WEEKLY VOCAB #4: AMENDMENTS

This week, Weekly Vocab offers you another vital key to refined, well-rounded Resolutions – AMENDMENT. This section begins with Chair announcing: “The floor is now open for amendments”, and ends with perfectly honed Resolutions, ready to shoulder the world.

WHAT IS AMENDMENT?

A dictionary may help. Amendment is a paper proposing modifications to unrefined Resolutions previously presented before the Council.

WHEN IS AMENDMENT NEEDED?

Granted pass in Amendment is the final condition a Draft Resolution needs met to become the official Resolution. During this phase, the entire Council will join hands in strengthening Resolutions, further enhancing their coherence and comprehensiveness.

AMENDMENTS: CLASSIFICATION

Amendments can be sorted into two categories:
* Friendly Amendment: All Sponsors of the concerned Resolution consent to this Amendment. The Resolution will then be modified accordingly, adopting its final form.
* Unfriendly Amendment: This one, on the other hand, screams drama. If your Amendments come in for objection from even just one Sponsor, you will have to draw on your powers of persuasion to settle the matter. Fiery debates among Delegates may arise, and will end with a decisive vote involving the entire Council.

HOW TO WRITE AN AMENDMENT?

Delegates can propose their Amendments in 3 ways:

  •  Strike Clause: Used to propose the omittance of a Clause you may consider inaccurate or unnecessary in the Resolution.
  • Add Clause: Used to propose the inclusion of a Clause you think would reinforce the Resolution.
  • Amend Clause: Used to propose modifications to terms and phrases which may be ambiguous or inappropriate.

We hope this issue of Weekly Vocab has more or less relieved future LQDOMUN’20 Delegates of the “Amendments” burden. Feel like you have gotten tough enough to give us a shot yet? Well, if after all this research and MUN still gets you unnerved, we’ve got your back. Once you join us in LQDOMUN’20, we would certainly be delighted to offer you extra knowledge in preparation for the upcoming conference!


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