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  1. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Foreign Trademark Recognition A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce. Category: Free Trade Strength: Mild Proposed by: Auralia Description: Recognizing that businesses often use trademarks to identify their goods or services, Believing that international recognition of trademarks will reduce consumer confusion in the marketplace while rewarding businesses for producing higher quality goods and services, The General Assembly, Defines "trademark", for the purposes of this resolution, as a group of words, a visual design, an auditory expression, or some combination thereof that is used to identify goods or services from a particular source; Further defines "trademark right", for the purposes of this resolution, as the set of exclusive rights granted to a distributor of goods or services regarding the use of a specific trademark, including the right to use that trademark to identify goods or services from that distributor and to distinguish those goods and services from those of other distributors, to seek damages from and injunction against any other entity using that trademark in conjunction with the distribution of similar goods or services, to license any of these rights to others, and to extinguish any of these rights; Further defines "foreign trademark", for the purposes of this resolution, as any trademark for which a trademark right is recognized by the member nation where the relevant distributor is located; Mandates that each member nation recognize the exclusive rights associated with foreign trademarks for as long as the relevant distributors actively make use of their foreign trademarks when distributing goods and services in that member nation; Authorizes each member nation to create reasonable limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights associated with certain foreign trademarks when such trademarks are: merely descriptive of a product or service, or synonymous with a particular type of product or service, deceptive or fraudulent, confusingly similar to a trademark already recognized by that member nation, or to the name of another distributor or geographical location in that member nation, except when that trademark or that name was purposefully chosen to cause confusion in the marketplace due to its similarity with a foreign trademark, in violation of general restrictions on freedom of expression, or prohibited by any additional trademark regulations created by that member nation, so long as such regulations remain consistent with the goals of this resolution; Clarifies that nothing in this resolution should be interpreted as requiring member nations to recognize domestic trademarks; Further clarifies that nothing in this resolution should be interpreted as limiting the World Assembly from further legislating on trademarks. Voting Ends: in 3 days 10 hours
  2. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Rights of Neutral States A resolution to slash worldwide military spending. Category: Global Disarmament Strength: Mild Proposed by: Sciongrad Description: The World Assembly, REAFFIRMING that it is a right of states to refrain from conflicts that do not directly involve them, BELIEVING that it is a responsibility of this Assembly to uphold this right, And to this end resolves; The term "neutral state" shall be defined as any state that has formally declared a policy of non-involvement, either in a specific conflict that involves one or more other states or in all such conflicts beyond its own borders (as 'general neutrality'), that has not participated in a relevant current conflict, and is in full compliance with the obligations of neutrals as listed in this resolution; The term "belligerent" shall be defined as any state with armed forces involved in a relevant conflict; The obligations of neutral states are as follows: The state shall not allow any belligerent’s forces to cross or remain within its lands, excepting as clause 5 of this resolution lists, to launch attacks from or through its territories, or to recruit therein, nor shall it be legal for its people to serve belligerents as mercenaries; The state may not perform any actions within or against belligerents that this resolution forbids belligerents to perform within or against neutrals, except that it may use reasonable force to repel belligerent forces that are violating its neutrality; The state must not sell or otherwise supply war materiel to a belligerent, or allow anybody within its borders to do so, or allow its agencies or businesses to transport war materiel for belligerents, or (except as any other WA law specifies) allow war materiel for belligerents to cross its territories; The rights of neutral states are as follows: Belligerents may not declare war or commit any acts of war against states neutral in the relevant wars, and no WA member may do so at all to states that follow ‘general neutrality’; Belligerents may not send armed forces into or across neutrals’ territories, except as this or another WA resolution specifically allows; Belligerents must not conscript people with a neutral’s nationality into their service, unless that neutral state agreed before the war that those people also hold the belligerent’s nationality; Belligerents must not interfere with neutrals’ international trade, except as any other WA law specifically allows; Belligerents must not compel prisoners of war (POWs) to enter a neutral’s territory with the express intent that those people be caught and interned therein; The following individuals or groups of belligerent states have the right of free passage within the territories of neutral states and vice versa; furthermore, any states trespassed upon have the right and duty to intern any trespassing personnel until either the conflict ends or both sides agree to their release: Accidental strays who intend on leaving immediately; Warships that were in serious danger of wreck, for a reasonable time to have their own crew make repairs to improve seaworthiness (but not to improve specifically combat-related systems); As members of diplomatic missions, within reason; Casualties or POWs being repatriated with both belligerent sides’ consent; Escaped POWs; Member nations that form military alliances with any non-member nation must make full compliance with the provisions of this resolution by that ally a term of the alliance. Voting Ends: in 3 days 11 hours
