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21 september 2020

— The United Nations Association of the United States of America has announced its 2020-2021 Global Ambassadors, a yearlong fellowship in which “the Ambassadors will work alongside UNA-USA staff and other volunteer leaders to promote the SDGs through blog posts and UNA Forum articles, attendance and representation at events, and the creation of national events.” The new Global Ambassadors are Amanda Abrom, Gallage Ariyaratne, Andres Arzate, Chandra Pauline (Dinakar) Daniel, Diana Daniels, Robin Happel, Amatullah I, Beverly Isa, Olivera Jankovska, Sadie Luke, Ahmed Meselhy, Louise Michel, Nekpen Osuan, James Paek, Ellen Wang, Malaya Williams, Ritesh Yadav, Ada Yang, and Raiha Zainab.

— In an op-ed distributed by PeaceVoice, Citizens for Global Solutions Executive Director Bob Flax urges the U.S. to support international law and the International Criminal Court, writing that the U.S. government “has championed ICC investigations into abuses in Burma and Syria, and even recently used human rights as a cudgel against China, Iran, and North Korea,” but “when the investigators’ eyes turned towards America” and possible U.S. actions in Afghanistan, Washington imposed sanctions.

— The International Democracy Community will host the Online Forum on Modern Direct Democracy September 21-29 via Zoom. The Forum “will offer 4 thematic tracks: Climate, sustainability and direct democracy; Swiss direct democracy in practice; The future of democracy; [and] Democracy in crisis.” Those interested can register here.

— In an essay published in part at Earth Federation News & Opinion, World Constitution and Parliament Association President Glen T. Martin argues that as long as the United Nations “is supported by the voluntary contributions of its members, then the actual framework for thought and most decision-making” will be “one dollar one vote.” Martin says the UN Security Council, “largely under the domination of the US, controls everything that goes on,” writing that according to William Blum’s Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, “on any issue that would increase the peace and justice in the world, the vote has been the vast majority of nations versus the US.”

— René Wadlow of the Association of World Citizens highlights the legacy of Simone Weil and her book L’Enracinement, in which she addressed “the need for humanity, non-violence, and equity.” Wadlow writes that the life and writings of Weil, who died at age 34 in 1943, “are a prime example of the effort to establish a link between society and the direction of thought.”

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