4 september 2020

— Elizabeth Cousens of the UN Foundation writes that COVID-19 and climate change have presented “the test of our times, and it is a test we must urgently pass. It is also a test we have passed before. When the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War 75 years ago, it was in many respects a far worse time,” but the world’s nations — “with the U.S. in the lead — came together and chose cooperation over conflict, building a network of institutions to tackle the most pressing problems and deliver critical global public goods to benefit all humanity, and an infrastructure for cooperation that might allow our better instincts to prevail.” Cousens says we must again “have the courage to reach out across borders to build partnerships and coalitions that will be resilient in the face of future challenges.”

— Kaysie Brown of the UN Foundation highlights “key issues to watch” at the UN General Assembly this month, including “global cooperation for COVID-19,” “reclaiming and revitalizing the Sustainable Development Goals,” “addressing the climate emergency,” and “getting serious about tackling inequalities.”

— At openDemocracy, Slawek Blich writes about the “Free Cities Alliance” between the mayors of the national capitals of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw, writing that they have “forged an alternative regional alliance promoting ‘democratic and pro-European’ values.” Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib told Blich, “For a long while now, a peculiar Central and Eastern European coalition has been trying to get into the spotlight, from post-Communist Czech businessmen-oligarchs, to Polish clergy-fascists, to Slovak political mafiosos involved in Ján Kuciak’s murder, to Hungarian conservative nationalists. For us metropolitan mayors, this was about showing that the capital cities and their citizens follow opposing values and hold different opinions on key political matters.”

— Democracy Without Borders details online events of interest to world federalists in September and October.

— Cinema Sight runs a feature on Sir Peter Ustinov that notes that Ustinov “was the president of the World Federalist Movement from 1991 to his death on March 28, 2004 at 82.”

Quote of the Week:

“A day will come when all nations on our continent will form a European brotherhood. A day will come when we shall see the United States of America and the United States of Europe face to face, reaching out for each other across the seas.”

— Victor Hugo, 1859

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