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30 september 2020

— The summer edition of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy’s international journal Mondial, with special content from Citizens for Global Solutions, is now available online. This issue contains articles entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Global Governance“, “Surviving Dystopia: World Federalism Eclipsed“, and “The UN at 75: The world planned a party… Then the coronavirus showed up“, […]

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29 september 2020

— The Financial Times interviews International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, writing that during her tenure, the ICC “has secured more convictions than under its first prosecutor, the Argentine lawyer Luis Moreno Ocampo, partly by taking on more winnable cases. Though some have collapsed, the court convicted Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, an Islamist militant, for destroying monuments in […]

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28 september 2020

— Democracy Without Borders summarizes the discussion of the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly at the virtual UN75 Global Governance Forum earlier this month, writing that the issue “was explored by a forum panel convened by Democracy Without Borders (DWB) that brought together five members of parliament: Darren Bergman and Nomsa Tarabella-Marchesi from South Africa, […]

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25 september 2020

— Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, looks back on two years of the UN system-wide Youth2030 strategy, writing that it “serves as a common framework for the UN System to come together to work with and for youth.” Wickramanayake says the implementation of Youth2030 “benefits from the strategic guidance of a High-Level Steering Committee. … It is […]

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24 september 2020

— Representatives of Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan on Wednesday “expressed their concern over lack of any ‘meaningful’ forward movement on long-pending reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and demanded ‘urgency’ on the issue,” according to Press Trust of India. In a joint statement, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign […]

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23 september 2020

— Mark Leon Goldberg of UN Dispatch writes that on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping used their speeches to the UN General Assembly “to take potshots at each other.” In his brief prerecorded speech, Trump said, “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.” Goldberg says […]

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22 september 2020

— The Associated Press says the United Nations “marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major global powers.” Secretary-General António Guterres said, “No one wants a world government, but […]

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21 september 2020

— The United Nations Association of the United States of America has announced its 2020-2021 Global Ambassadors, a yearlong fellowship in which “the Ambassadors will work alongside UNA-USA staff and other volunteer leaders to promote the SDGs through blog posts and UNA Forum articles, attendance and representation at events, and the creation of national events.” The new Global […]

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18 september 2020

— The UN75 Global Governance Forum continued Thursday. A video archive of all plenary sessions is available. On Wednesday, the forum’s opening plenary “explored with leading public intellectuals the current state-of-the-world a few days prior to the endorsement, by world leaders, of a new UN75 Declaration with twelve distinct commitments and points for global action.” On Thursday, the opening plenary “featured […]

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the second american experiment

On this date 233 years ago, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution. Since that time, it has become part of the U.S. foundation myth that 13 colonies alike in ideals and aspirations came together on July 4, 1776 to create one nation, fought off an empire, and went on to forge […]