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 #153

Repeal "Scientific Freedom"

A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
 

Category: Repeal

Resolution: #2

Proposed by: Jey

Description: UN Resolution #2: Scientific Freedom (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The General Assembly of the United Nations,

COMMENDING Resolution #2 for its intent to bring forth increased freedoms,

CONSIDERING that simply stating that a country "has long stood for Scientific Freedom", as seen in this resolution, does not require anything of UN Members, nor does it urge UN Members to bring forth initiatives or commissions to promote Scientific Freedom,

ALSO CONSIDERING that Resolution #2 neither lists a clear definition or explanation as to what constitutes Scientific Freedom, nor does it provide any clear framework or plans to bring about its cause,

CONCERNED that this resolution overlooks the harmful effects of unrestricted Scientific Freedom, which would lead to numerous painful, deadly, unsafe, and unethical scientific practices being forcibly legal in all UN Member nations,

CONCLUDING that Resolution #2 does not meet the desirable standards of UN resolutions for its disregard for potentially harmful and unjustifiable scientific practices and failure to provide any clear structure in bringing about necessary Scientific Freedom,

UNDERSTANDING that the freedom of safe and ethical scientific practices should be protected for numerous purposes,

REPEALS Resolution #2: Scientific Freedom.

Votes For: 6,512 (54%)
Votes Against: 5,592 (46%)

Implemented: Wed Apr 5 2006

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #154

Nuclear Energy Research Act

A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
 

Category: Free Trade

Strength: Strong

Proposed by: The beltway

Description: (Co-authored by Yelda)

The General Assembly of the United Nations,

APPLAUDING the passage of Resolution #151 “Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act,”

BELIEVING the benefits of peaceful atomic energy technology should be available to all UN member nations,

AFFIRMING the right of UN member nations to exchange scientific information on the peaceful application of atomic energy,

NOTING that scientific advancement benefits greatly from collaboration of scientists from multiple nations,

CONCERNED with the potentially international and devastating impact of accidents involving nuclear reactors,

ACKNOWLEDGING that current techniques for disposal of nuclear waste materials are often lacking;

RECOGNIZING the threat of terrorist attacks on nuclear reactors,

DECLARING that all UN member nations are entitled to participate in the free trade of fissionable materials used in said technological applications,

HEREBY:

1. ESTABLISHES the Nuclear Energy Research Commission (NERC), mandated to:
I - Coordinate research into safer and more efficient methods of nuclear power generation,
II - Coordinate research into safer means of nuclear waste disposal,
III - Support efforts to improve the security of nuclear plants;

2. STRONGLY URGES UN member nations to provide assistance to the NERC;

3. CALLS UPON UN member nations to conduct research into safer and more efficient methods of nuclear power generation, especially when such research is not already being conducted by other entities;

4. ENCOURAGES the sale and transfer of nuclear power generation materials and technology between UN nations;

5. REQUIRES the elimination of protectionist devices restricting the trade of nuclear power generation technology, equipment and fissionable materials, including but not limited to tariffs, duties, subsidies, subventions and quotas, within eleven years;

6. FURTHER REQUIRES the elimination of protectionist devices restricting the trade of electrical power generated by nuclear power plants, including but not limited to tariffs, duties, subsidies, subventions and quotas, within eleven years;

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

8. AUTHORIZES the United Nations Free Trade Commission (UNFTC) to arbitrate any trade disputes which may arise concerning the interpretation of this legislation.

Votes For: 9,294 (73%)
Votes Against: 3,414 (27%)

Implemented: Tue Apr 25 2006

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #155

Waste Disposal Covenant

A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.
 

Category: Environmental

Industry Affected: All Businesses

Proposed by: Fonzoland

Description: APPALLED at the environmental and public health risks posed by irresponsible waste disposal,

COMMENDING all efforts to minimise these risks by recycling or responsible waste disposal, yet

NOTING that the economic viability of recycling is driven by demand, technology, and other national circumstances,

REGRETTING that some nations do not possess the technology or resources necessary for responsible waste disposal,

DEEPLY AWARE of the multitude of personal and industrial waste products with different chemical characteristics, and of the variety of waste disposal techniques, most of which are only suitable for specific types of waste,

CONSCIOUS that legislation detailing specific technologies or processes is likely to be made obsolete by scientific progress,

DEFINING for the purposes of this resolution:
- 'waste' as unwanted materials of little or no value that are generated by human activities,
- 'impact' as the negative aesthetic, public health, and environmental consequences of a certain practice,
- 'waste disposal' as the collection, transport, processing, storage, disposal, and destruction of waste with the purpose of minimising its impact,

The UN:

1. ADVISES member nations that the use of recyclable or biodegradable materials in industrial production can greatly reduce the cost and impact of waste disposal;

2. ENCOURAGES member nations to create public organisations, or to stimulate the creation of private organisations, capable of performing responsible waste disposal;

3. CREATES the UN Waste Disposal Authority (WDA), mandated to:
a) Establish, publish, and regularly update:
- a description of available waste disposal techniques (WDT), outlining their impact when applied to different waste categories,
- a list of recommended WDT for each category, taking into account technological and economic constraints, and their maximum permissible impact,
- a list of 'hazardous waste' categories, which pose serious health or environmental risks, or for which no satisfactory WDT exist,
- a list of banned WDT, deemed to pose unacceptably high risks of direct impact on other nations;
b) Officially certify the WDT of entities that request it, provided they meet said recommendations;
c) Perform regular and surprise inspections of certified entities to ensure said recommendations are strictly followed;
d) Research improved WDT with reduced impact or costs;
e) Advise upon request on the best WDT for each waste category;

