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At UN, Security Guards Endgame on Population & Dev't, Draft Here

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 26 -- Friday nights at the UN often involve last minute negotiations and hardball to adopt, or not adopt, outcome documents for conferences that have meandered along throughout the week.

  April 26 was no different: the Commission on Population and Development was coming to a close, and the draft resolution on Migration had grown from eight to 21 pages.

The chair, Vlad Lupan of Moldova, laid down the law. “There are serious disagreements,” he said. He would now come up with another “draft of the chair,” and try to impose it.

 “I will cross your red lines,” he promised. “There is no time for language discussion, I'm not going to take it. Allow me to do my work.”

He returned and said that only member states in the working would be allowed into the negotiations in Conference Room 5 at 6:30 pm. “There will be security” he said, to make sure only those got in.

Whatever. Inner City Press has obtained the draft and puts it online here.

In the margin, a Nordic country explained to Inner City Press that there are statistics for example on HIV / AIDS and migration, and that there are issues which were not included in the Migration outcome document six years ago that should be now.

In the back of the room, right to lifers griped about these same issues; they pitched Inner City Press on how Planned Parenthood had “threatened Nigeria.”

A concrete issue Palestine wants, about forced displacement, was in OP 2 ter - or was it? The room emptied out. The Moldovan said when he returned it might be half empty, he would “try to see it as half full.”

Earlier in the week Inner City Press attended the press conference about the CPD, asking people fleeing Sri Lanka (and returned by Australia), and about the US immigration debate. Video here, from Minute 10:19. Both questions were more or less dodged. Now at the end of the week, security bans access to the negotiations. But here is the draft. Watch this site.

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