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  1. Group GA Resolution Repeal Clinic brought to you by the Ministry of World Assembly Recruitment Open to all Members of the Hall of Nations as part of the WA authors initiative: Do you want to become a WA author? The Ministry of World Assembly Recruitment wants to create new General Assembly Repeal authors. Join us as we learn together and then individually(or in small groups: craft, write, edit, submit, lobby and hopefully pass a General Assembly Repeal! The Learning Experience: The workshop is divided into 4 parts. What is repealable: understanding the General Assembly andwhy we repeal, what a repeal can and cannot do, finding legislation to attempt a repeal. Writing a repeal: operative clauses, branding, existing resolutions, general opinions. Feedback and editing: the General Assembly Forums, acknowledging ideas, edit-lobbying. Lobbying and power-voting: sending campaign telegrams, understanding Delegate voting powers, historic and political voting trends. Want to Join us: Reply to this thread or join us on The West Pacific Discord. Some resources used will be posted in this thread.
  2. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Nuclear Security Convention A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets. Category: International Security Strength: Mild Proposed by: Chester Pearson Description: The World Assembly, RECOGNIZING that nuclear energy is a relatively clean and efficient source of energy, UNDERSTANDING the right of member nations to use nuclear energy for peaceful purpose, ALSO REALIZING the potential threat posed to all members in regards to the acquisition of nuclear technology by rogue states, terrorist and/or extremist organizations, ALARMED by the possibility of widespread devastation that could occur as the result of the uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear technology, particularly by non-members who are not bound by the conventions of international law, RESOLVING to enact a sensible policy that mitigates the potential for nuclear warfare and the consequences thereof, The General Assembly hereby: For the purposes of this convention defines nuclear energy as the energy released by nuclear reactions, Requires member nations take all necessary precautions to ensure their nuclear materials, technology and information that have the potential for weaponization are fully secured against unauthorized release, Demands that member nations take all measures necessary and practical in preventing the transfer of nuclear technology, design specifications, and materials if there is reason to suspect that they will be weaponized, Clarifies that nothing in this resolution shall be interpreted as affecting the right of member nations to research or use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, nor denying members nations the right to possess or produce nuclear armaments via their own technological and manufacturing capacities. Co-Authored by Abacathea Voting Ends: in 3 days 10 hours
  3. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Freedom to Contract" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#205 Proposed by: Christian Democrats Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #205: Freedom to Contract (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The General Assembly, Recognizing that Resolution 205 declares that "people have a fundamental right to liberty," which includes freedom of contract, Understanding that Resolution 205 prohibits restrictions on freedom of contract, unless a regulation "is necessary to meet some compelling public policy interest" (emphasis added), Concerned that this necessary and compelling standard is too strict and creates a barrier that is too high for governments to surmount, Aware that employers, under a free contract regime, can oppress and take advantage of workers due to inequalities in bargaining power, Believing that governments, for reasons that are not necessary and compelling but are nevertheless appropriate or legitimate, might wish to restrict contracts, especially when they are seeking to ensure the health, safety, and just treatment of workers, Convinced that governments, representing and acting in the best interests of their peoples, will be freer to protect workers' rights and to promote the public good without the obstruction of this laissez-faire resolution, Troubled, also, that Resolution 205 lacks a mechanism for the recognition of contracts entered validly in foreign jurisdictions, Repeals Resolution 205, Freedom to Contract.
  4. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Sustainable Forest Management A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry. Category: Environmental Industry Affected: Logging Proposed by: Cardoness Description: The World Assembly, UNDERSTANDING that the forestry industry is a major source of income for many states; ACKNOWLEDGING that each state has the right and responsibility to utilize its natural resources for the betterment of its people; However, CONCERNED by the widespread environmental damage caused by deforestation; FURTHER CONCERNED by the effects such damage has on other states; BELIEVING these effects to be, in part: a) Increases in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; b )Displacements of indigenous life forms from their natural habitat; c) Rise of temperatures in cleared areas; d) Soil erosion and sterilization; DISMAYED that foreign states have no recourse to protect their own environment from such effects; Hereby, CREATES the World Assembly Forest Commission (WAFC) to a) Track deforestation; Create guidelines for sustainable forest harvesting; c) Establish standards specific to each nation to limit the impact of forest harvesting processes; d) Identify, i) Areas which are the most environmentally sensitive and provide recommendations for their protection, ii) Areas best suited for harvesting; e) Develop recommendations for the reforestation of previously cleared land; URGES all states to set aside a portion of their extant forest for conservation, that such forest, or forests, be as large, and its boundaries as uniform as possible, and be in the most environmentally sensitive areas; REQUIRES that before the commencement of logging operations, a proposal be submitted, by the state or states affected, to, and approved by, the WAFC detailing plans: a) Which clearly define the area to be harvested; To minimize soil degradation and damage to the biodiversity of the area; c) For the revitalization of the forest upon completion, taking into consideration the rejuvenation of the ecosystem and long term health, or, if the area is to be developed for some other purpose include: i) Such development plans outlining the intent and purpose and area to be used; ii) A timetable as to the anticipated start and completion of said development; iii) Intentions for areas cleared but not part of the subsequent development; AUTHORIZES the WAFC to provide funds, in the form of a grant or loan, on a case by case basis for the cost involved in revitalization efforts; EXEMPTS wood taken for personal use and which is not sold or traded for profit. ALLOWS for the felling of trees beyond the established regulations if the trees are diseased or in the event of some other emergency which requires it; STRONGLY URGES states to avoid harvesting trees near waterways and coastlines; ENCOURAGES that areas damaged by acts of nature, or cleared prior to the passage of this resolution, be reforested; CALLS UPON able states to lend aid and assistance to neighboring states which may need it. Voting Ends: in 3 days 7 hours
