15 december 2020

— Rene Wadlow of the Association of World Citizens writes in Ovi Magazine, “With the death on 26 November 2020 of Sadeq Al-Mahdi, a major figure of modern Sudanese politics leaves the scene at a time of deep transitions within Sudan. … I had Sadeq Al-Mahdi as a member of the Association of World Citizens team to attend a seminar at the United Nations in Geneva on human rights and Islam.” Wadlow says Sudan is today “in a period of transition. … A good number of issues, including oil revenues, need to be worked out between Sudan and South Sudan.” Sudan “remains a country in transition, to be watched closely.”

— The Observer Research Foundation will host a forum titled “Can The G20 Deliver? Priorities For A Post-Pandemic World” at 0830 UTC on Tuesday, December 15. The daylong event “will explore the role of the G20 in the post-pandemic world and how it can be reconfigured, restructured, empowered to address global challenges. The seminar will also explore how India can lead the G20 in 2023, particularly on issues of international finance, business, trade and monetary system.”

— On December 9, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat “convened virtually the fourth African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, at a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” They “discussed cooperation on peace and security, development and human rights and reviewed progress in the implementation of their joint commitments,” and “acknowledged the shared understanding that they have on the need for a renewed and inclusive multilateralism, the challenges on the continent and globally and the unique relationship over the last four years that has helped solidify the African Union and United Nations partnership.”

— United Nations Foundation Vice President for Global Health Strategy Kate Dodson writes, “If 2020 has made one thing clear, it’s that we must invest in pandemic preparedness — at community, country, and global levels — so we can stop future threats to people’s health and well-being. Collective action challenges such as global pandemics, the climate crisis, or catastrophic outcomes from antimicrobial resistance must be prioritized in policymaking and financing at all levels in 2021 and beyond. … What the global health community, the World Health Organization, and global partners have already achieved by coming together in such little time is a reassuring sign for 2021.”

— The Coalition for the International Criminal Court has released civil society statements for the General Debate of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court this month:

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