WSDC motions

This webpage contains all the motions from the past World Schools Debating Championships. The WSDC are organised every year and host a debate team from every country. The teams compete in the World Schools debate format and at the end of the tournament we get best speakers and teams in three different categories, English as a second language, English as a foreign language and Main Break. 

Check out all the motions from the past tournaments:

The 9th World Schools Debating Championships, that were held in Bermuda.

If you hae any other motions, please leave them in the comments, I'll be glad to add them.

R1: THW support a mandatory retirement age.
R3: THW expand the use of nuclear energy.
R6: THW support a mandatory retirement age.
R8: THW expand the use of nuclear energy.
GF: THBT terrorism is justifiable in some circumstances.

This House supports Affirmative Action. - not sure what Round this motion was used in.

Motions from the World Schools Debating Championships, held in Jerusalem, Israel in 1998.

If you have any other motions, please comment and I'll be glad to add them.

R1: THW turn its swords into ploughshares.
R2: THW ban surrogate motherhood.
R4: THBT the cost of space exploration is justified.
R5: THBT economic sanctions against individual countries are immoral.
GF: THW continue to prosecute World War II criminals.

Motions from the 11th World Schools Debating Championships held in London, England in 1999

R1: THW legalise performance-enhancing drugs in sport. 

R2: THBT the International Criminal Court won't work.
R3: TH regrets the influence of Hollywood.
R4: TH fears the Millenium.
R5: THW break the law to protect the rights of animals.
R6: THBT the Kyoto Summit didn't go far enough.
R7: TH condemns the bombing of Iraq.
R8: THBT governments should never restrict freedom of speech.
OF: THBT multi-nationals are the new imperialists.
QF: TH supports the televising of criminal trials.
SF: TH believes in the nuclear deterrent.
GF: THBT the state has a duty to protect individuals from themselves.

QF: THBT we should further regulate the internet
SF: THBT it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose but how you play the game
SF: THBT the cost of capitalism outweigh the benefits
GF: THBT national security concerns justify the restriction of civil liberties

If you have any other motions from this World Schools Debating Championship, please leave them in the comments, and I'll gladly add them.

The World Schools Debating championships 2001 were held in Johannesburg in South Africa. Here are the motions:

THBT affluent nations should accept more refugees
THW waive patent rights for AIDS drugs for under-developed countries
THBT gay couples should be allowed to adopt children
THW cancel third world debt
I: THW ban all handguns
I: This House supports the use of the death penalty
I: This House disapproves of cloning
I: This House believes that international sport is warfare without weapons
OF: THW impose democracy
QF: TH refuses to negotiate with terrorists
SF: THW give parents the final say in medical treatment of their children
GF: THBT compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by previous generations

The World Schools Debating Championships in 2002 were held in Singapore, here are the motions:

THBT professionalism has ruined the Olympic Games
THW maintain United States military bases in Asia
THBT free trade is the way forward
TH supports missile defence
I: THBT politicians should only be allowed to serve in office for a limited period of time
I: THBT low taxes are preferable to extensive government services
I: THBT gambling of all forms should be illegal
I: THW make tobacco companies pay compensation to the individual
OF: THW ban genetic screening
QF: TH supports the international trading of pollution permits
SF: THW compromise civil liberties in the interests of security
GF: THBT the media has become too powerful

World schools Debating Championships 2003 were held in Lima, Peru and here are the motions that were debated:

THW advertise prescription medicines
THBT current intellectual property laws are a brake on progress
THBT cultural treasures belong at home
THBT the sovereignty of nation states is an outdated concept
I: THBT voting in national elections should be compulsory
I: THBT sporting boycotts are a legitimate political tool
I: TH supports voluntary euthanasia
I: TH supports quotas for women in national parliaments
I: THB in trial by jury (Bye-Round)
OF: THW pay development aid direct to governments
QF: THW legalise prostitution
SF: THBT political decisions should not be dictated by religious beliefs
GF: THW end the war on drugs

World Schools Debating Championships were held in Stuttgart, Germany in the year 2004. Here are the motions:

THBT Turkey should join the European Union
THW make use of genetically modified crops to feed the world
THBT trade unions impede progress
THBT religion has no place in state schools
I: THBT fast food companies should pay people compensation for damaging their health
I: THW prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences
I: THBT governments should protect their native languages
I: TH condemns the influence of the music industry on today’s youth
I: THW do away with the Olympic Games (Bye-Round)
OF: THBT welfare state should be scrapped
QF: THBT political parties have too much influence on democratic elections
SF: THBT globalisation perpetuates social inequity
GF: THBT the world facing a clash of civilisations

World Schools Debating Championships in 2005 were held in Calgary, Canada. Here are the motions from the tournament:

THBT the costs of space exploration outweigh the benefits
THBT political parties should receive state funding
THW use affirmative action in response to historical injustice
THBT education policy should be the responsibility of local authorities
I: THBT censorship does more harm than good
I: THBT civil marriage should be open to homosexual couples
I: THW negotiate with terrorists
I: THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments
I: THW ban the use of human embryos in scientific research (Bye-Round)
OF: THBT national security should take precedence over individual rights
QF: THBT the first priority of criminal justice should be rehabilitation, not retribution
SF: THB in regional trading blocs rather than global free trade
GF: THBT the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council should not have veto power

Sadly, I've only found this one motion from Australias WSDC 2006. If you have any other motions from that tournament, please comment and I'll be glad to add them.

The final motion was: "THBT democracy is the best form of government for every country"

Motions from the World Schools Debate Championship of 2007, held in Hong Kong.

Round 1 Motion: This House would make the development of clean industry a condition for receiving non-emergency aid
Round 2 Motion: This House would ban the use of models who are under a healthy weight
Round 3 Motion: This House believes that Holocaust denial should be a crime
Round 4 Motion: This House believes that governments should not limit the areas which scientists may research
Round 5 Motion: This House believes that the United States should withdraw from its military bases in Asia
Round 6 Motion: This House would legalize all drugs
Round 7 Motion: This House believes that free trade harms the developing world
Round 8 Motion: This House would limit media reporting of terrorist atrocities
Octo-Final Motion: This House would force organizations to place more women in senior positions
Quarter-final Motion: This House would privatise public utilities companies

Grand final
This House would abolish the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

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