What Issues Should the U.S. Make a Priority at the United Nations General Assembly?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 18, 2009
United Nations Building

The United Nations 64th General Assembly convenes this month in New York.

Today, Secretary Clinton spoke at the Brookings Institution, where she said: "The United Nations is not only a critical, central institution, but one in which the United States has a lot of equities."What issues should the United States make a priority at the United Nations 64th General Assembly?
 

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David
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Texas, USA
September 18, 2009

David in Texas writes:

First priority - Iran - bring into international community

Second, more UN committment to Afganistan - US should not be alone (some Nato there, but not enough)

Third - Conditions in Africa - health & development

ONGOING - Israel and Palestinians. Resolve with two state solution - not popular, but must separate groups as First Step to peace

Liz
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Oregon, USA
September 18, 2009

Liz in Oregon writes:

What is the new administration to end the tragedy of the Prison Industrial Complex? The disproportionate numbers of people of color stacked high like inventory treated worse than animals. The issue in California should be used as a spring board of change. We know that 50% of all people in prisons are for drug related charges. 90% are poor. Its horrible and every person in government knows the numbers. Something has to be done.

Nicholas
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Florida, USA
September 18, 2009

Nicholas in Florida writes:

Someone speaking on behalf of the USA should encourage countries not in a recession, or countries emerging from the recession to take initiative in investing in poverty stricken nations. Food donations are at an all time low and more and more people everyday are going hungry and children are dying.

Someone speaking on behalf of the USA should say that the Obama administration remains committed to global peace; that a build up of arms in South America, a refusal to make concessions in the West Bank, secretly sending weapons, technology or information that would benefit terrorist organizations will and can not be tolerated. Actions threaten to destabilize regions and bolster unwarranted fear. The U.S. has pulled out of a major missile shield program to display our commitment to peace, what can you as a country do to demonstrate you too are willing to reach out with that olive branch and show your consideration for the global world we live in.

Ryanbo
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Florida, USA
September 18, 2009

Ryanbo in Florida writes:

We could work towards the creation and implementation of a global or united currency. We can create jobs around the world in all of the developed and developing nations towards reversing the damage we have done to our environment in the last 70 or so years. If the permafrost starts to melt it will release more methane into our already polluted atmosphere. Global Warming is a world problem and it is happening right now! We need to secure our spot as a species and a race for our descendants and the future of our civilization as we know it. This is done by looking towards alternative sources of energy, renewable sources, clean sources. I also believe that clean, renewable and in a way reusable energy methods will further slingshot us into the cosmos. thanks.

Syrian P.
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Syria
September 18, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

There is only one issue the U.S. must make a priority at the General Assembly, urge all members States to vote for dissolution of the United Nation. It is a miserable failure, one of the worst records of un-accomplishment that tarnishes human dignity and evolutionary abilities.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 18, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

GA Session Priorities:

1- Implementing the UN Reforms.

2- Meeting the MDG's

3- Integration of ECOSOC/NGO's

4- Decentralizing UN Resources

5- Paying all Dues.

6- Implementing the 11th Crime Congress Recommendations.

Anti-Corruption......

David
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Utah, USA
September 19, 2009

David in Utah writes:

Dear State Department,

You should tell the UN to keep there noses out of our country and not to try to run it. I heard on the news that they want to have a one world dollar. They want us to get rid of our dollar! I DON'T THINK SO!!! I think the UN is a waste anyway. We in the U.S. run the U.S. and the UN needs to stop triing to run our country. Thank You for your time.

William
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Louisiana, USA
September 19, 2009

Bill in Louisiana writes:

The most important issue of our time for the ga is the necessity for a 12 mos pull out plan for the U.S. pull out of Afganistan and Iraq.

joe
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Tennessee, USA
September 19, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

An honest assessment of the Worlds situation for survival...and stop nit picking...the loss of validity of the UN is premissed on failure due to this. There are basic issues:

From Economic rebalancing to a more serious Resource management program; especially, where farming is concerned. If there is just one bad growing season in America, who still supplies and feeds over seventy percent of the world's crops, who will compensate?

The overview of survival must include enforcement of overtly aggressive countries which infringe others boundaries, human rights or realistic threats to peace. The key word here is ENFORCEMENT...not

A more realistic view of illegal activities and methods of control, as in replacement crops or industry for those who produce the base for narcotics and where illegal slavery in any form is concerned.

