Writing a Resolution is surprisingly easy once you get to know their structure and format.
Resolutions consist of the following key elements – title, committee, proposing nation, perambulatory clauses and operative clauses.
The title of a resolution consists of 'Resolution' followed by the date of the resolution, the chronological number of the resolution in that year, and the aim or target of the resolution. For example:
This was a resolution written in 2009, the 1st resolution of the year, and it dealt with issues in Somalia. Simple!Resolution 2009/01 : Concerning the current situation in Somalia
Selecting which committee a resolution is to be submitted to is a bit more complicated and requires a reasonable amount of intuition.
Resolutions pertaining to international peace and security should be directed to the Security Council.
Others can be directed to the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee if they deal with issues such as refugees or religious matters. Other potential destinations are the Disarmament Committee or the Economic Committee. If you are unsure about which Committee your particular resolution is for, contact the Secretary General. Alternatively, the Secretary General is able to change the Committee once the resolution has been posted.
The next part reads “Submitted by”. The full name of your country should follow here.
Any country can also ask for other nations to be co-sponsors of a resolution. This means that the second nation's name gets added on here. UNOs don’t have the power to fully propose resolutions themselves, so they *have* to have a co-sponsor in the form of a nation.
Preambulatory Clauses and Operative Clauses
Whereas Bills and Acts in national law have a Preamble, Resolutions have Preambulatory Clauses or Phrases. This details the reasons behind the resolution. This is followed by the Operative clauses, which actually detail what the Resolution proposes to do.
There are certain ways to write this. For a start, each clause starts with a verb (sometimes with an additional modifying adverb). This is traditionally bolded or italicized for the Preambulatory clauses and underlined and/or bolded for the Operative Clauses. Preambulatory Clauses are unnumbered but Operative clauses are listed as 1. and 2. and 3. etc Preambulatory clauses should end with a comma, Operative clauses with a semi-colon ( ; ).
Here is an example of a completed resolution (written by Mrgd291190):
It’s mostly, as you’ll notice, written as one long sentence. You can see that it was written in 2009, was the first resolution of the year, deals with Somalia, should be sent to the Security Council, was proposed by the Comoros, co-sponsored by Oman and then you can see how the Preambulatory Phrases show what the Comoros thinks of the current situation and and the Operative Clauses show what it aims to do.
Bearing in mind
Deeply disturbed by
Keeping in mind
Taking into account
Viewing with appreciation
Draws the attention
Expresses its appreciation
Expresses its hope
Takes note of
In accordance with the Charter, new resolutions should be sent directly to the Secretary General (or Deputy Secretary General when the SG is absent). He or she will check the resolution to make sure it's correctly formatted and then post it on behalf of the submitter.
The Secretary General can be consulted at any time about resolutions (and anything else MUN-related!).
Thanks to thunder_chunky and others for writing this guide. A new one shall replace it shortly.
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