Updates in the General Assembly Second Committee: The Final Stages

DER SPIEGEL – The General Assembly (GA) Second Committee is currently entering voting block. However, delegates have recounted the progress of committee prior to that. Tensions in the GA have calmed slightly as delegates finalized their working papers. There has been a sense of cooperation among the Member States. According to the delegate of Egypt, the Latin American bloc and Asian bloc have decided to merge the two working papers. The delegate of the Dominican Republic has observed that the EU bloc was still completing their working paper. Despite this cooperation, there is still a bit of friction amongst the … Continue reading Updates in the General Assembly Second Committee: The Final Stages

Pakistan Targeted by Security Council’s Wrath

HURRIYET DAILY NEWS – Pakistan detained and sentenced another Indian citizen yesterday evening in a show of disagreement with international consensus on the multiple issues occurring within the country. The International Court of Justice laid out a strong case against Pakistani actions regarding their detainment and eventual execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav as an agent of terrorism, extremism, and separatism.This decision was extensively justified within the ICJ, and yet still promptly ignored by Pakistan, this is likely due to the embargo enforced by the Security Council as an attempt at dealing with the stolen nuclear weapon system. The Security Council’s trade … Continue reading Pakistan Targeted by Security Council’s Wrath

Demurring On Rohingya Citizenship, The United Nations Security Council Is Unlikely To Fully Resolve Humanitarian Crisis

CNN — After drawn-out discussions over a potential fact-finding mission in Myanmar and irreconcilable differences, the Security Council has tried to shift tactics to find a way to engage the Burmese government directly and reach consensus. Citizenship for the Rohingya has been a major point of disagreement, but now the divisions between Myanmar and the Security Council, and within the SC itself, over the issue of Rohingya nationality citizenship have been put on hold in favor of economic incentives for cooperation. However, with a more friendly approach, the Security Council may be neglecting to focus on solutions to fully resolve … Continue reading Demurring On Rohingya Citizenship, The United Nations Security Council Is Unlikely To Fully Resolve Humanitarian Crisis

Southeast Asia Blight: Not Enough Food to Go Around

DAWN – The Southeast Asian blight crisis is spreading rapidly and threatens to destroy the livelihoods of thousands of small scale farmers in primarily developing nations. As one of the most vulnerable groups, small scale farmers often live in remote rural areas making it more difficult to bring aid. While many large-scale farming operations are genetically modified and protected against the blight there simply is not enough to feed everyone. As a result of the widespread scale of devastation prices are predicted to skyrocket further exacerbating the effects of the crisis. What is to be done about the crisis? Many … Continue reading Southeast Asia Blight: Not Enough Food to Go Around

Bolivia angered by “Imperialist” states exercising power over the Security Council

THE GUARDIAN – After a near-constant back and forth between Bolivia and states they have described as “imperialist” (the United Kingdom, United States, and France), the disagreement continues. Members of the P5 offended Bolivia again after deleting a clause from … Continue reading Bolivia angered by “Imperialist” states exercising power over the Security Council

Goddess Lustita Tries the ICJ’s Independence

THE ECONOMIST – Relationships are a two way street THIS NEWSPAPER has favoured the independence of the ICJ in the past. Their deliberations require sobriety and focus, but most of all, a particular mindset and context that enables sound legal decision making. Any semblance of undue bias or influence may undermine decisions in the case at hand and in the future. Means for facilitating these conditions exist both within the court and without. The actors involved are plenty but in recent news a rift between the judges of the court and the International Press Corps (IPC) has emerged. This came … Continue reading Goddess Lustita Tries the ICJ’s Independence

Discussions on GMOs take hours in the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

THE GUARDIAN – Lofty goals of paper merging proved to be more difficult than expected for the CSTD as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) slowed negotiations to a snail’s pace yesterday evening. Finally, after “discussing it all day,” according to the … Continue reading Discussions on GMOs take hours in the Commission on Science and Technology for Development