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Model UN

Model UN

Evolution of a Resolution

1. Working Paper

  • Most work is done in this stage
  • Flush out ideas
  • Collaboration/Communication
  • Paper should only be referred toas a "working paper"
  • Can be easily changed or edited
  • Expect several rounds of edits from the dais

MERGING

  • Sometimes there are too many different working papers with similar ideas and the dais will ask groups to merge their working papers together
  • Don't panic! At the beginning of the committee session, work is often done in small groups and many similar ideas are often being addressed simultaneously.
  • The dais wants the committee to be successful, so the goal of merging is to create a quality comprehensive document.

Merging Tips

  • Be open-minded, flexible, and promote compromise and cooperation through diplomacy
  • Work with different groups to discuss your similar ideas and how you can create a cohesive document
  • The dais wants the committee to be successful, so the goal of merging is to create a quality comprehensive document.

Sponsors V. Signatories:

Each working paper will require a certain number of sponsors and signatories, to be considered as a draft
resolution. The number required will vary by committee and will be announced by the Dais during the first
committee session.

If you are a SPONSOR to a working paper:

  • You actively assist in the authoring of the paper and you agree fully with the substance
  • You must vote in favor of the working paper should it become a draft resolution
  • You must approve all modifications and immediate changes to the draft resolution

If you are a SIGNATORY to a working paper:

  • You do not have to agree with the substance of the paper, only that you want to see it debated
  • You may vote in favor, against, or abstain should it become a draft resolution
  • You may introduce amendments without the consent of the sponsors

2. Draft Resolution

  • Dais edits are complete and the working paper has been introduced to the committee as a “draft resolution”
  • No longer referred to as a working paper
  • Collaboration/Communication
  • Changes can only be made through amendments or modifications
  • Amendments and modifications must be approved by the dais prior to entering voting procedure
  • Vote on amendments through division of the question

3. Resolution

  • Document has been voted on and accepted by the committee