  3. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Invasive Species Response Act A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry. Category: Environmental Industry Affected: All Businesses Proposed by: Icamera Description: The World Assembly, CONCERNED that the serious universal issue of invasive plant and animal species has been overlooked by the international community; HIGHLIGHTING accidental overproliferation of invasive species as not only a threat to ecosystems across the world, but also a significant, yet preventable financial burden for businesses and governments; STRIVING to reduce such consequences by promoting international response to present invasive species outbreaks and cooperation in curbing future spread of dangerous species; Hereby; DEFINES "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; INSTITUTES an international ban on the unregulated introduction of potential invasive species to nations in which said species are likely to overtake or displace indigenous flora and fauna; MANDATES that nations or other groups desiring to introduce any potentially beneficial non-native species conduct highly thorough research into the potential consequences thereof and maintain a fund for use in population control efforts should they become necessary; REQUIRES that nations maintain a reasonably comprehensive, freely accessible registry of indigenous species indicating their reproductive capacity, biological predators, genetic variability, and ideal environmental conditions, among other information relevant to population growth capacity or pest control; 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; PERMITS customs officials to take necessary action against individuals suspected of cross-border smuggling of potential invasive species via airports, docks, post, or national and local borders; OUTLAWS practices of the shipping industry conducive to the accidental spread of invasive species, namely the discharge of ballast water in coastal waters or internal waterways and use of inadequate vessel-cleaning procedures; GRANTS businesses, particularly those involved in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and other industries whose profitability is likely to be hampered by the costs of invasive species management, full access to the aforementioned registries; FURTHERMORE AFFIRMS the right of said businesses to apply for guaranteed low-interest loans to be spent on management of harmful invasive species, upon the presentation of credible scientific evidence proving the necessity of assistance. Co-authored by Ceni Voting Ends: in 2 days 18 hours
  4. Repeal "Freedom in Medical Research" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#171 Proposed by: Christian Democrats Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #171: Freedom in Medical Research (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The General Assembly, Realizing that Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, says the following, "Doctors, and other medical professionals that utilize controversial forms of treatment shall not be penalized by either the individual, post-procedure, or the government, unless fully informed consent was not acquired," Regretting that this provision prevents patients from suing physicians who have harmed them while providing "controversial forms of treatment" and that it further prevents governments from prosecuting or removing the medical licenses of physicians who act negligently while providing "controversial forms of treatment," a phrase that the resolution never defines, Believing that the patient, at least in some cases (which should be determined by law), is entitled to compensation for any loss or injury that he suffers at the hands of a physician, even if that patient did provide informed consent to the procedure that harmed him, Opining that consent to a controversial procedure is not necessarily consent to every potential loss or injury that might result therefrom, Suggesting that physicians who perform "controversial forms of treatment" and want to avoid lawsuits require the persons whom they are treating to sign contracts waiving the right to sue (see Resolution 205, Freedom to Contract) instead of relying on this Assembly to protect them from their own negligence or incompetence when they harm their patients, Concerned that the provision quoted above unduly might restrict the authority of governments to regulate or to ban unproven medical procedures that are performed by charlatans and that are likely to cause severe harm or significant financial loss to patients and their families, Noting that Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, also says the following, "Medicinal drugs, and other such substances shall visibly print the side-effects, ingredients, and the company in which the substance was produced on the vessel in which it's sold in," Understanding that it is often impossible to fit an entire list of the ingredients and potential side effects of a drug on the label of the vessel and that it is more reasonable for the drug and its container to be accompanied by a separate pamphlet or booklet that contains a full list of ingredients and potential side effects in a font size that is large enough to read, Worried, therefore, that the requirement that all side effects and ingredients be printed on the vessel is unreasonable, Holding the position that Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, is flawed for the aforementioned reasons, Clarifying that the passage of this repeal does not prevent member states from enacting and enforcing their own laws to provide legal protection or immunity to physicians who offer and provide controversial or experimental forms of medical treatment, Repeals Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, thus rendering it null and void. Voting Ends: in 3 days 23 hours