An International Treaty for countries of origin of loss to legally follow their citizens into any other country with minimal time constraints. Since the countries which hold these people are generally corrupt, there needs to be made an International warrant administrative panel in the least so any country can more safely and confidently safeguard their citizen's back home without International incident.

The illegal kidnapping of any citizen by any country for any purpose should not be tolerated.

Keep checking those Diplomatic brief cases at the airports...LOL!

Edite
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Canada
September 19, 2009

Edite in Canada writes:

The League of Nations, was a precursor to the United Nations. Its Covenant was to preserve peace, resolve disputes and" any country that resorted to war would be subjected to economic sanctions." Sound a bit familiar?

In 1929, foreign minister, Mary Hamilton, a Labour Party delegate said "Geneva in 1929 and 1930 was a genuine International Clearing House of ideas. There was hard work and there was goodwill"

Hard work and goodwill, now those two concepts will in and of themselves pose major problems for nations from all parts of the globe. Leaders,(or rather their hacks) will shuttle themselves between delegations and will seek to learn who is saying what to whom before the final tweeking of speeches. Some will shakes hands unwillingly, some quite emotionally and others, not at all if they can get away with it with some semblance of decorum.

The Original Charter of the United Nations has been long gone and its principles somewhat abandoned. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations seems to stand alone as a beacon to still hang on to because of the very human principles and rights outlined for people around the world. The things that every human soul longs for, except for some self-serving, inhumane leaders who terrorize their populations, decline and prevent free speech, freedom of assembly, and shutdown any vestiges of opposition.They think this makes them powerful, and yet, it shows very clearly, how incredibly weak and truly cowardly and defensive they are of what they do to their country and populations.

At this 64th United Nations General Assembly, with an American President exceedingly weak in foreign affairs and not understanding the ongoing evil machinations of Russians, that have gone on for centuries. this writer does not expect anything to move the world to greater peace and prosperity. Green people extremists will bang their garbage can lids, Arctic Sovereignty for a number of nations will continue to shuffle along in its status quo mode, (maybe) the have-not countries will be screaming for aid in the billions of dollars from the have nations? (whose left that has any money? maybe Canada?) China effectively owns America and Canada and only the Lord knows who else. America has an extreme, radical leftist as its President who wants to remake America and when people object to his notions of a new America, they are called racists. So what does anyone really expect from this 64th General Assembly? The State Department and Obama have shocked Poland, the Czech Republic and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe, whose fate and independence depend on America and her allies, to protect them from the bullying, hostage taking on oil issues in Europe or aggression from the Russian Bear. Try to remember Georgia. A young 17 year old Georgian girl who came to join her parents in Toronto just recently, with barely any English language skills or knowledge of the city has been missing for some days and the highest level of alert and searching is being carried out as I write. One idea put forth as to why she disappeared is because a Russian school-mate may have done away with her due to the Georgian /Russian conflict.

Now, I ask everyone, based on the most basic rules of a good life with peace and goodwill toward others, do you really, really believe that the General Assembly is going to come up with even just one humane action that would lead to a prevention of this young innocent girl's disappearance, allededly solely based on international conflicts?

Does anyone really, really think that Russia will stop selling vital nuclear weaponry to Iran or any other rogue nation? Does anyone really, really think that North Korea, Syria or any other rogue state will quietly aquiesce and soothingly walk away from this slime-pit of nuclear proliferation?

This writer watched Robert Gates give his explanation about the change in the anti-ballistic missile defense system and radar tracking project scheduled for Poland and the Czech Republic and this writer does not believe that he really meant not a word which he. His facial expressions and his tone of voice intimated the exact opposite and one firmly believes he was forced to say those words. His look and his words were just too defensive sounding for one to believe that he agreed with Obama's decision to betray and abandon Poland,the Czech Republic and the rest of Europe, the best allies America has ever had. And this was done on a day of infamy. This is how schooled, Obama and his tricky crew are managing to present themselves. As for Obama's address to the assembly, I expect soaring rhetoric, utopian ideas and initiatives, no real meat or soul- feeding knowledge about how to fix this broken world and its obstreperous condition.

Frankly, it is all very depressing and this writer is sick of it all. For those of you who still hold high hopes for whatever, good luck.

Zharkov
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United States
September 20, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

The U.N. is a failure, so it doesn't matter. The U.S. stopped prioritizing a long time ago. Everything now is a "priority".

The fact that two presidents thought we needed to build a missile defense in Europe demonstrates how useless the U.N. has been to prevent war. We are so confident of U.N. and NATO failure that we no longer expect them to save Europe or America!

