General Assembly Resolutions
Since the rise of the World Assembly from the ashes of its predecessor, the Bureaucracy That Cannot Be Named, WA member nations have worked tirelessly to improve the standard of the world. That, or tried to force other nations to be more like them. But that's just semantics.
Below is every World Assembly resolution ever passed.
General Assembly Resolution # 155
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Free Press
Proposed by: Broughdom
Nations of the World Assembly,
Believing that all citizens of World Assembly member nations should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and be educated about affairs in their own nation along with international affairs;
Defining a media technology to be any technology used for mass communication of information, including but not limited to the Internet, television, newspapers, and radio;
Further defining news media to be those elements of the mass media that focus on delivering information on current events to the general public;
Clarifying that an international news media organisation is one which has a permanent, primary base in any World Assembly nation other than the one being referenced;
Calls upon all World Assembly member nations to begin following the guidelines below to ensure a fair and free press;
- Section I - Reporting
Nations will allow national news media organisations to utilise all available media technologies to report news from and to areas inside their own borders, as well as from any other World Assembly nation.
International news media organisations can only operate from within a nation's borders (ie. utilising available media technologies to report news) when given explicit permission to do so, and are subject to the same laws which apply to national news media organisations.
Nations are encouraged to allow reporters from international news media organisations which do not operate from within their borders entry to the nation to report news back to their own nation.
Section II - Accessibility & Censorship
Citizens will not be banned from accessing any news sources from news media organisations operating both within and outside the nation's borders.
Reports from news media organisations operating within the nation's borders can only be censored if they pose a genuine threat to the security of the nation. Otherwise they are free to report news in accordance with any national freedom of expression laws and broadcasting codes of conduct.
Section III - Additional
Clarifies that nations are otherwise free to control the availability of all media technologies as they see fit, except where other legislation in this field affects this right.
General Assembly Resolution # 156
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.
THE WORLD ASSEMBLY,
HAILING its work in ensuring ever-greater social justice for all and a better life for workers and their families;
CONSIDERING that there is much yet to be done; that there are not enough international guarantees under which a basis of security and prosperity can be established;
SEEKING to assist people in dire situations so they can insert themselves again in the workforce as soon as possible instead of being a permanent burden for all society;
1) Social Assistance (SA) shall grant benefits to workers and their families, as provided by this resolution. Each nation will determine the method, whether public, private or a mixture thereof, by which SA shall be financed.
2) National laws will update individual contributions as needed. Nations are very strongly encouraged to partner with other nations so as to create joint SAs, in order to ensure economic stability of SA under any circumstances.
3) Individuals shall have full access to information relating to SAs management.
4) SA shall dispense benefits in the following cases:
Infirmity, disability and/or involuntary unemployment;
Illness severe enough to prevent the beneficiary from working;
Parental leave, when a child and/or other dependant is born or adopted;
Bereavement leave, after the death of ones child, spouse, parent and/or sibling;
Pension for death to at least one dependant next-of-kin;
Allowances to care for a sick relative and/or spouse.
a) Considering a household with a beneficiary and one dependant, wage-replacing benefits shall at least be able to pay for all of the following for the duration of the benefit: water and food sufficient to keep good health, housing, utilities such as power and water supply, dependants schooling costs;
b) In regards to pensions listed under 4): Pensions for survivors who are minors shall last until they have attained a basic education and are able to work; pensions for non-minors will have a minimum duration of one year, if they are not receiving any other SA benefit;
c) No benefit shall be granted to a person who intentionally harms oneself and/or other(s) for the purpose of getting SA benefits for oneself.
6) Nations shall retain full freedom to:
a) Subsidize work programs for the long-term unemployed;
b) Dispense other benefits not mentioned on this resolution;
c) Limit benefits of inmates and/or persons convicted of SA fraud;
d) Employ in public service people who are able and involuntarily unemployed, as long as previous resolutions are respected;
e) Reduce unemployment benefits in the long term (never less than 52 weeks) to encourage able people to be back into the workforce. In this situation, nations shall subsidize workers' re-training, apprenticeship schemes and further education geared towards constructive and productive work.
General Assembly Resolution # 157
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #156 “Safety in Difficult Times” (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
OBSERVING the need to provide safety nets and protection in Difficult Times.
APPLAUDING all countries that are and have been providing welfare to persons located in their jurisdiction.
REALIZING not all countries have the resources to do so; especially in hard economic times.
FRIGHTENED, that this may force nations to raise taxes, which may cripple already struggling economies and force countries to resort to plundering other countries of their wealth.
FURTHER CONCERNED that this resolution has many loopholes that may be abused, and such abuse, and the oversight needed to catch offenders, will cost nations even more money that they may not have.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, The proposal does not specify what is an ''Illness severe enough to prevent the beneficiary from working.'' This generates room for problems. A citizen could easily use this loophole to avoid working.
NOTING, ''Safety in Difficult Times'' specifies that unemployment benefits be given to those involuntarily unemployed. It does allow for those involuntarily unemployed due to being fired for incompetence, among many other reasons one may be fired. This leaves a loophole open for those who are unwilling to work to cause themselves to be fired and receive benefits.
