Draft GPUS Platform Amendment United Nations
SECTION TITLE: UNITED NATIONS
SUBSECTION TITLE: REFORMING THE UNITED NATIONS
OUR POSITION: Greens support democratizing the U.N., increasing funding for it, and decreasing corporate control over it.
1. Decrease the power of large corporations over United Nations decisions and processes.
2. Increase the relative power of the U.N. and its agencies with respect to the World Trade Organization.
3. Support greater funding for the U.N. and its agencies, and timely payment of U.N. dues.
4. Support the right of the U.N. to intervene when a nation state commits genocide or persistently violates the human rights of an ethnic or religious group within its boundaries; and the right to protect the victims of such acts.
5. Support the authority of the U.N. General Assembly to act in a crisis situation by passing a resolution under the Uniting for Peace procedure when the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) is stalemated by vetoes.
6. Support the U.S. obligation to render military assistance or service under U.N. command to enforce a U.N. Security Council resolution.
7. Support the right of peoples to exist in a sovereign state within historic and recognized U.N. boundaries, including such peoples as Palestinians, Tibetans and Chechens. The U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination.
8. Eliminate the veto power enjoyed by any one of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, and enlarge it to twenty nations.
9. Support universal collective security through the rule of international law under the auspices of the U.N., regional international treaties and the international courts.
10. Support U.S. ratification of the treaty creating the International Criminal Court, and acceptance of its judicial authority over U.S. citizens who are accused and indicted for international war crimes.
2004 PLATFORM ON UNITED NATIONS
a. As one of the initiators and primary authors of the United Nations Charter, the United States is obligated to conform to the stipulations of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies all such agreements as treaties that hold the authority of U.S. law. The U.S. government is pledged to abide by its principles and guidelines in the conduct of foreign relations and affairs.
b. We recognize our government’s obligation to take disputes with other nations or foreign bodies to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly forum for negotiation and resolution. The U.N. and international laws, treaties and conventions that the U.S. has signed are the framework that controls U.S. military actions abroad.
c. The U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination.
d. We recognize and support the right of the U.N. to intervene in a nation-state engaged in genocidal acts or in its persistent violation and denial of the human rights of an ethnic or religious group within its boundaries, and the right to protect the victims of such acts.
e. The U.S. is obligated to render military assistance or service under U.N. command to enforce a U.N. Security Council resolutions.
f. The U.S. must recognize and abide by the authority of the U.N. General Assembly to act in a crisis situation by passing a resolution under the Uniting for Peace Procedure when the U.N. Security Council is stalemated by vetoes.
g. We seek the permanent repeal of the veto power enjoyed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
h. We urge our government to sign the International Criminal Court agreement and respect the authority of that institution.