  5. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Outer Space Peace Act A resolution to slash worldwide military spending. Category: Global Disarmament Strength: Significant Proposed by: The Black Hat Guy Description: The World Assembly, RECOGNIZING the need to preserve the peaceful future of space travel and colonization, REALIZING that nations will inevitably attempt to use space to further their own military efforts, DESIRING to promote peace within space, given that it necessarily will be further colonized in order to preserve the future of sentient species, HOPING that space will become a place of peace in which nations will not engage in warfare, DEFINES for the purpose of this resolution: (i) “Space” to be the entire area of the average distance from a inhabited area's land to its center plus half of that distance, that is inhabited by a civilian population of a sapient species at the time of the passage of this resolution, (ii) Chemical weapon to be any chemical agent designed to cause death or disease to any living being without the use of explosive, bludgeoning, burning, puncturing, etc, force, (iii) Nuclear weapon to be any weapon that derives a force that would generate at least a 100 meter radius explosion at sea level on Earth from nuclear binding energy; (iv) State of war as the period following the declaration of war in retaliation against attacks by other nations, HEREBY MANDATES that no WA member states place any nuclear weapons in any area of space, unless they are in a state of war and have reasonable evidence to suggest that said nation possesses nuclear weapons; FURTHER MANDATES that no WA member states place any chemical weapons in any area of space; REQUIRES that nations dismantle or move out of space any nuclear weapons they have placed in space after they have left a state of war or when there is no longer a material nuclear threat from the nation they are at war with, whichever is earlier; CLARIFYING that "Space" as defined by this resolution extends beyond the orbit of modern orbital weapons, and as such current orbital weapons are not affected by this resolution; ENCOURAGES nations to further limit the use of weapons in space; FURTHER ENCOURAGES nations to use space and related technology for the single purpose of benefiting all sapient species, not solely their nation or region; ESTABLISHES the Space Disarmament Committee (SDC) with the following duties: a) To send officials to all nations to ensure compliance with the terms of this resolution, b ) To classify chemical and nuclear weapons as such in order to prevent abuse; REQUIRES that all member states comply with the officials sent by the SDC; MANDATES that nations take measures to ensure that private entities comply with the terms of this resolution. Voting Ends: in 3 days 23 hours
  6. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "International Competition Law" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#70 Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #70: International Competition Law (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly, Cognizant of the intentions of GA#70 to reduce anti-competitive practices in the international market, Admiring those intentions and lauding the efforts of the International Trade Administration, Believing that the resolution in question has limited effectiveness, because it does not account for new or evolved anti-competitive practices, Disappointed that the failure of foresight has led to the proliferation of many such practices worldwide, Recognizing that the methods of regulation tasked to the International Trade Administration are excessively cumbersome, Noting that the resolution seeks an international solution to the problems many national regulatory agencies face, Understanding, however, that easing the burdens national regulatory agencies face in the pursuit of good business practices, rather than assuming those burdens, would be a preferable solution to those problems, Believing that the World Assembly can work to ease those burdens and stop anti-competitive practices more easily without GA#70, Hereby repeals GA#70. Voting Ends: in 3 days 16 hours
  7. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Physical Sites Protection Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#244 Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #244: Physical Sites Protection Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly, Acknowledging the good intentions of GA#244, Believing, however, that the vast assortment of sites in WA nations would be better handled by those individual nations, Further insisting that the WA cannot begin to comprehend the cultural significance, nor regulate the use of innumerable sites that exist in WA nations, Clarifying that man-made sites may become significant through their commercial use, and that banning such use would irreparably harm a site's cultural significance, Insisting that the PHPC’s interference in a nation’s preservation could actually cause more harm to the site’s integrity and value, Noting the development of a culturally significant site may be tied directly to non-interference in its creation and maintenance, Realizing that individual nations can protect their cultural heritage more efficiently and effectively than the World Assembly as a whole, Considering the flaws present in the original resolution, and confident in the ability of WA nations to legislate on this issue individually, Hereby repeals GA#244. Co-Authored by Gatchina Voting Ends: in 3 days 22 hours
