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25 september 2020


— Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, looks back on two years of the UN system-wide Youth2030 strategy, writing that it “serves as a common framework for the UN System to come together to work with and for youth.” Wickramanayake says the implementation of Youth2030 “benefits from the strategic guidance of a High-Level Steering Committee. … It is composed of representatives of UN Agencies at the Assistant Secretary-General level, together with representatives from youth networks and organizations, as well as young UN staff members.”

— In a statement marking the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Responsibility To Protect, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Significant progress has been made in advancing the conceptualization and operationalization of the responsibility to protect. Yet, there continues to be a gap between words of commitment and the grim reality of vulnerable populations around the world. … Greater investment in prevention is critical; building a culture of respect for human rights is equally imperative.”

— At UN Dispatch, Mark Leon Goldberg examines recent polling on U.S. attitudes toward the United Nations, writing that one survey this month found that U.S. voters “overwhelmingly support US maintaining active engagement in the United Nations — with 85% of voters saying this is ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important.’ The poll also finds that six in ten US voters believe the UN supports American objectives around the world.” A second recent poll found that members of the U.S. Democratic Party “strongly advocate addressing global problems by working within the international community, pursuing solutions such as increasing US participation in international organizations (63%), providing humanitarian aid (59%), and signing international agreements (55%),” and are more likely than members of the Republican Party “to strongly agree that ‘problems like climate change and pandemics are so big that no country can solve them alone, and international cooperation is the only way we can make progress in solving these problems’ (72% of Democrats strongly agree, compared to 36% of Republicans).”

— The World Economic Forum highlights a Gallup poll on how accepting various countries are of migrants, writing that “seven European countries, led by North Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia, topped the Gallup index of the world’s least-accepting countries,” while Canada “was the most welcoming country toward migrants, followed by Iceland and New Zealand, according to the index based on more than 140,000 interviews in 145 countries and regions.”

— The Associated Press says China, Russia, and the United States “butted heads” over responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic at the UN on Thursday, “trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at this year’s COVID-distanced UN General Assembly meeting.”

Quote of the Week:

“A world government with powers adequate to guarantee security is not a remote ideal for the distant future. It is an urgent necessity if our civilization is to survive. There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.”

— Albert Einstein

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