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13 october 2020

— Members of the European Parliament on the Foreign Affairs and Development committees have selected three finalists for the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought: the democratic opposition in Belarus, “represented by the Coordination Council“; Guapinol activists and Berta Cáceres in Honduras; and Najeeb Moussa Michaeel, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq. The European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents will select the laureate on October 22, with the prize awarded in a ceremony on December 16.

— Citizens Take Over Europe is calling on European Union institutions to “urgently commit to a timetable for the Conference on the Future of Europe, and engage civil society to co-design an empowering format for the Conference from the bottom-up, through which citizens feel ownership,” “ensure complete democratic legitimacy by putting citizens centre-stage in the discussions at all phases, make special efforts to involve minorities and youth, and firmly anchor civil society’s role in the Conference’s structure. Citizens must not only be consulted but also be participants, even through randomly selected Citizens’ Assemblies,” and “pledge to follow-up to any significant reforms recommended by the Conference, including the possibility of treaty change,” among other demands.

— United Nations Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed said at the launch event for the Pacific Regional Programme Together to End Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in the Pacific, “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports indicate that gender-based violence has increased globally. The Pacific — where rates of violence were already among the highest in the world — has not been spared. Collective and comprehensive action on ending this violence could not be more urgent.”

— United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir “stressed the importance of achieving global pacts” Monday as the COVID-19 pandemic puts 100 million worldwide at risk of extreme poverty. Bozkir said “accords like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement on climate change are perfect frameworks in emerging from COVID-19…urging the international community to intensify efforts to implement them.”

— William Pace, the founding Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court and a co-founder of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, has joined the National Advisory Council of Citizens For Global Solutions.

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