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18 december 2020

One World Digest will not publish for the next two weeks. Publication will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

— Democracy Without Borders writes on its website, “According to the Japanese Parliamentary Group for World Federation, more than 100 members of the Japanese House of Representatives and the House of Councillors, the two chambers of the National Diet, in recent weeks endorsed an international call for the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. Signatories include parliamentarians from all major parties.” Japanese Parliamentary Group for World Federation Chair Seishirō Etō said, “These endorsements confirm that a UN Parliamentary Assembly is one of the important topics that needs consideration in the discussion on how to achieve more effective and more inclusive global governance. We urge the Japanese government to look into the subject.”

— Union of European Federalists President Sandro Gozi welcomed European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s “confirmation and commitment to a more vigorous implementation and enforcement of Rule of Law Regulation in the EU from January 2021.” Gozi said, “I don’t know whether there is a vaccine or antidote for populism and nationalism, but I am convinced that democracy and the Rule of Law are as vital as the air we breathe — and there is a democratic emergency within our Union. In situations of emergency, measures are needed. Therefore, we call for immediate implementation of the regulation on the Rule of Law.”

— In a statement marking International Migrants Day, United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres said, “Across this challenging year, we have…come to appreciate our dependence on those who are too often invisible within our communities. Migrants have played an outsized role on the frontlines of responding to the crisis — from caring for the sick and elderly to ensuring food supplies during lockdowns — highlighting their broader contributions to societies around the world. … Let us seize the opportunity of the recovery from the pandemic to implement the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, reimagine human mobility, enable migrants to reignite economies at home and abroad and build more inclusive and resilient societies.”

— The High Seas Alliance is taking applications for its Youth Ambassador Program. Successful applicants “will directly collaborate with the High Seas Alliance to ensure that young peoples’ voices are heard by treaty negotiators and will enjoy mentorship opportunities with seasoned ocean and environmental activists.” The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

— José Miguel García García, “Spanish representative of the Junta de Castilla y León, has expressed his support for Democracy Without Borders, stressing the need that #globalchallenges require global solutions.”

Quote of the Week:

“I have long believed the only way peace can be achieved is through world government.” — Jawaharlal Nehru

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