  8. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Reduction of Abortion Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#44 Proposed by: Studly Penguins Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #44: Reduction of Abortion Act (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: To People of the World Assembly: APPLAUDING the author’s intention of helping reduce abortion rates worldwide. APPALLED that this resolution has been allowed to stand due to the fact that it has done nothing to reduce abortions. Examples from GAR #44: STRONGLY URGES member states to research, invest in, and provide universal access to abortion reduction services FURTHER ENCOURAGES member states to provide financial aid to pregnant individuals and parents to reduce or remove economic reasons for abortion and economic barriers to childbirth This resolution should have required the state to provide stated services if there ever was any real intent to reduce abortion. Also it only guarantees a right to information, but not the right to receive anything from a decision derived from such information. FURTHERMORE Without requiring member states to provide all the options or guaranteeing this right to its citizenry; it opens the door to more abortions or unwanted births and/or pregnancies. Article 5, section A and Article 6 render this resolution useless due to if it is all ready banned in a member state, no assistance can or will be provided. It takes away what little power this Resolution had to begin with. ADDITIONALLY Hopes future legislation can be passed that allows a universal right to choose. HEREBY repeals GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION # 44 Reduction of Abortion Act, rendering it null and void. Voting Ends: in 23 hours
  9. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Stopping Suicide Seeds A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry. Category: Environmental Industry Affected: All Businesses Proposed by: Christian Democrats Description: The General Assembly, Seeking to protect subsistence farmers and small farmers from multinational corporations (MNCs) that seek to maximize their profits at the expense of these individuals, thereby depriving them of their livelihoods and their ability to ensure dignified existences for themselves and their families, Recognizing that MNCs, through genetic engineering, have developed technologies that try to make independent farmers dependent on the companies in order to maximize profit and to gain monopoly control over the agricultural industry, Concerned by the possibility of widespread monopolization in the agricultural industry, Identifying genetic use restriction technology (GURT) as a genetic modification technique that could be used by MNCs as a means to achieving the aforementioned ends, Noting that this biotechnology produces what are known as terminator seeds or suicide seeds, which are seeds intentionally modified by the MNCs so that the seeds of their progeny are virtually useless and oftentimes unable to grow, Realizing that the intent of this technology is to make seed saving obsolete and to make it necessary for farmers to buy seeds from the MNCs year after year, Fearing that terminator genes inadvertently could escape into the general population of food crops, thereby resulting in decreased biodiversity, increased dependence on corporations, and increased world hunger due to the large number of intentionally sterilized seeds, Aiming, therefore, to restrict GURT in order to protect small farmers from exploitation by biotechnology companies and to prevent genetic contamination of other crops or plants, 1. Defines the following terms for use in this resolution: Variety genetic use restriction technology (V-GURT): a genetic modification technique that renders the seeds of a plant sterile; Trait genetic use restriction technology (T-GURT): a genetic modification technique that leads to plants whose seeds are fertile; but those seeds must be treated with a special chemical (or chemicals), usually one that is produced only by a certain company, so that they will grow properly or so that the plants grown from them fully will express their genetic traits; 2. Requires that all member states ban or strictly regulate V-GURT and T-GURT; 3. Mandates that all companies, corporations, and other such entities that are engaged in GURT and in commerce within the jurisdiction of this Assembly disclose to the World Assembly Food and Drug Regulatory Agency (WAFDRA) all information regarding their activities related to GURT; 4. Bans government funding for any for-profit entity that is engaged in GURT or research of it subject to the provisions of this resolution and other active resolutions enacted by this Assembly; 5. Prohibits the transport across a national border, without preapproval from WAFDRA, of any plant or seed that has been modified using GURT subject to the provisions of this resolution and other active resolutions enacted by this Assembly; and 6. Calls upon member states, in their foreign policies (especially their trade policies) and in their laws regulating the biotechnology industry, to discourage V-GURT and T-GURT in other member states and in nonmember states. Voting Ends: in 3 days 10 hours
  10. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE On the Declaration of War A resolution to slash worldwide military spending. Category: Global Disarmament Strength: Mild Proposed by: Cowardly Pacifists Description: The World Assembly: Recalling the commitment of Member Nations to see peace prevail and to avoid military conflict whenever possible; Recognizing that despite our commitment, war is sometimes regarded as necessary in the pursuit of a just cause; Painfully aware of the suffering, terror, and destruction that war invariably causes; Resolved that in light of the terrible consequences of war, Member Nations must be open and honest about their decision to engage in warfare; Determined that Member Nations should refrain from unjustifiable warfare, and should likewise discourage other nations from starting or participating in unjustifiable wars; Convinced that nations would be less inclined to incur the terrible costs of war if they were required to publicly justify their actions and face international repercussions for engaging in unjust war; Hereby: Mandates that, prior to engaging in or participating in any war, a Member Nation shall publicly declare its intent to do so with a War Declaration. Requires that a War Declaration made pursuant to this resolution shall clearly identify the target enemy and clearly state the reason the Member Nation has just cause to go to war; Clarifies that notwithstanding the above provisions, Member Nations may temporarily engage in warfare without issuing a War Declaration if: a War Declaration is made as soon as possible which includes