An amendment is a change to a resolution. If you think much of the resolution is good, but there are some parts that need adjustments, then an Amendment will help you to make the necessary changes. Many of the famous constitutions of the world have had significant amendments to them during their long history.
In many cases there may a single clause that ruins the rest of the resolution, or a certain aspect of the solution that the resolution has not addressed. This may lead to a situation in which many delegates feel that the resolution will not pass. In order to 'save' the resolution, delegates can submit amendments to alter the original resolution.
An amendment will have to be debated in the same way that resolutions are debated. Delegates will have to speak for or against the amendment and then vote upon whether or not it will be added. Usually, delegates are not allowed to abstain from voting on an amendment.
How to Submit an AmendmentEdit
Usually, the conference will have its own "amendment sheets". You can ask the Chair to give you one of these sheets if you wish to sumbit an amendment. On the sheet you can state whether you wish to Strike a clause, Amend a clause or Add a new clause.
Different Types of ChangesEdit
Use this to strike (or remove) one of the clauses. If this amendment is passed, the clause and all of its subclauses will be removed from the final resolution.
Use this to add a new clause after the original Operative Clauses. You will need to write out the new clause that you would like to add.
Use this to amend (or change) an existing clause. This can also add new subclauses. You will have to write the new version of the clause on the amendment sheet.
If every delegate thinks that the addition of the amendment will make the resolution better, then it can be added as a friendly amendment. If someone calls a Motion to Introduce a Friendly Amendment, and no-one objects, then the amendment will be added without debate.