#70 – LFM REPORTS: Sweden and SIWI
Delegates, ask yourselves, why is the delegate of Sweden pushing so hard to include SIWI in any resolution no matter what? Is it because they really care about our world and its most valuable resources? If this were the case – and they truly did believe about the world, then why would they object for it to be replaced by UNICEF, a neutral experienced agency in the topic of Water access, if through this they would achieve a larger majority? Is it to satisfy their ego?
We remind you that part of the administration of SIWI is Nestlé, a corporation that controls most of the drinking water supply.
– Al Ahram
#69 – FSM REPORTS: NEWS FLASH CHINA!
Faking signatories gets you punished!
– Le Monde
#68 – LFM REPORTS: China Press Release
China denies all allegations about “fake” signatories and the delegation of China considers the amendment necessary and serious.
#67 – LFM REPORTS: Rainbows and butterflies: God save the rainforest!
The United Kingdom delegation is unanimously convinced about the global benefits of the current UN water resolutions. “We love the World, we love Africa, they are the ones whose UN help will be more helpful”. When asking them about Africa’s concern in the region they recalled: “We want to collaborate with Africa, and so does France, we will not enter in a war with them, don’t worry (laugh)”. Side note: Rede Globo regrets patronizing views on LFP press group: “What do you want us to say? We love Brazil, the rainforest and your Olympic games have been great”.
– Rede Globo
#66 – FSM REPORTS: Sneaky China
Five minutes ago we believed that a amendment proposed by the delegate of China was on the floor- an amendment that endangers personal freedom and implements astronomical fines on any citizen who exceeds a certain level of water waste.
There was a moment of confusion before the vote went into effect, in which no one was sure what was happening, and then it suddenly became clear that this amendment was on the floor on false pretenses!
According to procedure, an amendment requires eight signatories before it can be voted on. The amendment proposed by the delegate of China had ZERO signatories. At least, zero real signatories. It seems that China FAKED having the requisite amount of support in the hopes of getting its amendment passed without its false basis being noted.
The amendment was immediately deleted, but it was several minutes before the delegate would sit down and stop defending her illegal and below-the-belt manoeuvre.
– Le Monde
#65 – LFM REPORTS: Peek-a-boo
#64 – LFM REPORTS: Here or on spotted?
#63 – LFM Op-ed: What even is a crisis?
The proposed UNIDO resolution features financial aid for countries in need. In times of crisis, the list of recipients will even be extended up to 20 countries per year. It is however questionable, whether an arbitrary number of countries will cut it. Further, this resolution should address transboundary issues, but it again focuses only on single countries. And finally, the question remains, what a crisis actually is. When further questioned, the sponsoring delegates were able to give a somewhat of a definition, so why didn’t it find its way into the resolution? Still, even with a definition, it requires a body to enforce this definition. Just referencing the created oversight body, as the delegates did, is some very sloppy legal work, since the body and its jurisdiction are only mentioned, but not clearly directed.
– An opinion piece by Russia Today
#62 – LFM REPORTS: Peru the underdog?
We are half way through voting procedures with Sweden supposedly leading advocates of the resolutions. An official statement from the delegation of Sweden states:
“The Swedish delegation are proud of the fact that the GA voted for the resolution lead by Sweden and its allies in the Security Council…”
But are they really the countries that actually affected the resolutions in an innovative way?
Speaking with the delegate of Peru from UN-Habitat committee, it seems that most of the clauses were advocated by them, and accepted unanimously; for example clause number 2.1 making WHO water quality finally has became obligatory.
Furthermore, Peru was not afraid of being critical against France on their Nuclear water in Polynesia, a big western country, that tried pass itself as the good “guy”. This call out led to change in the clauses to include Bora-Bora as part of the “blue cities project”, and stopping a French agency to manage the project.
They also took initiative and sent representatives from the UN-Habitat to UNIDO to ensure connectivity.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Was Peru’s effort shadowed for it not being a Western country? Is this the new way of making the “Western Man” superior?
– Al Ahram
#61 – LFM Op-ed: Disappointment
A disappointment clause just passed in the united committee sessions. Clause number 3.A in the UNSC has been changed from demanding the countries to tax the private sectors to only optional.
Recent and old scientific researches shows that the private sector especially the big corporations are the most contributed factor to climate change, and yet the countries are not willing to take actual actions to stop those greedy corporations of making money on the back of our lives, and the next generations.
We have seen that countries who imposed such taxes, like in the state of California in the United States of America, helps immensely in lowering the rate of air pollution.
In addition, in all of the resolutions there is no specifications on real consequences against any country will act not according to the resolutions, or decides to leave it, that is although the press team has pointed out this defecate, showing no actual commitment to anything they have been working on.
At the beginning of this conference it was believed that actual actions will be taking place, finally challenging the status Quo, and taking measures that will put the safety of our mother earth, our health and lives in front of money, but as it turns out this conference like many before it just came to lie in the face of the public that the world’s leaders are working to make our lives safer, when once again it is just about ego and fat pockets.
– An opinion piece by Al Ahram
#60 – LFM REPORTS: Sponsored content has been brought to you by France and Sweden.
June the 1st may be France and Sweden’s day! In United Nations GA, every resolution has been sponsored by both European countries. Unless North Korea thresholds have now become GA’s electoral model, we wonder why and how the international community can unanimously approve, without questioning them, resolutions approved by both countries which interests have been fishy from an early beginning, like reported by LFP in previous articles.
LFP would like to recall France is the first agricultural producer of Europe and is thus, an important partner of agro-industry, as well as Sweden, whose link with Nestlé will be not (again) be re-explained.
– Rede Globo
#59 – FSM Op-ed: The Water Log
Today the new resolution proposed by the UN Security Council was voted on, and it exactly matched my perception of the Security Council. I have historically been very critical of the Security Council. It is, in my opinion, a pompous and ineffective group of self-important delegates who (especially the P5) are more concerned with making a point than with making peace.
When I first looked at the resolution, the first thing that I noticed was section 2.3, which recommends “Establishing an ambitious timeline to provide safe water for human consumption for all of their inhabitants for countries who do not meet the existing standards.” This is exactly the sort of thing that I would expect from the Security Council. It shows their recognition of the situation, without actually accomplishing anything whatsoever. What timeline? Does anyone have any idea? This is simply a restatement of the committee’s original jumping-off point. It shouldn’t take two full days of debate to come up with a statement like that.
I afterwards spoke with the delegate of France who explained the new idea proposed by the draft paper.
“It’s about having regional management,” she said. “It makes more sense for a regional authority to supervise our plan than to have a UN representative who doesn’t understand the situation at all to come in and take over.”
I appreciate the effort, and I believe that it is a good start, but the fact remains that while regional supervision of an action plan is a good idea, we still don’t know exactly what the action plan is! Talk about putting the cart before the horse.