ADDITIONALLY NOTING, bereavement clause is unneeded and will be abused by those not interested in working. For example; A middle aged citizen whose father or mother died could take a whole year's vacation paid by the government. In reality, while the loss of a loved one is a terrible thing, it does not require a person to be out of work for any significant length of time.
FURTHER NOTING, This resolution requires the dispensation of funds when one gives birth to a child or adopts one (See Parental Leave Section 4). For one, there is no specified length of time for the benefits to last. Secondly, there is nothing stating that the new parents must keep the child. Thirdly, there is nothing regarding cases of neglect.
WORRIES about the provisions of section 5b); ''Pensions for survivors who are minors shall last until they have attained a basic education and are able to work''. This is a very lengthy time for anyone to receive benefits. This would basically allow the child's guardian to live off the government dime the entire time since the provision states that benefits must be enough to provide for housing, food, utilities, and schooling costs. There is no reason that a child's guardian could not obtain work in a reasonable amount of time. Single parents of divorce do it every day.
REALIZES this is an attempt at international welfare, which each member nation is capable of seeing to themselves if they are able and willing. Many have them already, which makes this resolution redundant. Not only this, but such a Socialist piece of legislation is an ideology; something which member states are prohibited to force on others, as the rights and duties of World Assembly states declares.
ADDITIONALLY NOTING, due to the cultural and societal differences in all of the countries in the World Assembly, welfare is an issue that must be solved domestically and crafted to the specific needs and wants of the target population and through.
RESOLVES, that the ''Safety in Difficult Times'' resolution is poorly worded, ambiguous, and addresses an issue that should be resolved domestically.
HEREBY REPEALS ''Safety in Difficult Times
General Assembly Resolution # 158
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
The World Assembly,
RECOGNIZING the existence and development of genetically modified foods,
AWARE that nations have different opinions on Genetically Modified Foods,
DEFINES Genetically Modified Foods as food or food products that have the genome of the organism directly manipulated through the process of genetic engineering via the introduction of foreign DNA or synthetic genes into the organism of interest,
DECLARES that all genetically modified foods crossing international borders be clearly labeled as being genetically modified,
CONVINCED that through proper labelling of genetically modified foods, less confusion will occur about the GM status of different foods, enabling trade to be quicker and more efficient,
DECLARES that this resolution applies to foods both genetically modified and foods genetically engineered,
CREATES the GM Foods Database as a gathering of genetically modified foods related information,
ENCOURAGES nations to contribute to this database,
STRONGLY URGES nations to abstain from imposing additional restrictions than in this Act on the import or export of genetically modified foods over natural food.
General Assembly Resolution # 159
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
The World Assembly:
Desiring to promote peace and international good will
Realizing that among the best ways to accomplish this is to promote student exchanges and study abroad programs for young adults attending institutions of higher education in the hopes that memories of other places and people will broaden their minds.
1. Higher education as institutes providing post-secondary education that leads to the granting of an academic degree such as, but not limited to, colleges, universities, research institutes, or military academies; OR providing education that leads to the granting of a professional license or rating such as, but not limited to, medical schools or technical-trade schools.
2. Student exchanges as fully enrolled/matriculated students attending an institution of higher education other than their own in a foreign country for a short period of no less than one academic term and no longer than two academic years with the degree/license/rating granted by their original institution.
3. Study abroad as fully enrolled/matriculated students attending an institution of higher education in a foreign country until transferring to a new institution, quitting the institution and returning to their home nation, or fulfilling requirements for their degree program/license/rating.
II. Office for Education Exchange
1. Creates the Office for Education Exchange (OEX).
(a) Charges OEX with developing guidelines promoting student exchanges and study abroad programs within institutes of higher education of member states as well as
(b) Accredit institutes of higher education within member states as having satisfied said guidelines as well as
(c) Develop scholarship programs to allow for students who currently experience financial burden to attend either a student exchange or study abroad.
(d) Designates OEX as the final binding board of arbitration regarding irreconcilable conflicts between institutes of higher education in matters of credit transfers and course applicability to the students degree program/license/rating.
III. Institutes of Higher Education
1. Requires member states with such to designate at least one institute of higher education as a candidate for accreditation by OEX for a student exchange or study abroad program.
2. Prohibits discrimination against students in student exchanges or study abroad programs; excepting:
(a) Allows member states to set reasonable requirements for enrollment based on academic standing, language ability, physical requirements (Where needed and in accordance with international law), and/or financial ability.
(b) Allows restrictions to sensitive information and/or facilities where access to such would normally be controlled.
(c) Requires students to meet all other visa requirements of the host nation in accordance with international law.
(d) Allows institutions of higher education to set enrollment caps on the number of foreign students it accepts.
3. Requires OEX accredited institutions of higher education in member states to accept grades/credits from other OEX accredited institutions of higher education.
4. Encourages member states to promote student exchanges or study abroad to their own youth.
(a) Encourages and allows member states to have multiple exchange/study abroad programs beyond this resolution.