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 #97
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.
Category: Social Justice
Proposed by: Mousebumples
NOTING previous resolutions passed by the United Nations for the purpose of furthering education worldwide (#28 - Free Education, #54 - UN Educational Committee, #79 - Reformed Literacy Initiative), and also noting resolution #63 - Freedom of the Press,
UNDERSTANDING the limitations of the previous Global Library resolution (#86), which was repealed,
THE UNITED NATIONS -
CALLS for the formation of a Universal Library Coalition (ULC). The Universal Library provided by the ULC will be internet-based and may archive any published form of the written word including, but not limited to, fiction and nonfiction books, constitutions and laws from around the world, newspapers, magazines, and professional journals.
ACCEPTS submissions from individual member nations, in accordance with copyright laws. If the work is not in the public domain (as per resolution #60 - Public Domain), it may not be archived unless permission is obtained from the holder of the rights to the work. This individual or group will receive an annual payment in return for allowing wide access to their work.
PLACES the central server for the Universal Library within the United Nations Headquarters. The library will be indexed at minimum by author, title, nation of origin, keywords, and category, such as biography or periodical, as determined by the publisher.
GIVES each UN member nation and non-UN member nation the opportunity to participate and be a member of the ULC. Those that choose to participate will pay an annual fee to have the Universal Library made available to all internet portals within that nation. Member nations may also choose to provide content filters for their citizenry. Each participating nation may build a physical library within their borders, at their own cost. Each participating nation will maintain a backup of their national data archived within the ULC.
CREATES a ULC Executive Committee (ULCEC) consisting of fifteen (15) individuals selected from ULC member nations that are elected every three (3) years and will set annual fees that nations pay to gain access to the global library. The ULCEC will consult with other ULC nations to manage any issues related to the maintenance and operation of the ULC infrastructure that arise.
PROMOTES cultural awareness by permitting the creation of the Universal Literary Exchange Network (ULEN). Any ULC member nation may designate a section of a physical library or museum to house a rotating collection of literary works provided by other ULC nations. In exchange, they will volunteer some works from their own nation to the ULEN for no more than twenty-four (24) months at a time. The ULCEC will arrange for works to be moved from one ULC member nation to another.
DETAILS that the ULC and ULEN will be incorporated as non-profit organizations. The ULC and ULEN will be entirely funded by participating nations. No taxing authority shall be created by the passage of this resolution. Non-members are free to form their own libraries within their own borders and are in no way restricted from sharing information with other nations.
Historical Resolution #98
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
RECOGNIZING that the United Nations has already acted to limit the spread of contagious disease through such efforts as United Nations Resolutions #9 ("Keep the World Disease Free") and #84 ("NS HIV AIDS Act"), AND
ACKNOWLEDGING that such acts are justified given the difficulty of containing epidemics, even in the face of prophylactic measures such as those authorized by United Nations Resolutions #34 ("No Embargoes on Medicine") and #43 ("Increased Access to Medicine") (among others), AND
OBSERVING that highly virulent diseases are the best source of potential templates for so-called "bioweapons" - weapons whose development and use the United Nations has attempted to limit through such acts as United Nations Resolution #17 ("Elimination of Bio Weapons"), AND FINALLY
REALIZING that no concerted effort has yet been mounted to address one of the world's oldest and deadliest contagions - variola (commonly known as "smallpox") - a disease of considerable danger in its natural form and even greater danger as a bioweapon,
THE UNITED NATIONS
DECLARES ACCORDINGLY that all Member nations shall make a concerted effort to eradicate smallpox within their territory through the use of established disease eradication techniques, such as quarantine and vaccination, AND
FURTHER CALLS UPON all Member nations to increase health care spending accordingly to cover the costs of these measures, AND
ALSO FINALLY RECOMMENDS that all Member nations provide other Member nations a share of this additional spending, in a fashion entirely at their discretion, as long as such assistance would not be detrimental to their own eradication efforts, for the purpose of accelerating the pace at which this disease can be wiped out worldwide.