  5. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Renewable Research Commitment" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#18 Proposed by: Alchemic Queendom Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #182: Renewable Research Commitment (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly, Supporting the general principle of developing sustainable energy sources, However: Taking issue with World Assembly Resolution #182, “Renewable Research Commitment”, which: Requires each individual nation in the WA to separately research renewable energy sources, creating the probability of overlaps and conflicts, Ignores the potential for collaboration among nations to allow for specialisation of research interests, Fails to recognise that advances made in one nation and shared to other nations, through trade, mutual assistance, or other forms of partnership, may be of significant value to the world community, Suggests an arbitrary “5%” commitment from fossil-fuel power plants with no indication of how this number was arrived at or whether it will be sufficient to produce meaningful results, Appears to disregard environmental science in favour of bland political platitudes of little substance, Takes no account of issues relating to sustainable energy development, such as grid modernisation or energy conservation, Permits nations to completely disregard renewable energy research regardless of any advances made, Places absolutely no requirements on nations to implement any renewable energy research measures whatsoever, And further: Acknowledging that this resolution prevents the World Assembly passing meaningful legislation on sustainable energy, Believing that this impediment to world cooperation in sustainable energy research and development should be removed, Hereby: Repeals World Assembly Resolution #182, “Renewable Research Commitment”. Voting Ends: in 3 days 10 hours
  6. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Protecting Migratory Animals A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry. Category: Environmental Industry Affected: All Businesses Proposed by: Mosktopia Description: The General Assembly: Aware that species diversity is an irreplaceable part of our natural world, and that nations are constantly deriving new medical, scientific, recreational, social and economic uses from our world's biodiversity; Recognizing that all nations have a duty to protect and conserve the world's biodiversity for future generations; Noting that conservation of migratory animals requires the concerted efforts of every nation with jurisdiction over any part of the animals' migratory path; Resolved that nations can and should work together to conserve and protect migratory animal species; Hereby enacts the following provisions: 1. Notes that, as used in this act, migration refers to the forseeable, seasonal movement of an animal from one area to another on a greater scale than its normal daily activities; 2. Directs each member nation to catalog the migratory animal species that: inhabit the member nation's territory between periods of migration, or pass through the member nation's territory during migration; 3. Mandates that, where a migratory animal species ranges or migrates across international borders, member nations must collaborate with other nations to preserve and protect the animal's habitat and migratory path; 4. Requires member nations to restrain individuals, businesses, and organizations within their jurisdiction from unreasonably degrading the integrity of migratory animal populations living in, or traveling through, the territory of any nation; 5. Urges member nations to exchange research data on migratory animal species with other nations; 6. Clarifies that, notwithstanding any other provision of this act, member nations may take reasonable actions to deter migratory animals from damaging or destroying property, or becoming pests. Furthermore, invasive migratory species are not covered by the protections of this act. Voting Ends: in 3 days 7 hours
  7. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Reproductive Freedoms" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#286 Proposed by: Alchemic Queendom Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #286: Reproductive Freedoms (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly, Noting that World Assembly Resolution #286, “Reproductive Freedoms”, creates a totally unrestricted right to obtain an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy, Realizing that this includes a right to obtain very late term abortions, or abortions after a genetic test, for example for the presence of Down's syndrome, Furthermore, reiterating its commitment to human equality, Believing that one of the most important aspects of human equality is the abolition of gender-based discrimination, Applauding previous World Assembly legislation attempting to address gender-based discrimination, while recognising that this is an unfinished project, Acknowledging that in many cultures economic and social norms have led to prejudices against female children and to discrimination in favour of male children, Understanding that a common means of expressing this prejudice is through sex-selective abortion, wherein an abortion is conducted only after a sex test of the foetus has confirmed it to be female, Also aware of informal folk attitudes that may lead to a pregnancy being ascribed female characteristics even in the absence of definitive medical testing, leading to sex-selective abortion, Arguing that sex-selective abortion has serious societal consequences, including fuelling further discriminatory attitudes and practices, and contributing to socioeconomic inequality, Considering there to be a compelling interest in preventing sex-selective abortion, Disgusted that Resolution #286 prohibits legislation to prevent sex-selective abortion, Repulsed that this Resolution amounts to a World Assembly mandate for gendercide and does active harm by preventing efforts to address gender imbalances, Emphasising that this repeal in no way represents an argument against the basic right to obtain an abortion, Nonetheless, holding the issue of sex-selective abortion sufficiently important to merit reconsideration of the Resolution in question: World Assembly Resolution #286 is struck out and rendered null and void. Voting Ends: in 3 days 8 hours
