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GA Resolution 050: Amendment in Term Length of AU Security Council
Proposed by: United Faiths; July 7, 2007
AWARE of the important role that the Security Council of the African Union plays in maintaining peace and security in the world;
AWARE ALSO that three months is too short a term for the Security Council members to significantly contribute to the mission entrusted to them;
RECOGNIZING the budgetary constraints of the African Union and the significant resources expended in conducting a fair and free election for Security Council members every three months;
RECOGNIZING ALSO that the Charter of the African Union does not stipulate how long a Security Council member should serve and three months was chosen arbitrarily as a measurement of time for this position;
UNDERSTANDING the logistical difficulties in conducting Security Council elections with such frequency as well as the need to ensure that all members of the Security Council are active in voting;
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY DECIDES
1. To move elections for the position of Security Council members from every three months, to every six months -- a biannual process.
2. To establish a full record of all votes received in the biannual elections, so that in the event that a Security Council member ceases to exist, the runners-up will fill the vacant seat.
3. To schedule the next election date of the African Union for August 1, 2007 and the one thereafter for February 1, 2008. In the interim, the current Security Council team should serve out their term.
4. Security Council members must comment, but not necessarily vote, on a Security Council resolution within one month of its posting. Failure to do this three times during a Security Council member's term will result in their immediate expulsion from the position of Security Council member. The state would be re-eligible for the post in the following Security Council election.
Approved: United Faiths, United Earth Union, Wrexvia, Royal Ethiopia, Upper Volta, Xibeiguo, Serandum, Einland, Malawi (9)
Voting ends: July 21, 2007
GA Resolution 051: One Delegate Per Sub-Region in the Security Council
Proposed by: United Faiths
October 6, 2007
RECOGNIZING that corruption has debilitated many governments in our region;
AWARE of the difficulties of governments in allocating resources and personnel to the African Union to staff all meetings;
CONCERNED that international events requiring urgency may not be dealt with in a timely manner;
The African Union General Assembly Decides:
1. That the AU Security Council will be restricted to ONE delegate per sub-region.
2. That a future AU General Assembly Resolution could increase that number.
3. That this resoultion serves as an amendment to the African Union Charter signed into force in October 2005.
4. That all active resolutions for the Council's consideration will take into account the new Security Council structure.
Approve: United Faiths, Malawi, United Finjin States, United Earth Union, Kazakhstan, KaNgwane, Xibeiguo, ZuluNation, Yugoslavia (1)
Deadline for voting: October 20, 2007
With the passage of this resolution the new Security Council would look like this:
Secretary General: (United Earth Union)
Nothern Councillor I: (Straylight Run)
Western Councillor I: (United Faiths)
Southern Councillor I: (Malawi)
Central Councillor I: (United Finjin States)
Eastern Councillor I: (Xibeiguo)
GA Resolution 052: Establishing Governance for Lawless Peoples
Proposed by: Malawi
October 7, 2007
AWARE that many governments have stopped functioning because of a debilitated executive, legislative, and judiciary system,
RECOGNIZING that all peoples of the world have a right to law and order and thier governments have the responsibility to provide it,
RECALLING the success of the Trusteeship of the African Union in past years, but the enormous costs this represents to any organization,
The General Assembly Decides:
1. That all ungoverned lands will be assigned voluntarily to existing functioning states as Trusteeships.
2. That trustee provinces should not be exploited economically or politically by the caretaker state.
3. That when the territories in question are ready for self-government, a simple referendum will provide independence to the territory in question.
4. That the following governments have collapsed and the peoples in those territories need a caretaker government:
Great Mini Totts
The White Nile
Approve: Malawi, Praugsia, United Faiths, KaNgwane (4)
Reject: United Earth Union, Yugoslavia, United Finjin States, Kazakhstan (4)
Deadline for Voting; October 20, 2007
GA Resolution 053: Streamlined Voting Powers for Secretary General
Proposed by: United Faiths, December 31, 2007
RECOGNIZING the complicated deliberative process that AU Security Council members undertake to vote on resolutions,
AWARE of the excessive delays in voting that threaten to make the council, and therefore, organization irrelevant for urgent issues of peace and security,
COGNIZANT that the role of the popularly-elected AU Secretary General in the AU Security Council has always been and continues to be the breaking of tie votes and mediation of difficult international crises,
The General Assembly Agrees:
1. That the Secretary General of the African Union will be able to solely approve or disapprove resolutions in cases where:
a. a Security Council resolution has not received a majority of votes either in favor or against , AND
b. after a two week period has passed from the date the resolution was presented.
