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22 september 2020

— The Associated Press says the United Nations “marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major global powers.” Secretary-General António Guterres said, “No one wants a world government, but we must work together to improve world governance.” Mark Leon Goldberg of UN Dispatch says Guterres also released “the results of a massive survey in which the UN asked people around the world to weigh in on their priorities for international cooperation and beyond.”

The Press Trust of India reports the General Assembly “adopted by consensus on Monday a forward-looking declaration on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the world body that calls for strengthening mechanism to combat terrorism, reformed multilateralism, inclusive development and better preparedness to deal with challenges” like the coronavirus pandemic.

Vox says the UN “will have a quiet 75th session this year. The heads of state are staying home, the high-level sessions are happening online, [and] the bilateral meetings and cocktail parties are canceled.” The General Assembly “will be virtual this year for the first time in its history, with presidents and prime ministers delivering pre-taped video remarks instead.”

— Democracy Without Borders says that though the United Nations has renewed its commitment to democracy and human rights, “the contrast between this resolution and the reality in the world couldn’t be ‘more drastic.'” DWB Executive Director Andreas Bummel said, “Democracy, human rights and multilateralism are under attack and there is little resistance. These lofty words now have to be followed by deeds. Strong doubts as to whether this will happen are justified.”

— OneShared.World hosted its Interdependence Summit 2020 on September 17. Speakers included World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Dalai Lama, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The summit can be viewed online.

— E-International Relations runs a lengthy essay entitled “Federalism, Functionalism And The EU: The Visions Of Mitrany, Monnet And Spinelli” by Albert Hayrapetyan of the Armenian State University of Economics in which he concludes that “the piecemeal strengthening and deepening of European integration prompts that it is too early to disregard Federalism, which has not yet lost ground despite the currents of criticism regarding its untrue predictions and unrealistic prescriptions.”

— Iqan Shahidi of Aasoo.org interviews Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing of the Center for Peace and Global Governance on the topic of “National or Global Governance”. The Farsi-language story is available here.

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