9 september 2020

— UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed lauded the “Great Green Wall” on Tuesday, saying the African Union-led effort to combat desertification holds great promise for partner states Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. Mohammed said, “We must grow and build the Great Green Wall to confront the existential threats facing the people we serve and represent. These real threats of climate and conflict are running faster than the efforts which we are making to realize the opportunity the Great Green Wall brings in stemming the crises.” Mark Leon Goldberg writes at UN Dispatch, “The Sahel region of Africa is routinely cited by the United Nations as one of the regions in the world that is most vulnerable to climate change.”

— Representatives of the European Disability Forum, the European Network Against Racism, the European Women’s Lobby, and other organizations have called on the European Parliament to “dopt a politically robust long-term budget and recovery plan that responds to the devastating and far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on society, particularly the most marginalised,” and to reverse proposed cuts to the Justice, Rights and Values Fund.

— The Association of World Citizens is calling on the government of Sudan to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In a statement, the AWC said, “The AWC understands that the Sudan is in a transition process toward a more law-based society. A historic decision has already been made to separate religion and state, ending an improper political use of private belief to repressive ends which spanned some three decades. This is the right time to make the right choices in terms of international human rights commitments too.”

— In a French-language piece, Bernard J. Henry of the Association of World Citizens urges the defense of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, from which Poland has announced plans to withdraw.

— The United Nations will this morning (Wednesday) host the UN75 Youth Plenary from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT.

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