Voting Justifications

Remember: You need to choose 6 committee proposals and 6 League resolutions for your Justifications.

DUE: at the final

When the League meets in full session, you will need to bring your Proposal and Resolution Voting Justifications. For this assignment, you will need to provide information on six (6) committee proposals other than your own and six (6) League resolutions. Committee proposals will be posted one week before the meetings begin. Resolutions to be discussed at the meeting of the full League will be posted on Thursday afternoon before finals.

For each Proposal/Resolution Summary you will need to provide the following information:

1) Name of proposal/resolution and sponsoring country

2) Whether your country will support this proposal/resolution, impart or in full. For example you might agree that the proposal/resolution addresses an important subject, but do not agree to the suggested solution.

3) State 2-3 reasons why your country might or might not support this proposal. You can provide an amendment to the proposal, though not resolutions, in these arguments if you agree with only portions of the resolution.

4) Once this proposal/resolution has been discussed, assess how your country would view the decision reached by the committee/League

The easiest and most efficient use of time, would be to prepare items 1-4 before a specific proposal/resolution is discussed in the meetings and then complete #5 as the week goes along. For instance if 3 proposals are discussed on Tuesday, then you could complete 3 Proposal Summaries before Thursday. This means that the only work you would need to do for the meeting of the full League is to prepare resolution summaries for the six resolutions to be discussed.


Sample Proposal/Resolution Summary

1) Need to diversify the Middle Eastern Economies, Yemen

2) As the delegate from Oman, I would support the general idea of this resolution, but I do not like the delegate's suggestion to invite foreign investment, especially from the United States, in order to help build a broader industrial base.

3) As Oman is quickly running out of oil, we need to diversify the economy as soon as possible, however, by attempting to use foreign investment resources, we will be depending too much on the goodwill of foreign business to reinvest profits in the local economy rather than exploit our people.

b) As Oman is not as industrialized as some countries and does not have the surplus labor base of say Egypt, we believe that foreign investors would not be focusing investment in our country and once again the larger, more populous states would dominate the region.

c) Amendment: We call upon all countries in the Middle East to sign protective trade agreements to create an economic union in which the Middle East could work as a trading block to counter European Union and United States competition.

4) The larger and richer states voted down the Oman amendment of a trading union because they feared that they would have to support the weaker economies in the region. Due to this and other controversy on the issue, the resolution was not passed. Oman would view this as both positive and negative. Once again the economic/social committee has refused to work together to solve this very important issue, but on the positive side at least foreign investment will not be used as a solution to this problem.