Bloc Politics at the United Nations: The African Group by Isaac N. Endeley

By Isaac N. Endeley

This publication provides an in depth research of the constitution and functioning of the African staff, which has the aptitude to be essentially the most widespread foreign actors within the post-Cold battle period. Endeley's research is trained by way of direct remark and through the session of key basic and secondary assets.

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Typically, this occurs when the African Group of the Whole identifies a specific problem that is of some importance to Africa, discusses it, but cannot find a quick or easy solution. In that case it authorizes its Chairman to request the Permanent Missions of a number of Member States to appoint experts or specialists from their countries to study the specific problem. These experts and specialists then constitute an ad hoc committee on that issue and are given a specified amount of time to examine it and report to the African Group.

However, in case of an emergency, any Member State can request the Chairman to call an extraordinary meeting of the Group, provided it has the support of a sufficient number of States (at least 27) to constitute a quorum. Although the Chairman has the authority to take certain decisions or to undertake certain actions on his own initiative, especially when it is not possible to obtain the approval of the plenary assembly, the usual practice is that he consults with the Members of the Executive Committee before embarking on any major course of action.

While its agenda is general predictable and regular, there are periods when the Expert Group has a lot of different activities on its schedule. For instance, in the periods immediately prior to major UN summits on economic or social matters, the Expert Group holds a series of preparatory meetings during which it consults with various other bodies, including UN agencies, other intergovernmental organizations, and many NGOs. The aim is usually to formulate common African positions on key issues, and then to familiarize the other actors with these positions, so that by the time the summit itself occurs there will be a broad international consensus and the African demands can be more easily accommodated.

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