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Falklands' elected government after a Special Advisor for the coming C24 meeting

Monday, April 30th 2018 - 07:34 UTC
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MLAs Roger Edwards and Ian Hansen will be attending the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) on 22 June. MLAs Roger Edwards and Ian Hansen will be attending the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) on 22 June.

The Falkland Islands elected government are interested in recruiting a Special Advisor with a particular interest in global politics. The purpose of the Special Advisor is to support the two elected representatives of the Falklands that will be attending the annual meeting of the Special Committee on Decolonization (C24) scheduled to take place next 22 June at the United Nations.

 According to a notice published in the latest edition of the Penguin News, Members of the Legislative Assembly, Roger Edwards and Ian Hansen will be attending the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) in June. The Committee was created in 1961 by the General Assembly of the United Nations to monitor implementation of Resolution 1514, also known as the ‘Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and People’.

Members are keen to take a representative from the Falkland Islands with them in the capacity as a Special Advisor. The ideal candidate will have an interest in the role of C24, global politics more broadly, and be prepared to provide practical support to MLAs during the visit.

Trip details: The C24 meeting will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 22 June 2018. The successful Special Advisor will need to be available from 15 – 25 June (travel will be via the UK), as they will travel to New York for a week of meetings with UN Ambassadors, followed by the C24 itself.

Travel and expenses: The Falkland Islands Government will pay for flights, ESTA, accommodation and internal travel. Additionally reimbursement for usual expenses (meals, travel, etc.) will be provided as will a daily £100 tax-deductible allowance.


• If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Special Advisor – and have a passport that is valid until at least the end of November – then please send a brief covering letter by way of application to Cherie Clifford: by Friday 11 May at 5pm.

• In your letter you should explain why you are interested in this trip, what expertise you have which you feel would benefit the delegation, and how you would make the most of this opportunity on a personal level as well as in terms of supporting the aims of the MLAs.

• Applicants who pass the first stage will be invited to meet with The Hon Roger Edwards, The Hon Ian Hansen and Cherie Clifford for a short introduction and interview.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Brit Bob

    Howard S. Levie, one of America’s foremost legal experts and key draftsman of the Korean Armistice agreement summed up the Special Committee when he said, ‘the Special Committee has completely disregarded this right of self-determination and has been seeking to award territory against the wishes of the people who reside on that territory.’ And ‘ that it was Arab and Latin American states who led the General Assembly in these decisions, and that they were more concerned with their own territorial integrity than with the right to self-determination of small colonies that wished to remain loyal to their colonial rulers.’

    Falklands – UN C24 Committee:

    Apr 30th, 2018 - 09:06 am +5
  • Roger Lorton

    Facundo? That you? The Committee of 24 (now 29 members unless anything changed) has rendered itself 'irrelevant' to the process of decolonization by its failure to actually oversee many in the last 30 years, and even that would have happened without it.

    The UN recognised the Islanders as a people in 1952 when it determined that to be listed as a Non-Self Governing Territory there had to be a 'people' that could be led to self-government - ““The territories which are covered by Chapter XI of the Charter are those territories whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government.” [Resolution 567 (VI)]

    Of course, the UN has not had anything to say on the matter since 1988. Why? Because the UN will not impose a foreign nation onto an unwilling people of an NSGT.

    The matter is settled. How? Because Argentina has no move left.

    Apr 30th, 2018 - 10:51 pm +5
  • Roger Lorton

    Why wasn't Patagona listed? Tibet?

    When the UN first started to look at the issue of decolonization, it wrote to all the Members of the UN asking them for their views on what could be determined as a colony and asking for them to identify their colonies.

    Many simply did nor respond.

    Britain did not regard the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man to be 'colonies.'

    Apr 30th, 2018 - 11:50 pm +5
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