If both of these factors are present, the Secretary General will have full power to vote in favor or against a resolution, with no recourse of veto or posthumous voting by other states.
2. This resolution, if passed, will apply to all currently active resolutions -- that is those which were proposed during the Council's current term and have neither been appxroved nor disapproved.
3. If passed on January 13, the resolution will take effect on February 2nd, when the new Security Council assumes power.
4. This priviledge for the Secretary General will only apply to Security Council resolutions, and not General Assembly resolutions.
5. The Secretary General retains the right not to cast a vote on the two week anniversary of a resolution if he/she wishes to provide more time for the Council's deliberation.
Approve: United Faiths*, KaNgwane, Kazakhstan, CRA, Glashima, United Finjin States (6)
Voting ends on: January 13, 2008
* Addendum from United Faiths: UF understands that the AU Security Council currently has 11 members -- two from each subregion and the Secretary General. Thus, if SIX (6) votes are not obtained within a two week period, the Secretary General will be able to solely decide whether to approve or reject a resolution, even if he/she decides in favor of it while five Security Council members vote against it. It is UF's belief that if a Council member really cares about an issue, that member will address the voting instantly or within the two week period.
GA Resolution 054: Sharing of International Lake Resources
Proposed by: Malawi
January 2, 2008
RECOGNIZING the importance of
AWARE of the number
The General Assembly Decides:
1. All lakes that border two or more states will be shared as international waters.
2. States will, nonetheless retain a 2 mile exclusive economic zone.
3. If the extension of the lake is less than 2 miles, the exclusive economic zone will be proportional by a 4 to 1 ratio. For example, if the diameter of a perfectly circle-shaped lake were 8 miles, then one mile on each side would belong to the state border it, and the remaining six miles in the center would be considered international waters.
Approve: Malawi, United Finjin States (2)
Reject: United Faiths (1)
Voting ends January 16, 2008
GA Resolution 055: Expedited AU Application Process
Drafted by: United Faiths, January 4, 2008
CONSIDERING the increased capacity of the African Union's administration to handle a larger workload of AU applications;
RECOGNIZING the benefit of early admission into the hallowed halls of the organization,
RECOGNIZING ALSO that over 95% of all AU applications are approved and needlessly take 14 days of voting,
The General Assembly Decides:
1. That the application period for new states will be a total of five days.
2. That if zero votes are received, the application will remain open until one positive or negative vote is cast.
Approve: United Faiths, Glashima, United Finjin States, ZuluNation, Kazakhstan, Malawi (6)
Voting ends January 18, 2008
GA Resolution 056: African Union AIDS Fund for Impoverished Orphans
Proposed by: Malawi
January 6, 2008
RECOGNIZING the serious problem of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in ending the lives of society's most productive citizens;
RECOGNIZING ALSO the great number of orphans that result from their parents dying of AIDS and oftentimes their inability to attend school because they must work to feel themselves and their siblings;
UNDERSTANDING also the difficulty for many developing states to support so many orphaned youths;
RECALLING the crisis that the AIDS epidemic had in 2003 in the Africa region, causing the collapse of many states in the south sub-region such as Luundia, Green Free State, and Der Bataven -- and thereby representing a national security danger;
The General Assembly decides:
1. That an African Union AIDS Fund for Impoverished Orphans will be created to assist orphans in attending school, putting clothes on their back, and food in their stomachs;
2. That this fund will extract an extra 1% mandatory dues from each member state and also allow for additional voluntary contributions.
Approved: Malawi, Glashima, United Finjin States, (3)
Reject: Kazakhstan (1)
For some context, Malawi invites states to see a microcosm of the impact of the AIDS pandemic in a small rural village: