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.
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #56
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Human Rights
Description: The United Nations and its member states shall hereby recognize and henceforth regard the inherent rights of cloned and genetically engineered persons as being the equal of those of naturally born and unmodified persons.
Votes For: 12,135 (72%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #57
Reduce Black Market Arms Sales
A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets.
Category: International Security
Description: THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
CONSIDERING that the illicit traffic in small arms impedes development, constitutes a threat to populations and security, and contributes to the destabilization of States;
RECOGNIZING the suffering caused by illicit trafficking in small arms and that States bear the obligation to bolster their efforts in developing practical ways of addressing the problem;
REAFFIRMING the right to individual or collective self-defense recognized within United Nations implying that States have the right to acquire arms for defense;
REITERATING the importance of the right of self-determination of all peoples, especially under alien domination or foreign occupation;
CONVINCED of the need for a thorough approach to control and reduce small arms and light weapons in a balanced manner to ensure international peace and security;
1. ADOPTS the following recommendations for the curbing of illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons with respect to the definitions of this weaponry articulated in the annex of this resolution;
2. REQUESTS an independent council be formed to continue to consider the matter and report to it at its subsequent sessions on the implementation of this resolution and to seek and consider the views of all Member States on the objective, scope, agenda, dates and venue of an international conference on the illicit arms trade;
3. DECIDES to convene an international conference on all aspects of the illicit arms trade no later than 2005;
4. WELCOMES the offer by the Government of Mikitivity to host in Miervatia, no later than 2005, an international conference on all aspects of the illicit arms trade;
5. ENCOURAGES the establishment of national programmes to combat the illicit transfer of small arms and ensure the collection thereof within the suggested parameters of paragraph 6 and invites the international community to render technical and financial support to strengthen the ability of States to take these actions;
6. RECOMMENDS that participating States should implement programmes of action which would:
a) employ regulations to control the production of small arms and light weapons within their jurisdiction, and over the export, import, transit or retransfer of such weapons;
b) generate agencies responsible for policy guidance of efforts to prevent illicit trade, including aspects of illicit manufacture, control, trafficking, circulation, brokering, trade, as well as tracing, finance, collection and destruction of small arms;
c) ensure responsibility for all small arms held and issued by the state and create measures for tracing such weapons;
d) and enact, where possible, effective disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes, including effective collection, control, storage and destruction of small arms, particularly in post-conflict zones, as well as address the special needs of children affected by armed conflict.
a) Small arms means man-portable firearms and their ammunition primarily designed for individual use by military forces as lethal weapons; the term shall be used interchangeably to also denote the aggregate of small arms and light weapons;
b) Light weapons means some man-portable firearms and their ammunition, light artillery guns and rockets, and guided missiles for use against armored vehicles, aircraft, or fortifications.
Votes For: 11,239 (72%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #58
SPCC Regulation Act
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.
Industry Affected: All Businesses
Description: SPCC (Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures)
Oil leaks; from out of date pipelines or huge storage tanks/refineries can cause enormous environmental damage. The cost to taxpayers and future generations of the world due to a mass spill on land or at sea could be catastrophic. Millions of barrels of crude oil are lost to the oil-hungry nations of the world each year. We must unite to endorse the use of double-hulled pipelines and storage/transport vehicles worldwide. This would prevent environmental disasters like the one caused by the train wreck in North Korea in 2004, that killed 3000 civilians, or the underground pipeline leak outside San Francisco, where 15 Million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Pacific Ocean affecting between 300 and 600 acres of marshland near Suisun Bay.
Oil storage tanks occasionally leak. The risk of leakage increases as the oil tank ages. If the oil storage tank is underground, a small oil leak may go undetected for a long period of time. When an oil leak occurs, it often contaminates the surrounding soil. In an area such as Long Island, this contamination eventually gets into the underground aquifer that is the sole source of Long Islands drinking water. Therefore, oil spills in areas such as Long Island and other large cities are considered very serious. In other areas, oil spills are also serious, but may not contaminate the ground water to as great an extent. Oil spill cleanup steps are mandated by regulatory agencies and can be very expensive.
This resolution would be a huge cost the Oil Industry at first, but in the long run ~ would help lower the cost of fuel and lower the cost of environmental clean ups ~ which as we know, are sooner or later passed on to the consumers of the world. This SPCC Regulation Act would benefit the fishing, tourism, shipbuilding industries, and trucking/transport industries.
"Ban Single-Hulled Tankers" was an earlier resolution, passed by the United Nations back on April 25th, 2003 and was implemented on April 28th, 2003.
This proposal, is an updated extention of that resolution.
Votes For: 10,207 (66%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #59
The 40 Hour Workweek
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.
Category: Social Justice
Description: 1. The maximum standard full-time workweek shall be set at 40 hours. Nations shall remain free to set their workweeks lower than this.
2. No one may be contractually obligated to work more than 40 hours per week, except for the following exemptions,
3. No one may be contractually obligated to remain on the worksite without pay.
4. On call hours shall count against the 40 hour limit.
5. Work exceeding 40 hours per week that is voluntarily undertaken shall not exceed a total of 80 hours per week, and shall be paid at a rate of at least time and a half or an equivalent pro-rata time off in lieu. Nations shall remain free to set their allowable overtime hours lower and their overtime pay rates higher than specified in this proposal.
6. The 40 hour week shall be implemented in a manner that does not reduce the standard of living of the workers. Nations shall enact the laws needed to comply with the 40 hour week within 1 year of the passing of this resolution and they may phase in the changes over the course of up to 4 years. The necessary changes must be fully implemented within 5 years of the passing of this resolution.
7. In time of declared emergencies the national government may suspend this directive to any sector of the workforce it deems essential to the effective running of the country for the duration of that emergency.
Votes For: 8,637 (50%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #60
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
Category: Free Trade
Description: UN nations resolve to establish a public domain. If something is "in the public domain" then anyone can copy it or use it in any way they wish. The author has none of the exclusive rights that apply to a copyrighted work.
Works pass into the public domain when:
Votes For: 8,694 (56%)