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

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

ICJ: Ruling on Jadhav Case has Waving Impact

DAWN – After long deliberation over the facts of the case the International Court of Justice unanimously ruled in favour of India. During a press conference three of the 15 judges formed a panel to further discuss the verdict concerning Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav’s retrial. At the conference, Dalveer Bhandari stated that the court decided in favour of India on the grounds that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) superseded the 2008 bilateral treaty between Pakistan and India, the Agreement on Consular Access. Meaning that Pakistan did in fact violate Article 36 of the VCCR which required Pakistan to allow … Continue reading ICJ: Ruling on Jadhav Case has Waving Impact

Thinking Outside of the Box: GA’s Quest to Find Meaningful Solutions

DAWN – A wide variety of solutions on implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been presented. Not surprisingly education, database and information sharing, regional planning and calls to reinforce existing frameworks have all been discussed. There have been some standout ideas presented in committee, but with little coverage. These ideas have furthering reaching consequences than a few empty promises.   Asia Bloc has some noteworthy concepts, while not new, differentiate themselves from some of the more generic proposals. China spoke to idea of incorporating ‘ethical urban development’ with respect to protecting existing biological spaces in areas of rapid urban … Continue reading Thinking Outside of the Box: GA’s Quest to Find Meaningful Solutions

ICJ: A Question of Dependability and Respect

TIMES OF INDIA – High tensions and conflict in the ICJ have had a severely detrimental impact on the productivity of the committee, including negatively affecting a first-time reporter in the International Press Corps. After multiple failed attempts to interview the ICJ, including a reporter being booed, hissed at, and expulsed from the committee session by various Justices, the committee has slowly managed to begin discussing updates with various news sources. However, this has been with minimal detail and almost negligible transparency from the committee. In an attempt to involve news sources in discussion, an anonymous source overheard a Justice … Continue reading ICJ: A Question of Dependability and Respect

Update- Continuing Absences in the GA

Al Jazeera reported on the conspicuous absence of the U.S. delegation in the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. With still no comment forthcoming from the White House Press Office, the US delegation has still not arrived by the opening session of the second day of meetings. Another surprise no-show for day two of the GA was Russia, who had been in attendance yesterday. Initial inquiries to the Kremlin seeking comment on the absence were not given a response. Hours into deliberation, the delayed delegation from Russia arrived and told Al Jazeera that their absence was “not of … Continue reading Update- Continuing Absences in the GA

Worries of future nuclear attack grow

Al Arabiya – Fear within the international community is growing following the recent events in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The confiscation of nuclear weapons has led many of the world’s defence forces to analyze indecipherable satellite imaging to recognize who is held responsible for these attacks, only for Amaq, Daesh’s affiliated news agency, to announce that the group is responsible for yet another audacious act.    Following additional security measures taken by Pakistan in response to the convoy attack, the Pakistani government has discovered a government insider that is alleged to be a party to the attack. This … Continue reading Worries of future nuclear attack grow

Translation Cooperation

HURRIYET – International cooperation mounts in the United Nations General Assembly as the delegations of Syria and Chile translated a document from Spanish to English, so that the Latin America Block in the GA could interpret and assess it for useful information regarding the topic currently in discussion: implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity. The document translated was the strategic regional framework for the Andes Region of South America on the very same topic. The question of why the delegations in the Latin America block needed aid translating their own national language in the first place remains a mystery.   Continue reading Translation Cooperation

Security Council Finally Moving Towards “substantial progress” on Rohingya Crisis

Yesterday’s impromptu question and answer period with a Myanmar representative has left Security Council Members scrambling to make heavy revisions to a draft working paper on the Rohingya Crisis. The representative continued to deny any allegations of genocide and military aggression causing many in the Council to call for the use of more assertive language and tactics. Despite some conflicting opinion on what tactics should be used all members agree on putting an end to the violence and military aggression. These talks can be seen as the first real step in achieving consensus on how to bring Myanmar to the … Continue reading Security Council Finally Moving Towards “substantial progress” on Rohingya Crisis