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UN-Habitat’s Problematic Proposals Develops into a Circus Full of Controversy

by CLARK KENT | 14 August 2021, 16:32 WIB | DAILY PLANET | UN-HABITAT

14 August 2021 (The Daily Planet) - On the 13-15th August of 2021, member states of UN-Habitat gathered online to talk about Creating New Urban Development Model through Sustainable Housing. The second day of committee sessions has seen delegates debate about ongoing working papers, which were covered with controversial clauses.

A Plan to Redistribute Millennials

Two groups of nations have emerged, with the UK, UAE and allies proposing several solutions, including a plan to redistribute the urban population. In response to the plan, a large group of young millennials in the United Kingdom has gathered to protest UN-Habitat’s proposal to redistribute the population. The protest was widespread and involved clashes with the police. Previously several member states, including the UK, have worked together on a working paper that recommends member states to “encourage young individuals to relocate and resettle in intermediary cities.”

“I strongly reject the plan to move my friends and me out of the city. I was born and raised here, so why should I seek a job elsewhere?” one protester said when asked about their opinions. Another protester added, “This is sure because of the many immigrants currently living in city centres, why should we give our space to them? They are the ones that should leave instead.”

Although it was only a recommendation, the plan has political and economic consequences since it involves a long-term project and living conditions. Thousands of people’s futures will be affected if this plan impulsively passes.

Adversaries working together?

The bloc of the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates work together in a working paper. Clause 8 of their working paper proposes renewable energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

While this may sound utopic to European values, it raises suspicion that countries like UAE with high economic reliance on fossil fuels are on the same page with this proposal. The United Arab Emirates is still currently one of the worlds’ largest oil producers, in contrast with the UK’s eagerness to reduce dependency on fossil fuel.

It may seem a good sign for Middle Eastern countries to start supporting renewable energy, but considering the readiness and seriousness of these countries in their past experiences, would this proposal sound more like a rubber stamp?

North Korea baby steps into globalization?

Another phenomenon needed to point out in UN-Habitat is that the Democratic Republic of Korea repeatedly mentions international cooperation and technological transfer in this low-political topic. This stark contrast to its previous closed-door policies, reluctant to even work with other countries on these issues.

Could this be a sign for North Korea to open their isolation gradually? And how far would that be, considering the current international sanction against North Korea that is still ongoing?

One way to find out, stay tuned to the News Update.

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