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    Resolutions


    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.

    Title
    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:

    Resolution 2009/01 : Concerning the current situation in Somalia
    This was a resolution written in 2009, the 1st resolution of the year, and it dealt with issues in Somalia. Simple!

    Committee
    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.

    Submitted by
    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):

    Resolution 2009/01 : Concerning the current situation in SomaliaCommittee : Security Council
    Proposed by : Union of the Comoros, Sultanate of Oman

    Alarmed by the increase in piracy in Somalia,
    Seeking to find a solution to the issue,
    Welcoming the deployment of EU, US and Russian naval units to the Gulf of Aden,
    Thanking the General Assembly for increasing its donations to Somalia to $250million,
    Noting the suspension of Eritrea by the African Union in light of their support of the ICJ,
    Reaffirming the MUNs commitment to bettering the standard of living of all its members,
    Believing that the only way to resolve the problem is to extend the remit of the units there,

    1. Invites all nations with suitable naval power to send units to aid the UN Mission in Somalia;
    2. Calls on all nations to cease the arms trade with Somalia;
    3. Authorises an arms embargo with Eritrea;
    4. Expresses its support for African Union efforts in the Horn of Africa;
    5. Expresses its hope that all nations will send suitable aid to better the quality of life in Somalia


    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.


    Preambulatory
    Spoiler:
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    Affirming
    Alarmed by
    Approving
    Aware of
    Believing
    Bearing in mind
    Confident
    Contemplating
    Convinced
    Declaring
    Deeply concerned
    Deeply conscious
    Deeply Convinced
    Deeply disturbed by
    Deeply regretting
    Desiring
    Emphasising
    Expecting
    Expressing
    Fulfilling
    Fully aware
    Fully believing
    Further deploring
    Further recalling
    Guided by
    Having adopted
    Having considered
    Having examined
    Having heard
    Keeping in mind
    Noting
    Observing
    Realising
    Reaffirming
    Recalling
    Recognising
    Referring to
    Seeking
    Taking into account
    Viewing with appreciation
    Welcoming

    Operative
    Spoiler:
    Show
    Accepts
    Affirms
    Approves
    Asks
    Authorises
    Calls
    Calls upon
    Condemns
    Congratulates
    Confirms
    Considers
    Declares accordingly
    Deplores
    Draws the attention
    Designates
    Emphasises
    Encourages
    Endorses
    Expresses its appreciation
    Expresses its hope
    Further invites
    Further proclaims
    Further recommends
    Further resolves
    Further requests
    Have resolved
    Notes
    Proclaims
    Reaffirms
    Recommends
    Reminds
    Regrets
    Requests
    Solemnly affirms
    Suggests
    Supports
    Trusts
    Takes note of
    Transmits
    Urges


    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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