by Carla Stea
December 27, 2015
Carla Stea is
Global Research's Correspondent at UN headquarters, New
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The US continues to vote in opposition to many,
if not most of the resolutions
by the UN General Assembly.
For decades, and again
this year, the United States votes "no" on most
United Nations General Assembly resolutions
supporting meaningful disarmament and economic
In fact, it has a consistent record of votes
contradicting its professed rhetoric of concern for
peace and human rights, as the UN General Assembly
votes to adopt resolutions crafted to address the
urgent need for disarmament, and for a more
equitable global economic architecture.
US Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has
supported the adoption of many of these resolutions,
and his voice, along with the majority of the member
states of the developing world has gone unheeded.
The huge and growing economic inequality both within
and among nations is contributing to global
destabilization, deadly conflicts, terrorism, the
refugee crisis, now threatening to disrupt the core
of Europe itself, and an escalation of barbaric
violence which threatens to turn the clock of
civilization back to the stone age.
Nevertheless, the US continues to vote in opposition
to many, if not most of the resolutions adopted by
the UN General Assembly, where the developing world
holds a majority of votes, and the US vote does not
hold veto power, as it does in the Security Council,
and cannot therefore prevent the adoption of these
The resolutions, however, have no enforcement power,
as do Security Council resolutions.
The US "no" vote is,
however, a barometer of how and where it will use
its influence to obstruct or prevent actual
implementation of these resolutions in any
meaningful way, in those venues where the US does
have decisive influence.
While paying lip-service
to "democracy," "human rights," etc., the US "no"
vote in these numerous developing world sponsored
resolutions betrays its actual contempt for these
values in any meaningful sense.
An examination of this year's voting
the United Nations General
Assembly's First, Second and Third Committees illustrates this
pattern, which is a greater indicator of the causes of the stalemate
or paralysis at the United Nations than has been the inaction at the
UN Security Council, so deplored by the US-NATO faction.
For almost 10 years, China and the Russian Federation have
co-sponsored a treaty in the First Committee on Disarmament, on the
of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space."
The US has consistently opposed this
treaty, and on November 3, 2015, in the First Committee 70th session
Resolution A/C.1/70/L.47 on "No
First Placement of Weapons in Outer Space," was adopted by a
majority vote of 122 member states, including China, Russia, the
DPRK, Iran, Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Angola, Kenya, Nigeria and
a majority of other member states.
China's vote is consistent with its
declaration that it will not be the first to initiate a
The US voted "no" on this resolution,
along with only 3 other states, including Ukraine and Israel, which
is alarming, since it indicates that the US reserves for itself the
"right" to place its weapons in outer space, despite the fact that
most other nuclear states, including India, Pakistan, China, the
DPRK and The Russian Federation have eschewed the "right" to place
weapons in outer space.
The related resolution
A/C.1/70/L.3 entitled: "Prevention
of an Arms Race in Outer Space" has an equally interesting recorded
vote, with 173 UN member states voting "yes," including all states
which supported the resolution on "No First Placement of Weapons in
Outer Space," and the US, Israel and Palau abstained.
It seems probable that, although most
nuclear weapon states pledged not to be the first to place weapons
in outer space, and the US reserved to itself the "right" to be the
first to place weapons in outer space, the US is hedging its bets,
and in the event that another state first places weapons in outer
space, the US reserves to itself the "right" to engage in an arms
race in outer space.
The very idea of placement of weapons in outer space, or an arms
race in outer space, is insane, yet this is consistent with the US
military doctrine of "Full
Spectrum Dominance," which asserts the US right to
"Control of land, sea, air and outer space."
On November 5th, the First
Committee adopted Resolution
"Implementation of the Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a
Zone of Peace."
The resolution was adopted by a
majority of 116 member states, and opposed by only four
countries, the US, UK, France and Tuvalu. As usual, the EU
abstained, voting as a bloc.
This voting pattern reflecting
diametrically opposed interests was similarly repeated
throughout the entire spectrum of UN General Assembly
resolutions from disarmament to development.
On November 23, at the Third
Committee Plenary, Resolution
A/C.3/70/L.30 "Promotion of
a Democratic and Equitable International Order" was adopted
by a majority vote of 121.
The US which espouses the
rhetoric of "democracy" more than any other state, voted
The European Union, voting as a
bloc, also voted "no" in opposition to most countries of the
developing world, including China, the Russian Federation,
the DPRK, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, etc.
On November 24, the Third
Committee adopted Resolution A/C.3/70/L.37/Rev.1 on "The
Right to Development." The resolution was adopted by a
majority vote of 136. Only 4 nations voted "no," including
the USA, the UK, Canada and Israel.
On November 23, the Third
Committee Plenary adopted Resolution
A/C.3/70/L.58 on the "Use
of Mercenaries as a Means of Violating Human Rights and
Impeding the Exercise of the Right of Peoples to Self
The resolution was adopted by a
majority vote of 121.
The US, Ukraine and most of the
Europeans voted "no," which is an appalling revelation of
their willingness to adopt unscrupulous measures to suit
their perceived "interests," or the interests of their
This is merely a sampling of the voting
record of the US and often the EU, which reveals their readiness to
violate the economic, social, civil and political rights of the
"developing world," which comprises the majority of member states
belonging to the United Nations.
Scrutiny of the majority of resolutions
adopted by the General Assembly's,
First Committee on Disarmament
Second Committee on Economics
Third Committee on Human Rights,
...reveals the same pattern of the US
and EU consistently voting in opposition to the will and the
interests of the developing world.
M any of whose states are former
colonies of the EU states, and are currently in a form of "debt
bondage" to the US and the West, trapped
by IMF demands for "structural
adjustment," "conditionalities," and other onerous and exploitative
These UN General Assembly Resolutions without enforcement
mechanisms merely express the gross contradiction between the
interests of the West's "1%"
and the needs of the huge populace of the other "99%" of humanity.
As the income inequality increases, as
described by French economist Thomas Piketty and US Nobel
Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, these voting patterns will most
probably continue unchanged, absent a global insurrection to
eliminate the gross injustice in the distribution of power and
resources that is currently entrenched, globally, and which the huge
disparities in these votes reflects.