18 september 2020

— The UN75 Global Governance Forum continued Thursday. A video archive of all plenary sessions is available. On Wednesday, the forum’s opening plenary “explored with leading public intellectuals the current state-of-the-world a few days prior to the endorsement, by world leaders, of a new UN75 Declaration with twelve distinct commitments and points for global action.” On Thursday, the opening plenary “featured a variety of experts and civil society leaders from around the globe who introduced the Forum’s Innovation Track and presented twenty innovative proposals to achieve better global governance across four pillars: global economic governance & sustainable development; peace & security; human rights, humanitarian aid & inclusive governance; and climate governance.”

— Friday at 15:30 UTC, Democracy Without Borders hosts UN75 Forum: A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, a community-driven session of the UN75 Global Governance Forum. The policy review “A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly” will be presented and discussed.

— Stéphanie Fillion of PassBlue laments the absence of women from the opening days of the UN General Assembly, writing that the first woman scheduled to speak at the opening session, Slovenian President Zuzana Čaputová, “is 53rd on the list of about 119 heads of state. … Among the first-day speakers are leaders from Brazil, the United States, France, Chile, China, Turkey, Cuba, Russia, Iran, Qatar and South Africa — nary a woman in the mix.”

— David Adler of the Progressive International previews the organization’s inaugural summit by writing, “We face a simple choice: Internationalism or Extinction. Either we form a common front of workers and peoples that can reclaim the world from [a] tiny set of oligarchs and dictators. Or they will continue to amass wealth and power, watching the world burn outside their window.”

— NASA’s Earth Observatory website looks at the role of rivers as political borders, noting that rivers “make up 23 percent of international borders, 17 percent of the world’s state and provincial borders, and 12 percent of all county-level local borders. Of all of the continents, South America stood out for having the largest proportion of international borders made up by rivers — nearly half. Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, French, Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay all have lengthy international river borders.”

Quote of the Week:

“A parliament at the UN would symbolize the notion of humanity as a community of world citizens.”

— Günter Grass, 1999

One reply on “18 september 2020”

To NASA’s Earth Observatory:
Rivers are beautiful boundaries, better than straight lines in the desert. Because they are natural, there is rarely a dispute about the border. Civilized neighbouring nations can share them. You can build bridges over the rivers. And more can be made of them for the future.
The Jordan Union with Jerusalem as the capital of peace:


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