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The United Nations (UN) is taking significant steps to address what it perceives as “misinformation, disinformation, hate speech, and stigmatization” in the context of pandemic prevention. In a final draft of the Political Declaration for the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response, heads of state and government have made commitments that raise concerns about freedom of speech.
One key aspect of this declaration is supporting two instruments: the international pandemic treaty and amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005). Despite facing resistance, these instruments are set to be completed by May 2024. The pandemic treaty is designed to grant the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) enhanced powers to combat “misinformation” and expand its surveillance networks.
The declaration emphasizes the need to combat health-related misinformation, hate speech, and vaccine hesitancy on social media platforms, reflecting the UN’s concerns about the impact of digital communication on public health.
While UN political declarations are not typically legally binding, they carry substantial legal influence and represent the direction states commit to moving.
The document also underscores the importance of equity in pandemic response efforts, although critics have raised concerns about potential bias and introducing “radical ideology” in such policies.
Furthermore, the draft calls for continuing work on amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) with a target finalization date of May 2024.
This declaration is part of the UN’s efforts to tighten speech control. In recent times, the UN has taken steps such as forming a “digital army” to combat disinformation, encouraging individuals to report “hate speech,” and asserting that censoring “disinformation” and “hate speech” is essential to protect “free speech.”
Additionally, the UN has engaged in discussions with governments and organizations on censorship strategies, participating in “disinformation sessions” with a UK government censorship agency and collaborating with the European Union to address “disinformation” on digital platforms.
In summary, the UN’s final draft of the Political Declaration highlights its growing concern over online misinformation in the context of pandemics. The support for enhanced powers for the WHO and the focus on equity are notable features, but questions about the potential impact on free speech and individual liberties remain.