On Climate, UN Lobbies Itself, On Migration It Tells the Poor
to Go Home
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 20 -- That women are
impacted by climate change, and that global warming talks in Poznan
notice, are hardly controversial positions. But Thursday at the UN a
grouping held a briefing on this issue. Ostensibly a "civil society"
organization, the "Global Gender and Climate Alliance," said they
will try in Poznan "to ensure that climate change funds target women
founders of this Alliance are UN agencies, the UN Development Program
UN Environment Fund. Inner City Press asked if this doesn't constitute
lobbying itself, the UN taking up the space where independent civil
should be. Video here,
"under construction" (at time of press conference) GGCA web site here.
briefers recoiled at the suggestion, calling the Alliance a
"coalition of the passionate" and saying that the UN needs to work
with civil society. Yes, but implicit in that formulation and in common
is that the UN and civil society are not the same thing. The UN can't
itself, with member states money. Or can it?
UN's Hania Zlotnik, lump sum payments to
migrants to leave not shown
UN conundrum was in display at a briefing on migration earlier on
UN's population expert Hania Zlotnik, after commenting on Bulgaria,
defended Spain's program of paying
money to go home. It grew out of UN forums, she said. Should the UN be
developed countries on how to send their poor folks home?
contrary to the "give me your poor huddling masses" inscribed on the
statue of Liberty, Ban Ki-moon's UN was saying to the poor, go home.
lump sum unemployment payment, in exchange for a promise not to return,
least for three years. Is this an appropriate UN program? Why should
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