  8. resolutions are applied immediately upon passing in all WA member nations. Resolution At Vote GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Cultural Heritage Protection" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#72 Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #72: Cultural Heritage Protection (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly, Understanding that culturally significant sites are important cornerstones to many societies, Regretting, however, that Cultural Heritage Protection(GA#72) fails to perform its function without placing an undue burden on WA nations, Knowing that GA#72 "DEFINES a cultural heritage site as a [sic] area of interest, archeological, historical, or cultural to any member nation within its own jurdisticion [sic]" regardless of that site's current use, Lamenting that any site, even those of incredibly minor "archeological, historical, or cultural" importance, may be designated as protected at the whim of the nation housing such a site, Accepting that, regardless of its cultural importance, a site used to house military weapons, soldiers, prisoners of war, or used as a base for espionage should be a valid target for military attack or liberation, Bemoaning that, while cultural sites are often housed in or near population centers, GA#72 may encourage the use of cultural sites to house military assets because of the protections it provides, Believing that GA#72 was never intended to provide protection for military assets, Regretting that this error has been left uncorrected despite open acknowledgement by nations involved in writing the resolution, Hereby repeals Cultural Heritage Protection(GA#72). Voting Ends: in 2 days 23 hours
  9. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Renewable Energy Installations" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#236 Proposed by: Mosktopia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #236: Renewable Energy Installations (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The General Assembly: Notes that GAR #236, "Renewable Energy Installations," seeks to make the world a more eco-friendly place; but Documents that GAR #236 defines a renewable energy installation (REI) as "facilities which will generate power derived from naturally occurring resources that will have the least impact and damage on the environment through their operation," which is an unreasonably strict definition and automatically excludes a large number of power-generating methods and facilities that are renewable, efficient, and very eco-friendly simply because they are not the absolute least-impacting facilities one could imagine; Recalls that Clause (ii) of GAR #236 reads: "(ii) Having identified suitable sites within their borders, nations without renewable energy installations must build R.E.I.s at the designated sites, provided the nation is in an economically viable position to do so;" Believes that the strict definition of REI makes it unlikely that many member nations will be in an economically viable position to actually build said REIs - making the positive environmental impact of this resolution minimal, at best; Notes that Clause (i) of GAR #236 reads: "(i) Nations who do not already possess R.E.I's to identify key areas where the placement of facilities would cause the least environmental disturbance," which unfortunately does not allow member nations to designate REI locations based on ease of construction, access, and/or maintenance, but rather focuses only on the narrow issue of ensuring the least possible environmental disturbance - forcing those member nations who can afford to build REIs to do so in suboptimal places; Understands that Clauses (i) and (ii) of GAR #236, together require nations to identify areas where REIs would cause the least environmental disturbance and build REIs on those sites, even if: The nation does not need any more energy facilities, The nation is already entirely reliant on clean energy, The site is of historical or cultural significance, There is already something of great value built on the site, Building a power generating facility on the site would be foolhardy or dangerous, and/or The nation would rather spend the considerable resources necessary to build a power generating facility on other equally environmentally-friendly projects, such as wetlands restoration or recycling centers; Acknowledges that if GAR #236 is repealed, member nations can still demonstrate a commitment to renewable energy via national legislation, international agreements, and through the free choices of individual citizens; Hereby repeals General Assembly Resolution #236, "Renewable Energy Installations". Co-authored by Mousebumples Voting Ends: in 1 day 8 hours
  10. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Internet Net Neutrality Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#89 Proposed by: Auralia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #89: Internet Net Neutrality Act (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Free Press) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: Affirming the importance of network neutrality and regulating Internet service providers to prevent content discrimination and other anti-competitive business practices, Regretting that the flaws present in GAR #89, "Internet Net Neutrality Act", necessitate its repeal, Recognizing that the target resolution prohibits Internet service providers from engaging in "network discrimination," defined in part as "intentionally blocking, interfering with, discriminating against, impairing, or degrading the ability of any person to access, use, send, post, receive, or offer any lawful content, application, or service through the Internet," Alarmed that many standard, common sense Internet pricing models, such as charging more for faster speeds and greater usage, are prohibited by the target resolution because they technically constitute "interfer[ence] with...the ability of...person to access...the Internet" as well as "discriminat[ion] against...person" based on price paid, Stunned that this restriction effectively requires Internet service providers to charge a person with very high levels of Internet usage the same amount for Internet access as a person with very low levels of Internet usage, which is ridiculous, Concerned that this restriction harms both consumers and Internet service providers by preventing the former from purchasing an Internet plan appropriate to their needs and income while precluding the latter from recouping the costs of their substantial investments in network infrastructure, Emphasizing that these pricing models are considered to be perfectly legitimate in virtually all other industries and markets, and there is no rational basis for singling out Internet service providers for special treatment, Troubled by the redundancy in the target resolution's title ("Internet Net Neutrality Act"), Hoping that a replacement network neutrality resolution will soon be passed without these flaws, The General Assembly, Repeals GAR #89, "Internet Net Neutrality Act". Voting Ends: in 3 days 12 hours
