Pulse of the Sixty-Six Session of the General Assembly United Nations Headquarters New York City, September 2011.

Pulso de la sesión Sesenta y Seis de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidasen la Sede Mundial en Nueva York, Septiembre del 2011.

It was for the sixth year that I was ask by the Chief of the Photo Unit of the Department of Public Information Mark Garten to lend him a hand on the covering of the General Debate on the third week of September 2011.  I want to thank him for this great opportunity to capture History as it develops in front of my very eyes!

Fué el sexto año en que fuí preguntado directamente por el Jefe de la Unidad de Fotografía del Departamento de Información Pública Mark Garten para ayudarle cubrir el debate general en la tercera semana de Septiembre de 2011. Quiero darle las gracias por esta gran oportunidad de capturar la historia que se desarrolló enfrente de mi!

First was a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases; like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cancer among others. Speaker after speaker from prime ministers to ministers of health from countries from all over the world; almost all of them suggesting that to control of the non-communicable diseases, lies on the change of attitude of the population at large. No matter that big corporations are stopping through intense lobbying taking the real steps to stop the 60 million people who died a year of cancer for smoking tobacco, to mention one of the issues that were at discussion at this meeting.

La primera fue una reunión de alto nivel de la Asamblea General sobre la prevención y control de enfermedades no transmisibles, como diabetes, presión arterial alta, obesidad y cáncer, entre otros. Orador tras orador de los primeros ministros de los ministros de salud de países de todo el mundo, casi todos ellos sugieriendo que el control de las enfermedades no transmisibles, se encuentra en el cambio de actitud de la población en general. No importa que las grandes corporaciones están parando a través de un intenso cabildeo el tomar las medidas reales para detener los 60 millones de personas que muren de cáncer al año por fumar tabaco, por citar uno de los temas que estaban en discusión en esta reunión.

Then was the General Assembly high-level meeting to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. A blueprint for the international community to fight racism, the Declaration was adopted at the 2001 UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa.

Luego fue la reunión de alto nivel de la Asamblea General para conmemorar el décimo aniversario de la adopción de la Declaración y Programa de Acción. Un modelo para la comunidad internacional para luchar contra el racismo, la Declaración fue adoptada en la Conferencia Mundial de Naciones Unidas de 2001 contra el Racismo, la Discriminación Racial, la Xenofobia y las formas conexas de Intolerancia, celebrada en Durban, Sudáfrica.

Here all the speakers were talking about how to compensate all the African descent people for their suffering over the years of being abducted and bring to another continent. It is in this blog that with all my respect salute the audacity of the only speaker that mention not only the Durban declaration anniversary but talk about the original people that were inhabitants of the land that was occupied by Europeans all over the globe: the Indigenous people. He was the only one that talk about how to compensate this people for the devastating effect due to their Culture by Old World immigration has had caused for centuries past. Thank you Honorable Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia!

UN Photo/Marco Castro Kevin Rudd, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.

Aqui todos los ponentes estaban hablando de como compensar a todas las personas descendientes de africanos por su sufrimiento durante los años de haber sido secuestrados y llevados a otro continente.  Es en este blog y con todo mi respeto saludo la audacia del que habló no solo el aniversario de la Declaración de Durban, pero que habló de los pueblos originarios que fueron los habitantes de la tierra que fue ocupada por los europeos en todo el mundo: los pueblos indÌgenas . …Él fué el único que hablo de cómo compensar a estas personas por los efectos devastadores  a su cultura por la inmigración que el Viejo Mundo ha causado en siglos pasados.
Gracias Honorable Kevin Rudd, Primer Ministro de Australia!

By September 22nd  2011, the general debate was open for the very first time in the history of the United Nations by a woman: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil. Almost unanimously all speakers talked about the real need to reform the Security Council and to adapt it to this 21st century, all demand more members and to stop the veto power of the five permanent members and more powerful countries in the Globe: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the US.

