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United Nations 68th General Assembly: More words, little action

If one of the  main functions  of the United Nations General Assembly  lies in making recommendations  for maintenance and promotion of international peace and security, political co-operation and fundamental freedoms, then the raging wars in the world at large stand in strong defiance. Although Millennium Development Goals seek to mirror the stage of a non-jeopardized future for succeeding generations, a Syrian humanitarian impasse, an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, realization of human rights everywhere, arms proliferation and sustainable developments continue to guise the collective longings of peace, progress and fraternity.

While  these crisis  continue to expose and unravel the United Nations’ sea of troubles,  it is important to  assembly and speak in words of  masked  abstraction,  but  also to respond to the concrete demands  of people across the globe.

The prisoner doors that limit their freedom and prosperity are still tightly bolted and creaks to stand ajar.

Evidently, the grim trials of war, poverty, hunger, gender violence and the atrocities of climate change wraths on. Why then should peace resound in words of abstruse piety while war and threats of war dins beneath?

It is time that the inflated rhetoric of world leaders on the international stage be transformed into a visual depiction whereby major economic players provide the much needed resources to aid in the improvement of policies and governance of poorer countries.

More than 1.4 billion people are without readable electricity, 900 million lack access to clean water, and more than 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation.

Whereas  the United Nations has helped prevent many outbreaks  of international violence from growing into wider encounters, formulation of plans for the establishment of a system towards  peace and security should  not only be manifested in  praise of words.  While words are   auditory symbols which indicate the concepts that they represent they can also deter the ability to jointly communicate, thus reducing language into a useless jargon.

Within this light, operational violence caused by unjust sanctions in words of veiled generalization continue to flout the peace process and disturb the flow of all humanity.

The United Nations 68th General Assembly session has  presented President Obama with a chance to benefit on diplomatic developments with Syria and to lengthen hands to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in the hopes of launching rehabilitating negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, but Israeli government statement distinctly declares that “there is no need to be fooled by words.”

Arguably, words sum the test of time, but it is evident that more action is insistently needed to address these tenacious challenges instead of stirring dreams of peace narrated in glowing prose.

In truth, if the stage must be set for achieving Millennium Development goals beyond a 2015 deadline, it is obvious that the United Nations emulate the glare into a reform of its own Security Council especially in its handling of international crisis. Affirmations of connecting the dots between climate change, poverty, energy, food and water, disease, healthcare sanitation and world hunger also stand parallel to gender perspectives, the protection of children in armed conflict and the dreaded aspect of sexual violence, for together, they plainly echo a need for the reinforcement of resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, especially in light of the massive onslaught of sex crimes that are presently taking place in Egypt.

These issues cannot be addressed in glowing polemics of ardent words.

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Rebeca Theodore

Rebeca Theodore is a national security and political op-ed columnist based in Washington DC. Her work has appeared in various newsprint throughout the Caribbean, Canada and the US. Follow her on twitter @rebethd. Contact the author.

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