  11. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Chemical Weapons Accord A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets. Category: International Security Strength: Mild Proposed by: Chester Pearson Description: The World Assembly, Acknowledging that nations may possess chemical weapons, Realizing that some nations use chemical weapons both domestically and during military conflict, Whilst understanding the massive casualties and long term environmental damage that these weapons may cause; also believing that small scale tactical defensive usage of these weapons is sometimes vital to the survival of smaller nations, For the purposes of this protocol "Chemical agents" shall be defined as: "Chemical weapon": any substance that is used with the intention of causing death or severe harm to sapient beings, a habitable area or to the environment solely through the toxic chemical properties of such agent, "Riot control agent": any chemical substance that is used with the intention of non-lethally incapacitating and subduing sapient beings solely through the chemical effects of such agent, The General Assembly hereby declares: The use of chemical weapons in any capacity that may injure or destroy military personnel, or the environment shall be limited to defensive or delaying operations of aggressive offensive military forces, The use of chemical weapons that have a reasonable probability of affecting civilian populations shall be prohibited, Member nations shall be permitted to utilize riot control agents, within the boundaries of current and future World Assembly legislation, Member nations shall take all measures necessary and practical in preventing the sale or transfer of chemical weapons from their own nation to any other party if that transfer is intended to facilitate the violation of the intentions and provisions of this act, Member nations shall take all necessary and available precautions to secure their chemical weapon stockpiles, to prevent their chemical weapon stockpiles from accidental release, and to prevent those stockpiles from falling into the hands of individuals whom have the intent to violate the intentions and provisions of this act, Member nations shall use all available means to ensure chemical weapons remain fully under state control; furthermore private individuals, and corporate entities shall be prohibited from possessing chemical weapons, The World Assembly Chemical Weapons Commission (WACWC) shall be re-tasked with the following mandate: To develop and maintain a library of known chemical weapons, and to share this information with any nations that request it, To assist member nations in establishing effective programs meant to defend against chemical weapons, To assist member nations in the voluntary decommissioning and destruction of their chemical weapons, To provide medical and humanitarian assistance to member nations subject to unprovoked offensive chemical weapon attacks, in cooperation with the International Humanitarian Aid Coordination Committee. Co-Authored by: The Dourian Embassy Voting Ends: in 3 days 22 hours
  12. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Protection of Outer Space Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#63 Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #63: Protection of Outer Space Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly, Applauding efforts to reduce the number of hazardous objects in the orbit of celestial bodies which either do support or may support life, Understanding, however, that "Protection of Outer Space Act,"(GA#63) contains a number of flaws in its text including, but not limited to: * Treating outer space as an "environment" to be "polluted," rather than protecting habitats from space borne debris, * Failing to account for the fact that problems during recycling may be "unnecessary" while also being unintentional and unavoidable, * Requiring recycling efforts to use methods that are "least likely to cause unnecessary risk" without expanding upon what unnecessary risks it is meant to reduce, * Urging nations to "remain outside of Outer Space until their crafts and crew are compliant with its(COSC's) standards" without any regard for the fact that development of such technologies is often achieved during the early stages of space exploration, * Restricting protections to planets that contain nations only, rather than those containing life or life supporting environments, * Defining the term "outer space" in such a way as to include the space occupied by orbital habitats(while not necessarily protecting their surrounding area from space borne debris) and preventing any future resolution on that topic, * Further defining the term "outer space" in such a way as to require the "Coordination of Space Consortium(COSC)" to be responsible for most of the observable universe(or approximately 4.077 times 10 to the 32nd power, cubic light-years of space), Believing that, while the immediate area surrounding habitats and heavily traveled routes deserve some protection, it is lunacy to attempt protection of all of space and ultimately unneeded, Hereby repeals "Protection of Outer Space Act"(GA#63). Voting Ends: in 3 days 21 hours
  13. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE International Arms Trading A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets. Category: International Security Strength: Mild Proposed by: Barbossa Description: Acknowledging that without proper oversight and effective regulation, by police, military and customs authorities, arms transfers may be diverted to the black market, hostile entities or unauthorized end users and can increase the potential for violations of national or international law and human rights. The World Assembly hereby; Article 1 – Definitions & Clarifications 1.1 Defines an arm for the purpose of this resolution as any device designed and manufactured or otherwise actualized with its primary purpose being to inflict damage or harm to living beings, systems or structures or any item which has been modified to meet this standard. This shall include arms or ammunition with the capability to be fired, launched or delivered by other arms as well as parts and components that provide the capability to be assembled into the arms. 1.2 Clarifies that this resolution shall neither apply to movements of arms by or on behalf of a nation provided that the arms remain under that nation's control nor impact on the right of nations to develop national laws concerning arms and their ownership. 