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How to prepare?


The Policy Statement is a one page document that is essentially a summary of your knowledge of the topic and the position your country plans to take when it enters the committee.

It typically contains four sections: Background of Topic, Past International Actions, Country Policy, and Possible Solutions. Position Paper is due before the conference.

The Opening Speech typically lasts up to 2 minutes and is the first speech you give to the committee. It is the opportunity to explain country policy and the key issues you would like the committee to focus on. Use your Position Paper as a guide when you are starting out.

You are expected to write a document called a Resolution in committee along with other countries you will be working with. It is crucial to know the resolution format and phrases, because BratMUN does not allow pre-written resolutions since we want the delegations to collaborate together during committee.

The preamble of a draft resolution states the reasons for which the committee is addressing the topic and highlights past international action on the issue. Each clause begins with a present participle (called a preambulatory phrase) and ends with a comma. Preambulatory clauses can include:

  • References to the UN Charter
  • Citations of past UN resolutions or treaties on the topic under discussion
  • Mentions of statements made by the Secretary-General or a relevant UN body or agency
  • Recognition of the efforts of regional or nongovernmental organizations in dealing with the issue
  • General statements on the topic, its significance and its impact

Operative clauses offer solutions to issues addressed earlier in a resolution through the perambulatory section. These clauses are action oriented and should include both an underlined verb at the beginning of your sentence followed by the proposed solution. Each clause should follow the following principals:

  • Clause should be numbered
  • Each clause should support one another and continue to build your solution
  • Add details to your clauses in order to have a complete solution
  • Operative clauses are punctuated by a semicolon, with the exception of your last operative clause which should end with a period

Key Starting Points

Background of topic

1

Background guide of the topic is provided by the Chairperson (Study Guide)

Past international actions

2

UN website, UN & NGO reports, previous key treaties or resolutions

Country's policy

3

Country’s foreign ministry website, country’s voting record on key treaties or resolutions

How to find out official country’s policy

You will have to put some word combinations into google. If one combination does not produce good results, change the combination slightly. The final Policy Statement will describe country’s policy in quite simple, formal English.

Possible Solutions

4

Past UN resolutions

Sample Preambulatory Clauses

  • Affirming
  • Alarmed by
  • Approving
  • Bearing in mind
  • Believing
  • Confident
  • Contemplating
  • Convinced
  • Declaring
  • Deeply concerned
  • Deeply conscious
  • Deeply convinced
  • Deeply Disturbed
  • Deeply Regretting
  • Desiring
  • Emphasizing
  • Expecting
  • Expressing it’s appreciation
  • Fulfilling
  • Fully aware
  • Further deploring
  • Further recalling
  • Guided by
  • Having adopted
  • Having considered
  • Having examined
  • Having received
  • Keeping in min
  • Noting with deep concern
  • Nothing with satisfaction
  • Noting further
  • Observing
  • Reaffirming
  • Realizing
  • Recalling
  • Recognizing
  • Referring
  • Seeking
  • Taking into consideration
  • Taking note
  • Viewing with appreciation
  • Welcoming

Sample Operative Clauses

  • Accepts
  • Affirms
  • Approves
  • Authorizes
  • Calls
  • Calls upon
  • Condemns
  • Confirms
  • Congratulates
  • Considers
  • Declares accordingly
  • Deplores
  • Designates
  • Draws the attention
  • Emphasizes
  • Encourages
  • Endorses
  • Expresses its appreciation
  • Expresses its hope
  • Further invites
  • Has resolved
  • Notes
  • Proclaims
  • Reaffirms
  • Recommends
  • Regrets
  • Reminds
  • Requests
  • Solemnly affirms
  • Strongly condemns
  • Supports
  • Takes note of
  • Transmits
  • Trusts