The 2016 election has immense consequences for Americans, the United Nations and people worldwide. I would like to address some of these issues and specifically the looming effects on the United Nations.
Just five short months ago on December 12, 2015, 196 nations in attendance at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Paris adopted one of the most ambitious and far reaching agreements that focused on curtailing climate change and global warming.
The United Nations Climate Conference that just concluded in Paris has been categorized by such descriptive terms as “modest,” “positive,” “landmark” and “historic.” The accord may be a combination of all of these adjectives since there were both accomplishments and shortcomings.
On September 25, 2015, 193 world leaders convened at the UN Headquarters in New York and committed to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that focused on 3 extraordinary and comprehensive initiatives over the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.
In 2000, under the leadership of then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN member states launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were 8 logical, measureable, agreed-upon goals dealing with poverty, education, gender equality, child and maternal mortality, diseases, the environment and global partnerships.
When the 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly convene in September, they will deal with a wide-range of issues, such as terrorism, poverty, climate change, diseases, nuclear proliferation and a myriad of other issues. They will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN. This would be an ideal time to review the evolution of the UN, its necessary services and unique challenges . . .
Metaphorically-speaking, the Earth could be equated with the ill-fated Titanic that sank on April 15,1912, in the North Atlantic. The captain of the doomed ship (read Earth) erroneously believed it was unsinkable (read climate change deniers) and increased its speed; whereupon, it plowed full steam ahead into an iceberg.
The catastrophic events in Iraq that are unfolding daily are more significant than at any point in recent memory. Catastrophes often make for unforeseen alliances and dramatic geopolitical policy shifts.
The US Congress has a unique opportunity and responsibility to both assist people living in dangerous, war-torn areas, as well as helping the US achieve many of its foreign policy goals through sufficient funding for United Nations peacekeeping operations.