Last updated on: 4/25/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

United Nations General Assembly Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“Concerned that, since the adoption of its [20 previous] resolutions… further measures of that nature aimed at strengthening and extending the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba continue to be promulgated and applied, and concerned also about the adverse effects of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries…

Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-eighth session the item entitled ‘Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba’.”

“Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo Imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba,” un.org, adopted on Nov. 13, 2012 by a vote of 188-3

Description:

“Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.

It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law. The Assembly meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.”

“Functions and Powers of the General Assembly,” un.org (accessed Apr. 17, 2013)

Mission:

“The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority.”

“About the General Assembly,” un.org (accessed Apr. 17, 2013)

Other:
Deliberative organ of the United Nations
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?