Before a document is accepted by the Dais to be voted on it is referred to as a working paper.
- A working paper must have the following attributes to be accepted as a draft resolution:At least one Sponsor.
- A combination of signatories and sponsors to equal 25% of the committee present during the first session.
- Sponsors have had substantive additions either through direct clauses or impactful ideas to the working paper. These are the only individuals called to the Dais when edits are returned.
- Signatories are Member States who would like to see the idea debated and do not necessarily have to agree with the idea.
Once a working paper has been accepted to the Dais it is then referred to as a draft resolution
- Once a draft resolution has been accepted preambulatory clauses cannot be altered.
- Draft resolutions will be titled based on the topic being discussed and in the order they are selected. The topics are numbered based on how the delegates have ordered them on the agenda and not necessarily how they are ordered in the background guide. Examples:
- During topic 1 a working paper is submitted and accepted by the dais it is “Draft Resolution 1-1”.
- The next working paper submitted and accepted is then “Draft Resolution 1-2”
- During the second topic a working paper is submitted and accepted by the dais it is now titled “Draft Resolution 2-1”
- When a working paper is accepted by the Dais to become a draft resolution the signatories and sponsors are removed and this becomes a document of the body.
MODIFICATIONS AND AMENDMENTS
Often a draft resolution needs changes to garner support or to build consensus. CASHMUN provides for these changes through two avenues:
Modifications are usually small in nature, often rewording a phrase for clarity or a rearrangement of ideas. These are changes that all sponsors of the draft resolution agree to being made. Signatory support is not required, but they are usually consulted. All modifications need to be written out on a modification form and submitted to the Dais, with the acceptance and acknowledgement of all sponsors. There is no vote needed for modifications, they are made and introduced to the body once the Dais accepts them.
Amendments are typically more drastic changes to the document and can include, but are not limited to, removing or rewording operative clauses, or changing the scope or intention of a clause. These are changes that do not have the support of all the sponsors. Amendments require ¼ of the delegate support to be accepted by the Dais. They are voted on prior to voting on the draft resolution they affect and require a simple majority to pass. In the case of multiple amendments, they will be voted on in order of most destructive to least destructive, as decided by the Dais. Passed amendments must be considered when voting on the draft resolution. Should a draft resolution include an amendment that changes the intention, a sponsor is able to vote against said draft resolution.