1.3 Further Clarifies that nothing in this resolution shall be constructed as an attempt to nationalize international arms trading or to prohibit nations from enacting stricter national laws in regard to arms trading. Article 2 – Risk Assessment 2.1 Requires nations, prior to authorizing an arms export, to conduct an risk assessment, considering if probable cause exists that said arms may be: Used to perpetrate or enable breaches or violations of domestic laws in either the exporting or importing nations or any nations during transit. Used to perpetrate or enable breaches or violations of international law. Diverted from the intended recipients. 2.2 Requires that if the exporting nation determines probable cause exists of any of the above consequences after conducting this assessment, it shall not authorize the export. 2.3 Requires importing nations to provide any relevant documentation regarding end use or end user details requested by the exporting nation if said request is within the framework of previously established international laws. Article 3 – Arms Markings 3.1 Requires nations to apply a unique, recognizable and traceable national marking upon all individual arms certified for export from their nation and to submit said marking for registration with the Arms Trading Oversight Committee. Article 4 - Arms Trading Oversight Committee (ATOC) 4.1 Establishes the ATOC empowers it to; 4.1.1 Operate in accordance with previously established international laws, undertaking not to procure or release any information that would violate the protection of privacy or national security interests protected by said laws. 4.1.2 Obtain annually from each nation a report for the preceding year detailing all authorized or actual international arms trades undertaken under their jurisdiction. 4.1.3 Obtain the completed export risk assessment files from all arms exporting nations for each authorized, actual or rejected international arms trade. 4.1.4 Make all reports available upon request by national governments. 4.1.5 Obtain records from national governments of all recovered illegal arms trades. 4.1.6 Maintain a register of all unique national arms markings. 4.1.7 Arbitrate any disputes arising from this resolution. Voting Ends: in 3 days 9 hours
  14. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE On International Peacekeeping A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets. Category: International Security Strength: Mild Proposed by: Chester Pearson Description: The World Assembly, Realizing that armed conflict is inevitable, Appalled by the massive civilian casualties that are inevitable in armed conflict, Wishing that nations would seek alternatives to armed conflict; but realizing that this is a fleeting hope, Defines peacekeeping as activities that tend to create conditions that favour lasting peace; via non-violent accompaniment or interventions, The General Assembly hereby mandates: Member nations who choose to intervene for the purposes of peacekeeping, shall not engage in offensive military manoeuvres with in the area of conflict; or provide military assistance to either party engaged in armed conflict, Deployed peacekeeping and humanitarian forces shall not utilize military force, with the exception of defense of self, Military forces and humanitarian workers deployed to conflict zones shall remain under the flag, and command structure of their respective nations, Member nations shall be granted all protections afforded under international law while engaged in peacekeeping duties, Peacekeeping shall be a voluntary service provided by member nations. Creates the International Peacekeeping Assembly (IPA) and empowers it to: Direct the World Health Authority to make available any and all medical and humanitarian supplies as required to alleviate the suffering of civilians, Hold yearly meetings to discuss current international conflicts and to make recommendations in regards as to where peacekeeping may be most effective, Urges member nations that possess no armed forces to deploy humanitarian workers to conflict zones, to distribute food and medical supplies to civilian populations suffering due to armed conflict, Encourages member nations to treat non-members with the same courtesies afforded under this resolution, when said non-members request peacekeeping intervention. Voting Ends: in 3 days 23 hours
  15. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Language Preservation" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#243 Proposed by: Saveyou Island Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #243: Language Preservation (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The General Assembly, UNDERSTANDING the goal of resolution #243, which is to preserve languages, NOTING that nations may have a large quantity of languages, REALIZING such nations may be unable to record all languages, SADDENED nations are required to interfere with languages lacking an alphabet, which may alter the language, CONVINCED that some cultures would not like their languages to be recorded, for it is sacred to them and any interference made by the government would go against their beliefs, ACKNOWLEDGING that some languages have an overwhelming amount of notable works of literature which have yet to be recorded, and recording these works is a task which may take many years of research, FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that the term "notable works" used in the resolution is a vague term, as the resolution does not clearly state what makes a work of literature "notable", BELIEVING the International Language Research Center is not needed to record the billions of languages, which already is an overwhelming task, HEREBY repeals GA #243 Co-Authored by The Last Homely House Voting Ends: in 2 days 22 hours
  16. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Rainforest Protection Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#261 Proposed by: Auralia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #261: Rainforest Protection Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: Woodchipping) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: Affirming the purpose of GAR #261, "Rainforest Protection Act", namely to protect and preserve tropical rainforests, Nevertheless believing that the flaws present in the target resolution necessitate its repeal, Disturbed by the target resolution's ban on slash-and-burn agriculture in tropical rainforest areas, which fails to take into account that slash-and-burn agriculture: can be practiced in an ecologically sustainable manner and only causes environmental damage when insufficient time is allowed for vegetation regrowth, and is a necessity for subsistence farmers who would otherwise be faced with the prospect of starvation due to a lack of suitable farmland in forested areas, Troubled by the target resolution's ban on mineral extraction in tropical rainforest areas when it causes any surface ecosystem damage, which fails to take into account that such damage may only be temporary and that the land can be restored to equivalent land capacity through replanting and soil replacement after resource extraction is complete, Distressed by the lack of an appeals process or even any established criteria for the Tropical Rainforest Protection Agency's determination of logging quotas, which allows the Agency to arbitrarily restrict forestry industries in World Assembly member nations without any accountability, The General Assembly, Repeals GAR #261, "Rainforest Protection Act". Voting Ends: in 3 days 4 hours