a justification for the undeclared use of force and any continuing use of force; and doing so is necessary to meet the threat of an imminent attack, to diffuse an impending humanitarian crisis, or to stop a serious ongoing violation of human rights. Directs Member Nations to determine for themselves whether the reason for war provided by another nation is actually sufficient to justify going to war, subject to the following provisions; Requires Member Nations, in making their determination, to consider whether war is necessary for self defense, to protect an innocent nation from imminent danger, or to correct a grave public evil such as aggression or a violation of basic human rights; Declares that if a nation's reason for war is not based on one of the justifications indicated above, that nation shall be presumed to be engaged in an unjust war, absent compelling evidence to the contrary; Forbids Member Nations from providing foreign aid, direct financial support, and/or military supplies to a nation that is engaging in an unjustified or unjustifiable war. Voting Ends: in 3 days 10 hours
  11. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Living Wage Act" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#21 Proposed by: Auralia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #21: Living Wage Act (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: Applauding the aim of GAR #21, "Living Wage Act", which is to guarantee a minimum standard of living for all workers in World Assembly member nations, Regretting that GAR #21 attempts to accomplish this goal by mandating that employers provide their workers with a living wage, which has several unfortunate repercussions: the resolution fails to take into into account employees who have already sufficient income to support themselves from an alternate source, and who therefore do not require or even want a living wage, such as minors and other dependents who are working solely to obtain a source of disposable income, the elderly who receive sufficient income from pensions or social security programs, food service employees who receive tips, and individuals who already benefit from investment income, such as capital gains or dividends; the resolution fails to make exceptions for when the economic value of certain forms of employment is so small as to prevent employers from paying a living wage, such as: persons engaged in small-scale seasonal employment, such as small fishing or farming operations, casual babysitters, as well as persons engaged as companions to the elderly or infirm, and persons engaged in newspaper delivery; the resolution unfairly guarantees additional income for dependents to every employee, even when an employee has no dependents; and the resolution ignores the fact that employers may be unable to pay a living wage during times of economic recession, and that these restrictions may actually increase unemployment and lower income, which is exactly what the resolution is attempting to avoid, Believing that this legislation should be replaced with a resolution that mandates that nations guarantee a minimum standard of living for all persons who make a reasonable effort to contribute to their society, while allowing nations flexibility in its implementation, Hoping that such a resolution will be passed in short order, The General Assembly, Repeals GAR #21, "Living Wage Act". Voting Ends: in 3 days 11 hours
  12. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Harmful Consumer Goods Act A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare. Category: Social Justice Strength: Mild Proposed by: ErasmoGnome Description: The World Assembly, RECOGNIZING the need for legislation regarding consumer goods that pose a risk to the user; ALARMED at the citizens of WA nations being harmed by the unregulated sale of goods that present danger to the consumer; SEEKING to provide protection against injury from harmful consumer goods to citizens of all WA member nations; HEREBY, 1. DEFINES, for the purpose of this resolution, a “consumer good” as any object, substance, component, or raw material that constitutes tangible personal property and that is intended for sale and/or lease; 2. FURTHER DEFINES, for the purpose of this resolution, “harmful” as causing unintended, and/or undisclosed, death, significant physical injury to person, or serious emotional distress when used in the intended manner according to given or clearly implied safety protocols; 3. STRONGLY CALLS FOR WA member nations to prohibit the sale of harmful consumer goods; 4. MANDATES WA member nations to impose incentives and/or punishments on organizations and/or citizens regarding the ceased sale or sale of harmful consumer products, respectively; 5. AFFIRMS the right of WA member nations to apply the definition of a harmful consumer good to consumer goods sold to, from, or within their borders; 6. ESTABLISHES the Harmful Goods Inspection Committee (HGIC), with the following goals: a) Actively seeking dubious consumer goods in order to classify them as harmful or safe, noting that government can override this classification, b ) Resolving disputes over the application of the title “harmful consumer good” between the governments of WA member nations regarding consumer goods purchased or sold between the two nations, c) Acting as an appeals process for a citizen or organization of a WA member nations that wishes to appeal an application of the definition of an “harmful consumer good”, with the power to override the decision of a government with a 2/3rds majority from members of the HGIC, d) Assisting WA member nations with the application of legislation designed to prevent the sale of harmful consumer goods, in the form of professional advice and other non-monetary aid. Voting Ends: in 3 days 21 hours
