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4 december 2020

— Hanoch Gutfreund of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem writes at Israel21c that “as we head into the dark tunnel of a Covid-19 winter, guided by the beckoning light of highly promising vaccine prototypes,” Albert Einstein’s “strong belief in the power and necessity of global cooperation comes to mind. In May 1946, Einstein was appointed chairman of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, which served as a platform for promoting the idea of an international framework, like the United Nations, for the control of nuclear energy. With this appointment, Einstein began to campaign towards this goal, keeping also in mind the notion of a world government.”

— The leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau, and Portugal, through the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, have committed to sustainably manage “100% of the ocean area under national jurisdiction by 2025, guided by Sustainable Ocean Plans. The countries will bring a holistic approach to ocean management that balances protection, production and prosperity to nearly 30 million sq km of national waters – an area the size of Africa.”

— United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in remarks to the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, said, “Last year, I launched a United Nations system-wide disability inclusion strategy. Its aim is to bring about lasting and transformative change in the Organization’s work on disability inclusion, across its policies, programmes and operations. … Through the implementation of the disability inclusion strategy, the United Nations system is working to lead by example. We want to be an employer of choice for persons with disabilities and I hope we will manage.”

— The African Union announced that it is “set to launch a Multi-Donor Action against Illicit Financial Flows in Africa.” Illicit Financial Flows “have been at the centre of discussions in Africa due to their negative impact on development financing, sustainable development and growth. … To enhance efforts to combat the scourge of IFFs on the African Continent, the African Union Commission through the Department of Economic Affairs, is scheduled to launch a Multi-Donor Action to add to the existing mechanisms established to stem the illicit outflows.”

— The Global Solutions Initiative is hiring for multiple positions including Senior ManagerProject Manager ProgramHead of AdministrationsSpeaker Manager, and Team Assistant.

Quote of the Week:

“I believe at some future day the nations of the earth will agree upon some sort of congress which will take cognizance of international questions of difficulty and whose decisions will be as binding as the decisions of our Supreme Court are upon us.” — Ulysses S. Grant

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