Reforms at UN

18/12/2010

The Agenda of United National General Assembly (UNGA) has over 150 items with many of the items having sub-items. UNGA adopts about 300 resolutions of which over 50 are adopted in the Plenary and the rest in the Committees. This gives an idea of the quantum of work done by UN. The work is so much that most of the resolutions are not discussed in detail and some of these must have been passed without any debate. The UNGA would not be able to take concrete action on many items. Where the provisions of the resolutions are to be implemented by the member countries or others, the office of the Secretary-General would not have time to pursue and enforce implementation Therefore, the first major reform of the UN system should be to reduce the number of agenda items and the resolutions.

The UNGA as also the Security Council should confine themselves to matters of world peace, security, disarmament and such important matters. Other matters like economic development, health, education, science, environment, civil aviation, food, maritime maters, trade, etc. should left to be entirely handled by specialized agencies like UNDP, UNIDO, WHO, UNESCO, UNEP, ICAO, FAO, IFAD,WFP, IMO, WTO etc. If this is done, UNGA could devote more and enough time on matters relating to international peace, security, disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation etc. and enforce implementation of its resolutions. If the concerned governments are unwilling to implement, the matter could be referred to the Security Council who could decide on the action to be taken like imposing sanctions, sending UN forces etc.

Increasing the role of UNGA, abolition of veto powers of Permanent Members of Security Council could be taken up later on.

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Helping God, no thank you!

23/12/2008

There are different forms of terrorism. In countries like the UK and Spain, terrorist activities have been linked to demand for separate homelands for certain demographics. In some Indian states, terrorism has been a crude tool for protesting economic disparity (e.g. Naxalites.) The most severe form of terrorism is based on religion and this is the major concern in today’s world.

It is possible to extrapolate a common thread among the major religions of the world – service to God. Followers adopt several ways to serve God. Some worship once a week, others many times a day and some others only when they feel like it. While frequency of worship is a personal choice for serving God, the complication arises when proselytism becomes that choice.

There is inherent conflict in serving God through proselytism – while one side thinks converting others is service, the other side thinks resisting conversions is service. Furthermore, while some adopt peaceful means for conversion, there are others who adopt extreme measures. The latter are the terrorists the world must defeat.

In the midst of discussing service to God, it is surprising to note that atheists offer some lucidity on the issue. Atheists wonder why God, whom followers believe to be omnipotent, would require service from mere mortals in the first place. Atheists  question whether service from humans would actually matter to God. They find it puzzling to understand why God would require people to fight on His behalf when God could handle things on His own.

So it seems that those who do not believe in God, offer a practical prescription those who do believe – let God take care of Himself.


Calling for Decisive Action

11/12/2008

Recently, the world has been wrecked by financial and terrorism shocks. The fundamental cause for these shocks is the lack of regulations and security oversight. The world needs decisive action and now.