Perhaps there is still hope for the Security Council, but we won’t find out today, or tomorrow as all the SC can agree on is what everyone already knew before the debate began. I know that at this point I should expect this sort of rediculousness from the Security Council, but I guess I’m not jaded enough yet. I was still disappointed.
This resolution may have passed, but I’m sorry to say that it was not an accomplishment. I wish countries would just be honest and say they don’t care.
– An opinion piece by Le Monde
#58 – LFP proposes approach
As LFP reported earlier, the committee is divided on taxation. As with any group of electable politicians, the word ‘taxation’ remains an absolute taboo.
Internal LFP analysts argue that the current UNSC resolution does not combat the abuse of water access in the private sector sufficiently. Therefore, they propose the following outline for a potential amendment to the resolution:
“Recommends member states to adopt legislation that regulates private actors in the field of water access, such as:
i. transboundary oversight organizations,
ii. streamlining water access legislation,
iii. transboundary law-enforcement cooperation;”
– Russia Today
#57 – LFP POLL – TAX DISASTER
A poll gathered by the LFP shows that the international tax proposed by the UNSC’s resolution has garnered little support with 66% of delegations not supporting the idea of paying the tax.
#56 – LFP REPORTS: For the GA, with love
Roses are red, Water is blue
We received your rose and so did you
SIWI with Sweden, such cinnamon rolls,
In this story, may not have the sweetest role,
Clean water and dirty shoes
We spill the tea, and your blurry views
May the GA, get out of the water gate
– Rede Globo
#55 – LFP REPORTS: Press Release from China
“The Chinese delegation looks forward to a fruitful debate on a very important issue. China is committed to multilateralism, however, we will, under no circumstances, ever undermine our national sovereignty. We expect the General Assembly to take this into account, and respect the wishes of countries who do not wish to be subjected to the whims of other countries.”
– Delegation of the People’s Republic of China
#54 – LFP REPORTS: Le Monde be like: Testing Boosted Tourism
#53 – LFP REPORTS: UNSC the Musical – Les UNerables
Brought to you by Rede Globo
#52 – FSM REPORTS: Blue cities and a cloudy future
After fruitful debating sessions, UN Habitat committee has developed ambitious projects and frameworks to be proposed to the different local, regional and international actors.
The pilot “Blue Cities Project”, enhanced by the general committee aims to improve water management in highly populated urban settlements. Lima, Beijing, Kuwait City and Abidjan will be the first cities to benefit from this initiative, which looks after Sustainable Development Goals regarding access to potable water, optimal management and sanitation for the whole population.
Even though, equity will be an utopia goal to achieve on the short run, the project will try to tackle the need of water sources diversification mainly with desalination plants, and assure the right of water for the habitants located in informal settlements. The main framework of this project insists on the management and the implementation of adequate infrastructure regarding greywater, pipes and water supply for public spaces. Avoiding waste and leaks is key for cities to have the best water management and assure what today is a Human Right.
Some observations had to be made however: guidelines have to be established to limit the quantity of water that can be extract and use for previously defined objectives, training has to be made, cities and local governments should follow the National Developing Programs, World Bank and United Nations recommendations. It is shocking that integrate in the discussion the different stakeholders is not yet a priority now, given that they can have great contributions whether it is via private & public partnerships or cooperation with pertinent NGOs.
– Al Jazeera
#51 – LFP REPORTS: Superlatives in World Bank
Best Dressed: China
Best Dancer: Chair
Most Hungover: Sweden
Most Joyful: Bolivia
Most Disruptive: Russia Today
Most likely to be a dictator: Sweden
Most sleepy: Kazakhstan
– Russia Today
#50 – FSM REPORTS: Nuclear waste can’t have spread too far- French Polynesia’s claim seems pretty fishy!
Accusations against the French government regarding nuclear tests are exaggerated and blindly ignore the fact that the impact of the testing on the French Polynesian islands was not only negative.
It is the job of the press to present the truth and the truth is that not only is France being condemned for an action that was not entirely harmful, but that this condemnation is coming from a country that is far from innocent itself.
Maruroa was an uninhabited island, hundreds of miles from any permanent human dwelling. The nuclear testing there did not explicitly hurt anyone. The testing boosted tourism by adding an airport on Maruroa. It also created jobs for Polynesians. The combination of these two actions cause the Polynesian economy to grow and succeed like never before.
If French Polynesia actually benefited from the testing done on this uninhabited island, then why did they bring this complaint to the United Nations? And why did they wait sixty years to do so? They are suing France for something that happened decades ago- for no apparent reason. Something seems a little off, French Polynesia. Maybe instead of condemning French actions you should recheck your own motives.
– Le Monde
#49 – LFP REPORTS: RUSSIA PERU Press Release in Security Council
“The governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Peru strongly believes that the death of Mister Bekele was not that as it looked like. Interpol report clearly assigned her death to an assassination, but didn’t share their informations about their investigation. This mistrust opened many questions to the governments of Peru and Russia, as they have to take a position but don’t get information. Russia and Peru believe that Interpol try to manipulate the UNSC with misinformation and disinformation.
Due this, a corporation have been found about this mysterious death. The first progresses have been made; on a tape this copearation have discovered the last minutes of Mister Bekele are on. This tape clearly shows, that Bekele was not alone on his last minutes. It clearly shows that he was with a girl. This girl wasn’t know so far, but due russian specialists the cooperation was able to found out the identity of the girl. It is one of the missing girls from nigeria that have been kidnapped in 2014 by boko haram, due cover their parents the name of her want get published. It seems she has been radicalised by boko haram. Instead of kissing this girl took out a pistol, put it in the mouth of Bekele and shoot him. This means the assassination of Bekele is an act of terrorism. Instead of peacekeeping the rivers the governments of peru and russia have questions about the situations the political stabil situation in the country.”
– The Russian Federation and Peruvian representatives in the Security Council
#48 – LFP REPORTS: World Bank Resolution: Almost on Fleek
The World Bank committee draft resolution has went through a huge progress comparing to the suggestions from the last sessions of yesterday’s negotiations, presenting an almost comprehensive resolution.
Why almost comprehensive and not flawless? Well, the committee has overlooked two possible situations that may cause difficulties implementing the resolution. The first one, there is no punishment imposed on the countries that don’t act accordingly. Since this will be a UN resolution when voted upon with a majority of acceptance, it will be biding under international law, which automatically gives the committee permission to impose fines as punishment, especially the World Bank committee.
The second overlooked factor is a similar incident to the one of the United States of America leaving the Paris climate change agreement. Having no clauses addressing the option of a country leaving the agreement without consequences will affect the efficiency of the implementation. Of course the resolution can’t at any point force a country to stay part of this agreement, but it can impose fines of on those who choose to leave.
Whether there is a place for such clauses in the resolution or nor, in our opinion, the committee should at least address this defect.
– Al Ahram
#47 – LFP REPORTS: SIWI, in memorium.
#46 – LFP REPORTS: A Silent Death
Although many delegates are unaware, some of the delegations they are happily making deals with happen to also be the major contributors to water pollution in the largest river basin in the world.