Historical Resolution #99
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
The United Nations,
NOTING the precedent of international law towards greater human rights and equality for all,
RECALLING the sentiments of such documents as Universal Bill of Rights, Definition of Marriage, Freedom and Equality, and Sexual Freedom in the separation of governments from discriminatory practices and ideologies,
UPSET by the lack of previous legislation (at the time of this documents composition) directly prohibiting governments from discriminatory practices,
CITING as a possible cause of such oversight the incorrect interpretation of the Gay Rights document, which in practice does virtually nothing to protect citizens rights:
RESOLVES upon protecting all persons and groups in member nations from discrimination by their respective member governments;
REQUIRES member governments to fairly and equally apply the following rights of citizens as they are upheld by international and national law:
1. The right to protection under law, especially protection from harassment and violence,
2. The right to participate in government,
3. The right to fair judicial proceedings and law enforcement application especially as guaranteed by international law,
4. Any social dividends paid out to or provided for persons or groups deemed by member national or international government to be in social need (unemployment benefits, health care, etc.), including, but not limited to, those social dividends secured by international law,
5. Any other rights granted citizens of a member government by requirement of international law;
COMMITS to fighting ignorance and prejudice, MANDATING member nations create or allow large-scale education programs of ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity;
ENCOURAGES all nations to work towards eliminating hate crimes, or violent, malicious crimes spurned on by a lack of tolerance of cultural, ethnic, racial, or other differences;
URGES regional awareness of cultural, racial, and cultural differences, given the often close ties of a nations diversity with its regions diversity;
CLARIFIES the United Nations position by reiterating the following:
§ The UN condemns discrimination by governments, discrimination on the basis of differences in recognized religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, age, language, school of thought, or intelligence.
§ The UN disallows member governments from discriminating the previously described rights (protection under law, participation in government, etc.) based upon such differences.
§ The UN also recognizes the need, at times, for member governments to differentiate upon these difference during extreme security risks or other especial events or conditions, and allows for member governments to differentiate treatment to a reasonable degree (as can be justified by the risk), provided the treatment of all returns to an equal state once the risk or state of extreme condition has passed.
Historical Resolution #100
A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets.
DEEPLY REGRETTING loss of life and material damages as a result of natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, blizzards, etc;
NOTING that these disasters do not stop at national borders;
OBSERVING the Tsunami Emergency Warning Center as instituted by the Tsunami Warning System (Resolution #90);
NOTING that the aforementioned Resolution #90 has limited effect for other natural disasters;
ALSO NOTING that the measures implemented by this resolution can and should be used for further research and development of natural disaster warning systems;
1. DEFINES "natural disaster" as any disaster caused by (physical) geographical, geological or meteorological processes, including but not limited to earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, typhoons, floods, blizzards, etc;
2. ESTABLISHES a Natural Disaster Assessment Organisation (NDAO) which has the following tasks:
a. Conduct research on natural disasters, preventative methods and monitoring systems,
b. Coordinate international cooperation on this field, in scientific research and in practical solutions,
c. Create protocols for warning about possible disasters, evacuation plans and local disaster awareness programmes,
d. Maintain contacts with local authorities and local organisations in order to improve communication of information about possible natural disasters and how to respond to them,
e. Maintain contacts with national governments participating in the NDAO, the Tsunami Warning Center, and the UN;
3. EMPHASIZES that the NDAO is meant primarily for natural disasters with an international impact;
4. REQUESTS that member nations collect and share geological, meteorological and other relevant data with other countries and the NDAO to assist in monitoring, forecasting and researching natural disasters;
5. URGES all nations to establish and fund a National Geological Survey and a National Meteorological Office which can colelct data, contribute to the NDAO as well as work on a national or regional level on the monitoring of potentially dangerous sites and conduct research;
6. EMPHASIZES that technology alone is not enough, but warning and evacuating the population efficiently is just as important, as well as having plans for dealing with a disaster and the rebuilding of the affected region;
7. URGES all nations to contribute financially, organisationally or otherwise to the NDAO;
8. CALLS UPON all nations to provide care and assistance in case of a natural disaster, by themselves or through recognized UN organisations such as the International Red Cross;
The People's Republic of Groot Gouda would like to thank Grosseschnauzer, Mikitivity and the Nederland region for their input.
Historical Resolution #101
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
REGRETTING the threat to human rights which is the suppression of learning about evolutionary theory;
AWARE that some of causes of this suppression are political and/or religious based fears that evolution is an alternative to belief in a deity;
NOTING that many religions do not feel threatened by evolutionary theory. Furthermore it is unlikely that God is so malevolent as to plant evidence that our planet is aged 3.5 billion years;
EMPHASIZING the United Nations must collectively discourage the suppression of this grand unifying theme called evolutionary theory. Teachers of the idea should also be free from imprisonment and persecution.
CLARIFIES it is not the intention of this proposal to enforce a curriculum upon nations which have varied cultural and societal tastes. Specifically a nation may decide to not include evolutionary theory in the classroom because a lack of interest by teachers and/or students. This will not be interpreted by the UN as evidence of suppression. Suppression is defined as written laws preventing the teaching of evolutionary theory or punishing those who teach it.
MANDATES a strong symbolical disapproval against any member state that persists to physically imprison / punish teachers or students for engaging in evolutionary studies.
REITERATES the need for member nations to allow students to learn about evolutionary theory;
ASKS member nations work with world leaders to prevent the suppression of evolutionary theory in the classroom.