The General Assembly Secretariat, also known as GenSec, is a panel of nations who judge the legality of WA General Assembly proposals.
As a new body, its mission and rules are not yet fully formed. Discussion is welcomed in the General Assembly forum.
Nations are appointed by GenSec itself, which calls for public nominations when a new member is required. Today GenSec is:
GenSec members vote to indicate whether they believe a proposal is legal (complies with GA rules), illegal (violates one or more GA rules), or should be discarded (blatantly violates one or more rules and is not worthy of the General Assembly's attention).
GenSec members may change their vote at any time. All votes are public.
As a result of these votes, a proposal's GenSec Status is:
Legal: When a proposal has not yet received any GenSec votes, or when at least half of GenSec votes are for Legal, it is eligible to proceed normally to the voting floor and become a resolution.
Illegal—Held: When fewer than half of GenSec votes are for Legal, the proposal is not eligible to proceed to the voting floor, even if it it obtains a quorum of approvals from WA Delegates. It remains publicly viewable, and may move up the queue, but will expire and drop out unless GenSec votes change and it switches to Legal status.
Discarded: A proposal with more Discard votes than Legal votes is removed from public view. This is the case for proposals that have, in GenSec's opinion, failed to meet a basic standard of acceptability.
The Path From Proposal To Resolution
A nation submits a proposal to the General Assembly
The proposal receives and retains Legal GenSec status
The proposal attracts a quorum of approvals from WA Delegates
As earlier proposals either are promoted to the voting floor or are dropped for failing the previous two steps, the proposal reaches the top of the proposal queue.
When the voting floor is empty, the proposal is promoted and becomes the General Assembly's At-Vote Resolution. The entire World Assembly is now eligible to vote For or Against. WA Delegates' votes carry extra weight in proportion to their number of endorsements.
The proposal receives at least 50% For votes and is carried, becoming an official GA Resolution.
Retired GenSec nations: