You’ve done your research thoroughly, you’ve submitted your FPS before the deadline and now, finally the day of the conference has dawned. You’ve dressed up in formal Western business attire and entered your committee room. Whether it’s your first MUN or your 10th, the first day of the conference is usually a little daunting. No MUN is ever the same. There has been 10 SLMUN conferences since 2008 but let me tell you one thing, none of the conferences were ever the SAME!
After the initial roll-call has been taken, there’ll be motion to set the agenda to adopt the topic. After the topic has been adopted, the General Speakers’ List will be opened up. The General Speakers List is the moment the whole committee gets to know about your research and your country’s stance on the topic. Think of it as your first impression. Make sure you take the chance, raise the placard and let your chair recognize you. This is your chance to stand up and speak, this is your chance to shine, to make YOUR VOICE HEARD!
The General Speakers List is effective whenever the committee is not in a caucus. This is the time for you to start making those speeches, defending your country, protecting your country’s sovereignty, giving suggestions, showing the amount of research you’ve done.
The speakers list generally has 90 seconds per speaker. After the speaker is done, the speaker could yield the floor back to the chair, to another delegate or to POIs (Point of Information).
To join the speakers list, you’ll have to raise your placard and wait for your chair to recognize you. It’s alright if your chair doesn’t recognize you, you can send in a chit to the Head Table, requesting to be added on the Speakers List.
Sometimes, new motions will be brought in between the General Speakers’ List. You may have moderated/unmoderated caucases too. However when all that is over, the committee will return back to the General Speakers’ List. This can be confusing as your mind is trying to reel in what you were going to say. You’ll have to combine the new facts together with the old facts when it’s time for you to speak. So good luck!
Sometimes, we burn the midnight oil trying to perfect our research. Staying up until 2 a.m. and committee session starting at 8 a.m. would make us feel drowsy and sleepy. During the General Speakers List, it can be very tempting to tune out a fellow delegate, zone out and go to sleep. DON’T DO THAT! You may miss some important facts. Try to stay attentive at all times during committee sessions, it’ll be great to find out the different views and each country’s stance on the topic. Facts gathered during the General Speaker’s List can be very helpful for moderated/unmoderated caucuses, resolution writing and lobbying.
Have fun speaking up!