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[PASSED] Repeal "Disease Naming Compact"

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[PASSED] Repeal "Disease Naming Compact"

Postby Gorundu » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:20 am

The World Assembly,

Understanding the intention of the resolution to create an international standard for naming novel diseases,

Skeptical, however, of the resolution's premise that "there is no international consensus on the naming of novel communicable diseases" and that it would "[imperil] the safety of those infected and the sanity of doctors",

Asserting that it is very likely, in the scenario of a novel disease being discovered, that an unofficial international consensus would be formed on its naming due to the need for clear communications between governments,

Noting that even if there is no international consensus on the name of a disease, it is unlikely that doctors would have to "slug through pages of bureaucracy simply to find out what is to be treated", as foreign names of diseases would be public knowledge in its country of origin and thus easily identifiable,

Finding it ironic that the resolution proposed to solve the supposed problem of bureaucracy by establishing a worldwide bureaucracy,

Recognising that it would be extremely difficult to create a name that is "appropriately informative" for all member states, as languages and writing systems vary widely and many words may not have suitable translations in other languages,

Concerned that the requirement on member states to "refrain from funding internal attempts to name such diseases" may inadvertently restrict support for necessary research, such as work that involves identifying and categorizing disease-causing viruses or organisms, or that seeks to improve public health communication

Concluding that this level of micro-management is unnecessary for the World Assembly,

Hoping for future efforts to promote international cooperation on vital matters that necessitate coordinated government action, rather than micro-managing member states or imposing top-down policies on issues best addressed independently by the medical and scientific community.

Hereby repeals GA#484 "Disease Naming Compact".
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:03 am

I don't know GA Drafts, but I know common sense when I see it.

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Postby Kelssek » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:02 am

As would be obvious from our comments in the debate, we support this move and suggest the following language may help passage.
Whereas requiring member states to "refrain from funding internal attempts to name such diseases" may inadvertently restrict support for necessary research, such as work that involves identifying and categorizing disease-causing viruses or organisms, or that seeks to improve public health communication;

Encourages future efforts to promote international cooperation on vital matters that necessitate coordinated government action, rather than micro-managing member states or imposing top-down policies on issues best addressed independently by the medical and scientific community.


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Postby Sancta Romana Ecclesia » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:12 am

I am normally against legislating a repeal to such a fresh resolution, but it is justified here in my opinion, the redtape created by GA#484 is totally unnecessary.
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Postby Charax » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:11 pm

Will happily vote for this if given the opportunity. The original resolution is completely redundant.

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Postby Outer Sparta » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:03 pm

The original resolution doesn't do much and I don't know how it passed in the first place. Once this draft is perfected, I'll vote for its repeal.
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Postby Gorundu » Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:15 am

Kelssek wrote:As would be obvious from our comments in the debate, we support this move and suggest the following language may help passage.
Whereas requiring member states to "refrain from funding internal attempts to name such diseases" may inadvertently restrict support for necessary research, such as work that involves identifying and categorizing disease-causing viruses or organisms, or that seeks to improve public health communication;

Encourages future efforts to promote international cooperation on vital matters that necessitate coordinated government action, rather than micro-managing member states or imposing top-down policies on issues best addressed independently by the medical and scientific community.


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Thanks for those additions! I have incorporated them into the draft. I'm not sure, though, if the use of the word "encourages" implies an attempt to legislate in a repeal in terms of legality. Anyway, since I have taken your clauses almost word-for-word, would you like to be listed as a co-author?
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Postby Bears Armed » Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:33 am

Gorundu wrote:Thanks for those additions! I have incorporated them into the draft. I'm not sure, though, if the use of the word "encourages" implies an attempt to legislate in a repeal in terms of legality.

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Postby Gorundu » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:23 pm

Bears Armed wrote:
Gorundu wrote:Thanks for those additions! I have incorporated them into the draft. I'm not sure, though, if the use of the word "encourages" implies an attempt to legislate in a repeal in terms of legality.

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It's probably just over the line, yes. Replacing it with something like "Hope for" would be less problematic in that respect.

Understood and changed.
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Postby Gorundu » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:13 pm

I intend to submit this soon if there are no further comments.
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Postby Cosmosplosion » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:34 pm

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Postby Gorundu » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:55 pm

This has been submitted, with Kelssek added as co-author (they have given permission via telegram).
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Postby Waldenes » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:20 am

I will admit that at the time, the original proposal sounded good, and so we the people of Waldenes supported it. However, though I still believe the original proposal to be well intentioned, the strong points brought up here cannot be ignored. I am now convinced the original proposal could cause more harm than good. So we the people of Waldenes hereby support the repealing of said Disease Naming Compact. This is not a decision taken lightly, nor was our original decision to support the original proposal. However we the people of Waldenes would like to consider alternative options to the original proposal. Do we have a global health organization of any sort? Forgive us for we are new and are still acquainting ourselves. If we do not, that would be my first suggestion.

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Postby Tinhampton » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:25 am

Waldenes wrote:Do we have a global health organization of any sort?

Yes - the World Health Authority was created by GA#31 (also called "World Health Authority") and has been mentioned in many other resolutions, including in passing in Article a of Disease Naming Compact.
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Postby Of the United Kingdom and south iptica » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:12 pm

I would happily vote to approve the repeal.

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Postby Cisairse » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:06 pm

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Postby The Pantheons » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:15 am

I think this highlights the issue that many resolutions are voted on without much thought given. Repealing a resolution that just passed with 54% of our support should not so easily be dismissed with 90% of our support.

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The Pantheons wrote:I think this highlights the issue that many resolutions are voted on without much thought given. Repealing a resolution that just passed with 54% of our support should not so easily be dismissed with 90% of our support.

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Re: Repeal "Disease Naming Compact"

Postby Greater Spokane » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:14 pm

Greater Spokane, on behalf of all 95X-associated-nations, publicly states its vote for repeal. Furthermore, on behalf of national sovereignty interests everywhere, we urge greater care in considering topics of further resolutions.
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Postby Tinhampton » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:50 am

Repeal "Disease Naming Compact" was passed 12,939 votes to 2,006.
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