On Friday July 31st, Guam joined four other members to be welcomed to the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization at the 25th General Assembly.
Earlier this term, Speaker Muña Barnes had introduced and passed Resolution 255-35, Relative to Supporting Guam’s Application for Membership in the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization.
In April 2020, the UNPO Presidency Members have made the decision to accept Guam as a new member of UNPO. According to the UNPO covenant, new organizations are voted in as full members at the UNPO General Assembly.
Originally, the General Assembly was scheduled to take place in Washington D.C between 31st July – 2nd August 2020, however, due to COVID-19, the 25th General Assembly is now held virtually.
Since the last General Assembly, the UNPO Presidency has recommended the induction of five new and exciting UNPO Members: the government of Guam, the Catalan National Assembly, the Yoruba World Congress, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra/Biafra Independence Movement (BIM-MASSOB), and the Movement for the Survival of the River Races in Zambesia, bringing the total number of active members of the UNPO up to 44, representing over 300 million people and some of the most well-known present and historical issues around decolonization, indigenous rights and self-determination.
Each new member was given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the wider membership, express their firm commitment to the values and rules contained within the UNPO Covenant, and outline why they have applied for UNPO membership. These new members were formally inducted into the UNPO at the conclusion of this session.
Speaker Tina Muña Barnes delivered Guam’s introduction to the UNPO General Assembly.
“When faced with tribulation, we must keep on. We must keep on trying – leaving no stone unturned. Over the last couple months, after receiving letters regarding the Guam Buildup, and listening to the concerns of our community, it is apparent that we must keep on trying, to get our voices heard.”