16 december 2020

— The World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy is seeking a Membership Engagement and Outreach Intern. The successful candidate will be “an ambitious, energetic, and motivated student or recent graduate interested in developing their communications and profile. … The internship will be conducted remotely for 3-6 months with a monthly allowance of 150 Euros. While the internship will be conducted remotely, the selected candidate will report to supervisors based in Europe and New York.” Applications are due Wednesday, December 16, with the internship commencing on January 9, 2021.

— On Wednesday, December 16, at 1500 UTC, Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY will host the online event “Youth of Cyprus Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations” featuring the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake. Wickramanayake will “make the opening remarks for the online event and present her mandate, her role within the UN system as well as the important role youth can have at the United Nations.”

— Union of European Federalists Hungary Secretary-General Eszter Nagy recently wrote at the Federalist Debate about the decline of democracy in Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, stating that Hungary today “is a peculiar place, an EU-member state, with an autocrat in power since 2010 currently under the — seemingly inefficient — article 7 procedure.” Nagy says Orbán has used the COVID-19 pandemic to further consolidate power, “creating a penal code category for distributing ‘fake news’ with the possibility of up to 5 years imprisonment.”

— The United Nations Association of the United States of America looks back at 2020 on its website, writing, “For so many, this year has been a period of adjustment and transition, including UNA-USA. We canceled all our in-person programming and shifted our events online, grappling with this new normal like all of you. However, despite the challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you continued to send a clear message: Americans support the lifesaving work of the UN.”

— World Resources Institute President/CEO Andrew Steer examines the Paris Climate Agreement five years on, writing that “the direction of travel is clear and positive. But unfortunately, doing better is not the same as doing enough. To limit warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F), the world needs to cut global emissions in half in the 2020s, and half again in the 2030s, and again in the 2040s. A new report from WRI and ClimateWorks Foundation finds that to get on track for the emission cuts required by 2030, the world must accelerate the pace of adoption of renewable energy six-fold, coal phase-out five-fold, and electric vehicle uptake 22-fold compared to current rates.” But “the growing power of citizen activists, especially young people, offers great hope.”

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