Model United Nations
RESOLUTION, RULES AND LAYOUT
(State the question and committee)
Preambulatory Clauses; separate preambulatory clauses with commas. Use the verbs provided to begin each preambulatory clause. The preambulatory clauses define the present situation and the UN's or the submittor's position on the issue. (These do not need to be very long)
separate operative clauses with semicolons. Use the verbs provided to begin each
operative clause. Operative clauses are the policy portion of the resolution,
they describe the plan of action, the proposed solution. Each clause should not
be a collection of unrelated statements on a broad topic but should deal with
one aspect of the problem,
· The resolution is not allowed to be any longer than 80 lines, starting from the operative clauses (so it would be a good idea to use a small font and not skip lines unless you need to because you'll probably find that you have more ideas than you can fit into 80 lines).
· Each line must be numbered.
· This rules must strictly adhered to or it won't pass through the vetting committee which checks resolutions for mistakes. If does happen to pass and the mistake is spotted by a delegate, they can choose to table your resolution for competence (which is explained later on) and your resolution will no longer be valid.
· Co-submittors are delegates who have contributed to the content of the resolution, Cosponsors are delegates who support the resolution,
Rules regarding resolutions:
1. Competence Tabling - A resolution can be
tabled for incompetence if it does not follow any of the rules given above,
(this rule may also apply to an amendment) A Motion to Question the Competence
of a Resolution must be made when the Resolution in question is on the floor.
The Motion is debatable to the extent of one speaker For and one Against. For
the Motion to pass, it requires a majority of members who are present and
voting, Tabling is accepted within the committee meetings but is not part of the
2. Amendments - (An amendment is a change
that a delegate would like to introduce to the resolution.) While in session, a
delegate move to amend any Resolution which has been introduced, All amendments
must be submitted in writing. If the original sponsor of the Resolution accepts
the amendment, it is considered a friendly amendment and is immediately
incorporated into the Resolution. The acceptance of a friendly amendment shall
be announced to the session during the course of debate on the Resolution either
from the floor or in a speech.
3. Division of the Question - After debate
has closed on any Resolution or amendment, a delegate may move, in written from
with 8 signatures, that the operative clauses of the resolution be voted upon
individually or grouped in any manner. If objection if made to the request for
division, the Motion shall be voted on, It is debated by one speaker For and one
Against, Division requires a majority vote of those present and voting,