  13. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Against Corruption A resolution to restrict political freedoms in the interest of law and order. Category: Political Stability Strength: Significant Proposed by: Topid Description: The General Assembly, Seeing bribery as a major problem plaguing poor or developing nations, where major corporations can reward leaders or people in authority for abandoning their nation's interest, Realizing the enforcing of laws that attempt to protect natural habitat, public safety, and the common good in these nations can be nearly impossible when powerful organizations with extensive resources seek to violate them, Observing organizations frequently avoid the bad publicity of bribing by contracting third parties, possibly disguised as interpreters or negotiators, Seeking to improve the ability of poorer or developing nations to protect their people and resources through law, Defining, for the purposes of this resolution, bribery as the act of offering a gift to any public official, officer, agent, or employee with the expectation the gift will motivate the person to decide to take or not take a specific action, when that action or inaction conflicts with a good faith performance or fulfillment of the officials duties, responsibilities, or privileges of the person's job or positions, Clarifying there shall be no difference legally between a person or organization directly offering a bribe, and contracting a person or entity which engages in bribery, unless the contracting nation clearly indicated bribery was not acceptable, Defining, for the purposes of this resolution, gifts as money, assets, favours, services, future employment, or anything which the receiver considers to have value, Mandates all member states make the act of bribery an illegal action for a business, citizen, or non-state organization or entity to participate in, with heavy fines for organizations found to be in violation, Forbids the government or government agents of any member state from participating in bribery for monetary gain, or economic interests, Further forbids government agents from making a good faith performance of their duties contingent on the receipt of a gift, Declares that the member states shall deem it illegal for an officer or official of the government to accept a bribe, Strongly urges nations to: - demand officers and officials report attempted bribes, - create regulations discouraging or ending the practice of businesses compensating negotiators more or only if a certain end is met in a negotiation as the practice can encourage bribery, - require disclosure of spending and contracts of major corporations operating within their nation, which may be most likely to participate in bribery within their nation or any other nation, and the investigation of any highly compensated interpreters or negotiators in important negotiations, - consider requiring the reporting or investigating of the finances of political leaders, to check for suspicious income. Voting Ends: in 3 days 19 hours
  14. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE Repeal "Vehicle Emissions Convention" A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation. Category: Repeal Resolution: GA#239 Proposed by: Auralia Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #239: Vehicle Emissions Convention (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: Automobile Manufacturing) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: Recognizing that it is necessary to reduce vehicular emissions to reasonable levels, Nevertheless believing that the flaws present in GAR #239, "Vehicle Emissions Convention" necessitate the resolution's repeal, Dismayed that the target resolution ignores the law of diminishing returns by requiring nations to implement a progressive schedule for the reduction of emissions even if current emissions levels are already relatively low, which has the potential to cause substantial hardship to the automobile industry with little to no resultant environmental or health benefits, Concerned that the target resolution also recommends that emissions be reduced by an arbitrary 75 percent regardless of current emissions levels, Lamenting the target resolution's creation of the "International Vehicular Emissions Authority", a wholly unnecessary committee that is powerless to fulfill its mandate of ensuring compliance with the target resolution since it has no mechanism for doing so, Confused by the target resolution's requirement that the automotive industry set aside "proportionate funding" for the reduction of emissions, as the resolution does not state what the funding must be proportionate to, The General Assembly, Repeals GAR #239, "Vehicle Emissions Convention". Votes For: 4,951 (80%) Votes Against: 1,221 (20%) Voting Ends: in 3 days 4 hours
  15. Description: Recognizes that citizens of more than 19,000 Nations in the known to the us universe who are members of the World Assembly are communicating between each other in the fields of: Diplomacy, tourism, trade & commerce etc. Affirms that considering every member nation has its own chosen native language/s many difficulties are occurring to commence proper communication between different nations citizens. Mandates the establishment of an “international auxiliary language” used as an international language in every member nation. Defines “International auxiliary language” as a language meant for communication between people from different nations who do not share a common native language. Encourages member nations to establish international auxiliary language courses in every educational establishment in order to provide its citizens the means to communicate with ease with foreign nationals. Clarifies that the “International auxiliary language” will not by any means attempt to replace a nations native language/s risking its cultural uniqueness but the opposite, it will encourage: A- International Diplomacy. B- National Culture being more accessible. C- Foreign Tourism. D- Foreign Trade & Commerce. WA Members should state their position on this WA motion by stating if they are either FOR or AGAINST. Voting will end before the WA closes to votes and TWP votes will be tallied to give the view of the region. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Note that this is directly copied and pasted, I have not changed any of the wording or grammar. I find it ironic that a motion on the subject of language can be so poorly written and riddled with grammatical errors - it is for this reason that I am AGAINST.
