General Assembly Resolution # 72
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
The World Assembly,
APPLAUDING that certain member nations have many historical and artistic artifacts that reflect their heritage;
RECOGNIZING that several of these artifacts could be threatened during conflict;
ACKNOWLEDGES that nations should have the rights and institutions to properly preserve these artifacts;
BELIEVING that preserving these artifacts will allow citizens to further understand their heritage and expand international recognition of culture collectively;
DEFINES an artifact as any item of cultural, historical, or archeological interest to the member nation in question.
DEFINES a cultural heritage site as a area of interest, archeological, historical, or cultural to any member nation within its own jurdisticion.
BANS the destruction, blocking, and looting of cultural heritage sites by member states against other states during times of peace and conflict;
REQUIRES that member states enact and enforce legislation criminalizing the destruction, blocking, and looting of cultural heritage sites by member states citizens against other states;
ESTABLISHES the Cultural Heritage Preservation Committee as a non-profit organization that may assist non-governmental organizations and government agencies overseeing cultural heritage sites upon request;
ENCOURAGES member states to:
a) Make historical artifacts accessible to the public where possible
b) Ensure that where an admission fee exists for a historical monument, they are as reasonable as possible and balanced between the attraction of tourism and the preservation of such monument;
c) Pass on knowledge of the history and the functions of historical artifacts to all interested parties.
Co-written by Charlottle Ryberg