Sixth Committee Speakers Argue over Definition of Terrorism, State-Sponsored Actions, as Debate on Global Response to Menace Continues

6 Oct

The Sixth Committee (Legal) continued its consideration of measures to eliminate international terrorism today, with many delegates disagreeing on how to finalize a comprehensive convention on the matter and develop a global response to a threat that has yet to be defined, particularly when identifying State-sponsored actions.

Speakers Call Updated Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy ‘a Living Document’ in Fight Against International Threat, as Sixth Committee Begins Session

5 Oct

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) met to approve its work programme for the seventy-sixth session and begin its consideration of the Secretary-General report on measures to eliminate international terrorism, delegates welcomed the Organization’s coordinating role in the fight against the global threat and praised its updated counter-terrorism strategy.

Adopting 29 Legal Texts, General Assembly Reaffirms Sixth Committee’s Vital Role in Progressive Development of International Law

15 Dec

The General Assembly today reaffirmed the vital role of the Sixth Committee (Legal) as its primary forum for considering legal questions, adopting without a vote 19 draft resolutions and 10 draft decisions recommended by the Committee, including four new requests for observer status.

Taking Action on 29 Draft Texts, Sixth Committee Delegates Highlight Session’s Unique Challenges, Limitations Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

19 Nov

Concluding its seventy-fifth session today — after weeks of deliberations marked by socially distanced meetings and masked delegates — the Sixth Committee (Legal) upheld its tradition of consensus by approving without a vote 15 draft resolutions, 4 requests for observer status and 10 draft decisions, as delegates came to terms with the limitations placed on their work by the COVID‑19 pandemic and sought a way forward despite the uncertainty created by the virus.

Speakers Argue over Legal Framework Needed for Protecting Persons in Event of Disaster during Pandemic, as Sixth Committee Considers Annual Report

11 Nov

As climate‑related hazards and natural phenomena continue to loom over many countries and the world continues to reel from the COVID‑19 pandemic, the debate on the protection of persons in the event of disasters took on an urgency that went beyond legal abstractions, as the Sixth Committee (Legal) today considered the Secretary‑General’s report on the matter (document A/75/214) and deliberated the merits of codifying related draft articles into an international agreement.

Spotlighting Rising Attacks, Sixth Committee Speakers Urge Adherence to Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Protection of Consulates, Missions

10 Nov

Despite long-held principles found in the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations, delegates spotlighted recent attacks against their missions and staff, as the Sixth Committee (Legal) took up the Secretary‑General’s report, “Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives” (document A/75/168).

Sixth Committee Speakers Applaud Programme of Assistance’s Continued, Accessible Training in International Law Education During COVID-19 Pandemic

6 Nov

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) took up the Secretary‑General’s report on the Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law (document A/75/389), delegates praised its unique contribution to promoting the rule of law by providing high quality, accessible training in international law education, even during an unprecedented pandemic.

Spotlighting International Law Commission Study on Sea-Level Rise, Sixth Committee Speakers Urge that Maritime Regime Reflect Reality of Climate Threat

5 Nov

In lieu of International Law Week - rendered impossible due to COVID‑19 - the Sixth Committee (Legal) heard oral reports from the Chair‑Designate and the Secretary of the International Law Commission today, as delegates, praising the Commission’s adaptation of work methods around the pandemic’s limitations, spotlighted the importance of its recent issuance of the first issues paper on sea‑level rise in relation to international law.