2 october 2020

— The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Board of Directors has selected Lise Grande to be the Institute’s new president and CEO. USIP Board Chair and former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley said, “The USIP Board of Directors is pleased that Lise Grande will lead USIP during this period of significant global change. USIP has never been stronger as an institution, and its mission has never been more critical. We are confident that Lise’s experience and leadership will help the Institute rise to the many challenges that lie ahead.” Grande is currently the head of UN humanitarian and development operations in Yemen, and will be the sixth president in the USIP’s 36-year history.

— At a UN high-level meeting marking 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Secretary‑General António Guterres said that “more girls are in school than ever before in history,” but that “the ambitious vision of the Beijing Declaration remains unfulfilled. One woman in three still experiences some form of violence in her lifetime and females are still frequently excluded from peace negotiations, climate talks and decision‑making roles of all kinds. … Twenty‑five years after Beijing, he said, ‘we are facing a women‑led recession’ as females employed in the informal economy are first to lose their jobs.”

— African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Amani Abou-Zeid addressed the Y’ello Connection Thought Leadership Roundtable on the theme of “Africa’s digital acceleration path in the ‘new normal.’ The high-level roundtable attended by leading industry experts and government officials aimed at discussing the impact and immediate steps needed to better leverage digital technologies and infrastructure under the ‘New Normal’ with specific focus on the opportunities and challenges facing the Continent during and post-COVID pandemic.”

— Jarrett Blanc of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argues that “the world gave the United States one do-over” after Barack Obama succeeded George W. Bush as president, but it might not do so as readily if Joseph Biden defeats Donald Trump. Blanc says he believes the U.S. “is likely to confront a dramatically different welcome in the world — even if Biden reverses Trump’s most offensive, aggressive, or failed policies. … To build a foreign policy that meets its ultimate purpose of supporting our renewal at home, a potential Biden administration will need to be disciplined, choosing more areas to collaborate or follow others’ lead and fewer that demand more direct leadership from Washington.”

— The Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court has released a 26-page report of the Advisory Committee on Nominations of Judges on the work of its seventh session.

Quote of the Week:

“A world that has become a single geographic unit is now groping its way, however slowly, toward global institutions as the only way of achieving common safety and common progress. A new world is waiting to be born.” — Norman Cousins

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