Both Peru and Bolivia are guilty of polluting their rivers at a massive scale, pouring millions of tons of heavy metals involved in their mining operations. Delegates have not yet come to realize this fact and a lack of debate around this topic can lead to disturbing consequences. Peru and Bolivia are quick growing upstream communities and their use of water has devastating consequences on downstream communities. Recently peruvian Oil pipelines have spilled 8000 barrels of crude oil, and Oxfam has found that half of all their rivers have become extremely polluted.
LFP calls for the delegates to discuss this issue, reminding them of the potentially devastating consequences upstream and downstream water conflicts can create. Although up until now there has been a focus to prevent situations that could lead to conflict but delegates have yet to field any serious proposals to solve already existing issues. A potential solution would be to give UNWater the capacity to act as a mediator amongst nations(or private entities) in conflict over water, or the creation of a body to ensure peace amongst these parties.
#45 – FSM REPORTS: A wandering eye
– Le Monde
#44 – LFP REPORTS: From Stockholm to Geneva
As the recent UNSC proposal was presented in the World Bank Group, certain disparities have emerged. While the proposal fails to address a number of issues, it never ceases to surprise.
In its first operative clause, the draft aims to establish a new mediating agency, based in Geneva, Switzerland. This is especially interesting because the move to the mountains was a last-minute change, only included under threat of veto by the Russian delegation. In the original proposal, as discussed yesterday, the sponsoring delegations planned to base the organisation in Stockholm and to, again, mingle with the infamous Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). SIWI is a Swedish think tank, that in the past has often joined forces with Nestlé, a corporation that has denied the human right to water access.
If a corporation like Nestlé, or perhaps even Nestlé itself, were to overstep their legal boundaries, however, this resolution would have no means of addressing such an issue. While it creates an institution to mediate between countries, there is no measure to solve quarrels with the private sector. The failure to address this, in turn, would leave corporations—those actually able to act across borders—unregulated. In the past, corporations like Nestlé have often shown, that they feel more committed towards their shareholders, than to the lives they are affecting. To them, drinking water is only a commodity. If the proposal mentions water access as a human right, it should also enforce this right. With the current proposal, this is left unclear.
– Russia Today
#43 – LFP REPORTS: EXPLOSIVE NEWS: French Waste
Progress has taken place in UN Habitat committee this morning. A pilot project of four cities who will take different cutting-edge sanitation efforts will be implemented, and after will be extended to other countries.
Unfortunately this innovative idea was not protected from the greed of some countries, more specifically, the French Republic. The French delegate has been pushing for the inclusion of a national agency that is allegedly “independent” to monitor the implementation of the project, when at the same time they are refusing to address the ongoing peril of the Polynesian community, where nuclear waste was left in the wake of more than 190 bombs test risking the citizens. In addition in 2018 Oscar Temaru, Polynesian politician and ex-president filed a complaint against France in the ICC in behalf of the victims of these nuclear bombs and waste.
On top of that, Malaysian officials identified unwanted waste from France that has been sent to unlicensed illegal recycling factories.
The French delegate suggested in exchange to only use this agency if elected unanimously, but is it even right to consider such an agency taken in consideration these facts? That’s a question every delegate should be asking.
Find more truth on: https://ejatlas.org/conflict/french-nuclear-tests-in-polynesia
– Al Ahram
#42 – LFP REPORTS: Dam! When did the presumption of innocence get shot?
On June 1st 2019, Chief of Interpol, Kim Jong Yang gave a speech before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) announcing last summer $ 4 million Ethiopian dam project Chief death: Mister Bekele. At such an early stage of the investigation, such an action can only be considered either premeditated murder or suicide according to Interpol.
However, the International Criminal Police Investigation seemed to consider it was logical to assume Egyptian implication in the death of Mister Bekele. Egyptian position on the ongoing dam construction project would have been clear from an early beginning. “Egypt not only needs the Nile waters, it believes it has a legal and historical right to them” states the Chief of Interpol. The Security council seemed really divided on the position to adopt.
Bolivia and France seemed convinced about Egypt implication in a murder, since Mister Bekele gun shot was found to bellow the ear and not in the mouth or the temple that could explain a suicide. Peru and Russia declared starting their own private investigation having doubts aboutInterpol’s neutrality. They are currently pursuing the line of inquiry which is likely to extend knowledge on a terrorist implication. Peru and Russia declared to LFP “We think Boko Haramor Al Shabaab could be the actual culprits”.
Finally, Kuwait regrets the lack of neutrality of Interpol. “In the era of Fake News, such presuppositions about Egypt implication are regrettable. Interpol objectives are not clear here”. At such an early stage of the investigation, Interpol seems to forget the presumption of innocence that every nation is entitled to have in any investigation. Interpol is basing its statements on Ethiopia’s investigation and has just recently opened a case in coordination with Ethiopia. We hope Interpol will not forgot the stakes of the issue of this case.
– Rede Globo
#41 – LFP REPORTS: BREAKING NEWS: Bolivia and Sweden present Draft Resolution to the World Bank
The draft resolution included the propositions of the Security Council made to the World Bank, who will now continue to discuss how to fund this.
The World Bank delegate of France thinks that the draft resolution is still quite rough but that it will supply a constructive framework, especially the proposition of experts who can help solve water disputes will be a good investment. Furthermore, the offices are spread sufficiently, which facilitates independence of the body.
The delegate of Bolivia, one of the sponsors of the resolution, commented that the World Bank welcomed it well, and is glad the delegates agreed with the propositions of the resolution. He said it fulfilled his expectations.
Another, heavily discussed, sponsor, the delegate of Sweden said “I saw the delegates, who are mostly economists and concerned with numbers, open their hearts to the problem.”
#40 – LFP REPORTS: Vote of ‘No-confidence’ in Russia Today, the new Supreme Leader of LFP is Xinhua
The Legion of the Free Press had a vote of no-confidence in their President, Russia Today, and voted unanimously for the one party presenting themselves to become the new President: Xinhua.
Russia Today released a statement:
“Serving as Chairman of LFP has been the greatest of privileges. During our tenure, the association has prospered and grown into one of the leading press associations in the world. While heading this team was an absolute pleasure, every tenure has to come to an end eventually. We are looking forward to now further focus on our journalistic work.”
The Xinhua Press consequently changed the title of President to ‘Supreme Leader’ according to the official termination of the Chinese Communist Party.
#39 – FSM REPORTS: This is so last year! (or should we say yesterday?)
After the whirlwind of events yesterday, the case study of Ethiopia and Egypt, and the Nestle Scandal, a with a resolution finally appeared after the dust had settled. It would make sense for delegates to move forward with the progress that they have already made and continue to negotiate about the existing working paper.
However, this does not appear to be the case!
The Security Council appears to have completely ditched yesterday’s efforts and started afresh. However after the unproductive bickering yesterday, we wonder whether the second time will be any better… because this conference, there is no “third time’s the charm.”
