Political Institution Threatens Change for Indigenous Communities


With the separation of states into regional blocks, will it be possible for the General Assembly to pass a motion together? This weekend, the General Assembly of the United Nations has come together to discuss indigenous relations and solutions to improve their quality of life around the world. Having separated themselves into regional blocks, the GA has found itself coming up with several excellent solutions to improve indigenous relations.

The 2007 UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights has been referenced several times throughout the past two days. Many members of the General Assembly state that the declaration did not do enough for indigenous rights and more must be done to ensure that indigenous rights will indeed be protected and that individual states will ensure protection to their indigenous communities. Canada, along with Australia, New Zealand and the United States did not sign the UN Declaration for Indigenous Rights. Current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has since revoked Canada’s position and has signed the declaration, nearly a decade later.

Currently at the General Assembly, there are five separate groups, with numbers ranging from five to a dozen countries working together. That is unfortunately not enough members to pass a motion. Within the next few hours, the General Assembly must merge regional blocks together to find an effective resolution and a majority of votes.

If a regional merger does not take place, all the efforts from GA members will be at risk of being for nothing. The GA must have a majority in order to successfully pass any motion through in the voting block. The delegate of Japan has commented that there will be a potential merge of three regional blocks. If the merge is successful, the members will be able to pass the motion through the vote successfully as this will include the majority the General Assembly requires. That being said, there is always the possibility of the merge failing, as a result of compromise and time. Delegates may vote for papers that they are not sponsors for, although it is unsure if this will give the GA a majority to pass any motion through.

Delegates have until the end of the day to come to a current solution for indigenous issues. Around the world, indigenous communities hold their breath for the announcement of the results. Today will either mark a new beginning for indigenous communities around the world or will be a continuation of international failure.


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