The International Conferences of American States, 1889-1928: A Collection of the Conventions, Recommendations, Resolutions, Reports, and Motions Adopted by the First Six International Conferences of the American States, and Documents Relating to the Organization of the Conferences

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REPORTS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS
ADOPTED BY THE CONFERENCE1

RECOMMENDATION
ADOPTION OF A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES2

Resolved, That the International American Conference recommends the adoption of the metrical decimal system to the nations here represented, which have not already accepted it.

[Adopted January 24, 1890.]


RECOMMENDATION
NOMENCLATURE OF MERCHANDISE3

Resolved, That the International American Conference recommends to the Governments represented therein the adoption of a common nomenclature which shall designate in alphabetical order in equivalent terms, in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, the commodities on which import duties are levied, to be used respectively by all the American nations for the purpose of levying customs imposts which are or may hereafter be established, and also to be used in shipping manifests, consular invoices, entries, clearance petitions, and other customs documents; but not to affect in any manner the right of each nation to levy the import duties now in force, or which may hereafter be established.

[Adopted February 19, 1890.]


RECOMMENDATION
INTERCONTINENTAL RAILWAY4

The International American Conference is of the opinion:

First. That a railroad connecting all or the majority of the nations repre

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1
With the exception of one document, the Plan of Arbitration, the recommendations adopted by the First Conference were not signed by the delegates, the minutes only being signed.
2
Reports of Committees and Discussions Thereon, vol. 1, p. 92. See also post, pp. 395, 404.
3
Id., p. 350. See resolutions of the Second Conference, post, pp. 66, 90.
4
Id., p. 93. The commission provided for by this recommendation of the conference was organized, confirmed by subsequent conferences, and extensive investigations and reports have been made. This question has been a subject for consideration by all of the Pan American conferences. See resolution of the Second Conference, post, p. 63.

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