By Rebecca Theodore
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.
Rebecca Theodore is an op-ed columnist based in Washington, DC. She writes on national security and political issues. Follow her on twitter @rebethd or email at email@example.com
While these crises continue to expose and unravel the UN’s sea of troubles, on the other hand, it is not only important to assembly and speak in words of masked abstraction, but also to respond to the concrete demands of people across the globe.
Herein, the prison doors that limit their freedom and prosperity are still tightly bolted and creak 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 din beneath?
Hence, 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.
According to statistics, 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.
Elaborating further, 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 is presently taking place in Egypt.
Indeed! These are issues that cannot be addressed in glowing polemics of ardent words.