Hurry up, Security Council!
– Le Monde
#38 – FSM REPORTS: Water is not a weapon!
As it was discussed in the UNSC, wasting water resources should be considered an international crime, which makes us understand the high value of water.
When we consider the fact that sweet water sources are generally shared, limited access to these sources can allow some countries to pressure their neighbors or use it as a war weapon as was seen during the India vs Pakistan conflict over Kashmir.
But, are those measures legal?
If water access is considered a human right, then we should expect the international community to enforce the respect of this principal, by condemning these practices.
Whatever consensus is finally arrived at by the end of today needs to provide insurance against the exploitation of limited water resources for selfish national gain. Free Speech Media will expect the delegations to live up to the original goal of providing clean water for everyone and preventing water-related conflict.
– Al Jazeera
#37 – LFP REPORTS: Last Night’s Events did not affect Delegate Numbers
The delegates in the four committees of Intercon showed their perseverance this morning by showing up to the debate almost on time. Even though they are present physically, it shows that mentally many delegates are still present at last night’s party.
On the one hand, the dullness of the delegates might actually be beneficial for cooperation since it takes off the sharp and hard lines the countries. On the other hand, the consequences of last night are felt in the resolutions because delegates support them without care for arguing about the nitty gritty but important nuances.
#36 – LFP REPORTS: “The Truth Coming out of the Well”
“The Fake News Media is going Crazy! They make up stories without any backup, sources or proof. Many of the stories written about me, and the good people surrounding me, are total fiction. Problem is, when you complain you just give them more publicity. But I’ll complain anyway!”
That is how the connected committees, that need the press in order to write a comprehensive innovative resolution to tackle one of the most threating problems on humanity, treated the Press team. No! That is Fake news, this quote doesn’t belong to one of the delegates, but rather to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
Since the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign, the President used the term “Fake News” to describe any news coverage that criticized his policies and speeches, did not like the way the coverage took place, or just because it made him look bad (which happens quite often). When politician saw (the unfortunate) effectiveness the use of this term had on Trump’s voters and supporters, this excessiveness and not accurate use of the term led to it to spread like a light up match in a field of hay, a fire that also reached the rooms of our dear committees.
From the beginning of the conference the Press team, especially the LFP association but as well the FSM one, have been facing harsh accusation of lack of integrity, spreading lies about how the delegates has been working on and what was addressed in their moderated and un-moderated speeches. These accusations are not just untrue. We are able to defend each article that has been written and painted with the “Fake News” propaganda with a simple recordings of the sessions and interviews, but more importantly they are an attack against journalism, a democratic resource that with its lost the whole foundation of democratic election. The basis of them is to elect the person that will represent your perspectives on social and economic issues, an information that is only available through the press. So if the most important principle of Democracy is not reliable anymore, what has left?
We are not suggesting that there is no fake news presented in the media. We are completely capable of doing so, rather the point that has been trying to make is that just like it’s asked from journalists to back their claims, the same thing goes to politicians, diplomatic representative or any other public figure. Simply stating that a claim is “Fake” will lead to chaos in our democratic systems.
We wish that with the beginning of a new day, the committees will start to respect the press teams work, use our resources to connect together in order to face the threats of our only world, since we are all here for the same aim: protect our plant’s clean water supply.
Don’t let the Lie wear the clothes of the truth any longer, but rescue the naked truth from the dark well she fell into.
“the truth coming out of the well”- Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896
– Al Ahram
#35 – LFP REPORTS: UN Security Council unwilling to address water access disputes in the private sector
In its current draft resolution, the UN Security Council aims to create a mediating institution to resolve differences between countries. While neighbouring countries often quarrel over access to water and certainly require mediation, it is often enough the private actors that are overstepping their boundaries.
In the UNSC proposal, however, this aspect is left untouched. Instead, the committee plans to host a mediating body in the same building as the recently dethroned SIWI Institute, a move that clearly violates previous oral agreements, according to one source.
The move to include SIWI in the proposal is especially interesting, since the World Bank recently refused a proposal because it included the SIWI institute.
When questioned about this, the sponsoring Swedish delegate was unable to thouroughly address the issue, and when facing follow-ups from the press, began dodging the question. This culminated in a rant, during which the delegate not only called the this agency “Fake News!” but ultimately began threatening the present news agencies with a reference to the unkind treatment of our colleagues of CNN in the White House. The delegate stated that “News Agencies get their money from selling bad News.” This kind of behaviour has so far been unheard of, especially in a high-stakes diplomatic environment.
– Russia Today
#34 – FSM REPORTS: Why hasn’t anyone considered Ethiopia’s view?
The government of Ethiopia is in the process of building the largest dam in Africa, which we hope will combat the poverty Ethiopia’s fast-growing population has faced for decades. The new dam on the Blue Nile will provide around 6000 megawatts of electricity for both domestic use and export.
The agreements about the water of the Nile allocated no water to Ethiopia even though the main source of the Nile is Ethiopia and the people of Ethiopia also have rights to Nile water. It is the role of the government of Ethiopia to ensure a dignified life to all of the people in Ethiopia, and in building this dam, the Ethiopian government is merely fulfilling this calling to the utmost. It is time that somebody defended the interests of the Ethiopian people and we are here to do that.
Egypt and Sudan had exclusive rights to Nile water despite the poverty and lack of water in other African countries, and now, thanks to the dam, Ethiopia will also have access. We must also remember that Ethiopia and Egypt are working together to find a way that Egypt could also benefit from the new dam.
What is sure is that this dam will bring Ethiopia new power and influence in the region and it is no longer in the world’s interest to ignore Ethiopia.
– BBC and Le Monde
#33 – LFP OP-ED: When singing in the rain of fishy money… open your umbrella!
UNIDO and the World Bank are currently discussing the possibility of making SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute) an “umbrella organization for regional water management organizations and putting SIWI in charge of monitoring the fund and database for water projects” (WP1 UNIDO).
As a former Nestlé-supported organization, LFP wonders if this organization could represent at its best international interests. Ensuring countries’ sovereignty is also preventing interest overlapping between private and public interests.
Furthermore, as Côte d’Ivoire’s chief economist points out, SIWI is currently a Sweden-based organization. Will local NGOs therefore feel represented by SIWI and thus, be willing to work with it?
The World Bank now has the choice to either support a former Swedish Nestlé-supported organization or to ensure that the future of global water access is in neutral and independent hands.
Umbrellas cannot keep your heads out of the water, especially when flooded by fishy money.
– Rede Globo
P.S. Its an opinion piece (that’s an op-ed).
#32 – LFP REPORTS: BREAKING NEWS: World Bank has serious doubts funding UNIDO proposal
The air is electric in the world bank committee, many delegates are not satisfied with theproposal forwarded by UNIDO. Among several issues they identify their concerns regarding the Stockholm institute of water (whose Nestle partnership LFP reported on) and the lack of specific proposals in UNIDO’s draft. We would like to ask delegates before taking any further steps to reflect upon SIWI’s clash of interests, how can we support a body partnered with a company that does not believe access to drinking water is a fundamental right, when our aim in intercon is to ensure the enforcement of this right. If this draft is not approved funding, UNIDO will have to go back to the drawing board and take these concerns into serious consideration.
