Historical Resolutions

From the rise of civilization (November 13, 2002) up until a particularly brutal collision with reality (April 1, 2008), nations toiled under the banner of the World Assembly's predecessor, an organization that now Cannot Be Named, but sounded a lot like "United Stations." Although this grand institution is no longer, its incomparable volume of law shall stand forever.

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HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #236

Free Trade of Durable Goods

A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
 

Category: Free Trade

Strength: Strong

Proposed by: Iron Felix

Description: The General Assembly of the United Nations,

RECOGNIZING the role that the trade of durable goods plays in the global economy;

FURTHER RECOGNIZING the role that the sale of these goods plays in providing manufacturing jobs;

NOTING the beneficial effect that these goods have on people's daily lives by making numerous home and business related activities less labour intensive, more efficient and more enjoyable;

FURTHER NOTING that durable goods includes equipment vital to medical research and that increasing access to such equipment could lead to a cure for cancer in our lifetimes;

DEFINES, for the purposes of this legislation, "durable goods" as goods or consumer products that have a useful life extending more than three years. Examples include, but are not limited to, automobiles, home appliances, home furnishings and fixtures, and business, medical, electronic, and manufacturing equipment.

HEREBY

1. ENCOURAGES the sale and/or transfer of durable goods between UN nations;

2. ENCOURAGES all nations to increase their citizens access to durable goods by creating favourable business environments for retailers who market these goods;

3. REQUIRES the elimination of protectionist devices restricting the trade of durable goods, including but not limited to tariffs, duties, subsidies, subventions and quotas, within eleven years;

4. DECLARES that nations may apply reasonable restrictions on trade in the following cases:

- to ensure the stability of industries supplying essential products (such as military equipment or other items vital to national security);
- in times of severe economic crisis, where such measures are required to ensure a stable supply of durable goods;
- to collect revenue for the sole purposes of economic recovery following severe collapse;

5. DECLARES it the right of nations to impose cultural, safety, environmental, ethical or other regulations on durable goods and their manufacture, provided any such regulations are administered in a non-protectionist manner;

6. EMPHASIZES that UN member nations reserve the right to employ retaliatory tariffs towards non-UN nations to prevent price dumping;

7. AUTHORIZES the United Nations Free Trade Commission (UNFTC) to arbitrate any trade disputes which may arise concerning the implementation of this legislation. Such arbitration may include, but is not limited to, cases involving alleged price dumping by UN members upon UN members, alleged violations of Articles 3, 4 and 5 of this legislation, and disputes over the interpretation of the terms and conditions of this legislation.

Votes For: 4,572 (56%)
Votes Against: 3,532 (44%)

Implemented: Mon Jan 28 2008

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #237

Protection of Orphans Act

A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.
 

Category: Social Justice

Strength: Mild

Proposed by: Iron Felix

Description: The General Assembly of the United Nations;

Recognizing that orphans and homeless children are some of the most vulnerable of all persons in any society and are often ignored or abused;

Recognizing that violence, drugs, war, famine, social chaos, disease and prejudice in many nations have resulted in an unprecedented number of children who are abandoned as orphans or who have become homeless;

Recognizing that the rights of orphans and homeless children are often ignored;

Deploring the terrible conditions that these children suffer in;

Alarmed that these children are exposed to the possibility of being raped, murdered or sold into prostitution and noting that some of these children are extremely young;

Finding this situation to be unacceptable, enacts the following:

1. Member nations are encouraged in the strongest possible terms to fund the construction and staffing of orphanages and shelters for homeless children as the situation in their nation merits.

2. Member nations are further strongly encouraged to establish appropriate child welfare agencies to oversee the well-being of these children and to manage the distribution of aid. Additionally, these agencies are strongly urged to share information to facilitate intranational and international adoptions.

3. The United Nations Child Placement Authority is hereby established to do the following:
(i) Compile a database of all known homeless or orphaned children currently residing in UN nations who are awaiting placement in adoptive homes. The governments of UN member nations shall submit bi-annually a report detailing the number of homeless or orphaned children living within their nation who are awaiting placement in adoptive homes, either within, or outside their nation. The report shall include the child's age, sex, name (if known), pertinent medical information as allowed by UN law and any other details considered relevent to the child's case.
(ii) Act as a clearinghouse for coordinating the efforts of accredited adoption agencies and child-advocacy groups in UN nations and to assist in the effort to place these children in permanent, stable homes.

4. Member nations are reminded that many homeless children, particularly runaways, may be reluctant to accept aid and assistance from government agencies or recognized charities due to fears that they will be forced into an unacceptable situation, e.g., returned to an abusive home. Therefore, it is suggested that aid and assistance be provided in a no-threat environment with assured confidentiality for all clients, but with the goal of eventually placing these children in an officially recognized shelter, orphanage or foster home, or if possible, returning them to their parents or an acceptable guardian.

