‘TRUMP’S GOT BALLS’: U.S. ABSENCE STIRS UP GENERAL ASSEMBLY

BREITBART – The United States has been suspiciously absent from the General Assembly (GA), causing much concern amongst delegates and their nation’s interests. This is a strong indicator that global representation in the United Nations is not crucial for U.S. … Continue reading ‘TRUMP’S GOT BALLS’: U.S. ABSENCE STIRS UP GENERAL ASSEMBLY

US Absent as General Assembly Moves Ahead

AL JAZEERA – The United Nations General Assembly 2nd Committee gathered to discuss biological diversity and food security today and are expected to move forward on implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity this weekend. The GA2, also called the Economic and Financial Committee, is responsible for determining the funding for UN programs. The decision to prioritize biodiversity was perceived by some as a signal that the UN lacks commitment to the needs of lesser developed countries. Delegations from Syria and Iraq dissented from the committee’s decision by explaining that “the privilege of more developed nations to focus on biodiversity” is … Continue reading US Absent as General Assembly Moves Ahead

Political Institution Threatens Change for Indigenous Communities

TIMES OF INDIA: 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 … Continue reading Political Institution Threatens Change for Indigenous Communities

Small Steps to Big Results: the UN tackles indigenous issues

Times of India Jan 8, 2017   In an attempt to address the injustices committed against indigenous people around the globe, several countries of the General Assembly at the UN are coming together to find solutions to improve indigenous peoples’ lives.   With great enthusiasm, the delegates of Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, and India have stated that they are working together, along with other countries, to improve the lives of indigenous peoples through a multi-pronged, broad approach. This initiative would include better education for indigenous peoples around the globe, as well as educating non-indigenous people of indigenous cultures and values. Through … Continue reading Small Steps to Big Results: the UN tackles indigenous issues

Pushed for Time

The General Assembly Has More Work Than Expected Der Spiegel | Vancouver | 8 January 2017 | After a long day of working hard in the General Assembly, it still seems that there is much more work to be done. Upon the first opportunity to motion for suspensions, the dais verbally smiled upon a 30 minute suspension to allow delegates to finish their second draft papers. This recommendation was met with opposition namely from the delegates from Italy and Finland. Delegates pushed for a 35 minute suspension, begging the question of what the delegates could do in five minutes more … Continue reading Pushed for Time