4. REQUESTS that member nations contribute personnel, technology, knowledge, and funding to the WDA;

5. ENCOURAGES the use of recommended WDT;

6. INSTRUCTS member nations to:
a) Prevent the use of banned WDT;
b) Impose economic and compensatory damages on any entity in their jurisdiction whose waste disposal practices are deemed to have a direct impact on other member nations, and promptly transfer collected damages to affected nations;
c) Impose, at their discretion, punitive damages or criminal charges on entities guilty of such misconduct;

7. URGES member nations to provide similar compensation to non-member nations and national entities;

8. PROHIBITS:
a) International transfer of hazardous waste without the official consent of receiving nations;
b) International transfer of waste by non-certified entities;
c) Protectionist devices, such as tariffs, duties, or quotas, on the provision of waste disposal services by certified entities.

Co-authored by the GTT

Votes For: 9,108 (72%)
Votes Against: 3,547 (28%)

Implemented: Sun Apr 30 2006

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #156

* REPEALED *

UN Patent Law

A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
 

Category: Free Trade

Strength: Significant

Proposed by: Ceorana

Description: The UN,

NOTING that without guaranteed protection of ideas for products, there is no incentive to invent them, and that without international protection of ideas for products, there is no incentive to market them internationally,

AFFIRMING that international trade strengthens all economies involved,

CONCLUDING that the international protection of ideas for products will strengthen the economies of all member states,

NOTING WITH REGRET that national patent laws laws are inevitably different and therefore incompatible, but that this could be solved through an international patent law,

1. DEFINES, for the purpose of this resolution:
a. "patent" as a protection by law of a novel, useful and nontrivial idea for a product or invention for a limited amount of time, after which the idea becomes free for all to use;
b. "information" as including all knowledge, both known and unknown, specifically genetic code of natural organisms, scientific theories, mathematical algorithms, etc.;

2. STRESSES that patents are protections on the idea for an invention, not the specific invention, but the specific invention is by definition covered in the patent for its idea;

3. CREATES the United Nations Patent Registry (UNPR) for the purpose of keeping a registry of patents in all nations, which shall register patents by the following process:
a. The inventor of the product, or his/her/its designee, must write an application to the UNPR detailing the nature of the product, what ideas should be patented as part of the patent, and detailed sketches, blueprints, photographs, construction plans and/or other related media detailing and defining the product and idea;
b. The inventor of the product now has exclusive use of the idea and production rights to the product until the approval process is complete;
c. The UNPR will review the patent, both to make sure that it is not too wide in the scope of the ideas that it wishes to cover and that it is not a duplication of a patent already in the UNPR;
d. If these criteria are met, the patent will be approved and given an identification number, from which time the inventor holds exclusive rights to the idea and exclusive production rights to the product for a period of 17 years, after which the idea is free for all to use;

4. DECLARES that there will be a three year period, starting at the time of passage of this resolution, in which all national patents shall be submitted to the UNPR for review, and any patents which cover the same idea will not be internationally protected unless all of the patent holders can reach an agreement on joint ownership of the patent within a period of five years;

5. STIPULATES that patents may not pertain to:
a. any invention which is already in use at the time of application;
b. any intangible product, such as computer code or information;
c. biological organisms;
d. specific designs for inventions, although a specific design must be covered in the patent;

6. DECLARES that patents may be held by any person or corporation and that they are transferable by mutual agreement, at which time the UNPR must be notified;

7. EMPHASIZES that nations still have the right to have and enforce national patent law, which may or may not cover the same inventions as the UNPR, but reminds them that UN Patent Law is supreme to national patent law, and any inventions patented in the UNPR may not be produced in any UN nation without consent of the patent holder.

Votes For: 7,084 (64%)
Votes Against: 3,998 (36%)

Implemented: Fri May 5 2006

HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #157

Repeal "Citizen Rule Required"

A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
 

Category: Repeal

Resolution: #8

Proposed by: Dankism

Description: UN Resolution #8: Citizen Rule Required (Category: Furtherment of Democracy; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The United Nations,

COMMENDING the democratic intentions of Resolution #8, “Citizen Rule Required,”

NOTING that not all U.N. nations wish to be democratic,

FURTHER NOTING that Resolution #8, “Citizen Rule Required,” claims that citizen rule promotes “international peace,” which is not always true,

UNDERSTANDING that Resolution #8 fails to define which position the declaration for "citizen rule" applies to, making the resolution vague and ineffectual,

CONSIDERING that Resolution #8 does not adequately define “rouge nations,” nor how citizen rule deters said “rouge nations,”

ALSO CONSIDERING that Resolution #8 condemns certain governments, such as anarchies and dictatorships,

UPHOLDING that it is outside the mandate of this body to condemn specific political systems,

BELIEVING that member nations should decide on their own form of government at local, regional, and national levels,

REPEALS Resolution #8 “Citizen Rule Required.”

Co-Authored by: Jey

Votes For: 8,317 (77%)
Votes Against: 2,416 (23%)

Implemented: Wed May 10 2006

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