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7 september 2020

— 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.”

One reply on “7 september 2020”

I have taken the trouble to read the “Ellsworth Declaration” in its entirety. It is interesting because it documents the spiritual condition of Garry Davis at that time: A hopeless mixture of world-weariness and half-baked solution ideas for a humanity that does not exist in this form. A sermon of the “world citizen no. 1” against reality, like a chaotic philosophy, which completely ignored the already then known and logically formulated perspectives and plans of serious World Federalists. It culminates in the egocentric fantasy of being the world government itself.
The German journalist Peter Coulmas wrote about Garry Davis on page 340 in his 1990 book “Weltbürger – Geschichte einer Menschheitssehnsucht” (Citizens of the World – History of a Human Longing):
“His cosmopolitan ideas, however, especially the claim that no single state or government was responsible for him, were seen as the eccentricities of a kinky American, not as the visions of the prophet of a new age.”

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