Does Britain Have a European Policy? The following is a lecture by William Wallace of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).
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The past year I contracted to work “non-disillusively” as an advisor with the Republic of Greece at the 64th United Nations General Assembly.
The following is my theoretical review on the shpiel…
The United Nations and European Union are the result of policies put in place to avoid another major world war. Though these organizations have provided a great deal to the international/ regional community, their reputation is ambivalently debated. The United Nations world is cursed with numerous instances of war, disease, environmental degradation, social injustice, and economic difficulties, allowing for plenty of areas for the UN to prove its effectiveness. The economic crisis, which began in August of 2007 exacerbated all other areas of concern for the international community. Working at the Mission of Greece to the United Nations has bestowed upon me an understanding of the structure of an intergovernmental organization and of a supranational organization (European Union). My journey as an Advisor at the Greek Mission exposed me to many issues related to the concerns of Greece and the EU. Moreover, the Republic of Greece is a nation which has agreed to work with all UN states toward a common vision for peace and prosperity. As an advocate of institutional liberalism, I believe it is essential for the international community to continue to make efforts in the field of multilateral decision making; it is only in this way that we will establish and stabilize the world for the common good. The following essay provides considerations of an experience at the UN, dealing with an EU member state that currently holds the Presidency in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The present essay does not set out to be the holy grail of intergovernmental policy analysis. It constitutes as a description of the non-binding recommendations the 64th UN GA provided to States on international issues within its competence. The UN has initiated proceedings in the political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal fields. Through my experience I can see that its contributions have affected the lives of people throughout the world. The 64th GS has reflected the commitment of Member States to reach specific goals to attain peace and security.