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9 december 2020

— The African Union Commission, through its Women, Gender, and Development Directorate and in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, is in the midst of “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”. The AU Commission writes, “As we mark the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign (25 November-10 December), let us join hands with survivors, activists, decision-makers, the African Union and the UN systems, and people from every walk of life, to shine a light on the need for funding, essential services, prevention and data that shapes better-informed responses.”

— In a brief blog post, The Mondialist considers the present role of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, writing that it “has so far done important work, such as its commitment to the establishment of the International Criminal Court. However, WFM/IGP is not perceived as a broad movement, but rather as a limited institution that makes a somewhat dusty impression.” The Mondialist says a shift in WFM-IGP policy that allows individual members to join “gives interested parties in poorer countries the opportunity to organise themselves as World Federalists. This could then lead to a real movement.”

— The Union of European Federalists is calling on the governments of Hungary and Poland to withdraw their veto of the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework draft for 2021-2027, stating, “It is absolutely unacceptable to put the Union’s long-term budget and the Recovery Plan at risk by two EU governments that do not believe in European principles. Any move that aims at preventing the existence of a conditionality on the Rule of Law linked to the access to structural funds should not be rewarded. The protection of the Union’s fundamental values cannot be traded.”

— In advance of the 19th Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties, set to begin next week, Human Rights Watch has released a 29-page document with recommendations for the ICC “in the following priority areas: 1) enhancing the ICC’s delivery of justice through a process of review and bolstering political and diplomatic support to the court; [and] 2) electing the best possible leadership for the court; and 3) ensuring adequate resources.”

— On Thursday, December 10, at 2100 UTC, the United Nations Association of the United States of America will host the webinar “The Artistic Approach to Advancing Human Rights”, which “will feature pieces of art that have been submitted as visual indicators of human rights. Guest speakers will offer perspective and context regarding the artwork and related UN activities.” Register here.

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