- Delegates may propose working papers for committee consideration. Working papers are intended to aid the Committee in its discussion and formulation of draft resolutions.
- Working papers are not official documents, but do require the approval of the Chair to be distributed to the committee.
- Papers must be submitted electronically to the Chair. PANGEA MUN is a green conference, print and photocopying services are not available.
Motion to Introduce a Working Paper
- This motion brings a working paper that has already been approved by the Chair with the appropriate number of signatories to the floor for general debate.
- A draft resolution may be introduced when it receives the approval of the Chair and is approved by 20 members of the General Assembly, 10 members of the Economic and Social Council and regional bodies, or 5 members in the Security Council.
- The Chair can distribute the draft resolution to the committee electronically or have the draft read to the committee.
- There is no limit to the number of Resolutions introduced for any given topic area.
- The Chair assigns a number to the Resolution. Ex. SC 101 for one introduced in the Security Council.
- Countries who agree with the content of a Resolution or Draft and intend to support and vote for it.
- Sponsors of a draft resolution are normally the principal authors of the document.
- Each resolution requires at least two sponsors.
- Signatories are countries who would like to see the draft resolution debated, but do not necessarily support all of the elements of it or would vote for it.
Introductions of Draft Resolutions
- Once a draft resolution has been approved and has distributed, a delegate(s) may motion to introduce the draft resolution. The motion must pass by a simple majority of the committee.
- Either the chair or the sponsors of the draft resolution will read the preambulatory and operative clauses to the committee. Sometimes only the operative clauses are read.
- More than one draft resolution may be on the floor at the same time.
A draft resolution will remain on the floor until debate on that specific draft resolution is closed or a vote is taken on it.
- No delegate may refer to a draft resolution until it is formally introduced.
- Following introduction of the Resolution, debate will be suspended for the introduction of non-substantive Amendments. These amendments only alter typography, grammar, or spelling.
- After a draft registration has been introduced, a motion can be made to open debate on that particular resolution. A separate speaker’s list is made for delegates to speak ‘for’, ‘to’, or ‘against’ the resolution.
- Delegates may amend any draft resolution that has been introduced. Only one amendment may be introduced at any given time.
- An amendment must have the approval of the Chair and the approval of 12 members in the General Assembly, 5 members in ECOSOC, or 3 members in the Security Council before being introduced.
- Preambulatory Clauses may not be amended.
- A motion to introduce an approved amendment may be introduced when the floor is open. If the motion receives a simple majority required to pass, the Chair will read the amendment aloud.
- A speaker’s list will be established for and against the amendment.
When debate is closed on the amendment, the Committee will move to an immediate vote. Amendments need a simple majority to pass.
- If all sponsors of the original Resolution sponsor an amendment, it is immediately passed, and the Resolution shall be edited to reflect the changes. This is known as a Friendly Amendment.
- An Unfriendly Amendment is a change that some or all of the draft resolution’s sponsors do not support and must be voted upon by the committee.
- The authors of the amendment must obtain at least 20 percent of the committee, submit it for approval to the Chair, and introduced to the committee for debate.
SUBMITTED TO: [Council in which resolution is being proposed]
SUBMITTED BY: [Country(ies) proposing resolution]BEARING IN MIND that the recent history of the situation, the issue as it currently exists, and past UN in actions on the issue should be discussed in the preambulatory clauses,KEEPING IN MIND that the problem does not need to be solved in these clauses,OBSERVING that preambulatory clauses are listed before operative clauses,
NOTING that the operative and preambulatory phrases are in all capital letters,
RECOGNIZING that all preambulatory clauses should end in a comma,
CALLS UPON delegations to take action in all operative clauses;
SUPPORTS operative clauses that end in semicolons, excluding the final clause, which will end in a period;
DESIGNATES additional detail to an operative clause to be included directly below the clause;
Each statement should be accompanied with a lower-case letter.
ENCOURAGES the number of preambulatory clauses to be equal to the number of operative clauses;
It is acceptable for more operative clauses to be included.
REQUESTS that all operative clauses be numbered.
SAMPLE PREAMBULATORY/OPENING CLAUSES
Bearing in mind
Expressing its appreciation
Expressing its satisfaction
Having considered further
Having devoted attention
Keeping in mind
Noting with approval
Noting with deep concern
Noting with regret
Noting with satisfaction
Taking into account
Viewing with appreciation
SAMPLE OPERATIVE CLAUSES
Expresses its appreciation
Expresses its hope
Takes note of