Back for another Weekly Vocab issue, today, QMS will offer you some insights into a term mentioned throughout issue #2 – a jargon troubling even the best of MUN rookies: Draft Resolution.
Draft Resolution features problems a Council would need to work on and put forth feasible solutions to, established based on Working Paper. A Draft Resolution should present clearly and comprehensively ideas proposed by a bloc to the committee.
WHEN TO ESTABLISH A DRAFT RESOLUTION?
A Draft Resolution can be composed throughout a session, most likely during Unmoderated Caucus when Delegates can browse the room to exchange views with each other. The concoction of a Draft Resolution becomes the focal point once the nations involved have clarified their policies and approve all proposals. Draft Resolutions written beforehand should be ineligible.
Blocs can submit their Draft Resolutions to Chair 1-2 sessions before the conference ends to ensure its thorough discussion.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A DRAFT RESOLUTION?
Headings should specify the Council, Sponsors, Signatories and the relevant Topic.
As stated in Weekly Vocab #2, Sponsors consist of countries involved in the initiation of original ideas. These countries consent to all the ideas and proposals stated in Working Paper. Signatories, on the other hand, are those who advocate articles presented in Working Paper, supporting its discussion before the whole Council.
2. PRE-AMBULATORY CLAUSE
Pre-ambulatory Clauses should address issues a bloc wishes to resolve. Here, Delegates should be able to affirm the general situation or the urgency of a matter, along with citing past resolutions and adopted drafts as precedents to proceed to the next section: Operative Clause.
3. OPERATIVE CLAUSE
Operative Clauses should deal with the detailed description of solutions proposed to mitigate problems mentioned in Pre-ambulatory Clause.
Tips: Operative Clauses should be written in great detail with well-placed emphasis, answering “Who, what, when, where, why, how” questions. An Operative Clause, for its substance to be further demonstrated, may be split into Sub-operative Clauses right below. These complementary clauses provide extra clarification of concerned units’ courses of action and enhance the document’s overall articulation.
We hope this issue of Weekly Vocab has given potential Delegates a closer look into the concept and construction of a Draft Resolution. This will be of great help on your journey to conquer MUN in the future. We’ll be back next week, so stay tuned!
Sample Draft Resolution: shorturl.at/fjktu