How to write a resolution

Resolutions are basically written proposals on how to solve the problem at hand. These solutions are of course never perfect, and thus have to be debated in the committees. This is the very essence of an MUN.

We advise you to prepare draft resolutions from home, so you have an idea what specific measures it is important for your country to implement into the resolution. At the conference you will team up with delegates of your committee/council/commission with a similar standpoint to yours, and work out the strongest resolution possible together through negotiation and compromise – as prescribed by your role as a diplomat – to be debated in the forum on Friday and Saturday. If the resolution passes in the committee it is eligible to be debated in the General Assembly. Since we do not have time to debate all passed resolutions, the secretariat will select only one from each committee. The main submitter is then expected to defend it in front of the General Assembly.

A resolution consists of three parts: The header, the perambulatory clauses and the operative clauses.

All UN resolutions are published on the internet for you to look through for inspiration, either by downloading them from UNBISNET or by searching ‘UN resolution this or that’ in Google and looking for PDF files.  Don’t let the complexity of them scare you – much of it is formalities, and when closelyexamining the meaning of each clause, it is really quite easy to relate to.

Below you can download examples of MUN resolutions prepared by student delegates like yourselves:
Cuba Embargo resolution France 2nd com

Security Council Resolution on MONUC

The resolutions must fit a certain format, such as you will notice real UN resolutions from the Internet do. At EGMUN we will have special IT-Staff helping you with the document formalities, so you can focus on the more important political aspects.

Header

The header contains basic information on the topic at hand, the committee/council/commission in which it was formed, the main submitter and the co-submitters.

Perambulatory clauses

 

The perambulatory clauses further resolve facts about the topic at hand and clarifies the background of the problem. These can also be used to derive which opinion or perspective the main submitter chose for the resolution. As with operative clauses, there are certain words one is allowed to use when starting a perambulatory clause:

  • Contemplating
  • Convinced
  • Declaring
  • Deeply concerned
  • Deeply conscious
  • Deeply convinced
  • Deeply disturbed
  • Deeply regretting
  • Desiring
  • Emphasizing
  • Expecting
  • Expressing its appreciation
  • Expressing its satisfaction
  • Fulfilling
  • Fully alarmed
  • Fully aware
  • Fully believing
  • Further deploring
  • Further recalling
  • Guided by
  • Having adopted
  • Having considered
  • Having considered further
  • Having devoted attention
  • Having examined
  • Having heard
  • Having received
  • Having studied
  • Noting further
  • Noting with approval
  • Noting with deep concern
  • Noting with regret
  • Noting with satisfaction
  • Observing
  • Reaffirming
  • Realizing
  • Recalling
  • Recognizing
  • Referring
  • Seeking
  • Taking into account
  • Taking into consideration
  • Taking note
  • Welcoming

Operative clauses

 

These clauses determines which actions there must to be taken, in order to solve the problem. This cannot, however, be done in a direct manner. Therefore, operative clauses must not directly request or demand, but rather encourage and urge. As with perambulatory clauses, operative clauses must start with one of the following words/combinations:

  • Accepts
  • Affirms
  • Approves
  • Asks
  • Authorizes
  • Calls
  • Calls upon
  • Condemns (only allowed in the Security Council)
  • Confirms
  • Congratulates
  • Considers
  • Declares accordingly
  • Demands (only allowed in the SC)
  • Deplores
  • Designates
  • Draws the attention
  • Emphasizes
  • Encourages
  • Endorses
  • Expresses its appreciation
  • Expresses its hope
  • Further invites
  • Further proclaims
  • Further recommends
  • Further reminds
  • Further resolves
  • Have resolved
  • Notes
  • Proclaims
  • Reaffirms
  • Recalls
  • Recommends
  • Regrets
  • Reminds
  • Requests
  • Solemnly affirms
  • Strongly condemns (only allowed in the SC)
  • Supports
  • Takes note of
  • Transmits
  • Trusts
  • Urges