26 october 2020

— Sundeep Waslekar of the Strategic Foresight Group writes in the Times of India that while the achievements of the United Nations in its first 75 years — “including eradicating smallpox in 1980, mobilizing nations to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, and its role in negotiating over 170 peace settlements in regional conflicts since its inception” — deserve praise, “an incohesive response to contain the novel coronavirus, the failure of the UN Security Council to resolve the Syrian conflict due to tensions between Washington, Beijing and Moscow, and the retreat of international nuclear non-proliferation, force us to re-examine the Council’s capability to achieve its core mission: the maintenance of international peace and security.”

Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gambari, both past chairs of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, write at Project Syndicate that “rising nationalism raises a significant risk that the UN system’s structure and institutions, essential but in need of repair and rejuvenation, may instead be left to decline, decay, and even collapse. … To help promote cooperative responses to today’s most pressing global problems, we are delighted to lend our support to the Roadmap for the Future We Want & UN We Need, presented last month to the President of the UN General Assembly at the UN75 Global Governance Forum.”

Among the global news outlets marking the anniversary are Daily Pakistan, the Egypt Independent, the Hurriyet Daily News, the IndependentIndia TodayPrensa Latina, the South China Morning Post, and the Washington Post.

— The two-day World Federalist Movement Online Conference took place this weekend. Video of the Zoom sessions is available via the Democracia Global Facebook page.

— On Friday, the Global Solutions Initiative and 1014 hosted the virtual forum “Young Voices on the Future of Multilateralism,” which included Magdalena Hess of Fridays for Future, Radha Kulkarni of UNICEF, Enyseh Teimory of Together First, and Aniqah Zowmi of UNESCO. The complete 88-minute event can be viewed online.

— René Wadlow of the Association of World Citizens writes on the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research website that United Nations Day marks “the day when there were enough ratifications including those of the five permanent members of the proposed Security Council for the U.N. Charter to come into force. It is a day not only of celebration, but also a day for looking at how the U.N. system can be strengthened, and when necessary, reformed.”

— Young World Federalists released a 16-minute video titled “The People of World Federalism” featuring world federalists from around the globe discussing their activism and reasons for commitment to the cause. Speakers include representatives of Democracia Global, Democracy Without Borders, the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, and other organizations:

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