#31 – LFP REPORTS: The Death throes of Colonialism II
Due to repeated conflicts between the LFP’s reporters and Sweden’s delegates, the journalist of the Vanguard (Nigeria), decided to interview Sweden’s delegate to the world bank to understand their vision and project for the intercom committee, here’s the result.
I approached the delegate, seeming nervous, he immediately began to place conditions on our meeting. He said, “We can only speak if you promise not to provide any of this information to the Al-Ahram corespondent.” I agreed to this, but knew full well that the Al-Ahram correspondent would have access to the interview anyways after it was published – and due to us working together in the same Press Association. It strikes me how hostile to the press the Sweden delegation has become, perhaps a sign of the repressive tone to come.
I asked him what Sweden’s objective within the World bank was and while pacing around the courtyard, he answered: “The creation of a international body of the style that Sweden already has, that will be first developed in the west and then provide investment to developing countries”-
Concerned of the Western bias of this organisation I ask: “Who will head this organisation?” Confirming my fears, he answers: “Sweden, Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom.” Then when I ask about whether he fears a western bias, he answers: “Well sadly the United States is not present.” – and about the rest of the world – “Developing countries are on board, Brazil Bolivia and Peru are willing to receive help. China seems to be more aligned with Russia and frankly we don’t know what Russia is doing, we need to communicate better.”
I would like to point out the worrying tendency within the debate of Western countries in the World Bank to monopolise executive positions in the bodies that are formed, all of the head countries of this new body will be Western, however, they will be ruling on issues that most fundamentally affect non-western countries.
I pushed forward, inquiring about the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) which he proposes should lead this new body. “They will lead this body to make sure that there is no corruption and as Sweden I can confirm we have no corruption.”
I counter, informing him of the fact the institute rewarded Nestle for their water management and has them as an official partner. A company notorious for its horrendous business practices which effectively strips nations of its water to sell to rich westerners. At that moment the delegate began to speak over me reiterating again and again in a nearly turmpesque fashion:
“No! That is fake news! Fake news!”
I find that, unless the Swedish delegation is able to approach developing countries and treat them as equal, it is destined to repeat the mistake of past imperialists in losing the world’s trust and isolating themselves.
#30 – Chief of Interpol, Kim Jong Yang, gives speech before UNIDO
“Honourable delegates, it’s a pleasure for me as the chief of Interpol to come in front of you. It is often said that the world’s next war will be fought over water and there are few places as tense as the River Nile.
Last summer, a terrible news came to me. The project manager of a $4 billion Ethiopian dam was found dead in his vehicle and allegedly committed suicide. Mister Bekele, the project manager was the public face and the key party in the construction of the dam. He was found with a bullet wound below his right ear and the gunshot residue matched a gun he had owned for a decade.
When completed, it will be the largest dam in Africa, generating around 6,000 megawatts of electricity for both domestic use and export. Ethiopia has the ambition to become Africa’s biggest power exporter by building this dam. As you may know, this infrastructure led to a major dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Egypt not only needs the Nile waters, it believes it has a legal and historical right to them. Other countries disagree. Ethiopia has been pushing on with the project in the face of opposition from Egypt. With this conflict growing, the project manager has been under a lot of pressure for the last years. Indeed, the government has only acknowledged recently that the dam, begun in 2011 and originally expected to be completed this year, might take another 10 years to finish.
To focus a little bit on the investigation, the head of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission, Zeinu Jemal told reporters that : “His death was not the result of a murder. The investigation concludes that it was suicide”. The investigation had shown that the victim had been under pressure from delays in the construction of the dam, and that conversations with his secretary an hour before his death, and with his children the evening before, “seemed like farewell statements”. Those delays, and the dam’s generally opaque finances, have become matters of considerable speculation in Ethiopia in recent weeks. Some people who posted messages on social media sites suggested that he was killed because he was planning to name corrupt officials who were making money from the project or that Egypt had somehow played a role in his death. None of the commentators offered evidence to support those conspiracy theories, but they did appear to reflect growing public disquiet about a project.
Due to the interests of the Egyptian government in the case, the Ethiopian government has opened a case with Interpol in order to research possible foreign interventions. We have not reach to any conclusion yet, but we cannot either prove that it has been a suicide. The foreign influence of Egypt still needs to be looked into further detail. We’ll keep you informed about this conflict.
This conflict does not seem only to be relevant to one particular region, but it is actually an example of how water sharing and transboundary waters can create actual conflict. Interpol appeals the committee to find a framework for situations like this and to establish how organization like Interpol should act. Thank you.”
– Kim Jong Yang, sitting Chief of Interpol
#29 – LFP REPORTS: ‘Multilateralism first‘ v.s. ‘America first‘
The American administration follows one principle since the 2016 election of the President Donald Trump … AMERICA FIRST.
In the international realm, China has been pressured by the American government to foster unilateral solutions. What happened to you Uncle Sam? Did you forget Daddy Wilson’s 14 points for multilateral cooperation?
On the contrary, the “Chinese Dream” of Xi Jinping considers multilateralism and equity the foundation of international relations. From Peru and Kazakhstan, from Kuwait to Côte d’Ivoire, support towards China has been growing.
Indeed, due to its geopolitical history and 14 neighboring countries, China has been used to increase and develop multilateral solutions. In 60 years, China succeeded an economic miracle and is now the second world’s economic power. This power comes with major responsibilities that China did not forget to consider.
China used to be stigmatized in the international community for being an “underdeveloped country” and thus, was not integrated in agreements that were most of the time bilateral. Hence, China today still understands unrepresented smaller nations and their need for financial and political support.
Water infrastructure is often expensive. Latin American, Middle-Eastern and African countries cannot always afford them. Chinese investments within the UN would then be crucial. Moreover, China counts also on their advanced technology such as 5G, to make the most out of each country’s water resources.
Political, financial and technological means are key for water management and China definitely knows that.
– Rede Globo
#28 – LFP REPORTS: BREAKING NEWS: WP in World Bank to provide a USD 300 mln grant to Nestlé-funded water think tank!
In an internal working paper, the World Bank Group aims to provide a USD 300 mln grant to the controversial SIWI Institute in Stockholm. The institute has come into hot water over its involvement with Nestlé (LFP reported). Can the public trust a privately supported organisation like the SIWI on such a hot button issue like water rights? How altruistic can we expect a global player like Nestlé to be?
– Russia Today
#27 – LFP REPORTS: The Heart of Egypt under Attack
From it, Egypt extracted their ancient culture, and from it, they were coloured green, and with its water they lived, The Nile River the beating heart of Egypt. But now, this miraculous nature terrain is on the risk of dying.
