27 november 2020

— The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, and the World Organisation for Animal Health have launched the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceAccording to the WHO, “the group will harness the leadership and influence” of “world-renowned figures to catalyze global attention and action to preserve antimicrobial medicines and avert the disastrous consequences of antimicrobial resistance.”

— On the Association of World Citizens website, René Wadlow writes, “As we reflect on current armed conflicts on which the Association of World Citizens has proposed measures for conflict resolution — Nagorno-Karabakh, Yemen, Syria, Ukraine-Donetsk-Lougansk-Russia — we ask ourselves if we are to be overwhelmed by an endless chain of regional wars capable of devastating entire countries, or will we help build the structures for the resolution of armed conflicts through negotiations in good faith. … Groups concerned with the defense and restoration of the environment need to become part of the network of conflict resolution efforts. There is much to be done. Building stronger conflict prevention networks should be a vital priority.”

— Human Rights Watch issued a statement calling on United Nations agencies to “activate the UN’s human rights framework for Syria in their aid plans. … In recognition of the difficult operating environment for aid groups in Syria, the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPPA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) led the development of the UN Parameters and Principles for Assistance in Syria, a human rights-based framework that should apply to all UN agencies operating in Syria. The secretary-general approved the guidelines, but the UN has taken no meaningful steps to incorporate them in Syrian aid programs.”

— Sonya Sceats writes at OpenDemocracy, “Australia’s pursuit of justice for its atrocities in Afghanistan is a sign of changing winds on war crimes among Britain’s closest military allies. Boris Johnson continues to support impunity for British troops accused of killing sprees and other abuses in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but it is not too late for him to change course.”

— Professor of health economics Josephine Borghi of the United Kingdom and Democracy Without Borders Sweden board member Hans Leander discuss why global problems need global solutions:

Quote of the Week:

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.” — Socrates

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