Unknown to most citizens of this planet, even to most politicians, journalists and scholars, a treaty was secretly signed and ratified by the majority of states within the United Nations.

It will enter into force on the 1st of April 2016.

Photo credit: Fence Barbed Wire Sicurezza/ Ken Kistler/Public Domain Pictures/ CC0 1.0

Photo credit: Fence Barbed Wire Sicurezza/ Ken Kistler/Public Domain Pictures/ CC0 1.0

The treaty, entitled “The Idomeni Convention on the Status of Borders between States” abolishes all borders between states “to the degree that they present an obstacle to the free movement of people, goods, and ideas.” This means that from Friday onwards, controls at borders will be illegal and any attempt to do so constitutes a breach of international law that can be sanctioned by the international community.

Drafting and ratifying this treaty has been a months-long process that saw grassroots activists in all  193 UN member states work together and bring the treaty texts through the national legislative processes in a subversive and top secret process. The high level of confidentiality and exclusive reliance on negotiations behind closed doors was a result of the fear of politicians that the treaty would cause an uproar among the conservative segments of the population, which would not only jeopardise the implementation of this vital piece of international law, but also their positions in national governments.

The step was hinted at by a conference of the UN High Commission for Refugees two days ago in Geneva Replica Handbags, which highlighted the plight of Syrian refugees and the serious gaps persisting in the international community’s response.

“We are here to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time … This demands an exponential increase in global solidarity,”

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon told the gathering at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, attended by the representatives of 92 countries together with governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Photo credits: Flickr/Ministerie van Buitenlandse/ Ban Ki-moon bij Timmermans/ CC BY 2.0

Photo credits: Flickr/Ministerie van Buitenlandse/ Ban Ki-moon bij Timmermans/ CC BY 2.0

As a result http://www.inhandbag.com, all borders were abolished, which will allow thousands of people to travel to places of safety who are currently kept in legal and humanitarian crisis at different borders around the globe. Idomeni, where the final negotiations were held, is but one example of the unbearable situation that millions of people fleeing violence have ended up in as a result of the century-old policy to define state responsibility within territorial borders. With borders abolished, refugees will be able to buy plane tickets and fly to their chosen place of refuge without having to put their lives at risk on inadequate boats or lose their entire fortune to people smugglers.

Arguably, the abolishment of all borders addresses many more problems than just the so-called refugee crisis: Conflicts between states about territorial borders from Israel/Palestine to Japan/China to Cyprus/Turkey to South Sudan/Sudan and beyond will dissolve, ending decades of tense relations and, in some cases, immense human suffering.

Borders were invented some centuries ago, mainly for reasons of security. However Replica Handbags, with terrorist attacks in all parts of the world killing large numbers of innocent civilians despite border restrictions and controls, they are now seen as more inhibiting than supporting governance.

One of the activists behind the treaty, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Globalisation has liberated people’s ideas and needs much faster than states’ legal capabilities to deal with them. While goods, ideas and people can travel relatively freely where the politics are favourable to such movement, but where those with money and power do not consider it as beneficial Fake Designer Bags Replica Handbags, it is heavily restricted. We decided to end this discriminative practice, as it essentially gave rich and powerful countries the license to play with people’s lives at their borders.”

This treaty is the first step towards a comprehensive overhaul of the international system, seen as necessary to address injustices and inefficiencies in the way global politics function. There is a sentiment among top UN officials that the current system is not supportive of the ideals the UN set itself: promoting peace and fundamental human rights.

The next steps in the global reform of the international system will be drafted over the coming months. The UN General Assembly will start a consultation process soon, in which citizens from all parts of the world will have the chance to participate and influence the decision-making process.

**Disclaimer: Everything in this article was written on and in the sense of the 1st of April. The only thing that is real is the quote from Ban Ki Moon.**

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Sonja Wiencke

Sonja Wiencke

Sonja is currently studying at the University of Oxford for an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, having graduated from a BA in European Studies in Passau, Germany. Her passions include human rights, environmental issues, hidden -isms in society, and improvised theatre. Sonja's dream is to work for the UN or the EEAS.