116 votes in favor, two against (USA and Israel) and 52 abstentions, the Second Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) on Thursday adopted a resolution against “Unilateral economic measures as a means of exerting political pressure and economic on developing countries ”, presented by Palestine on behalf of the Group of 77 plus China.
In this regard, the Alternate Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN, Joaquín Pérez Ayestarán, confirmed that the country “true to its position of principles, supported this proposal of the G77,” wrote in his social media account Twitter, referring to document that recognizes that unilateral coercive economic measures constitute a flagrant violation of the principles of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations.
Delegations from several countries made statements in rejection of the imposition of these measures pointing out their extraterritorial effects, as well as their negative impact on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and economic and social development of the countries and peoples affected, so during the process of adoption the resolution, the urgent need for its immediate elimination was reiterated.
According to the adopted text, no country can apply or encourage the use of economic, political or other unilateral measures to coerce another State, in order to ensure that it subordinates the exercise of its sovereign rights.
The document also urges the international community to condemn and reject the imposition of such measures and requests that urgent and effective actions be taken to prevent their application.
The resolution also confirmed that the imposition of unilateral coercive measures particularly harms the economies of developing countries and that such actions have an unfavorable effect on international economic cooperation and global efforts to establish a non-discriminatory multilateral trading system and open.
Since its thirty-eighth session, the UN General Assembly has examined this draft resolution traditionally presented by the Group of 77. This has been the twenty-first occasion that the Second Committee considers this issue on its agenda.