Yet the reason of this risk is not only a result of the big corporations growing contributing to the climate change, but also the decision of the Ethiopian’s government to build a dam that will cut the Nile from its main resource of Water, Lake Victoria.
According to research, such a move would lead to a 625,000 loss of agricultural lands, resulting in an economic loss of $2 billion per year, leaving one million farmers out of work. Not just that, it will also affect Egypt’s ability to generate power.
More to that, this dam will be a loss not only to Egypt but the whole world, as explained the Nile is the main part of Egypt’s culture, an ancient one that is taught all over the world, across time. Plus, whether this astounding nature surrounding is part of Egypt or any other country, it will be a loss to everyone to see the bedding of the Nile instead of its blue magical water.
Yes, Egyptians and the Egyptian’s government understand that Ethiopia as well faces a shortage in water, but the proposed plan and the way it has been implemented is a violation of International law and Egypt’s sovereignty.
When Ethiopia decided to build such a dam they did not consult the Egyptian government, nor take into consideration the consequences on one of Egypt’s biggest most important natural resources, therefore violating their sovereignty. And that is although the dam will be built on Ethiopian land, since it is a shared resource they are bind to negotiate with Egypt.
In addition, their proposed plan that they have already implemented two third of, will lead to the Nile’s drought in approximately 3 years, ignoring by that article 1 of the UN’s Second report on shared natural resources: transboundary groundwaters. Which is a binding resolution according to international law and states: “Aquifer system States shall, in utilising a transboundary aquifer system in their territories, take all appropriate measures to prevent the causing of significant harm to other aquifer system States“. This is not the only international law article they have and will be violating by continuing with their original plans. They will also be violating the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1929, signed between Egypt and Great Britain, and the 1959 Bilateral Agreement between Egypt and Sudan, which are considerate part of the biding international law.
Egypt has proposed a new approach, which will help both Ethiopia and Egypt, but again Ethiopia decided to ignore these negotiations and continue risking the live of the Egyptian’s, their economy and right of work, and their culture.
It is such a shame that we, the African countries, are fighting each other instead uniting together to fight the big western corporations which are the lead cause to this draught.
– Al Ahram
#26 – FSM REPORTS: Is the solution to the Egypt-Ethiopia conflict closer than we think? Security Council tackles present and future water conflicts.
Today, the Swedish delegation revealed that the Security Council is in the process of working on a project to solve and prevent water conflicts, both present and future. This will be done through a new international body that they have created that will be made up of different experts on water management and conflict resolution who will approach the conflict from a basis of different countries’ needs.
First they will think about the basic human demand on water- that is, how much drinking water each country will need, and supplying these relative needs from the conflicted water source.
After the daily water needs of the countries’ populations have been taken care of, the next stage of the plan will address the economic and industrial demands on the water supply in question, taking into account each country’s claims, and finding a compromise that is satisfactory to each of the countries.
The brilliancy of this solution to water conflicts is that it is not based on national representatives. This means that there are no personal or national interests sabotaging the efficacy of the body’s efforts to solve the conflict in question.
It is an unusual opportunity for this new SC body to begin its role with the first real conflict faced by the Interconnected Committees. The conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Nile is a textbook example of the type of water conflict that the SC body was created to solve, and they should take this opportunity to prove their effectiveness in solving and preventing conflict.
This is a conflict that affects tens of millions of people, both in Egypt and in Ethiopia, determining the courses of their lives, cultures, and economic stability. It is crucial that this conflict is resolved quickly and peacefully, and the experts of the new Security Council Body for Water Conflict Prevention piloted by the Swedish delegation have arrived on the scene just in time to do so.
Although it is a daunting first assignment with high stakes, we believe that this conflict-prevention organization is capable of solving. We are holding our breath to see how it turns out!
– Le Monde
#25 – FSM REPORTS: Is Ethiopia the new North African power?
Major geographical conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt may disrupt peace between the two nations due to a construction project on the Nile.
Ethiopia is planning on building a dam worth $5 billion on the Blue Nile (near Sudan) Named the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the construction could yield up to 6,000 megawatts in electricity supply, lifting population out of poverty. The commencement of construction of this new infrastructure has greatly concerned Egypt, because not only is Egypt’s major source of water about to slip from Egypt’s control, but also a crucial geographical element of Egypt’s demography and cultural heritage.
The vast majority of the Egyptian population lives on the Nile’s delta, and giving Ethiopia control of the Nile could endanger this population and worsen North Africa’s water scarcity problem; with the dam, Ethiopia is given the power of reducing, or even worse, cutting off Egypt’s water supply. This puts Egypt in a particularly fragile situation, as their major water source is no longer controlled by their government, but by Ethiopia’s. This transfer of power in connection to such a crucial geographical feature of Egypt could disrupt Egypt’s society and its most basic infrastructures.
Furthermore, this crisis was unexpected. In the eyes of Egypt, the Nile is an intrinsic cultural, geographical, and historical element of the Egyptian society, whose removal is unimaginable. Legally, the 1929 Anglo-Egyptian Treaty gave Egypt a considerably unproportional share of the Nile’s water supply, hence building Egypt’s monopoly of the river.
To worsen the situation of the relationships between Egypt and Ethiopia, the GERD project was decided upon illegally, as Egypt legally can veto any construction project on the Nile. Nevertheless, Ethiopia never consulted Egypt on this project. The dam was supposed to be finished in 2017 but was postponed as only two thirds of the dam are completed. Due to the major cultural and strategic stakes that lay behind the restriction of dam-building on the Nile, Egypt is expected to take the matter very seriously. Furthermore, Ethiopia’s lack of consultation among Egyptian officials make it very likely for Egypt to act militarily.
What will the rest of the story be? Will an agreement be found between Egypt and Ethiopia ? Will Egypt start military action ? As the crisis starts to unfold, major questions of diplomatic conflict between the two nations are causing a major shift in North African politics.
– Fox News
#24 – A message from as-Sisi, the President of Egypt
Egypt will not tolerate the violation of the Nile Basin Initiative by Ethiopia.
Thank you, our government will keep you updated.”
– Abdel Fattah as-Sisi
#23 – FSM REPORTS: First Working Paper!
Brazil just introduced the first working paper for UNIDO. In this paper, Brazil addresses the development of water infrastructures in urban and densely-populated areas, the integration of the Stockholm International Water Institute as a UN body, the importance of national sovereignty on water resources, the education and training of organizations worldwide regarding water usage to reduce waste and improve water security, and the transmission of technology to countries in need.
– Fox News
#22 – LFP REPORTS: US Absence Problematic
The four committees in Intercon are discussing world water scarcity and solutions without the USA present is problematic, according to the Chinese delegation. The delegate of China in the World Bank explains difficulty of creating solutions without “the country that contributes the most to the World Bank budget.” As China advocates for multilateralism it regrets the absence of the biggest contributor to the World Bank budget. The only delegate of the USA is present in UNIDO and has not involved herself with the World Bank.