  17. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Chemical Weapons Convention A resolution to slash worldwide military spending. Category: Global Disarmament Strength: Strong Proposed by: Chester Pearson Description: The World Assembly, Acknowledges that some nations may possess chemical weapons, Realizes that some nations use chemical weapons both domestically and in military conflict, Believes that the massive casualties and long term environmental damage that these weapons cause far outweighs any advantages gained by their use, For the purposes of this convention: "Chemical agent" shall be defined as any substance that is capable of causing death or severe harm to a person, plant, animal, a habitable area or to the environment, primarily through its toxic chemical properties; a "riot control agent" shall be defined as any lachrymatory chemical substance that is designed to non-lethally incapacitate and subdue any conscious sentient person, plant or animal, primarily via the chemical effects of such agent, Hereby decrees: The use of chemical agents as weapons (hereafter referred to as chemical weapons) in any capacity that may injure or destroy civilian populations, military personnel, or the environment shall be prohibited, Member nations that possess chemical weapons immediately and completely dismantle their chemical weapons programs and neutralize their chemical weapons in a timely manner with as safe a procedure as possible, Member nations are permitted to utilize riot control agents in a law enforcement role within territories under their control only, Member nations shall take all measures necessary and practical in preventing the production, sale, or transfer of chemical weapons from their own nation to another party, if the transfer process is considered to violate the intentions and provisions of this resolution, The World Assembly Chemical Weapons Commission (WACWC) shall be established, and be tasked with the following mandate To develop and maintain a library of known chemical weapons, and to share this information with member nations, To assist member nations in establishing effective programs meant to defend against chemical weapons, To assist member nations in eliminating their chemical weapons stockpiles, To provide medical and humanitarian assistance to member nations subject to chemical weapon attacks, under the direction of the World Health Authority; Member nations shall be permitted to stockpile chemical agents, so long as they are in compliance with the provisions and intent of this resolution; such a stockpile shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes. Voting Ends: in 3 days 14 hours
  18. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Establishing Principles of War A resolution to slash worldwide military spending. Category: Global Disarmament Strength: Mild Proposed by: Cowardly Pacifists Description: Recalling the commitment of Member Nations to see peace prevail, to avoid military conflict whenever possible, and to shield individuals from unjustifiable injury, hardship and destruction; Convinced that world nations can and should distinguish between right and wrong actions, even in times of war; Also convinced that world nations can and should distinguish between just and unjust reasons for pursuing a war; Aware that the World Assembly lacks a formal position on the principles that ought to inform the use of military force; Resolved that Member Nations should advance the cause of peace by declaring and adhering to reasonable principles of justice in matters of war and conflict; Convinced that such measures would obviate needless bloodshed and avoid some of the terrible costs of war; NOW THEREFORE, the World Assembly hereby establishes the following Principles of War: 1. Last Resort - Member Nations shall only engage in war, if at all, after exhausting all reasonable peaceful alternatives; 2. Declaration - Member Nations must declare their intent to prosecute a war publicly and openly, and must state the cause therefore; 3. Proportionality - Member Nations shall not cause destruction and death disproportionate to the harm that justified the war, and shall refrain from using weapons of disproportionate and indiscriminate destruction; 4. Pursue Peace - The ultimate goal of any war must be to preserve or restore a just peace, and with that consideration in mind wars shall be brought to an end as soon as possible; 5. Futility - Deaths and injuries in the name of a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable, and Member Nations shall refrain from willfully prosecuting war when it becomes clear that further hostilities would be strategically futile; 6. Refrain from Plunder - Member Nations shall not deprive the population of a defeated enemy of the resources they need to survive; 7. Punishment of War Crimes - At the conclusion of a war, an involved Member Nation must take all possible measures to bring war criminals from all sides of the conflict to justice; IT IS FURTHER DECLARED that Member Nations shall adopt and adhere to the aforementioned principles, and divergence from those principles, without good cause shown, is deemed to constitute a war crime. Voting Ends: in 3 days 23 hours
  19. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Responsible Parenthood Act A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare. Category: Social Justice Strength: Mild Proposed by: Three Weasels Description: The World Assembly, SEEKING TO ADDRESS the void left by resolution #250: Repeal "Reduction of Abortion Act" and seeks to address the issues raised; MOTIVATED to assist individuals by promoting alternative family planning services to prevent unwanted pregnancies; For the purposes of this act defines: comprehensive sexual education is as a curriculum that emphasizes birth control to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Abstinence may be included along with other forms of birth control. adoption services as a government or private sector service to place orphaned, neglected, or abandoned children in a stable home. REQUIRES that member nations introduce a comprehensive family planning service including but not limited to; comprehensive sexual education, made universally available adoption services contraceptives ENCOURAGES member nations to custom-tailor and expand family planning services beyond the required services as per their cultural needs; FURTHER MANDATES that nations provide access by pregnant individuals to prenatal, obstetric, and post-natal medical and counselling services. STATES that contraceptives shall be made available to all persons regardless of age, sex, or any other factor. Minors can obtain contraceptives without parental consent or knowledge. FURTHER REQUIRES individuals and nations economically unable to meet the requirements of this act to apply to their national World Health Authority (WHA) office for assistance. Voting Ends: in 3 days 23 hours
