— The United Nations has placed “the responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” on the agenda for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Germany’s representative, “speaking on behalf of the European Union, recalled that the Assembly has, since its seventy-second session, voted in favour of including the responsibility to protect on its agenda. Denmark’s representative said that its debates on the responsibility to protect had been useful and inspired Member States to ‘make a difference.'”
— Charlotte Edmond of the World Economic Forum writes that the COVID-19 pandemic “should be a rallying call to policy-makers and scientists everywhere, bringing the world together to confront a common threat. … Many of the concerns that have led to the trust deficit in scientific cooperation could potentially be addressed through a new convention on scientific cooperation,” either through UNESCO or “through a scientist-led organization.”
— Amnesty International urges the United Nations and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to “take urgent and concrete measures to protect Denis Mukwege, a doctor and Nobel Laureate who is receiving death threats for demanding accountability and justice for serious crimes perpetrated in the country.”
— Friday marked the anniversary of World Citizen pioneer Garry Davis’s declaration of the founding of the World Government of World Citizens on September 4, 1953, in Ellsworth, Maine. His declaration can be read in full online.
— At UN Dispatch, Mark Leon Goldberg considers the legacy of John Maynard Keynes, “the economist who charted a new path for international cooperation.”