#21 – LFP REPORTS: BREAKING NEWS: Sweden pushes for SIWI to become Oversight Committee
Sweden is promoting the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to be the oversight committee for the management of water rights. However, SIWI is said to be funded by Nestlé, which is responsible for a huge water scandal in California—illegally bottling and selling water meant for the Californian population during a drought. The Russian delegation warns UNIDO for the use of institutions that are dependent on big companies like Nestlé, who have financial interests above humanitarian ones. The delegate of Sweden, of World Bank, continues to reject the news.
#20 – FSM REPORTS: Security Council conflict influences the World Bank
World Bank to discuss funding plans for solutions regarding water security, while tensions with China’s policies are starting to break out.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Peru disclosed the subject of the debates happening at the moment within the World Bank committee. According to the aforementioned delegation, the World Bank is currently trying to create international cooperation by having developed countries and developing countries work hand-in-hand; this being done with a funding plan for scientific research on water security solutions. Such solutions include building infrastructure for filtering and desalination, which would solve, among other issues, Peru’s shortage of drinkable water which kill thousands of families every year, according to the Peruvian delegate. Additionally, delegates seem to be working on determining an investment rate and a precise plan for a monetary funding system.
However, the course of debate in the World Bank seems to have been disturbed by tensions in Security Council. The Netherlands confided that stress from China’s policies has spread the World Bank. In an interview with Fox News, China’s delegate in the Security Council has emphasized the importance they give to national sovereignty and the ridiculousness of transboundary solutions, as it is “not the United Nations’ role to monitor” their resources that their geography grants them access to. This is a policy line that goes directly against the World Bank’s aim for international cooperation. Nevertheless, China has expressed its will to develop funding for solutions regarding infrastructures in developing countries, as they consider themselves a “prominent actor in the fight for water security”.
We hope that the World Bank will be able to proctor a solution between China and its rival delegations in the matter of water conflict in the near future.
– Fox News
#19 – LFP REPORTS: The death throes of Colonialism
As the debate revolving desalination continues there has been a particularly interesting power play going on behind the scenes.
While France and Sweden remastead fast in their commitment to developing and funding new water purifying technologies their true motives remain a mistery.
While on the surface they state that they are developing these technologies and providing funding to benefit all of mankind, a closer examination shows different motives. A recent run in between the delegate of Sweden and LFP’s al-Ahram’s reporter have shown that they intend to mostly provide funding to developed nations, abandoning those nations who are in most need of secure water sources.
Another example is France’s behind the scenes scheming, in an attempt to remain an influential player in the west african region (or a colonial master) France has offered to fund all of Côte d’Ivoire’s needs, effectively cornering the market for any further investment from other legitimate sources.
Côte d’Ivoire’s delegates have admitted : -”we need as many funds as we can get”-, and may find themselves pressured to accept a monopolistic deal that could degrade their own control over their water supply and thus their sovereignty. This is completely unacceptable and should be protested by all rational delegates as a badly concealed attempt of neo-colonialism.
#18 – FSM REPORTS: BREAKING NEWS from the UNSC
Delegate of PERU declares that water waste should be considered an international crime.
– Al Jazeera
#17 – FSM REPORTS: BREAKING NEWS from the World Bank
Developed countries just agreed to share their technology, but only on condition that they are allowed to supervise the projects themselves to ensure that they are properly handled. The developing countries counter that the supervision should be handled by regional institutions.
#16 – LFP REPORTS: Kuwait: Size does not matter… not when taking responsibilities
When the international community tends to emphasize the importance of global, quote-on-quote “superpowers”, the delegation of Kuwait makes a call for political and financial responsibility on every level, not matter the presupposed power and importance of a given country.
Kuwait is currently facing major issues with water access and sanitary measures. However, that does not prevent Kuwait delegation from defending global solutions on the short but most importantly, on the long term. “Investment on future technologies is our main focus” claims the delegation, “Even water access is far from being perfect in our country, this does not mean we should not care about sustainable solutions on a global scale”.
– Rede Globo
#15 – FSM REPORTS: Are we missing something?
The Interconnectivity Committees have an urgent discussion on the table that will determine the living standards of the global population. Adapting transboundary water governance to rising global environmental challenges is an issue that is mainly based on the implementation of hard infrastructures for water access as well as its management.
Committees such as UNIDO and UN Habitat are willing to cooperate in establishing frameworks that allow a better management regarding water supply and sanitation. Delegations of Latin America, confirm that even though they are countries rich in the precious commodity, water management needs to stay a public and regional matter. However, other delegations such as the delegation from the People’s Republic of China, claim that partnerships with other stakeholders are key to achieve the different committees’ objectives, in particular concerning investments and technical assistance from the private sector following the respective legal frameworks.
Subjects such as desalination determine different protocols for upstream and downstream settlements, efficiency and transparency, need to be tackled during these next sessions. After some discussion, a bigger challenge remains; coordinating the different scales of action and mandates between committees.
Water is something that not only affects the day-to-day lives of people, it is also a necessity for industrial production, economic stability, development, and security. In the opinion of Al Jazeera, access to water is a universal human right, and given this, private and public sectors should be part of the discussion. Nevertheless, minorities and most vulnerable populations seem to be ignored during the debate. Aren’t we denying their stake in the situation if we only discuss the implementation of large-scale infrastructure?
– Al Jazeera
#14 – LFP REPORTS: SPOTTED: The Scramble for Africa is back!
Apparently, birthdays have become an excuse for Western Neocolonialism. On May 31st, UNIDO Côte d’Ivoire Delegate received a white rose from French Secretary General, Victor Gaonach. When the United Nations Secretary General is entitled to be particularly careful about the duty of neutrality coming with its function, French interests regarding Africa seem more important than World’s Cooperation. Beware delegates, the Scramble for Africa is back.
– Rede Globo
#13 – LFP REPORTS: Delegate of Sweden corrects himself
After its previous spontaneous utterance (LFP reported), Sweden’s chief economist further explained himself in a personal talk with LFP’s Russia Today and previous differences were resolved.
The delegate explained that the plan to support developing countries with desalination plants was still on, but that funding would have to be secured via the World Bank. Financing these plants via World Bank funds would also make this a common project, not personally funded by the Swedish government, but rather via collective loans given out by the World Bank Group. Sweden “will continue to cooperate heavily with other countries on this.”
– Russia Today
#12 – FSM REPORTS: Exclusive Interview with the Russian Delegate
In an exclusive interview Friday with the reporter of Le Monde, the delegate of Russia revealed her country’s strategy in handling water issues throughout the world.
She was very open about the motivation behind her country’s actions, stating without embarrassment,
“For us, everything is about business. That’s how we operate. If something will benefit us, then we’re ready to support it. But we always think about ourselves first.”
