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Groups And Groupings In The UN

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This chapter talks about groups and groupings in the UN. The day-to-day business of the United Nations is very much influenced by groups of states, which have combined to formulate group interests, and to attempt to impose their positions in the organizations and programmes. The most institutionalized group formation is the system of regional groups, currently five in number. The regional groups include all 192 member states, with the exception of Kiribati (and, to a certain extent, Israel and the USA). Also of significance for UN practice are regional sub-groups such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Arab Group, the Rio Group, the Central American Group, the Nordic States and the five African sub-groups. Almost all negotiations are conducted among major political groupings such as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Group of 77 (G77), and now also the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC).

Keywords: African sub-groups; AOSIS; Arab Group; Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Central American Group; Group of 77 (G77); Non-Aligned Movement (NAM); Rio Group; United Nations



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