Top 5 Underrated UN Bodies

Vogue Ban Ki Moon: The eyes, the lips, the slight wattle just below the chin — Ban Ki Moon took the world by storm in 2007 with his air of bravado, sonorous voice, and, of course, rockin’ bod. While he might appear meek from afar, don’t be fooled: Mr. Moon can take you there. Antonio Guterres: The current Secretary-General of the UN is a particularly perfectly proportioned Portuguese beefcake, clocking in at a positively auspicious 69 years old. The leader of the international system as we know it might seem inaccessible, but one look into his deep brown eyes and you’re liable … Continue reading Top 5 Underrated UN Bodies

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stated that the court decided in favour of India on the grounds that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) superseded the 2008 bilateral treaty between Pakistan and India, the Agreement on Consular Access.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