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On Post 2015, Dropping Age & Migrants from Rights Slammed, To Be Or Not To Be?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 2 -- Human rights for migrants and by age were dropped from the "final, final" draft Post-2015 development agenda text released at 2 am on Sunday, to be debated or even gaveled and approved at 11 am Sunday.

  Among many most involved in the process there was an outcry, even after the bland logic for the omission emerged: to stick to "previously agreed language." If that's all that's being done, sticking with the past, why do it?

  Inner City Press, which previously covered the omission of debt sustainability language, got replies from various Permanent Representatives including some who watched Shakespeare in the Park -- New York's Central Park -- on Saturday night.  At the same time, #RacingExtinction projected images of vanishing species onto the Empire State Building, including Cecil the Lion. @InnerCityPress Periscope video here for next 12 hours.

  Some asked, Where is Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General whom one can imagine bragging about the text when he holds a photo op with US President Barack Obama on August 4? He or his spokesman invited only friendly correspondents to cover that "gaggle," at which these questions will almost certainly not be asked.

  Back on July 31 - August 1, already past the deadline for the Post-2015 development agenda text, Kenyan Ambassador to the UN Macharia Kamau kicked off what was support to be the past session, saying it would take a couple of hours.

   South Africa for G77 began, saying for example that debt sustainability should go back in. The Maldives for AOSIS and Belize for CARICOM also spoke for re-inclusion.

   The European Union followed, calling for the deletion of Paragraph 44 saying the International Monetary Fund should “respect the policy space of each country.”

   Benin upset the apple cart, for the Least Developed Countries, saying that the LDCs were being sold out, through-out the UN system. Ambassador Kamau stayed cool, joking “what would I do without you?” There is not enough laughter at the UN.

  Before the session started, Inner City Press spoke with some who stayed to defend Paragraph 29 against unilateral economic measures -- sanctions -- and others opposed (and others for) Paragraph 33 on foreign occupation. Could this deal be reached? Watch this site.


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