15 october 2020

— Donna Park of Citizens for Global Solutions writes in Colorado’s Pagosa Daily Post, “It is now more evident than ever that the world lacks the structures necessary to successfully address the many global problems facing it.” A World Parliamentary Assembly representing “the people of the world at the United Nations…would owe its allegiance to the people rather than to national governments.” If a World Parliamentary Assembly were created, “citizens of democratic nations like the United States would then be able to vote not only for local, state, and national leaders, but also for global leaders to represent them on the global stage. These leaders would be expected to create and implement solutions that are democratic, just, sustainable, and serve the common good of all humanity.”

— At UN Dispatch, Joanne Lu looks at global hunger, writing that though “the world has made gradual progress toward eliminating hunger over the last two decades,” according to the latest Global Hunger Index, “progress is far too slow — so much so, 37 countries won’t even reach low levels, much less zero, hunger by 2030.” The Index lists 11 countries — Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, and Yemen — as having “alarming” levels of hunger. Lu says “the good news is that 48 countries have low levels of hunger…and 46 of the countries in the moderate, serious or alarming categories have improved their scores since 2012.”

— UNA-USA Global Goals Ambassador Shruthisri Ravisankar writes, “It is our collective responsibility to ensure equal access to opportunities and promote social, economic, and political equality. During Global Goals Week, I had the opportunity to attend the ‘Outrage to Action: Adaptive Leadership and Change Management Masterclass’ session by the Humanity Lab Foundation. … By understanding that we all have differing perspectives (based on our diverse backgrounds, educations, communities, cultures, and experiences), we can stimulate respectful dialogue and mobilize change.”

— The Zoom Webinar “Advancing the UN75 Declaration: How Global Civil Society Can Better Partner with the Alliance for Multilateralism to Confront Multiple Global Crises” will take place on October 23 at 1330 UTC. Those interested can register here.

— Video of the Online Forum on Modern Direct Democracy panel discussion on whether a World Citizens’ Initiative can help strengthen the UN, which took place on September 22, is available online. The full video runs just under 88 minutes.

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