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15 september 2020

— Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Andrea Venzon of NOW!, in an op-ed in The Independent, write, “While the United Nations’ creation was a big step forward, it was only the first step. How can the UN’s founding charter not, even once, include the term democracy? … A global democratic government will not be created overnight, but major economic powers can start the work by coming together and forming an alliance to defend and uphold freedoms.” The G7 — “an outdated group of countries that is unrepresentative and lacks a clear purpose — could be transformed into the Democratic 10 (D-10) with the aim of protecting democracy. By adding to the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States) Australia, India, and South Korea, the group will gain in economic and diplomatic strength.” From there, in the future all democratic nations could “join this union and form a global government by the people, for the people.”

— Andreas Bummel of Democracy Without Borders writes at Al Jazeera English that though “the world and its people have never been so closely interwoven than today,” there are “more fences and walls separating them than ever before. Many governments seem to resist the inevitable. World unification is no longer a philosophical consideration. It is becoming a political possibility. … In the meantime, the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly represents a practical and doable step on the path towards a world parliament.”

— Amnesty International says it is joining with “more than 850 civil society organizations, indigenous peoples’ groups, social movements and local communities in calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to recognize the universal human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.” The open letter “comes ahead of the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva from September 14 to October 6. It argues that people must be protected from the deadly impacts of environmental degradation and climate change.”

— Parliamentarians for Global Action says the government of Venezuela is attempting to intimidate Parliamentarians for Global Action Venezuela National Group Chair Armando Armas with a raid on the home of his mother, a retired judge and former member of Venezuela’s Council of the Judiciary. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó accused the government of Nicolás Maduro of “brutality…as part of his persecution scheme” with the detention of Armas’s mother.

— In a new report, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board says global disorder and lack of cooperation have exacerbated the spread of COVID-19. GPMB Co-Chair Elhadj As Sy said, “Transparency and accountability are essential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust is the foundation of government-community relationships for better health but that trust dissipates when governments and leaders do not deliver on their commitments.”

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