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[AFRINIC-rpd] PDP discussions

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Tue Jun 25 12:55:50 UTC 2013

Hi Maye,

While I asked that question off list to avoid getting into a discussion on
RPD about this, since it has been brought to the list I need to respond.

That document published in 1979 is actually contradicted (and indeed
superseded) by an event in March 2013 at a United Nations conference, where
Mexico stated that there was no established definition of the word Consensus
within the United nations.  This position was then backed by Nigeria, Japan,
Costa Rica, Chile and Columbia.

So, either the United Nations actually has no such definition, or there is
no consensus on the definition of consensus in the United Nations (This
occurred on the 28th of March 2013 at the Final UN Diplomatic Conference on
the Arms Trade Treaty, when the United Nations failed to adopt the treaty by


From:  Maye Diop <mayediop at>
Date:  Tuesday 25 June 2013 2:38 PM
To:  rpd <rpd at>
Subject:  Re: [AFRINIC-rpd] PDP discussions

To answer Andew's mail about non existence of definition of Consensus at UN.

'As per the UN definition of consensus, the concept  ³consensus² is
understood to mean the practice of adopting decisions by general agreement
without resort to voting and in the absence of any formal objection.
Where consensus is not possible, the Chair shall convey the full range of
views expressed by members.

What is a consensus?

2013/6/25 Alan Barrett <apb at>
> On Tue, 25 Jun 2013, Andrew Alston wrote:
>> But again I say, we cannot explore third options or anything until process
>> has been followed and this process has gone through last call [...]
> We can explore anything, even during thr last call.  The results of the
> exploration may cause some people to change their mind.
> --apb (Alan Barrett)
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