Russia isn't the problem. It wasn't Russia that flew airliners into the World Trade Center, and it wasn't Russia that rejected an honest investigation into 9/11.

It isn't Russia that makes us take our shoes off at the airport and monitors our e-mail and telephone calls.

It isn't Russia that threatened us with Martial Law if Congress refused to bail out foreign and domestic banks with our tax dollars.

It wasn't Russia that dumbed-down our children in public schools with trivial curricula.

And it won't be the U.N. who rescues us when we are flat broke and begging for foreign currency to buy oil.

America has far bigger problems than deciding which debating point should be first on the U.N. agenda.

SNP of Syria has a good point. The major powers of the world have to work out problems without involvement of the U.N. country club, because the U.N. isn't helping.

The U.N. is no longer relevant to world peace.

R
September 20, 2009

R. writes:

Bring peace to Darfur NOW and make all of Sudan a priority. It's time to end this genocide...

Susan
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Massachusetts, USA
September 20, 2009

Susan in Massachusetts writes:

I ask President Obama and his administration to make peace in Darfur and all of Sudan a priority. Specifically he should:

1.Lead a more effective and urgent peace process for Darfur;

2.Build an international coalition for strict implementation of the North-South peace deal; and

3.Implement a policy that creates real consequences for those who continue to attack civilians, block life-saving aid, undermine peace and obstruct justice.

Bob
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Kentucky, USA
September 20, 2009

Bob in Kentucky writes:

I ask that President Obama and his foreign policy team make bringing peace to Darfur and all of Sudan a priority.

John
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New York, USA
September 20, 2009

John in New York writes:

Please focus on establishing Peace in Darfur, and enforcing the arrest warrant for Al Bashir. He's got to be pressed to disband the Janjaweed, and to stop bombing civilian targets. Humanitarian aid to Darfuri refugees must be fully restored

Mohamed S.
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California, USA
September 20, 2009

Mohamed S. in California writes:

U.S.A. and the United Nations must make the protection of civilian in Darfur and peace in Sudan as a priority. Government of Sudan still bombing Darfuri villages as recent as yesterday Friday 18th of September 2009. The security and humanitarian situation in the IDP camps is deteriorating.

Tim
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Connecticut, USA
September 20, 2009

Tim in Connecticut writes:

Please make working for peace in Darfur and all of Sudan a priority at the United Nations 64th General Assembly. There are almost 3 million people in displaced persons camps in Darfur and in refugee camps in Chad who desperately need a Darfur peace agreement in order to be able to return home and have hope for survival. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended the North/South civil war in 2005 is in danger of collapse, and South Sudan may be overwhelmed with violence again. Please work for peace in all of Sudan, a peace that brings justice for people in Darfur, South Sudan, Kordofan, Abyei, eastern Sudan -- the entire country. Prevent the next genocide.

Thank you.

Sandra
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Rhode Island, USA
September 20, 2009

Sandra in Rhode Island writes:

The United States has failed to take seriously using a leadership role in taking steps to enable peace in Darfur and Sudan. During the UN General Assembly, I call on President Obama to include 1) a section on Darfur and Sudan in his speech to the General Assembly, 2) raise Darfur and Sudan during any head of state session of the Security Council and 3) bring up Darfur and Sudan in bilateral meetings with key heads of state. President Obama's time for leadership regarding Darfur and Sudan is now. Thank you for your commitment to this defining issue.

Veronika V.
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California, USA
September 20, 2009

Veronika V. in California writes:

End Genocide In Darfur now!

Donald
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Virginia, USA
September 20, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

There should be a limit on weapons being sold around the world. Countries like Russia continue selling arms with no consequences it has on the global balance of power. Decrease the amount of Nuclear Arms that exist. Place restrictions on countries who refuse to agree. United States would be foolish to abandon all Nuclear Arms until all players who have these types of weapons do as well.

Place Billion dollar fines on countries who are testing nuclear devices which cause a recoil effect with setting off minor earthquakes, causing loss of power, and possible deaths because of their acts. No country in the world should be testing Nuclear bombs. If they do they should receive the highest fine and enforced to pay. How many times have we heard about countries testing a Nuclear Device and hearing about the earthquake that follows.

Making countries responsible and accountable to the United Nations on the Secuirty and Safety for all people around the world. Follow-up with fines to ensure they comply.

