28 september 2020

— Democracy Without Borders summarizes the discussion of the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly at the virtual UN75 Global Governance Forum earlier this month, writing that the issue “was explored by a forum panel convened by Democracy Without Borders (DWB) that brought together five members of parliament: Darren Bergman and Nomsa Tarabella-Marchesi from South Africa, Domènec Devesa, Member of the European Parliament from Spain, Alhagie Mbow from the Gambia and Lilia Puig, Member of the Mercosur Parliament from Argentina.” The discussion, which runs just under 78 minutes, can be viewed online.

— International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda addressed the annual ministerial meeting of the Informal Ministerial Network for the ICC on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last week. Bensouda “recalled that ‘the integrity of the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice cannot be allowed to be undermined under duress’, emphasizing that ‘accountability for atrocity crimes, and the ICC as a crucial embodiment of that necessary objective, is an essential pillar of a rules-based multilateral order.’ She underscored: ‘along with my Office, we have without fail payed homage to the Rome Statute with utmost integrity and professionalism, led by a sense of unflinching responsibility towards our independent and impartial mandate, solely by the dictates of the Statute. That commitment will continue.'”

— In a statement on the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in part, “The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is an essential element of a world free from nuclear weapons. It delegitimizes nuclear tests, reinforcing norms against the development and use of nuclear weapons, and is an effective barrier against nuclear proliferation. I repeat my call on States that have not signed or ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to do so immediately; and on all States to renew efforts for the entry into force of this essential Treaty, which is long overdue.”

— Robert DeLaurentis, who recently completed a flight over both the North and South poles in his Gulfstream plane Citizen of the World, writes about his trip, which was part of his mission to spread the word of global citizenship. DeLaurentis made stops in 26 countries on six continents as part of his journey. DeLaurentis is working on a book about his experience, and a 10-part documentary series is in the works.

— On the Association of World Citizens website, René Wadlow reviews Negotiating Local Knowledge: Power and Identity in Development, edited by Alan Bicker, Johan Pottier, and Paul Sillitoe and first published in 2003. Wadlow writes that the essays in the 344-page book “are a useful presentation of the ways in which local knowledge is used in the development process. As has been pointed out; development is ‘often a messy business of decisions that have to be taken in difficult circumstances; on the basis of inadequate knowledge; reactions, counter-reactions and compromises; and it always constitutes a learning process for all involved.'”

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