Votes For: 5,310 (62%)
Votes Against: 3,206 (38%)

Implemented: Mon Feb 18 2008

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #238

Repeal "The Sex Industry Worker Act"

A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
 

Category: Repeal

Resolution: #91

Proposed by: Silentscope embassy

Description: UN Resolution #91: The Sex Industry Worker Act (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: UNDERSTANDING the goal behind the Sex Industry Worker Act which is to allow for "an happier, more content and more productive society" by legalizing prostitution,

NOTING however that the right for someone to choose to be a prostitute is already duplicated by Resolution #53 (Universal Freedom of Choice), as people has the freedom to choose to sell their own body, without "unreasonable interference",

FURTHER NOTING Resolution #192 (Sexual Privacy Act) which prohibits the criminalization of "any form of sexual activity", including prostitution, if it is done by consenting adults and done in private,

STATING that the rest of the resolution is worded with clauses that merely 'encourages' nations to change their behavior, but does nothing else,

CONCLUDING this resolution therefore to be nothing more than a duplicate of much more well-written resolutions that already protect prostitution,

DESIRING to remove useless resolutions to streamline bureaucracy,

The United Nations:
1) REPEALS Sex Industry Worker Act

Votes For: 6,062 (77%)
Votes Against: 1,854 (23%)

Implemented: Mon Feb 25 2008

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #239

Repeal "Humanitarian Intervention"

A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
 

Category: Repeal

Resolution: #92

Proposed by: Omigodtheykilledkenny

Description: UN Resolution #92: Humanitarian Intervention (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: This Assembly, having convened to reconsider its adoption of UN Resolution #92: Humanitarian Intervention, observes the following:

1. The United Nations through past legislation condemns in the strongest possible terms egregious human-rights violations such as genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity;

2. The United Nations is committed to enforcing relevant legislation expressly forbidding such offenses by member states;

3. The United Nations is not necessarily opposed to international interventions with a humanitarian purpose, but does fear that UN involvement in military operations as stipulated by Resolution #92 is inappropriate;

4. The United Nations expresses strong concerns over the serious flaws evident in the remit of Humanitarian Intervention, specifically:

- that it permits the United Nations to authorize offensive actions against member states, in contradiction of the UN's long-held tradition of strict neutrality in international theaters of conflict;

- that it subjects the territorial sovereignty and integrity of member states to a vote by a panel of unaccountable UN diplomats, allowing the United Nations to disregard member states' said sovereignty at the request of two or more nations;

- that it allows the United Nations to authorize interventions in non-member states, who are decidedly outside UN jurisdiction and are under no obligation to uphold UN mandates, however beneficial or well-intentioned;

- that it grants the overseeing panel unlimited powers to meddle in the planning and execution of intervention operations, greatly impeding their effectiveness and likelihood of success.

Whereas:

This Assembly considers the above-cited flaws to constitute a serious overreach of the mandate of the United Nations to protect international human rights;

This Assembly in particular strongly condemns this act's attempt to enforce UN dictates on non-member states;

This Assembly reassures its members that the enforcement of UN proscriptions against human-rights violations by member states will continue, even in the absence of an intervention accord;

This Assembly is convinced that nations finding cause to intervene in cases of grave human-rights abuses committed in other countries will do so, with or without a UN permission slip:

Be it therefore resolved:

1. UN Resolution #92: Humanitarian Intervention is hereby repealed.

Votes For: 5,586 (66%)
Votes Against: 2,860 (34%)

Implemented: Sat Mar 1 2008

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #240

Repeal "Fair trial"

A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
 

Category: Repeal

Resolution: #21

Proposed by: Jey

Description: UN Resolution #21: Fair trial (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The General Assembly of the United Nations,

APPLAUDING the attempts of Resolution #21: "Fair trial" to bring about fair rights of the accused within the various judicial systems of member nations;

HOWEVER CONSIDERING Resolution #21's complete lack of any details concerning the concept of a fair trial, including relevant definitions and ingredients that traditionally constitute a fair trial, usually including: juror and/or judge impartiality, competency and neutrality, right to fair representation, right against intimidation, and right to counsel;

REGRETTING that without these understood characteristics of a fair trial in the text of the resolution, the term becomes ambiguous, defeating the overall purpose Resolution #21;

REPEALS Resolution #21: "Fair trial".

Votes For: 5,227 (63%)
Votes Against: 3,087 (37%)

Implemented: Thu Mar 6 2008

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