  20. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Unwed Parenthood Act A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare. Category: Social Justice Strength: Mild Proposed by: Christian Democrats Description: The General Assembly, Realizing that there are increasing rates of unplanned pregnancy and unintended childbirth out of wedlock, Understanding the particular difficulties associated with raising one or more children as a single parent, Recognizing the heavy financial burdens of raising children in any situation, Believing it is easier to raise children when responsibilities are shared by multiple individuals, Noting the "marriage gap," the social scientific observation that married couples usually have greater incomes than singles or unmarried couples, thus making it less difficult to have children, 1. Requires member states to establish sexual education programs in their secondary schools with an emphasis on preventing unplanned pregnancy; 2. Encourages member states to commit public funding to adoption services and to social assistance programs to help parents who are struggling to raise their children; 3. Urges member states to enact tax relief for low-income parents; 4. Defines marriage, as used below, as (a) civil marriage in jurisdictions where marriages are recognized by the government or ( formal and informal relationships similar to marriage in jurisdictions where marriages are not recognized by the government; 5. Instructs the World Health Authority to launch an international awareness campaign, funded fully by voluntary donations intended for this specific program, (a) to promote marriage among young people as a valuable social institution; ( to discourage sexual conduct that reasonably might lead to unplanned pregnancy; © to disseminate information to young people on the benefits of waiting to become sexually active until one is physically, mentally, and emotionally mature; (d) to increase general public knowledge on pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease; and (e) to combat discrimination against pregnant individuals, unmarried parents, and their children; 6. Mandates that the World Health Authority focus the efforts of its international awareness campaign on those member states where unplanned pregnancy rates are highest; and 7. Forbids governments within the jurisdiction of this Assembly from taking actions intended to undermine the goals of the international awareness campaign outlined above. Voting Ends: in 3 days 12 hours
  21. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Rainforest Protection Act A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry. Category: Environmental Industry Affected: Woodchipping Proposed by: The Scientific States Description: The General Assembly Recognizing tropical rainforests as are forests characterized by high rainfall, home to many unique ecosystems with a variety of creatures, flora and fauna Aware that tropical rainforests play a crucial role in maintaining a stable climate by absorbing and encapsulating vast amounts of CO2 Believing that the preservation of tropical rainforests is beneficial because they absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide Further believing that tropical rainforests are home to millions of different species, and contain many beneficial aspects to help the planetary climate Concerned that continued degradation will tip the balance and transform them from carbon sinks into carbon sources, thus increasing the rate of global warming Further concerned that the practice of slash-and-burn agriculture destroys vast swaths of tropical rainforests each year. Noting that tropical rainforests may contain as yet undiscovered plant species who's potential medicinal properties may lead to important advances in medical science. Further noting that tropical rainforests are home to many non-industrial tribes who's lives and lifestyles are threatened by deforestation and contact with diseases that they have no immunity towards. Further concerned that there has yet to be a WA resolution to tackle the issues generated by tropical rainforest deforestation, which include extinction of species, displacement of native residents, and drastic environmental consequences. Defining the following terms: a. Tropical rainforest – a forest ecosystem characterized by mean annual temperatures above 24 °C and annual precipitation greater than 800 cm; b. Slash-and-burn agriculture – an agricultural technique which involves cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields. c. Protected area – An ecosystem with an area of at least 1000 hectares of natural habitat, not altered by exploitation or occupation that is subject to special legal protection and restrictions to exploitation Hereby Mandates that tropical rainforest areas be given protected area status. Bans the use of slash-and-burn techniques in rainforest areas of WA nations. Also Bans the exploitation of mineral resources in tropical rainforest areas through any techniques that damage the surface ecosystem, in part or in full. Exempts non-industrial tribes from those provisions that would lead to the destruction of their lifestyles. Establishes the Tropical Rainforest Protection Agency (TRPA) to oversee exploitation and reforestation of tropical rainforest areas in WA nations. Authorizes the TRPA to: -(I)conduct inspections of national tropical rainforests in order to determine the state of said rainforests -(II)establish, on a case by case basis, the quantity of timber that may be exploited from a nation's tropical rainforests. -(III)monitor reforestation efforts and the effects mineral resource extraction for the purpose of establishing quotas and certifying compliance. Prohibits WA nations from accepting imports of timber or mineral resources that are not obtained in a manner compliant with this resolution. Strongly encourages nations to seek the development of new and more sustainable agricultural techniques that can improve the lives of farmers living in or around tropical rainforest areas. Co-Author Grobladonia Voting Ends: in 3 days 11 hours
