OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, March 10 – Having been authorized and approved by the CNS Preparatory Body, the six CNS Specialized Commissions held their first mandate sessions last week. Each Commission carried out its mandate in its area of subject specialization – Economic, Environmental, Culture and Society, Political, Security and Justice – as its members crafted resolutions, undertook studies, interviews, obtained testimonies and invited expert opinions and recommendations.
The drafted resolutions will serve as legislative proposals to the Congress for structures, procedures, and guidance to the governments of nations and states to implement policies and commitments enshrined in nation and state instruments agreed to from 1977 onward.
Ultimately, the goal of each Specialized Commission is to produce resolutions and protocols that can gain the widest approval of nation delegations and state delegations in the Congress. The expectation is that, once these protocols are agreed to by nations and states, they will stand as new international law. A key element to ensure the efficacy of these protocols is, indeed, the agreed approach to enforcement.
The issues that will likely enter into commission consideration are the principle of “self-determination,” colonization and recolonization, the principle of “free, prior and informed consent”, and other principles of equality and comity already agreed to in such instruments as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Climate Change Convention, and the 2014 decisions of the United Nations.
The resolutions and recommended protocols have been submitted to the Preparatory Body for approval and subsequent presentation to the Congress of Nations and States for deliberative consideration and adoption.