A Look Back at Global Goals Week
By admin September 22, 2017


“We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace,” said  secretary general Mr. Guterres in the annual report on the work of the U.N, which marked the beginning of the 72nd annual meeting of the U.N. Mr. Guterres speech which preceded the general debate of the U.N general assembly set the tone for a meeting in which reconciliation, negotiation and unilateralism were urged for in matters of security, climate change and human rights.

In the face of rising global anxieties about nuclear war which have not been at such levels since the Cold war, Mr. Guterres urged for a political approach to addressing such tensions. In the matters of terrorism, Mr. Guterres also stressed establishing  unilateral political policy as necessary force to counter the issues endemic to terror. Mr. Guterres also urged for ending of military operation in the state of Myanmar, and must allow full humanitarian aid to Rohingya minorities.

He also urged for increased efforts for the implementation of the Climate Paris accords urging that new measures must be adopted, as recent extreme weather patterns become an increasing normality. Mr. Guterres also called for a reform on the U.N general procedures, called for an end to current practices that fettered a focus on the people meant to be served. Speaking at a U.N reform event, Mr. Guterres called for structural reform such as ending gender inequity, better protecting whistle blowers and strengthening it’s current counter terrorism measures. Furthermore, he pressed for reform in development systems with a greater focus on field measures that would allow for more successful implementation of equitable and sustainable development. Guterres’s call for increased agility, cost-effectiveness and general efficiency was underpinned by a call for an overhaul in management procedure,  greater transparency as well as decentralized decision making and  an overall increase in accountability.

Further exemplifying this years U.N programme of unilateral action against forces of evil, on the recommendation of the General Committee, the General Assembly, for the first time in 12 years agreed to include in the work programme and agenda the item entitled “The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity”.

The adoption of such a matter is an evolution of the issue first adapted in 2005 when government’s around the world formally agreed to their respective responsibilities to protect their populations from atrocities. Even the inclusion to the agenda this year was not met by unilateral agreement, as some countries took the floor to argue against the adaptation of such a matter. Cuba, for instance, argued against the matter on behalf of smaller, developing countries on the basis that the terms were to vague and could cause exploitation on behalf of larger more powerful nations.

The 72nd annual conference commenced the meeting of the general assembly, which as the chief deliberative, policy making and representative organ of the U.N includes all 193 member delegates. The general assembly is empowered to make suggestions to states regarding international measures. Major initiatives of the U.N include the 2015 implementation of 17 sustainable business goals as well as the 2005 World Summit Doctrine which reflects each member nations commitment to peace, prevention of human rights violations, disarmament, the eradication of poverty and sustainable development among other things. The 72nd conference marked a continuation of U.N legacy of efforts to encourage unilateral peace, diplomacy and development agendas.

Further Reading

Repair ‘world in pieces’ and create ‘world at peace,’ UN chief Guterres urges global leaders 

General Assembly: general debate

Secretary-General, at United Nations Reform Event, Calls for Replacing Endless Red Tape, Byzantine Methods with Focus on ‘People We Serve’

Functions and powers of the General Assembly

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