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UN summit: Changing the system of representation September 25, 2009

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imagesSummit of 192 nations held in the General Assebly of the UN. Leaders of many countries projected their ideas in the summit from Barak Obama of USA to Nitalyaho of Israel. I could manage to listen to part of the session that telecasted live from the spot.

Barak Obama deviating from his immediate predecessor expressed a reconciliatory tone in his speech which was well constructed and fluent as always with him. He stressed for a shared resporsibility of all the countries in the present world and emphasied for a greater role of UN in the future world.

After Obama left the hall, Gadhafi of Libya delivered his maiden speech in his 40 years in the throne. He was in an arrogant mood, giving reference to the preamble of the UN charter which was adoted at it’s birth, argued that the rules,regulations and procedure that drafted and followed later on virtually dictated by the big powers who ascertained veto power on themselves to dominate others. He argued for restructuring the Security Council on the basis of geopolitical representation of the member countries and designating the Security Council as the executive body of the General Assembly which will paly the decisive role in all UN matters.

The speech of Gadhafi was unnecessary lengthy and at times boring. Throughout the whole session, his speech was the most controversial and will be disliked by the superpowers. Though his speech may have not a changing impact on the structure of the UN, but it points to the previlegdes enjoyed by the superpowers over other countries for long years which he thinks shouldn’t be continued.

The ordinary citizen predicts that for good or bad there is little chance of changing the present structure of UN heirachy.

An ordinary citizen

Hamas, Israel and an occupied territory January 17, 2009

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It is over 21 days that Israel launches its attack on Hamas.It starts with air attacks, then supplemented by all-out land invasion. The atrocities already took away more than 1000 lives, one third of them is children and many are women and civilians.

The Security Council adopted a resolution 1 week back with USA remain absent. UN Head Ban ki-Moon is visiting through the Middle East urging the conflicting fractions to stop the war. But his appeal has so far no effect on the parties.
People all over the world expressed their voice against the Israel attacks. But all these are not enough to subdue Israel and it is continuing in its onslaughts and declared that it is on its final 4th phase.

The buildings and residents have been demolished, hospital service collapsed, electricity cut off, water supply damaged, sanitary system inactivated, place of worship bombed, UN premises shelled, thousands of people displaced and starved.

Palestinian President Abbas so far could not make any concrete step and his lukewarm response also criticized by the palestanians all over.

Arab leaders are sitting together either here or there but with no substantial outcome. People from the greater Muslim world are protesting. Bangladesh also lodged a protest urging Israel to end the aggression. Bolivia and Venezuella cut off their diplomatic ties with Israel. Later they were followed by Qatar and Muratania.

But Israel is little caring. With the support of the USA, weakness of the UN, division of the Arab and Muslim world, Israel is continueing massacre on its own plan.

But one thing is clear. By this latest invasion Israel proved itself that it is an occupying force and it is trying to legitimise its birth by force.

But anything that is not legal will not survived for long.

One thing is not clear to me- what was the preparation of Hamas to withstand the onslaught of Israel. Why Hamas was provoking while it is not prepared to counter the aggression. Here lies the difference between Hijbullah of Lebanon and Hamas.

The silence of Obama over the conflict also caught the eyes of the world. He explains that it is the job of one President at a time. Would the policy of Obama be different from Bush in regard to Palestine?

Is a permanent solution of Palestine problem impossible? Would Obama take an effective initiative?

The present conflict will also have an impact on the political state of the Arab nations. The agony of the Palestanians lengthens because of the absence of state power that are democratically elected and committed to the rights of the people.

An ordinary citizen

Link:
A discourse on Gaza situation by MS Akbar

Post Script:
18/01/09
The death tol rises to 1200. Israel declared unilateral ceasefire. Hamas asserted it will not accept any ceasefire until Israeli forces are totally withdrawn from Gaza.
It is alleged that though ceasefire is declared, Israel is continuing its ground activity.
Israel is thinking of erecting a wall underground along the Rafa border to prevent the arm smuggling. Israel draws an agreement with US to prevent arm smugling through Rafah border.

19/1/09
Hamas accepted the ceasefire for one week and allowing Israel to withdraw their forces out of Gaza.
People start to seach for deads under the rubble.
World leaders met at Cairo with Abbas including Israel, UK and Germany.
20/1/09
Israel declares to withdraw the forces early.Obama’s inuguration may have an effect on it.

Human poverty Index in Bangladesh in UN report 2007-08 December 19, 2007

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The HDI measures the average progress of a country in human development. The Human Poverty Index for developing countries (HPI-1), focuses on the proportion of people below a threshold level in the same dimensions of human development as the human development index – living a long and healthy life, having access to education, and a decent standard of living. By looking beyond income deprivation, the HPI-1 represents a multi-dimensional alternative to the $1 a day (PPP US$) poverty measure. The HPI-1 measures severe deprivation in health by the proportion of people who are not expected to survive age 40. Education is measured by the adult illiteracy rate. And a decent standard of living is measured by the unweighted average of people without access to an improved water source and the proportion of children under age 5 who are underweight for their age. Table 1 shows the values for these variables for Bangladesh and compares them to other countries. (more…)

Human Development Index (HDI) of Bangladesh in UN Report December 14, 2007

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Human Development report(HDR) is published each year from 1990 by the UN. It indicates the state of the nation in relation to human development by Human development Index-HDI. HDI indicates a composite measure of 3 dimension of human development:

1) living a long healthy life( measured by life expectancy)

2) being educated( measured by adult education and enrolment at primary, secondary and tertiary level)

3) having a decent standard of living ( measured by purchasing power parity)

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Risk and compensation for climate change November 25, 2007

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The incidence of hydro meteorological disasters like drought, flood and cyclone have been multiplied than the geographical ones like earthquake and tsunami, due to climate changes. Disasters in Bangladesh round the year stand as best example.

The developed countries are mainly responsible for the climate change which is producing so much havoc in nature and human lives.

The developed countries must compensate the risk they are producing and the damage they are causing to the affected countries. (more…)

UN report on Hurricane Sidr:2.2 million people will need to be fed for 3 months November 24, 2007

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Prothom Alo published the UN report: 22 lac people will need to be fed for 3 months. The report was prepared by UN after assessing the damage in 9 major districts in the souther Bangladesh badly affected by Hurricane Sidr.

An ordinary citizen

Links from personal reading:

1) Devastated shrimp industry
2) WTO praised local volunteers

‘Technological neglect traps poorest nations in poverty’ July 22, 2007

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‘The world poorest countries are being sapped of the technological capacity they need to break out of the poverty trap and catch up with the rest of the world, the UN’s trade and development agency said in its report.

The UN body argued that the Science, technology and innnovation were not luxuries for the the world poorest, but necessities that would allow them to leapfrog into the 21st century.
” We do not see the real mainstreaming of technological policies in the poverty reduction stretagies,” UNCTAD President told. (more…)

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