3 november 2020

— On the Democracy Without Borders website, Dan Perell, a representative to the United Nations for the Baha’i International Community, writes that the Baha’i International Community has endorsed “the establishment of a second chamber of the General Assembly of the United Nations, where representatives are directly elected — a so-called world parliamentary assembly.” Perell writes, “Just as individual freedom finds its highest expression when all are subject to just laws fairly applied, state sovereignty will bear its fairest fruit when all nations accede to a corresponding set of global rules.”

— In remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, Chile Eboe-Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court, “recalled that while the UN and the ICC have different mandates, ‘the need for both [institutions] originated directly from the horrors of the Second World War,’ and that both institutions shared a common mission: ‘to achieve a world free of violence and conflict — with human rights for all.'”

— Rachel Bridges writes on the United Nations Foundation website that though the Americas “have made significant progress in reaching the milestone of eliminating malaria throughout the region and simultaneously strengthening health systems,” the COVID-19 pandemic “threatens to undo this progress unless collective action is taken.” Zero Malaria, developed by the Pan American Health Organization, “uses innovative methods of the three pillars of malaria elimination — prevention, diagnosis, and case management — to support frontline health workers and communities that continue to be malaria hot spots.”

— United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres said in remarks to the Peacebuilding Commission’s Annual Session on Financing for Peacebuilding, “More than ever, it is our responsibility to stand alongside the most vulnerable populations. We depend on the resolve of Member States to ensure adequate and predictable financing for peacebuilding and build more peaceful and resilient societies. This is an epic challenge for us all, and we can only meet it by working together to support, innovate and expand financing for peacebuilding.”

— The African Union is hosting the African Anti-Corruption Dialogue “Fighting Corruption through Effective and Efficient Judicial Systems” this week through Wednesday.

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