2 december 2020

— Ramesh Thakur writes at Valdai Club, “How is the world governed even in the absence of a world government in order to produce norms, codes of conduct, and regulatory, surveillance and compliance instruments? The answer lies in global governance. Conversely, outbreaks of disorder, instability, volatility and conflict represent crises and decay of domestic and/or global governance.”

— Peter Splinter writes at openDemocracy that after “the family members of the victims of police killings in the United States and more than 600 civil society organizations from around the world” called on the United Nations Human Rights Council “to urgently hold a special session on the US to respond to the grave human rights crisis of repression of nationwide protests following the police murder of George Floyd and other unlawful killings of unarmed Black people by police and armed white vigilantes,” a debate took place and a consensus resolution was passed. But UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has yet to complete “a report on systemic racism and violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies” as mandated by the resolution.

— International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement, “On the occasion of this year’s Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I join the calls for a world free of violence against women and children. Women and girls around the world continue to be the victims of unspeakable crimes, from sexual and gender-based violence to harassment, human trafficking, child marriages, and being forced to serve as child soldiers. Despite progress made in the fight against impunity for such crimes, they remain prevalent. … My Office will continue to exert all efforts to meet challenges and ensure a measure of justice for the victims of these crimes.”

— The United States political news site Politico reports that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden “has promised to host a gathering of the world’s democracies next year.” Biden’s pledge “has left many foreign officials pondering a thorny question: Will their country be invited? It’s of special concern for nations such as Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the Philippines — all U.S. allies or partners with leaders who have taken notable steps away from democracy. Even a country like India, which boasts of being the world’s most populous democracy, may not make the cut given recent anti-democratic trends there.”

— The World Resources Institute asks on its website if the world is “on track to meet climate targets by 2030 and 2050. A report from WRI and ClimateWorks Foundation found that in all but a couple of cases, progress is happening far too slowly for the world to meet its emissions-reduction targets — and in some cases, we’re moving in the entirely wrong direction.”

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