Para el 22 de Septiembre 2011, el debate general se abrió por vez primera en la historia de las Naciones Unidas por una mujer: Dilma Rousseff, la presidenta de Brasil. Casi por unanimidad todos los oradores hablaron sobre la necesidad real de reformar el Consejo de Seguridad y para adaptarse a este siglo 21, más miembros son necesarios fué explicado y para detener el poder de veto de los cinco miembros permanentes y de los países más poderosos del globo: China, Francia, Rusia, Reino Unido y los EE.UU.

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Brazil Addresses General Assembly Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Brazil Addresses General Assembly Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Brazil Addresses General Assembly Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/ Marco Castro United States President Addresses General Assembly Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/ Marco Castro United States President Addresses General Assembly Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/ Marco Castro United States President Addresses General Assembly Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/ Marco Castro United States President Addresses General Assembly Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/ Marco Castro United States President Addresses General Assembly Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/ Marco Castro United States President Addresses General Assembly Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Iran Addresses General Assembly Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Republic Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 22 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Iran Addresses General Assembly Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Republic Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 22 September 2011 United Nations, New York

Almost at the end of the general debate of this Sixty-Six Session of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters New York City, in a standing ovation of almost all the countries of the world represented at the floor of this body Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, shows a copy of the application for full UN membership which he submitted only moments ago to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN Photo/Marco Castro Opening of General Debate of Sixty-sixth Session of General Assembly Mahmoud Abbas (behind nameplate), President of the Palestinian National Authhority, during the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly's sixty-sixth session. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Palestinian Authority Addresses General Assembly Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, after submitting to the Secretary-General a formal application for UN membership. 23 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Palestinian Authority Addresses General Assembly Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, after submitting to the Secretary-General a formal application for UN membership. 23 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Palestinian Authority Addresses General Assembly Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, shows a copy of the application for full UN membershup which he submitted only moments ago to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 23 September 2011 United Nations, New York

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Palestinian Authority Addresses General Assembly Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, shows a copy of the application for full UN membershup which he submitted only moments ago to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 23 September 2011 United Nations, New York

Casi al final del debate general de esta sesión Sesenta y Seis de la Asamblea General en la Sede de las Naciones Unidas de Nueva York,  y en una ovación de pie de casi todos los países del mundo representados en el piso de este cuerpo a Mahmoud Abbas, el presidente de la Autoridad Palestina, cuando en su discurso muestra una copia de la solicitud de ser miembro con pleno derecho de la ONU que había presentdo unops momentos antes al Secretario General, Ban Ki-moon.

That was follow by a bulling address of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, offering his hand on the stage to the Palestinian authority to reach peace, to then change his mind afterwards and allow more Jewish settlements on East Jerusalem.

Esto fué seguido por un discurso acozador y casi machista de Benjamin Netanyahu, primer ministro del Estado de Israel, que ofrece su mano en el escenario a la Autoridad Palestina para alcanzar la paz, para cambiar de idea tras las cortinas, permitiendo más asentamientos judíos en Jerusalén Este.

UN Photo/Marco Castro Prime Minister of Israel Addresses General Assembly Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 23 September 2011 United Nations, New York

We have must to remember that if Israel exists was thanks to the creation of it. Following the 1947 United Nations decision to partition Palestine, on 14 May 1948 David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared Israel a state independent from the British Mandate for Palestine. Creating a problem that still exists. It is time to recognize Palestine as a country an its right to be what it has always been.

Tenemos que recordar que si Israel existe es gracias a la creación de ese estado por las Naciones Unidas. Tras la decisión de las Naciones Unidas de 1947 para la partición de Palestina, en el 14 de mayo 1948 David Ben-Gurion, el Jefe Ejecutivo de la Organización Sionista Mundial y presidente de la Agencia Judía para Palestina, declaró a Israel un estado independiente de el Mandato Británico de Palestina. Creando de un problema que todavía existe. Es hora de reconocer a Palestina como un país en un su derecho a ser lo que siempre ha sido.

