Writing Resolutions! - State College Area School District

Writing Resolutions!
Working Paper
While in unmoderated caucuses, delegates
are encouraged to write Resolutions.
However, before the resolution is presented
to the Dais, it is known as a working paper.
Preambulatory Clauses
State the reasons as to why the committee is
adressing the topic and re-addresses
previous action on the issue. (like an intro)
Each clause begins with a present participle (-ing)
Each separate clause is capitalized and
underlined, however separated with a comma.
Example: “Alarmed by the growing genocide in
the area,”
Operative Clauses
These follow the preambles, and they are
preliminary introductions to the possible
actions/recommendations made by the
delegation(s) in the resolution
Each clause is numbered, begins with an
underlined verb(-s), and only states one idea.
These are separated with semicolons and the last
one ends the resolution with a period.
Each idea can be further clarified with the use of
Roman numerals
Example: “Calls for immediate aid from UN
Peacekeeping troops;”
Sponsors and Signatories
Sponsor: A country that agrees with resolution’s
content and intend to back it. (Generally expected to
vote for it)
Signatory: A country that does not necessarily
support all aspects of the resolution however would
like to hear various points debated. – they do not
have to vote for the resolution.
Working papers will generally need at least 3
sponsors and 3 signatories before it can be
presented to the Dais.
Amendments are changes suggested by any
member of the committee in regards to the
content of the resolution. There are Friendly
and Unfriendly Amendments.
These ammendments are gernally suggested
after a resoltuio nhas been presented.
Friendly Amendments
These amendments are generally regarding
positive changes to the resolution, and these
changes, once approved by all of the
Sponsors, can be added to the resolution
without a vote.
Unfriendly Amendments
These amendments are regarding changes
that not all of the sponsors agree with, and to
add it, it would have to be voted on by the
entire committee. In order to be able to
present an unfriendly Amendment, 20% of
the committee has to sign on as signatories.
Require two speakers for and two against
and a majority vote before being added.
Presenting a Resolution
The Sponsors will read the resolution outloud
to the entire committee.
Afterwards, there will be a five minute Q & A
session with both substantive and non
substantive questions.
Substantive: questions asking to clarify intent or
meaning behind a certain clause
Non-substantive: questions clearing up
punctuation and grammar errors.

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