Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino and Anders Wivel
Chapter 6: Small states: challenges and coping strategies in the UN General Assembly
The United Nations General Assembly is an institution where the principle of the sovereign equality of states is strongly embedded. Thus, formally, all UNGA member states have the same rights when it comes to tabling UNGA resolutions, influencing their content during negotiations and passing resolutions via voting. Yet, smaller states grapple with severe capacity shortages. The chapter identifies coping strategies, on the basis of which small states can exert influence in the different stages of the UNGA policy cycle, despite operating under clear capacity constraints.
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