On a closing note I want to say that it was with awe that I listened to Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico, addressing the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. On his intervention he urges the United States of America to pay for the damage that the drug consumption in this country is causing to Mexico. He forgets that he is the only responsible for the more than 30 thousand lost lives of what he had called the “war on drugs.” As I mention in an old post in this blog about Amsterdam, the only solution viable in my personal opinion is to legalize the production and consumption of “Cannabis” and its derivates, the state had to have a government overview to quality control the product and to tax the distribution and the consumption of it, it is not enough and it has never been enough to “Say No to drugs” slogan of the Reagan times…

UN Photo/Marco Castro President of Mexico Addresses General Assembly Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2011 United Nations, New York

En una nota de cierre, quiero decir que fué con asombro que escuché a Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente de México, frente al debate general del Sexagésimo período de sesiones de la Asamblea General. En su intervención, insta a los Estados Unidos de América a pagar por los daños que el consumo de drogas en este país está causando a México. Se olvida que, él es el único responsable de los más de 30 mil vidas perdidas de lo que él ha llamado a la “guerra contra las drogas.” Como menciono en una entrada antigua en este blog sobre Amsterdam, la única solución viable en mi opinión personal es la de legalizar la producción y el consumo de “cannabis” y sus derivados, es el Estado quien tiene que supervisar su producción. Es el gobierno que tiene controlar la calidad del producto y al mismo tiempo cargar un impuesto a la distribución y el consumo de la misma, no es suficiente y nunca ha sido suficiente el “Decir no a las drogas “, lema de los tiempos de Reagan …

Muchas gracias!

Marco Castro

About marcocastrophotography

I was born and raised in México City, where the mixture of cultures gave birth to the nation that we know as México. My grandmother was the last in my family who spoke fluent Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Due to the racism in those days, she never taught her daughters the language, and therefore, we, as a family, lost our cultural heritage. I have been involved, however, with the indigenous world, even though I do not believe this happened by coincidence. I have a background as a graphic designer, one credit short of a BA in Graphic Communication Design from the National School of Visual Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico (ENAP-UNAM). While in a Photographic Workshop at the University Center of Cinematographic Studies (CUEC-UNAM), I met a photographer who changed my life forever: Ignacio “Nacho” López. I can still see how strongly he influences me when I develop my work in my digital darkroom. I have also had the opportunity to share marvelous moments with photographers like Dolores Alvarez-Bravo, Hector García, Lázaro Blanco, and Walter Reuter who introduced me to the etnia Triqui in Oaxaca, Mexico (Triqui Nation). I traveled and worked as Reuter's assistant for several years. I moved to New York City in 1993, which was a dream of mine for years. Here I have had the opportunity to collaborate with newspapers, magazines, and several news organizations, as well as literary publications. I also have been working as a photographer-consultant for the United Nations headquarters in New York City for the past six years at the openings of the General Assemblies. I spent endless hours in my darkroom, even mixing my own chemicals blowing up my prints back in my hometown; skills that I apply today in my digital work with attention to detail. I hold a BA on Communication and Culture from the School of Professional Studies at the Graduate Center City University of New York class of 2010. I consider myself as a Photojournalist with a Humanistic approach; I have an opportunity to rapidly built rapport with my subjects allowing me to break the barriers of language and culture; this open the doors for me to get a glimpse at their experience on their daily life and activities. Taking advantage of the old school and the digital imagining, I take the Previsualization of an image as taught by Anselm Adams with the algorithms of the new digital era and combine them to enhance what I see and experience at the moment of capture. My experience as a printer in Black and White darkroom, has allow me to choose the right material to support my imaginery. Using the Canon Pro9500 MarkII with it’s high-performance, high-density 7680 nozzle FINE print head that produces ink droplets as small as 3-picoliters for stunning, true-to-life images. The Canon LUCIA ink system guarantees archival photo life up to 100 years. All this in a 100 % acid-free cotton paper as the Moab Somerset enhanced velvet 225gsm. In 13” by 19” prints that I sale as fine art. As freelance Photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Am always open for the booking of my expertise and for hire anywhere in the world as I hold two passports as Mexican-American and a driver’s license for the State of New York.
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