UNPO Extraordinary XIV General Assembly is held in Savoy
On 14-15 September 2018, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) held an Extraordinary General Assembly in Saint Gervais-les-Bains, Savoy. During two days, Members’ delegations from around the globe gathered to vote on important matters for the organisation’s future, as well as discuss past and future activities and strategies with themselves and the Secretariat.
14 September – First day of the General Assembly
UNPO’s President opened the General Assembly with a discussion of the agenda. A minute of silence was then observed in remembrance of the victims of Iran’s recent attack on the PDKI’s headquarters, in Iraq. Somaliland and East Turkestan Representatives also took the floor to make a few remarks on the current situations of their people in their respective nations. This was followed by the “Flag Ceremony”, during which new UNPO Members are accepted; this year Representatives of Ambazonia, Madhesh and Western Togoland performed the ceremony, signing the UNPO covenant, exchanging flags with the UNPO and delivering a short speech on their people’s struggles. The Secretariat then took the floor to discuss the current situation in the office and their upcoming priorities, after which the floor was opened for questions and comments.
In the afternoon, and following an intervention by Honorary President Ledum Mitee (a former UNPO President), the new proposed Secretary General introduced himself to UNPO Members and presented his vision for the organisation. The decisions to terminate the previous General Secretary’s contract and accept the new General Secretary were then unanimously passed. This allowed for an exchange to be held between UNPO Members, the General Secretary and the Secretariat on how to make UNPO more efficient. The session concluded with a presentation of the proposed amendments to the UNPO Covenant in preparation for the next day’s vote. In the evening, Members’ Representatives were treated to a traditional meal by their Savoy hosts.