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UN Committee

The Committee on the United Nations is a dedicated supporter of human rights and a keen monitor of developments in international law, legal issues, and norms. The Committee is tasked with monitoring such developments that are of particular importance to the Community of Nations. We engage on issues ranging from the post-2015 development agenda, the rights of the child and freedom of expression, constitutional issues in post-Arab Spring countries, and legal issues related to Western Sahara. The UN Committee hosts events with speakers active in the international community; we also prepare weekly updates on significant developments within the UN system, an archive of which appears on the right side of this page. For more information about the Committee and its activities, please contact its chair, Ulysses Smith.

Recent Reports

Letter to the United Nations Secretary General urging that the Secretary-General and members of the United Nations Security Council expand MINURSO's mandate to include monitoring and reporting of human rights violations (March 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Western Sahara

Letter to Congress regarding enacting implementing legislation (S. 1870) for The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (January 2014) ( PDF )
Subject area: Hague Child Support Convention

Letter to the UN Secretary General regarding the mandate (MINURSO) to monitor or report on human rights violations in the territory of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco (April 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Western Sahara

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Radio France sound bite on Western Sahara with UN Committee Chair Ulysses Smith (MP3) November 2013

Lieberman, Amy. "New York City and the UN: Cool but Useful Partners." PassBlue. 5 September 2013

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Statement of Ulysses S. Smith on Behalf of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee Oct 6, 2011 (PDF)

Radio France sound bite on Western Sahara with UN Committee Chair Ulysses Smith