What to do During an Unmoderated Caucus

Kevin Roe — Secretary General

November 16, 2019

The concept of an unmoderated caucus (Unmods) is confusing. It abandons the structured debate of a moderated caucus and makes you more open for questions from other delegates. As a beginner delegate, I often found myself lost because I did not know how to form blocs, and I did not have a good grasp as to what I should do during an unmod. The purpose of this article is to outline specific ways one can thrive during an unmod. However, before you think about ways to do well in an unmod, please consider how to create a bloc.

Ways to create a "bloc"
Sending notes

Sending notes to delegates who have similar views as you is an excellent way to find people you can work with during an unmod. I can assure you that delegates like to receive notes from others, and most, if not all, delegates are open to collaborating with others to form a position. Put yourself out there!

Contributing ideas ideas

Delegates want to bloc with delegates who have a lot of ideas. During moderated caucuses, don’t be afraid to give your thoughts on specific topics, and suggest subtopics of your own. If you are a first-time delegate worried that others will judge you, don’t worry! In your committee, everyone is equally afraid that others will judge them, so they do not have the leisure to do so. Seeing that you spent money to go to a Model UN conference, we advise you to make the most out of your experience, and that starts by speaking. Even if you contribute one idea, delegates will know that you are serious about MUN and that you are willing to bloc with others.

What to do during an unmoderated caucus

When the dais announces the commencement of an unmoderated caucus, the instant reaction should be to go into the crowd that will be forming, and you should listen. By listening, you get a good idea as to where each delegate stands. Once you have a clear picture where most of the delegates are, you should start contributing ideas to the discussion. Remember: Model United Nations is an activity that PROMOTES discussion. No one will discourage you from speaking out, and the only discouragement you may get is through other delegates asking for more information about your idea. In this case, you should not be scared about that but should answer their questions.

If you want to be in the middle of the crowd during an unmoderated caucus, make sure to send a lot of notes to others as that will make people gravitate towards you. Sending notes is a great way to create interest in your country’s position on a particular issue because instead of sitting in the back, you are letting everyone know that you are willing to participate. In your notes, make sure to ask for their email and mention that you are working on a cluster of ideas because by doing so the PacificMUN 2020 Secretariat team, through experience, knows that getting others to help you on a resolution paper is the best way to develop a bloc.

If you feel you are unable to fit in, there are several people in the committee you feel just like that. Approach those delegates and start to make conversation, so they feel more willing to talk with you. Whether your conversations are about their feelings towards MUN or their stance on the topic, it does not matter as your goal should be that they feel confident to work with you on a resolution paper. Once you have created this bloc and thought of a solution that makes your bloc exclusive to others, make your bloc is known to the rest of the committee during moderated or unmoderated caucuses. This looks like you talking about your great solution to the rest of your committee and urging them to join your bloc by advocating for your excellent resolutions.

There are many ways to approach a moderated caucus. Whether that be developing resolution papers or forming blocs, the unmod is a crucial aspect of a MUN committee that highlights the diplomatic abilities of a delegate. Please keep in mind that to feel more comfortable during an unmoderated caucus, you should be willing to speak out and voice your opinions. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Secretariat team via email.