10 november 2020

— Parliamentarians for Global Action and several other organizations have announced a handbook on disarmament that “focuses on parliamentary action to implement the disarmament agenda put forward by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his 2018 report entitled Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament. This agenda includes a set of goals and practical measures across the entire range of disarmament issues, including weapons of mass destruction, outer space, conventional weapons and future weapon technologies.” The 88-page handbook is available online.

— A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres said Monday, “The Secretary-General congratulates the American people for a vibrant exercise of democracy in their country’s elections last week. He congratulates the President-elect and Vice‑President-elect and reaffirms that the partnership between the United States and the United Nations is an essential pillar of the international cooperation needed to address the dramatic challenges facing the world today.”

–At UN Dispatch, Mark Leon Goldberg writes, “Joe Biden has a long history with the United Nations. As Vice-President from 2009 to 2017, he was a fixture at the UN General Assembly,” and “in the later years of the Obama administration, Biden showed a particular focus on UN Peacekeeping. This includes leading a summit in 2014 that brought world leaders together to strengthen and enhance their commitments to more effective UN Peacekeeping.” As a senator, Biden “leaned on [Sen. Jesse] Helms to release the billion dollars of back dues. It worked. The ‘Helms-Biden’ law was passed unanimously in the US Senate and America’s arrears were paid.”

— United Nations Association of the United States of America Executive Director Rachel Bowen Pittman said in a statement, “On behalf of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory in the 2020 election. I also congratulate my fellow Americans for exercising the right to vote, as this election saw the largest percentage of American voters cast their ballots in more than 100 years. It is my great hope this trend continues in future elections.”

— Young World Federalists has released a short video called “Be Like Nina” on the need for a global legislature:

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