A preambulatory clause, as its name suggests, is a clause that comes before the actual resolution. The sole purpose of these clauses is to give context to the operative clauses and remind the committee of the mood and framework in which this resolution was produced.
A preambulatory clause always:
1. uses the substantive form of a verb (-ing): e.g. “recalling” in italics and ends
with a semicolon (;)
2. uses small letters as bullet points (e.g. a) b) c) etc…) for its sub-clauses
3. follows the title or the resolution and the committee name but precedes the
address to the voting parties and the operative clauses.
It must include the names of the sponsors and signatories of the draft, and the topic
it attempts to address.
General Assembly Third Committee
Signatures: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Chad, China, Czech Republic, Djibouti Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States, Yemen
Topic: Child abuse and neglect
In down below, we gave you an example of a draft resolution that showing you the structure of operative, perambulator clauses, etc. We highly recommend you take a look at it.
Operative clauses contain all the solutions that the sponsor(s) of the resolutions pro-
pose. These clauses set out actual solutions and initiatives for the committee to undertake. They implement new policies or make a statement. Each clause must aim to solve a specific aspect of the issue, and not be too broad. To that effect, operative clauses can be broken down into smaller sub-clauses.
An amendment in a committee is a change in the text of a draft resolution designed to modify the content. Amendments can also be used as a tool to alter another draft resolution, or your own, at some point before the final vote.
Delegates use amendments when they want to:
Add a new clause
Remove a clause
Change text in an existing clause
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