ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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COMMISSION ON HUMAN
Fifty - eighth session (18 March - 26 April 2002)
4: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights and follow-up to the World Conference on Human Rights
In connection with the High Commissioner’s report especially in
relation to the effective functioning of human rights machanisms, our
organization is concerned about the efficiency of the work of the Office
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN organs and human
The United Nations is one of the greatest and most remarkable
institutions established at the outset of the past century.
It holds the prospect for securing a lasting peace and a united
humanity to lead the world to progress and prosperity and to realize
those long-held aspirations to systematically and scientifically unveil
this planet’s secrets.
This great institution has suffered during the past few years
from what has so adversely affected its effectiveness that its very
survival is being slowly but surely questioned.
Perhaps one of the most serious challenges facing this
institution is the financial problem that has come in the way of truly
fulfilling its mission. All
of this has been due to the unwillingness of some States, especially the
United States, to fulfill its membership obligation which it pledged to
make to this institution.
Such a serious problem which is as serious as life or death has
surfaced because the grounds for the financial pledge that the founding
States committed themselves to have been shaken.
Advancements in societies during the past three or four decades
convinced some that the financial pledges they made to the United
Nations are no longer fair.
This serious disturbance can become debilitating like termite
decaying the solid foundation upon which this tenacious organization was
built. It can lead to grave
consequences that may necessitate the involvement of every person, as
well as governmental and non-governmental organizations to find
solutions to this critical hardship.
One of the first things that come to mind in this regard is that
the United Nations was established basically on behalf of people not on
behalf of States or governments, as it was clearly underlined in the
first statement of its Charter - We the peoples of the United Nations -
It is true that States represent peoples through the executive offices
of the governments of these States.
In defining the United Nations, however, the essential principle
remains to be “We the peoples of the United Nations.”
It is the people that constitute the cells of this great
institution not States or governments.
In light of this important point, we should treat the problem
facing this institution based on this essential highlighted principle.
Therefore, these “cells” , meaning individual people
worldwide, must interact with this body, the United Nations, which is
collectively made of them. The
process cannot take place unless every person in the whole world feels
that he/she is actively participating in forming the work of this
institution by providing a contribution, the least of which would be a
The financial contribution from individual people worldwide to
secure the budget of the United Nations will have two important outcomes
concerning the future of this great institution.
Firstly, the sense of people throughout the world of their active
participation in the very existence of this institution will encourage
them to follow-up its activities and safeguard its success in carrying
out its mission.
Secondly, the financial contribution from individual people
worldwide provides a fair distribution of contributions to meet the
financial obligation to the United Nations.
In order to achieve the above, we suggest the following method.
If we were to assume that everyone in the world would have to
contribute to the United Nations a quarter of a dollar on every thousand
of his/her income, then an annual income of four thousand dollars would
equal one dollar of contribution to the United Nations.
If the population of the State is ten million, then it should
collect from its citizens ten million dollars by means of a special tax
designated to the United Nations.
This concept is not as hard or complicated as it may initially
seem. Nowadays, the Gross
Domestic income of every State is documented.
In turn, the average income of a person in any State is recorded
as well. Thereby in
accordance to this readily available information, it is possible to
estimate and appropriate what each State’s annual contribution to the
United Nations should be.
This proposition may need more clarification and require further
examination by experts, but basically it is not difficult or complicated
considering the value added in terms of the increased efficiency,
fairness and interest in this vital institution.