Resolutions are changed through amendments. An amendment is a written statement that adds, deletes or revises an operative clause in a draft resolution. The amendment process is used to strengthen consensus on a resolution by allowing delegates to change certain sections.
1. Writing an amendment:
Imagine that the following clause has been submitted in a resolution, but you disagree with it and want to make a change:
Recommends all Member States to set the age at 5 years old for children to begin primary school
|Amendment Submitted by: Country X |
Replace “5” with “7”
So that the clause would read:
“Recommends all Member States to set the age at 7 years old for children to begin primary school”
2. Submitting an amendment
An amendment should be submitted when the clause is on the floor (while it is being debated). You can submit it by sending a message to the Deputy-Chair.
3. Presenting an amendment
Your Chair will call you to the floor. This is when you must ask if your amendment is in order - when the chair answers this positively and reads out the amendment, you then go on to explain your proposal, for example:
At this point, the Chair will ask you if you are open to points of information (questions). After the points of information, you must yield the floor to the Chair and return to your seat.