RESOLUTION ECO 211

FORUM: ECOSOC

QUESTION OF: Developing a minimum welfare state in all countries

SUBMITTED BY: Russian Federation

CO-SUBMITTERS:China, Botswana, Germany, Greenpeace, Kenya, Nicaragua, Turkmenistan.

STATUSApproved

 

Urges the creation of a set of international guidelines to follow when creating a minimum welfare state; 

 

Reminding the committee that the welfare system is a fragile and highly mismanageable system and there must be some sort of rules protecting the equality of the system; 

 

Emphasizing that the issue states ‘developing a minimum welfare in all countries’, including countries that may not be self sufficient enough to initiate these programs;

 

Realizing that many countries may not be able to fully implement a welfare system as defined by the United Nations; 

 

Aware that welfare will directly affect the economy, however with the right measures, it could impact it for the better;

 

Defines MEDC’s as More Economically Developed Countries and LEDC’s as Less Economically Developed Countries

 

  1. Creating an international definition of a welfare system, to create an international standard to welfare programs that upholds the traditional three-branch system of welfare such as but not limited to: 
    1. Financial Services, providing:
      1. A supplemental security income,
      2. Utility/essential service benefits for low/no income households and individuals,
    2. Social Services, providing:
      1. Free public education/daycare services,
      2. Police/Fire safety services,
    3. Non-Cash benefits, providing:
      1. Medical/Pharmaceutical aid at a subsidized rate,
      2. A food stamp program, providing food-purchasing services to low/no income households and individuals;
  2. Encourages​ ​the formation of the IOSW (International Organization for Social Welfare) which would:
    1. Regulate welfare payments and minimum wage laws of member MEDCs,
    2. Support Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) with monetary aids for these payments that could be used to:
      1. Build low cost homes for poor families,
      2. Provide public healthcare,
      3. Pensions,
      4. Social security,
    3. Have a meeting with all the LEDC leaders annually to know how the country is developing with the creation of their welfare state, and if they need any help by MEDC;
  3. Calls upon​ ​member nations to develop a national fund that uses proportions of the corporate tax revenues paid by employers for purposes such as but not limited to:
    1. Enhancing the quality of infrastructure and capital used by the firm
    2. Supporting workers in ways such as but not limited to:
      1. Forming Fixed Deposits for employees that can be broken and given to employees in monthly installments upon retirement to citizens 65 years of age and older
      2. Life or health insurances for employees,
      3. Job-protected and paid sick leaves,
      4. Unemployment payments for the employees that were once working in the employer’s firm;
  4. Encourages member nations, if policies of the country enables, to adopt Progressive Taxation schemes wherein direct taxes will enable fiscal sustainability;
  5. Ensures access to an essential factor of social welfare – a fresh water supply for drinking, washing and agricultural practices and access to energy in LEDCs by:
    1. Implementing sustainable management of water resources through methods such as but not limited to:
      1. Water conservation through water cycling to be used for irrigation 
      2. and toilet flushing,
      3. Creation of dams to provide fresh water usable for irrigation and homes,
    2. Ensure water management and constant regulation to ensure the availability to clean water and improve irrigation and transport so that water can be distributed efficiently, effectively and quickly throughout the country,
    3. Improve the accessibility of energy through implementing sustainable energy generating systems depending on the countries geographical conditions, by:
      1. Creating dams to generate hydroelectric energy,
      2. Applying solar energy panels,
      3. Generating wind turbines,
      4. Implementing wave and tidal power;
  6. Requests a formal legal basis for minimum welfare mandatory for all governments to provide to all citizens, regardless of an individual’s socio-economic background, race or gender, provisions such as but not limited to:
    1. Temporary housing arrangements such as homeless shelters or local housing projects,
    2. Ability to work and earn a minimum wage;
  7. Encourages member nations to enhance employment opportunities and the overall proportion of the labour force that is employed through means such as but not limited to:
    1. Labour market reforms and removing trade barriers,
    2. The creation of vocational training opportunities in STEAM and competition policy to prevent monopolies;
  8. Calls upon member LEDCs to encourage investment from overseas (Foreign Direct Investments) to enable economic welfare through means such as but not limited to:
    1. Encouraging domestic trade unions to reduce the restrictions of labor supply for occupations, to reduce the cost of labor,
    2. Deregulation of Industrial policies.