16 october 2020

— The African Union announced that “in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of the USA and Switzerland,” it has “launched virtually the first ever edition of the Africa Migration Report.” The first edition “seeks to provide additional perspectives that ensure a more complete understanding of this complex phenomenon, thereby correcting misconceptions regarding African migration. The launch event drew over 200 technical experts, government ministers and representatives of member states, officials from the development sector, development partners, and other interested individuals.”

— Fritz Pointer of Democratic World Federalists assesses the flaws in the United States Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court, concluding, “If the US Constitution and the UN Charter are inadequate, can the Earth Constitution do better when it comes to the voting rights of Africans in America and the democratic aspirations of people all over the world? Democratic World Federalists are seeking a review of the 8 UN Charter (The San Francisco Promise) asking the UN General Assembly to compare the outdated Charter to the Earth Constitution.”

— Parliamentarians for Global Action announced its support for a legislative initiative by Philippines Senator Leila M. de Lima to prevent and counter extrajudicial killings. De Lima, a “member of PGA, recently filed in the Senate of the Philippines Bill no. 1842 to prevent and counter extra-judicial killings, which are taking place in a widespread and systematic manner…under the threatening label of the ‘war on drugs.'” PGA Secretary-General David Donat Cattin said, “This piece of draft legislation is remarkable as it aims at creating all necessary conditions for the Philippine legal system to prevent and counter mass atrocities that are currently victimizing its civilian population.”

— Thames & Hudson recently published Can Globalization Succeed? A Primer for the 21st Century by Dena Freeman of the London School of Economics, saying the book “traces the development of economic globalization starting from the first wave of colonialization in the 15th century, through the first period of globalization at the end of the 19th century, and up to the contemporary period of globalization that started in the 1980s and appears today to be teetering on the brink of collapse.”

— The World Health Organization, in collaboration with UNICEF, Nutrition International, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has published a micronutrient survey manual “to meet the demand of countries interested in assessing the micronutrient status of their populations.”

Quote of the Week:

“As a Citizen of the great republic of humanity at large; I cannot help turning my attention sometimes to this subject. … On these occasions I consider how mankind may be connected like one great family in fraternal ties.” — George Washington

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