3 december 2020

— Democracy Without Borders writes on its website, “According to the Stockholm-based Global Challenges Foundation, an international average of 67 percent of people polled in a new ten-country global survey agrees that ‘a new global supranational organisation should be created to make binding global decisions on how to manage global risks.’ In addition, a majority of 77 percent across countries agrees that the UN needs to be reformed in order ‘to better manage global risks.’ … A clear majority of respondents in all countries was favorable of binding global decision-making, the most far-reaching idea covered by the survey. The largest share was found in India (89%), China (80%), South Africa (79%) and Brazil (73%).”

— Lawrence S. Wittner of the State University of New York at Albany writes in LA Progressive that “the nationalist wave appears to be receding. Although Britain’s ruling Conservative Party took up the Brexit torch, it proved unable to facilitate Britain’s departure from the European Union.” In France, Marine Le Pen’s party “was trounced in the July 2020 local elections,” and in Brazil this month, most of the candidates backed by President Jair Bolsonaro “went down to defeat. From the standpoint of the new nationalists, their most disastrous defeat occurred in the United States, where, in November 2020, President Trump lost his bid for re-election. … How can the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis, the nuclear arms race, and numerous other worldwide problems be handled effectively without strengthening global cooperation and governance?”

— Members of the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee are calling for more solidarity among EU member states on asylum “to ensure the fundamental right to asylum in the EU and the equal distribution of responsibility among member states. The inappropriate application of the hierarchy of criteria — in particular the excessive use of the first country of entry criterion — and the ineffective implementation of transfers increase pressure on certain countries, namely Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, and Spain, according to the committee, which asks for fairer rules.”

— United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the release of the report From Promise to Action: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, saying that it “reflects a growing global understanding of the great benefits of human mobility. But it also recognizes that, if poorly managed, migration can generate huge challenges, from a tragic loss of life to rights abuses and social tensions. … Human diversity is an asset, not a threat. We must appreciate the richness of our differences while never losing sight of our common humanity and dignity. We can draw on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration to recover better from COVID-19, with greater inclusion and sustainability.”

— In a podcast, Mark Leon Goldberg of UN Dispatch examines how United States President-elect Joe Biden “could restore US leadership at the United Nations in his first 100 days” in office.

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