Resolutions are the basic decisions or statements of the United Nations. While drafted by individual nations, they declare the official policy for the particular organ or body of the United Nations from which they are issued. Similar to laws written by Congress, resolutions have a standard format, but serve many different purposes. Some resolutions may give directions, requests, or suggestions to other UN bodies, other international organizations, or groups of states. Resolutions may create committees, international bodies, specific funds or programs. They may condemn the actions of a state, urge collective action, and in the case of the Security Council, require compulsory compliance. For our purposes, resolutions are the legislative tool to implement solutions and solve the world’s problems, specifically the ones on the Environment Programme agenda.
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Your task is to draft a resolution in which you encourage the UN to take action on a subject of concern to your committee. Examine the agenda for your committee and review your research regarding the topics on the agenda. The expanded agenda offers guidance in terms of what issues the Upper Secretariat would like to see addressed in your resolution(s). What problems have you noted as a result of your research?
Use the agenda as a guide when selecting the topic(s) for your resolution(s). While we encourage you to think “outside of the box” to address specific issues and to be creative in terms of funding those objectives, topics that are too outrageous or too far outside the parameters of your committee’s domain will not be considered.
In addition to identifying a viable topic and offering a fair, reasonable, and economically viable solution, you will also need to ensure that the resolution uses the correct format and language. (Resolution format is quite specific and resolutions that do not meticulously follow the format will not be considered. Read carefully.)
United Nations Environment Programme
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