6 october 2020

— UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed said in a video message to mark World Teachers’ Day, “I am heartened to see so many partners working together to bring global attention to the world’s indispensable teachers, school leaders and education staff. … At the opening of the new session of the General Assembly, world leaders urged greater global solidarity to recover better from this crisis and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals with a decade of sustained and ambitious action. Many called in particular for action on education — recognizing that it remains one of our greatest tools for advancing peace, human rights and all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Teachers are the backbone of all education systems, and the key to ensuring a quality and inclusive education for all.”

— The Coalition for the International Criminal Court asked candidates for ICC prosecutor “to complete questionnaires regarding their vision, background, qualifications, experience and views on international justice and the ICC.” Responses by Morris A. AnyahFergal GaynorSusan Oaklany, and Richard Roy are available online in PDF format.

— The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs has launched a new website featuring the new 44th edition of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook. The UN in announcing the site said the Yearbook “has been prepared each year through a standing request of the General Assembly. This authoritative guide provides key historical context and highlights opportunities for further progress in this vital arena of international security.”

— Mark Leon Goldberg of UN Dispatch examines the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, where President Alassane Ouatarra first “announced that he would not seek a constitutionally dubious third term in office” but then opted to enter the race after his preferred successor suddenly died in July. Goldberg says his decision “sparked protests among the supporters of the opposition, which called for civil disobedience against what they allege to be an unconstitutional move.” The situation “is very tense ahead of elections that are scheduled for October 31.”

— On the Association of World Citizens website, René Wadlow reviews the 1995 book Conflict Transformation, edited by Kumar Rupesinghe.

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