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Approval Panel and Resolutions

 

Approval Panel instructions 

 

 

1.What the Approval Panel does 

 

The main objective for delegates at MunoM is to pass resolutions. Resolutions are written plans on how to deal with a certain issue. Each committee debates on resolutions, which will then either pass or fail, depending on how many votes it gets by the delegates. A resolution that passes therefore represents the shared opinion of a committee. 

 

Of course, the committee consists of delegates representing different countries or organizations, and their very different opinions. This means it is unlikely that a resolution that is presented by a few delegates will immediately gain support from the whole committee. Even after the submitters of the resolution explain their ‘plans’ to the forum, and have had lively debates, the majority might still be against the resolution. It might be that some delegates agree with the main idea set forth in a resolution but disagree on some details. It is then important that the resolution can be easily adjusted during a debate to the liking of a majority of the forum. In other words, the resolution must be ‘debatable’. 

 

This is where the Approval Panel comes in. The Approval Panel (AP) sees to it that the resolutions on which forums debate are actually debatable. It checks that the framework, i.e. the grammar, spelling and layout are correct. Furthermore, it checks whether the content of the resolution is legal and its proposals are within the rules of the UN. 

 

2.Processing resolutions 

 

Prepared delegates will come to MunoM with at least one resolution that they will consequently want to get passed. However, in order to pass a resolution it must first be debated in their committee. For the resolution to be debated it must first go through the Approval Panel. A resolution can only go through the Approval Panel once it has a certain number of co-submitters (this year it is 5 co-submitters). As one can see, resolutions go through quite a process: 

 

1   A delegate writes a resolution 

2  The delegate finds at least the requested minimum number of co-submitters (co-submitters are delegates who would like to debate the resolution, they are not necessarily fully in favour of the resolution) 

3  The delegate takes the resolution to the chair, who will check it 

4  The delegate corrects the resolution, if any mistakes were found 

5  The chair will check it again, then send the resolution to the AP 

6  The resolution goes through the AP 

7   The delegate corrects the resolution, if any mistakes were found 

8  The AP will check it again, then either approve or disapprove 

9  The resolution comes back to the chair, who decides whether or not to debate the resolution 

10              The resolution is debated, and either passes or fails. 

 

More information on Point three 

 

The chair will be the first step in the process of passing a resolution. He or she will be checking over the resolution, focusing on grammar, layout and spelling. If any mistakes in these areas are found the chair will let the delegate know, who will consequently correct his or her resolution. The chair will then give the resolution a final check, and if satisfied will ask the AdStaff to bring the resolution to the AP. 

 

 

More information on Point six 

 

The AdStaff will arrive at the approval panel with the printed resolution and an MUN Director will check the grammar, layout and spelling of the resolution (this should be a quick process as most of the work has been already done in point three). The MUN Director will also be checking pre-ambulatory clauses and operative clauses to check that the resolution’s proposals are legal and coincide with the rules of the UN (for example, budgets are not discussed in any committee). However, the AP will not make too many changes to a resolution’s content. The delegates will be able to improve resolutions during debate by submitting amendments.  

 

Number of copies 

 

Delegates are asked to hand in two copies of their resolution to the Approval Panel.  

 

The following resolution is an example of how the layout of your own resolution could look like. Please note it is merely an example of layout, not content. 

 

FORUM:General Assembly Third Committee 

 

QUESTION OF:Effective international co-operation regarding natural disaster relief and response 

 

SUBMITTER:Palestine 

 

CO-SUBMITTERS:… 

 

 

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 

 

Recognizing natural disasters as the damage caused by natural hazards, 

 

Recalling Articles 22 and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 

 

Deeply concerned at the increasing frequency in natural disasters, 

 

Reaffirming the need for basic humanitarian assistance in particular food and health care, 

 

Noting with concern the different approaches between national and international response, 

 

Emphasizing the importance of a common approach between international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in relation to the effective recovery of the affected area(s), 

 

1.Calls for increased co-operation and co-ordination between governmental, non-governmental and international responses, 

 

2.Notes that each Member State has primary responsibility regarding management of natural disasters, and that the international community plays a supporting role, 

 

3Encourages all international bodies to report to the United Nations (UN) on the situation in question, 

 

4.Encourages financial support such as funding in cases of natural emergencies. 

 

Please note that the resolution consists of one sentence. It therefore only has a full stop at the end of the last clause. Resolutions always begin with pre-ambulatory clauses (shown here in italics). The operative clauses come second (shown here underlined).  

 

Pre-ambulatory Clauses 

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledging 

Affirming*ʉ۬

Alarmed by 

Anxiousʉ۬

Approvingʉ۬

Aware ofʉ۬

Believingʉ۬

Bearing in mindʉ۬

Confidentʉ۬

Contemplatingʉ۬Convincedʉ۬

Declaring*ʉ۬

Deeply concernedʉ۬

Deeply consciousʉ۬

Deeply convinced 

  

Deeply disturbedʉ۬

Deeply regrettingʉ۬

Desiringʉ۬

Emphasizing 

Encouraging 

Endorsedʉ۬

Expressing its appreciationʉ۬

Expressing its satisfactionʉ۬

Fulfillingʉ۬

Fully awareʉ۬

Fully believing 

Fully bearing in mindʉ۬

Further deploringʉ۬

Further notingʉ۬

Further recallingʉ۬

Guided by 

  

Having adoptedʉ۬

Having consideredʉ۬

Having considered furtherʉ۬

Having denoted attentionʉ۬

Having examinedʉ۬

Having heardʉ۬

Having receivedʉ۬

Having studied 

Instructingʉ۬

Keeping in mindʉ۬

Noting with approval

Noting with deep concern Noting with concern

Noting with regret

Noting with satisfaction

 

 

  

Observing 

Realisingʉ۬

Reaffirming*Recallingʉ۬

Recognisingʉ۬Referringʉ۬

Recalling 

Regrettingʉ۬

Seeking 

Stressingʉ۬

Taking into accountʉ۬

Taking into considerationʉ۬

Taking noteʉ۬

Viewing with appreciation Welcoming 

 

 

 


Operative Clauses 

 

 

 

 

 

Accepts* 

Adoptsʉ۬

Affirms*ʉ۬

Approves*ʉ۬

Authorises*ʉ۬

Calls uponʉ۬

Calls forʉ۬

Condemns*ʉ۬

Congratulatesʉ۬Confirms*ʉ۬

Considers 

  

Decides 

Declares accordingly*ʉ۬Deploresʉ۬

Demands*ʉ۬

Designatesʉ۬

Draws the attentionʉ۬

Emphasizesʉ۬Encouragesʉ۬

Endorses 

Expresses its appreciation 

Expresses its sympathy 

  

Expresses its hopeʉ۬

Further invitesʉ۬

Further reminds 

Further recommendsʉ۬

Notes 

Notes with approval 

Notes with interest 

Notes with satisfactionʉ۬

Proclaimsʉ۬

 

 



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