The United States of Trump tried everything to derail the 75th UN General Assembly and thus jeopardise the future of the United Nations. The president of China, XI Jinping, by unexpectedly declaring on 24 September that his country had just approved the decision to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, saved the GA a little and opened up a new path of hope for the UN in the future, notably the possible relaunch of the Paris Agreements. Fortunately, because the powerful global masters of business and finance, for their part, gave no evidence of wanting to stray so far from their "business as usual".
On the front line of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, they have maintained their credo (Money First, Market First, Stakeholders First) by obtaining these last few weeks from rich States (in rivalry with each other to support their multinational "champions"- billions of dollars in the form of Advanced Market Commitments for vaccines (still in conception!).
This explains why the GA failed to organise a special session on Covid-19. Participants were limited to listening to or reading the analyses and proposals presented by each State and the other members of the Assembly. No debates.
Finally, there was no audacity either within the great magma of world political and social "bonism". Its largest majority remained submitted to the dominant liberal capitalist economic vision of society. Citizens must still wait for a special session on Covid-19. On Monday 5 October, the presidency of the GA confirmed its holding, hoping that it could take place before the end of the year, but the dates have yet to be fixed.
Because of the devastating power of the pandemic, the UN GA was intended to be a unique opportunity for the deployment of bold thoughts, proposals and decisions. Well, until now, the peoples of the world have been "gratified » by many fireworks of "vaccine" nationalisms (First our people). Proposals for stronger global cooperation have not received the great enthusiasm they deserve. International multilateralism as a model of coping with global problems has once again proved to be inadequate and fragile. The argument made by the UN Secretary General in a last resort statement on 25 September in favour of strong global cooperation against the pandemic ("We do not need a world government but stronger multilateralism") did not have the desired effect. Trying to attract the consensus of anti-internationalist States in favour of world cooperation according to the UN model by discrediting "world government" was not a happy idea. The recognition of humanity as a key legal and political entity in global regulation should be one of the UN’s main long-term goals.
In fact, the spirit that blew over this phase of the UN General Assembly was marked by three mystifying principles :
What do social "climatologists" think? Is a reversal of the current trend foreseeable? In any case, I think that it is worthwhile for the inhabitants of the earth to try to provoke it.
Originally published at the website of Other News