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13 january 2021

— Global Minnesota will host an International Day of Education symposium titled “Education: A Human Right, a Public Good, and a Public Responsibility” on January 25 at 1530 UTC. Speakers will include UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, Education International General Secretary David Edwards, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President/CEO Neel Kashkari, and California State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond.

— African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement, “As we mark the end of the year 2020, we also mark the end of one of the most extraordinary and challenging years in living memory. From the first recorded case of Covid-19 on the Continent on 14 February 2020, Member States through a coordinated Continental strategy, have shown singular resilience. … The Union’s Continental Response, coordinated by the AU technical agency tasked with supporting Member States with Preparedness, Response and Recovery from public health emergencies, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (AfricaCDC), kicked in early and fast.”

— On the Global Dispatches podcast, UN Dispatch’s Mark Leon Goldberg discusses how the United States can strengthen United Nations peacekeeping and support international peace and security with Victoria Holt of the Stimson Center, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security under President Barack Obama.

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