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23 october 2020

— The Bahá’í International Community released A Governance Befitting: Humanity and the Path Toward a Just Global Order in connection with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. According to the Bahá’í World News Service, Fergus Watt of World Federalist Movement-Canada “highlights how the concept of unity presented in the statement is one ‘that embraces diversity of national, legal, cultural, and political traditions, but situated within an ethical basis that reminds us of the shared values that are intrinsic to humans everywhere: an acknowledgment of interdependence, a shared ethic of justice, and a recognition that humanity is one.’ … Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing of the Center for Peace and Global Governance says, ‘We are becoming aware that being one organism makes us open to global challenges. But we realize that we lack precisely the global decision-making structures needed to tackle these problems. This is why new structures such as a directly-elected international body are needed.'”

— European Parliament President David Sassoli announced that the democratic opposition in Belarus has been awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of ThoughtSassoli said, “Let me congratulate the representatives of the Belarusian opposition for their courage, resilience and determination. They have stood and still stay strong in the face of a much stronger adversary. But they have on their side something that brute force can never defeat — and this is the truth. So my message for you, dear laureates, is to stay strong and not to give up on your fight. Know that we are by your side.”

— René Wadlow of the Association for World Citizens examines the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, writing that “a first step toward a resolution of the conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Nagorno-Karabakh is to have the Phantom Republics be given membership within the United Nations, so that their representatives could speak for themselves: Abkahazia, South Ossetia, Transnistra and the Republic of Artsakh; the name given by the Armenian leadership to the Nagorno-Karabakh area.” The Association of World Citizens proposes “a ‘package deal” for the four entities.’ Once recognized through U.N. membership; it will be up to each of the Phantom Republics to create economic, social and political ties with its neighbors.”

— S.M. Sharei of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research will speak at the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies virtual symposium “How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State” on October 30 at 1430 UTC. More information is available via Facebook.

— Citizens for Global Solutions Executive Director Bob Flax appeared last week on the FutureWAVE Films “People Powered Planet” podcast, hosted by Arthur Kanegis. The full 65-minute discussion is available below:

Quote of the Week:

“As I looked down, I saw a large river meandering slowly along for miles, passing from one country to another without stopping. I also saw huge forests, extending along several borders. And I watched the extent of one ocean touch the shores of separate continents. Two words leaped to mind as I looked down on all this: commonality and interdependence. We are one world.” — John-David Bartoe, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1985 Space Shuttle crew member

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