  16. Description: The World Assembly, RECOGNISING the inherently unpredictable nature of self-propagating weaponry such as biological weaponry, BELIEVING that it is contrary to the principles of this assembly to permit warfare of such an unreliable nature, RESOLVING that effective measures must be taken to ensure that such warfare is minimized And to this end resolves; "Biological agents" shall be defined as any disease-producing bacterium, virus, prion, or other microorganism with the capacity to be used effectively in an act of biological terrorism or biological warfare; The use of biological agents as weaponry in any situation with the intentions of incapacitating, injuring, or destroying civilians populations, military personnel, or the environment is hereby prohibited; Member nations shall take all measures necessary and practical in preventing the production, sale, or transfer of biological agents (and/or the components necessary in their construction) 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 Commission on Biological Agents (WACBA) shall be created within the World Health Authority (WHA), and is hereby tasked with the following: To assist the civilian populations of member nations which have been subjected to the consequences of a biological attack by proportionally utilizing all appropriate resources provided by the WHA, To assist the governments of member nations in creating effective bio-defense programs to ensure the safety of member nations against biological agents; Member nations are further encouraged to take retributive measures, subject to limitations recognized by international law, against nations or groups that handle biological agents irresponsibly - for example, in excessively violent, destructive, or blatantly unnecessary ways; Member nations reserve the right to stockpile biological agents for the purposes of research only, so long as they are in compliance with the provisions of this resolution; biological agents collected by member nations for purposes other than research shall be neutralized in a timely manner, and with as safe a procedure as possible; Such research as mentioned prior shall be limited to the development of vaccinations, the creation of defensive measures or counter measures, or the development of medical treatments. WA Members should state their position on this WA motion by stating if they are either FOR or AGAINST. Voting will end before the WA closes to votes and TWP votes will be tallied to give the view of the region.
  17. Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #139: Consumer Product Safety (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The General Assembly, CONSIDERING the protection of consumers from potentially dangerous products to be a laudable goal; OBSERVING that the Consumer Product Safety Council is given the authority to unilaterally declare a product unsafe, and thus illegal to import or export; LAMENTING that no appellate system exists through which manufacturers can appeal a commercial ban on their product; NOTING that GAR#139 states, in relevant part: "Defines an 'unsafe consumer product' as any consumer product that can pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure a consumer while used properly and according to age / training / safety requirements;" CONCERNED that the aforementioned definition may prohibit and, at minimum, unnecessarily restrict the commercial trade of common products such as matches, lighters, vehicles, electronic appliances, certain forms of medication, and firearms; REGRETTING that the Consumer Product Safety Council is charged with seeking financial compensation and legal recourse from manufacturers that produce appliances such as the ones listed above, which will serve as a further financial disincentive for the production of such products; DISPUTING the notion that GAR#139 "will promote a higher level of consumer safety on an international level, leading to a decline in injuries and deaths associated with consumer products," taking the aforementioned arguments into consideration, Hereby, Repeals General Assembly Resolution #139, "Consumer Product Safety." WA Members should state their position on this WA motion by stating if they are either FOR or AGAINST. Voting will end before the WA closes to votes and TWP votes will be tallied to give the view of the region.
  18. Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #228: Animal Protection Act (Category: Moral Decency; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void. Argument: The World Assembly: Accepting the noble intent inherent to GA#228, to protect animals, Deploring however, that GA#228 is subject to many flaws and errors which make it more difficult to achieve many of the goals set out in the resolution itself, Understanding that the restrictive definition of pain in GA#228 does little to limit suffering nor does it prohibit non-painful forms of abuse, Noting that the long periods of time between PAWS Committee meetings are a detriment to the protection it is intended to provide, Trusting that certain forms of entertainment involving the well regulated use of animals should be legal, and regretting that this act makes such activities a crime, Disagreeing that ownership of and responsibility for an animal should be acquired with any animal that any person attempts to care for even temporarily, Regretting that this resolution's many flaws are a hindrance to the members of the World Assembly, rather than a boon, Hereby repeals GA# 228, the "Animal Protection Act". Votes For: 1,030 (32%) Votes Against: 2,152 (68%) Voting Ends: in 3 days 18 hours Amongst the West Pacific residents, voting is currently 8-25 (75% Against). Your Regional WA Delegate, Yy4u, has not voted on this resolution. Nobody has done this for a while so I thought I might as well. Against because anything is better than nothing.
