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2 september 2020

— The AP reports the UN Security Council “will hold a high-level summit during the annual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly later this month to discuss ‘adjustments’ to the current international system” after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigerian Ambassador to the UN Abdou Abarry, who took over the rotating presidency of the Security Council on Tuesday, said Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou will chair the September 24 meeting. AFP reports Abarry said, “This will be an opportunity for our leaders to have political discussions on the need to adapt the current international system embodied by the United Nations and the Security Council in order to effectively face traditional threats to security such as conflicts, but also new threats such as organized crime and pandemics.”

— On Thursday, UN2020 will host “The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism.” The online discussion will “reflect on the global institutional arrangements that we currently have — and that may be needed in the future — to respond to the complex and inter-related challenges facing our world, including cross-border health pandemics, economic shocks, inequality, climate instability, and threats to peace and security.” Click here to register.

— The United Nations Association of the United States of America looks ahead to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly later this month, writing, “As we approach the General Assembly this September, let’s come together in this time for change, for a profound systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.”

— On Saturday, September 12, Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor to UN2020 and Together First, will offer an update on the goals of UN2020 and UN75. More information is available here.

— At openDemocracy, Michael C. Zeller of the Central European University Centre for Policy Studies warns that with the reelection of President Andrzej Duda, Poland is moving toward autocracy.

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