Russia feels confidence in its ability to dominate the water market. When I asked her about the possiblity of competition in the water market she replied confidently,
“Well, of course there will be competition. But it doesn’t really concern us. We hold 25% of the world’s potable fresh drinking water and that is a significant advantage. The United States, France and Sweden can talk all they want about desalination, but desalination takes special equipment, which takes time and money. We don’t have to do anything to our water. So yes, we have the upper hand.”
When questioned about potential allies in the coming debates, she answered without any hesitation. She said, “We believe that our values line up with China’s, and we look forward to collaborating with them in the near future.”
– Le Monde
#11 – LFP REPORTS: Sanctions plugging clean water supply
The first session of UN-Habitat has taken place this morning, where the diverse set of countries started tackling the worry of improving sanitation and water access in cities. Yet although this diversity that one would think will affect the diplomatic approach to the problems, the delegate’s speeches are yet to be explored more as they are still vague. With that, some countries did elaborate more than others about their aims of this committee, and the means to reach them. For example the delegate of Russia explained that their main goal is to improve their own water infrastructures in order to give their people access to a more clean water, in addition they are planning to help their neighboring countries reach that goal as well, as they are aware of the fact of being a home to 25% of the world water resources. But for Russia to able to reach this target they ask for an economical and financial compensation as their economy has been hit hard after the economical sanction that has been imposed upon them after the Ukrainian- Russian conflict which started in 2014. Moscow is a hub of natural resources in the world, and by helping them financially they will be able to help the world reach its goal of having safe drinking water and developed lifestyle. Will the importance of clean water access as a basic human right will lead to a new cycle of negotiations between Russia and the rest of the world to end the sanctions imposed on them? Stay tuned to find out.
– Al Ahram
#10 – FSM REPORTS: Touching recognition of a delegate’s birthday
On Friday morning, the Secretariat honored the birthday of the delegate of Cote d’Ivoire to UNIDO in a touching rendition of “Joyeux Anniversaire” (Happy Birthday) and the presentation of a rose. Tears came to the delegate’s eyes as she accepted the flower, and stood for a picture with the Secretary General and Vice Secretary General.
– Le Monde
#9 – FSM REPORTS: UN Habitat to tackle desalination.
UN Habitat has started discussions on desalination as a mean to provide clean, drinkable water to populations. Desalination being a heavy process, adequate funding has to be proposed alongside clear plans of implementation. France has expressed particular concern about the involvement of cities in these solutions and has stressed the importance of ecological and clean solutions.
– Fox News
#8 – LFP REPORTS: An Attack on the Free Press!
As reported by LFP earlier today, Sweden has made plans to fund desalination plants in South and Latin America. It now appears that this move was not backed by the country’s chief economist. When asked about these plans at a World Bank meeting this morning, he denied any such plans, showing again the importance of clear communication in intercon delegations. The chief economist then lashed out and dismissed the report by Russia Today as being “Fake News”. This attack on the free press will not stand. Russia Today, together with its colleagues in the Legion of the Free Press, is going to continue to give Truth its Voice.
– Russia Today
#7 – FSM REPORTS: Has a Gauntlet been thrown in UN Habitat?
Debates began in Intercon UN Habitat on Friday morning, and the delegations got straight to the point. The committee moved quickly to a moderated caucus proposed by the delegate of Peru on the subject of standardizing water quality throughout the world. While nothing was decided during the caucus, it began to be clear where the divide on policy would fall- and where the battle lines would be drawn.
France and Sweden may be collaborating on the issue of improving water infrastructure, one of France’s main priorities, and on desalination, proposed by the delegate of Sweden. However both delegates said that they still have reservations and are waiting to see how the debate unfolds.
Russia and China appear to be in agreement; however the delegate of France stated that he believes that Russia can be brought around. When asked about probable alliances, the delegate of Russia confidently sided with China.
Has a gauntlet been thrown? Stay tuned in to Free Speech Media as debates continue Friday to find out the answer.
– Le Monde
#6 – LFP REPORTS: First Security Council Update
The UNSC first session is off the ground and demonstrates how prepared many delegates are. The initial debate is divided between sovereignty and the concept of making water a human right.
Russia and China raised the importance of their sovereign right of deciding what happens within their borders and China in particular argues that the UN has no power over the geography of respective countries. On the other side, the delegates of Bolivia, Peru, Sweden, and the Netherlands argue that collaboration on water is necessary to make sure everyone has access to it. France raises the point that water is already a human right, because it is impossible to live a decent life without it. The delegate states: “We should use water as a peace tool in order to continue protecting human rights.” (bearbeitet)
The delegate of the US is currently not present in the SC, which is another sign of their indifferent stance towards other countries’ issues.
#5 – LFP REPORTS: UNIDO in Croissant Heaven
With only four delegates present at 9 o’clock, some technical challenges and a broken lamp, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) went into their first session.
When tackling an issue as urgent and world-spanning as that of water scarcity, one certainly relies on activating the private sector. Albeit the efforts from ambassadors and delegates, it is dubitable, whether a group of white-collared croissant-fed diplomats should direct the Leviathan that is the global industry.
Meanwhile, the delegate of Sweden (one of the more active, less croissant-eating) is giving out free desalination plants to everyone. This is a noble deed, no doubt, and Latin America surely is going to be thankful. But is another publicly funded development project really the answer here? While delegates are discussing desalination, the big question are left unanswered so far. The coming days will show, whether they are up to the challenge.
– Russia Today
#4 – Le Monde chosen to lead FSM
Free Speech Media is now presided over by Le Monde. We are dedicated to the values of FSM and will do our very best to represent them faithfully in our reporting. If you have any breaking stories, please contact us (Le Monde) or any other member of our team. Thank you for your support of this news agency.
#3 – Russia Today unanimously elected as LFP Chairman
#2 – Introducing: The Legion of the Free Press
LFP, the Legion of the Free Press is an association of the five main press resources throughout the rising powers of the world: It is formed by a cooperation of Rede Globo (Brazil), Russia Today (Russia), Xinhua (China), The Vanguard (Nigeria) and Al-Ahram (Egypt) From Sao Paulo to Alexandria, from Lagos to Saint Petersburg and Shanghai, we will issue a unique, critical and original source of news to keep you well informed. We will be the place to find the news that is overlooked by the mainstream media, providing new perspectives for an audience eager to be informed of the full truth.
#1 – Introducing: Free Speech Media
Free Speech Media: a reporting outlet committed to authenticity. Breaking news, not bs.
Free Speech Media is a collaboration of global newspapers: Le Monde, BBC, Fox News, and Al Jazeera, who are driven by the belief that only accurate and lucid reporting can correctly represent the world in which we live, delivering reliable information on the issues of water governance. Attached to the idea of free speech, we hope to bring to you content that will push further your debates and negotiations.
We will produce diverse content of many forms such as written reporting, videos, interviews and many more to explore all different approaches to negotiations regarding water governance issues. Free Speech Media values the delegates’ work, and their effort to improve and spread basic access to clean water while adhering to the principles of honesty and national sovereignty throughout the coming debate.