  19. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION AT VOTE World Assembly Statue Garden A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts. Category: Education and Creativity Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage Proposed by: Raurosia Description: THE WORLD ASSEMBLY, RECOGNIZING the varied achievements of the citizens of member-nations BELIEVING these influential people deserve greater international recognition THEREFORE, the World Assembly Garden of Statues (WAGS) shall be created on World Assembly Headquarters grounds. MANDATING that each member-nation be allowed to submit a single statue of an important person from their history to be displayed in the WAGS. These statues shall be of a reasonable size such that they do not take up an inordinate amount of space. Each statues shall also have beside it a plaque detailing the life and achievements of the individual. MANDATING that each nation shall pay for their statue and any associate upkeep. The nation may, however, allow a company or other group to pay for the statue and associated upkeep fees. STIPULATING that any nation may take down or change their statue at any time. Voting Ends: in 3 days 18 hours Amongst the West Pacific residents, voting is currently 23-19 (54% For). Your Regional WA Delegate, Yy4u, has not voted on this resolution.
  20. Thoughts? (N.B. Again, please feel free to adjust this post as deemed fit or delete this in favour of your own topic Halmont. I apologise if this is regarded as presumptuous but I had a few minutes to spare so thought I'd post this. I attempted to emulate the previous format as closely as possible.)
  21. Hello all, There's something that I was looking for on the few days I've been around, something that used to be of some importance back when the WA was the UN. That's the discussion related to the issues posted by the WA that every WA Member and WA Region should vote. I was wondering if its the interest of the Delegate and the members of the Region if we should renew this type of discussion here. Thanks for your attention.
  22. Animal Protection Act A resolution to restrict civil freedoms in the interest of moral decency. Category: Moral Decency Strength: Significant Proposed by: Ilstoria URGING the WA to recognize that animals kept as property by people must be provided with protections as a moral responsibility; REALIZING the importance of animals as food, clothing and medical resources that are imported and exported internationally and would thus require an international effort to prevent cruelty; UNDERSTANDING that populations of animals sometimes require the intervention of people to prevent population growth or harm that is detrimental to the animal, environment and people, and allowing for such actions if all reasonable actions are taken to prevent unnecessary pain and suffering. LIMITS animals in this resolution to beings that possess the scientifically demonstrated ability to feel and experience pain. Animals unable to feel pain as a result of their physiology are exempt. LIMITS restrictions on interactions between people and animals in this resolution to include only all forms of domesticity, including farming and animal testing industries. Wild animals are exempt from this resolution as they are not a legal responsibility of owners. DEFINES unnecessary as able to be reasonably avoided; While some industry, such as the meat industry, or fur industry, require that an animal be killed in order to create a product, which will necessitate brief pain, it is considered unavoidable. Similarly, prolonging the death of an animal because it is more cost effective is avoidable, so long as an alternative is economically feasible for that nation. DEFINES pain and suffering as the unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual tissue damage and lasting unpleasant sensory experience as a result of prior tissue damage. Tissue damage inflicted under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian and with the use of anesthetics to reduce or eliminate pain is reasonable. DEFINES owners as any person who has purchased an animal or its descendants and/or has provided food or shelter or medical care to an animal on that person’s property for more than 31 days. PROVIDES animals with the right to safety, reasonable quality of life and freedom from torture through holding owners legally responsible by: PROHIBITING the infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering on any animal by any person either directly or remotely. ENCOURAGING that domestic animals kept outside of an individual’s living space be provided with an environment that as closely resembles its natural habitat as is possible; one example would be “free range.” REQUIRING that individuals or a group that possess legal rights under its nation’s law to an animal provide reasonable protection from harm by other animals and persons. FORBIDDING forms of entertainment that require or involve the infliction of pain or suffering on animals, ESTABLISHES the Protection of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) that will meet annually at the WAHQ or another suitably neutral site to create and edit a list of feeling species protected under this legislation and determines whether an action is necessary or reasonable if national governments are unable to reach a decision. Voting ends in 3 days. Thoughts?
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