  22. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Access to Science in Schools" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#48 Proposed by: Auralia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #48: Access to Science in Schools (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Educational) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: Affirming the purpose of GAR #48, "Access to Science in Schools", namely to ensure that all students have access to a quality education in the sciences, Noting that the target resolution requires that all schools that receive government aid include peer-reviewed science in their curricula, Remarking that the term "school" includes institutions of higher learning, Recognizing that many institutions of higher learning do not include peer-reviewed science in their curricula as it is irrelevant to the material being taught, such as: graduate schools teaching law and business, vocational schools teaching the vast majority of trades, such as locksmithing, piano tuning or tailoring, and arts schools teaching the visual or performing arts, Emphasizing that in many nations, such institutions are attended exclusively by students who have already received substantial instruction in the sciences as part of their primary and secondary education, but who have ultimately chosen to specialize in another area, Acknowledging that such institutions receive government funding in certain nations, placing them under the purview of the target resolution, Concluding that the target resolution's requirements are completely impractical and inappropriate for such institutions, Recommending that any replacement resolution simply mandate that all member nations provide students with a quality science education rather than micromanaging the affairs of particular schools, The General Assembly, Repeals GAR #48, "Access to Science in Schools". Voting Ends: in 3 days 9 hours
  23. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Invasive Species Response Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#254 Proposed by: Bergnovinaia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #254: Invasive Species Response Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The General Assembly, APPLAUDING the intent behind GA #254, "Invasive Species Response Act;" YET CONCERNED with the resolution's heinous failure to adequately define invasive species to include all known species that can destroy non-native ecosystems upon introduction; NOTING that the resolution's definition of invasive species as "any non-sapient plant or animal species posing a serious risk of rapid, uncontrolled, and detrimental population growth upon being introduced to a new environment" alarmingly disregards bacteria, archaea, protists and fungi as potential invasive species threats; OBSERVING that the biological domains and kingdoms omitted from the definition all contain species that can be considered invasive and highly dangerous if introduced into a non-native habitat; REGRETTING that the resolution's "international ban on the unregulated introduction of potential invasive species to nations" is impossible to enforce, because in most cases the introduction of a potential invasive species is by definition "unregulated" anyway; SADDENED that the target resolution merely "ENCOURAGES cooperation between member-states and the World Assembly Science Program in identifying species with the potential to thrive in and dominate certain environments or cause extinctions of native species," making a great policy optional instead of mandating the policy - something that would help to control the spread of invasive species in all member-states; Hereby REPEALS GA #254, thereby making it completely null and void. Editor: Discoveria Voting Ends: in 3 days 23 hours
  24. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Reducing Automobile Emissions A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry. Category: Environmental Industry Affected: Automobile Manufacturing Proposed by: Abacathea Description: Commending the efforts of many WA member-states to improving the quality of the environment and their willingness to adapt feasible approaches towards achieving this goal; Believing that the reduction of waste emissions from the automotive industry is an international issue with significant climate implications and that no simple solutions exist to tackling these issues; Noting that waste products and emissions from mechanical forms of transportation such as cars, buses, trains, shipping, and air travel, constitute a significant source of atmospheric pollutants, and believing that every nation and industry should accept a collective responsibility and affirmative response attitude towards lowering their output of these pollutants; The General Assembly; 1: Defines, for the purposes of this resolution; "automobile" as a mechanically propelled vehicle designed for the carriage of goods or people powered in part or fully by an engine or likewise device, and "emissions" as gases released into the atmosphere that are established to be harmful to persons or the natural environment, 2: Mandates, under this resolution; (i) A requirement of all member nations to take any and all economically viable measures to reduce automobile emissions; (ii) The establishment of the International Automobile Emissions Commission (IAEC) with the following mandate: -to create procedures for the collection and publishing of automobile emissions data by member nations and automobile manufacturers, -to establish recommended automobile emissions standards based on this data, -to submit an annual report to the World Assembly on automobile emissions in member nations, including projections of future automobile emissions and progress towards the implementation of IAEC standards; 3: Further requires all member nations and automobile manufacturers to implement IAEC reporting standards; 4: Encourages member nations to incentivize the development of automobile emission reduction technologies, as well as the modification or replacement of in-service automobiles producing excessive emissions; 5: Further encourages member nations to share effective emissions reduction technologies with other nations. Voting Ends: in 3 days 11 hours
  25. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "On Abortion" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#128 Proposed by: Sciena Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #128: On Abortion (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: THE WORLD ASSEMBLY, REMARKING that GAR #128, "On Abortion", requires nations to legalize abortion in certain cases, including rape, DECLARING that late-term abortions are inhumane and should generally be illegal, even in the case of rape, CONCERNED that "On Abortion" does not make an exception for late term abortions, RECOGNIZING that abortion is a controversial topic, and that legitimate, good-faith arguments that can be made on both sides of the debate, BELIEVING that it is extremely unlikely that there will ever be a consensus on the issue, CONCLUDING that the decision of whether or not to legalize abortion is best left in its entirety to individual member nations, REPEALS GAR #128, "On Abortion". Voting Ends: in 3 days 21 hours
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