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COMMENTARY UNGA@2023

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By Togba-Nah Tipoteh

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), including Founding Member Liberia, have begun their Annual Meeting in New York City, New York, United States of America (USA): People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia, Great Britain (UK) and France are not in attendance. Already, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Antonio Guterres, has concluded that “we seem to be incapable of coming together to respond” to the challenges facing us, despite the presence of President Joseph Biden, President of the United States of America (USA) at UNGA 2023.

In terms of the relevant response from the members of UNGA, they have much to learn from.

among which are the following: 1) the introduction of the concept of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), and 2) the U.N. Conference of Parties (GOP) that came up with the historic 2015 Climate Change Accord in Paris, France that was signed by nearly 200 countries. COP is now scheduled to convene COP 27, after having held COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. COP has pledged to provide USD100 billion to support the climate change efforts of developing countries between 2020 and 2030.

How far has COP gone with delivering on its pledge? Germany and Canada said at COP26 that the pledge of USD100 billion could be met by 2023. The USA promised to donate towards the pledge the amount of USD11.4 annually, starting in 2024. As we can see, COP is talking plenty but does not Walk The Talk. The COP pledge is nowhere near the pledged amount, not forgetting that the pledged amount is considerably insufficient to attend to the climate change problems of the developing countries.

Actions by developing countries continue to make matters worse. Take Liberia for example. Liberia has 200 of the best log species in the world but continues to take actions that make matters worse. The flow of oxygen from the forests of Liberia saves lives but the the flow of gas emissions from the developed countries, especially the USA and the PRC, into the forests of Liberia and other developing countries, kills lives. Liberia, like other developing countries, promote deforestation instead of reforestation. Liberia, like other developing countries, promotes the production of raw materials for export without the prioritization of Value Addition. This prevailing production system brings in the gas emissions and takes away the oxygen; thereby. killing lives and making profits for the developed countries and their agents in developing countries. But the gas emissions also harm the profit maximizers!!

The only way that this life-threatening and life-taking system can be stopped is through the continuation of the raising of awareness by the people who love humanity to motivate people to work together, within the Rule of Law, to transform the prevailing unfair electoral system into the fair enduring electoral system . It is only through this transformation that persons with good records can get elected to bring in the system of Justice, the indispensable ingredient for Peace in Liberia and in the other UNGA countries.

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