Eileen
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New York, USA
September 20, 2009

Eileen in New York writes:

The UN was built on the principle of maintaining collective security around the world. There is no security on the ground in places like Darfur, Congo, Myanmar (Burma). The UN must make peace in Darfur and all of Sudan a priority. It will set an example that we cannot and will not allow genocide to take place without consequences. Thank you.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 20, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Global Health is all Local:

International economic and social security can be strengthened by ramping up UN focus on advancing healthcare worldwide. Not just political diseases like HIV/AIDS (remember how UNAIDS was watered-down by Malaria and TB to sell it better?) Not just diseases-of-the-Month..or poverty-diseases.....

A comprehensive primary-care infrastructure in all parts of the world.....building health-capacity is nation-building...and in the best interests of the USA. It could help our own efforts at health-care reforms
here at home,and the world's perception of our health-values globally.

Mark L.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 20, 2009

Mark L. in Washington, DC writes:

Dear Sec. Clinton, President Obama, and Ambassador Rice,

During the UN General Assembly, I call on you to:

*Include a section on Darfur and Sudan in your speeches to the General Assembly

*Raise Darfur and Sudan during any head of state session of the Security Council

*Bring up Darfur and Sudan in bilateral meetings with key heads of state

During the G-20 meeting, I likewise call on you to:

*Raise Darfur and Sudan in talks with key heads of state

*Condition a debt forgiveness package for Sudan directly on progress in Darfur and full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Thank you,
Mark L.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
September 20, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

The UN, like any democratic experiment, must incorperate control data to determine the reliability of the outcome.

I am looking forward to Pres. Obama's "Get a Grip" speech before the UNGA...( at least I hope it incorperates the phrase in mindful context to the founding rational for the UN; that nations to resolve dispute must engage in diplomacy to avert war ,...or the UN simply becomes a homeless shelter for diplomatic refugees.)

In general, I think humanity got off on the wrong foot to begin the 21st century....let the "spoilers" set the agenda, as it were....it's time folks get organized and fully committed around common cause...and there's plenty of common threats to go around...

There's a common thread that will see us to the next century or prep the stage for extinction, and that's to stand together or fail to separately.

Nations are inclined to think in terms of national interests...and the attachments of investments in agendas.

It's hard to get folks to do something on spec. , with no gurantees of success.

Aye, but survive we must, thus the great experiment to see if folks can get a grip...and stand together.

And if so, it's just possible that ethical infants will have their diapers changed in the process.

Things are getting kind of ripe, and humanity doesn't have a nanny to bring a change of nappies to the table.

We have to do this ourselves.

Nick
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New Jersey, USA
September 20, 2009

Nick in New Jersey writes:

During the UN General Assembly, I call on you to:

Include a section on Darfur and Sudan in your speech to the General Assembly

Raise Darfur and Sudan during any head of state session of the Security Council

Bring up Darfur and Sudan in bilateral meetings with key heads of state

During the G-20 meeting, I likewise call on you to:

Raise Darfur and Sudan in talks with key heads of state

Condition a debt forgiveness package for Sudan directly on progress in Darfur and full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Martina
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California, USA
September 20, 2009

Martina in California writes:

1. Providing security and protection to Darfuri and other Sudanese civilians.
2. Supporting the International Criminal Court and calling for the arrest of all those indicted by the ICC.
3. Leading the international community in brokering a just and lasting peace in Darfur and implementing the CPA as written and signed in 2005.
4. Urge the nations of the world to work constructively to implement the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

gale
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New York, USA
September 20, 2009

Gale in New York writes:

Please make the people of Darfur and Southern Sudan a priority.

Nadrae
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New York, USA
September 20, 2009

Nadrae in New York writes:

Darfur is top priority

carmen
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New York, USA
September 21, 2009

Carmen in New York writes:

There is no more compelling issue than confronting the issue of ending genocide in Darfur. Though there are many humanitarian crises in other areas in the developing world, many if not most of them, sadly, in Africa as well, the systematic extermination of a people cannot be ignored, condoned, or "balanced" against other interests, as it has been and continues to be; if the UN is to be a respected institution, representative of our best effort at fostering human dignity, it must enforce the eloquent resolutions it has passed, and use its collective power to confront, punish, and shun perpetrators of crimes against humanity, setting the bar very high for minimal standards of acceptable behavior among national leaders who wish to participate in the forum of civilized society that the UN is meant to be.

DG
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France
September 21, 2009

D.G. in France writes:

Peace and international security should be the main issue. How to achieve peace and security, how to prevent subversive attempts to destroy chances of peace and cunning regimes to fool democraties by flowery language. All threat to any democracy is a threat to the free world itself. As you always deserved the title of "leader of the free world", please don't desappoint!

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