives is a document that orders specific action to be taken. Directives are written in the same manner as resolutions, skipping the pre-ambulatory clauses and containing operative clauses only.
Research guidelines for your specific country:
- International relations
- Natural resources (e.g. gas, oil etc.)
Due to the swiftness of the Crisis Committee, it is not designed to take part in the vetting process.
Country Matrix: Any UN Member State. (it’s the Crisis, after all!)