1 october 2020

— The United Nations General Assembly hosted a summit on biodiversity on Wednesday. Secretary-General António Guterres “said that humanity must rebuild its relationship with nature. Deforestation, climate change and the conversion of wilderness for human food production are destroying Earth’s fragile web of life, which must be healthy for current and future generations to thrive. Biodiversity and ecosystems are essential for human progress and prosperity, and central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, yet none of the global biodiversity targets set for 2020 will be met.”

— In a statement, International Criminal Court President Chile Eboe-Osuji thanked the group of independent experts tasked late last year with carrying out an independent review of the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute System. Eboe-Osuji said, “On behalf of the Court, I would thank the experts for their hard work on this review process, particularly in the trying conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Court received the Experts’ report resulting from that review process. Across the Court, we have fully engaged with this process from the outset with high expectations. We look forward to carefully reviewing and assessing the report.”

— Citizens for Global Solutions recaps the events of the September 16-18 UN75 Global Governance Forum, “the result of years of work by 540 Civil Society Organizations from around the world in response to the recommendation made in 2015 by the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance for there to be a meeting on improving global governance in 2020, the 75th anniversary of the UN. The UN Secretary General also got involved by sponsoring both a UN75 survey for individuals and the global conversation initiative for groups to feed into the process during 2020.”

— The European Endowment for Democracy and its partners celebrated the International Day of Democracy in a series of events in mid-September, focusing “on what we can do to strengthen democracy and foster democratic innovation. Speakers from across the world shared powerful stories of their challenging experiences trying to fight the spread of disinformation, debunk fake news and strengthen fact checking.”

— Parliamentarians for Global Action has issued its quarterly update on the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty.

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