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Opinion: UNCTAD Is In Dire Need Of An Opt-In/Opt-Out System

By Buzzfeed News at 8:57 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

UNCTAD is busy arguing over the use of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their resolution, and it’s clear that they need to consider an opt-in/opt-out system.

Some vague blocs are forming in the committee UNCTAD and the only belief that divides them is whether or not to use NGOs in their resolution. Most countries believe that using NGOs is necessary to procure the funding that they need. But four others, like Pakistan, are strongly against it. Pakistan said, “We don’t support NGOs in our borders.” This is a huge roadblock for the committee, as they won’t be able to pass a resolution including NGOs due to Pakistan’s inability to use them. UNCTAD hit a wall.

But, Iraq came to the rescue. Iraq proposed an idea that the solution could include the ability to opt-in or opt-out of using the NGOs in the resolution. This is what this committee needed! The opt-in or opt-out system allows the committee to pass one resolution together, yet still accommodate the special needs of Pakistan. This became increasingly important because the committee came to a decision to pass one resolution as a whole.

The opt-in or opt-out system was briefly touched upon, but the countries then moved on to discussing the working class. I hope they circle back around and remember this solution that was built for this type of scenario. In order to unify the countries in the UNCTAD, they will need a flexible resolution to build their post war economies.

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