UN General Assembly approves resolution on New Global Human Order

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December 10, 2002

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A resolution on the role of the United Nations in promoting the New Global Human Order (NGHO) was unanimously approved by the UN General Assembly last month.

The resolution, introduced by Guyana on November 14, was co-sponsored by 44 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, a release from the Embassy of Guyana, Washington DC said.

The current resolution follows up on another which was approved by the UN in 2000. And it was first presented by Guyana's Ambassador Odeen Ishmael in an address to the General Assembly on November 4. The resolution calls on member states and civil society to submit proposals for consideration at the 59th General Assembly in 2004. As a result, the General Assembly in that year will include on its agenda the item on "the role of the United Nations in promoting a new global human order," the release stated.

In explaining the NGHO proposal, Ambassador Ishmael said: "It is, first, an honest and serious attempt to find common ground on which future international cooperation can be solidly founded and to provide a comprehensive and holistic framework for development." "Furthermore", he noted, "it is not intended to conflict with other initiatives and proposals already in existence and currently being pursued."

The proposal for a New Global Human Order was first promoted by the late President Cheddi Jagan in the early 1990s, and it continues to form a pillar in Guyana's foreign policy.

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