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MUN Resolution Writing
Transcript of MUN Resolution Writing
Who writes a resolution? Any delegate in the committee can write a resolution. The author of a resolution is called a
. Most resolutions have multiple sponsors because it takes a group of countries to share good ideas and to come to a consensus. You must have 1/5 of the committee to sign your draft resolution in order for it to be voted on, these people are called
They do not need to agree with everything in your resolution, they can sign it just so that it can move to the floor for debating.
What is a resolution? A resolution is a document that contains all the issues that the committee wants to solve and the proposed solutions to that issue. (Remember it isn't called a resolution until it has been voted on, until that time we call it a "draft resolution").
When and where are resolutions written? Students write resolutions at the conference during unmoderated caucus. YOU CANNOT COME TO THE CONFERENCE WITH A PRE-WRITTEN DRAFT RESOLUTION! Your team leader will help you type up the resolution and find any facts necessary for you to write it.
The ultimate purpose of a committee session is to pass a resolution. All the speeches, debate, negotiation, and teamwork is supposed to lead up to a resolution which contains all the proposed solutions to the issue.
How do I write a resolution??
Resolutions have a very specific format!
A resolution is actually really simple to write. It has three main parts: the
, and the
. We’ll break down these three parts down through an example....
The heading contains four pieces of information:
the committee name
2. Pre-ambulatory Clauses
The pre-ambulatory clauses states all the issues that the committee wants to resolve on this issue and reasons why the committee is working on this issue. Pre-ambulatory clauses can include:
Past UN resolutions, treaties, or conventions related to the topic
Past regional, non-governmental, or national efforts in resolving this topic
References to the UN Charter or other international frameworks and laws
Statements made by the Secretary-General or a relevant UN body or agency
General background info formation or facts about the topic, its significance, and its impact.
3. Operative Clauses
Operative clauses state the solutions that the sponsors of the resolution proposes to resolve the issues. The operative clauses should address the issues specifically mentioned in the pre-ambulatory clauses above it.
How do I write a pre-ambulatory clause?
, take a statement that you want to write about for example, the issue of how HIV/AIDS has spread rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa.
pick a pre-ambulatory phrase from above — let's use “Alarmed by.”
, combine them to say:
Alarmed by the 17% increase in HIV/AIDS contraction among sub-Saharan African countries in the past five years,
How do I write an operative clause?
NOW YOU TRY!
MUN Resolution Writing
take a solution that you want to include for example, how to treat the AIDS epidemic.
, choose an operative word or phrase from the list, let's say "calls upon".
, combine the two to say:
This year, we encourage delegates to focus on specific actions that you are proposing through your resolution. Underneath each operative clause, outline several steps that can be taken to reach the operative objective.
1. Calls upon the developed countries and major pharmaceutical countries to provide support for HIV/AIDS prevention programs,
, discuss the methods of accomplishing the clause such as cooperating with other organizations for funding, training programs etc.