19 january 2021

Young World Federalists has adopted a nine-page Policy Platform that includes a democratic Earth, the settling of disputes and building of world peace “by basing international relations on binding world law,” the enforcement of human rights law and the creation of “globally accountable governance,” and the protection of the planet “through law and regulation, by prosecuting crimes against the environment, taking effective action on climate change, and building a sustainable economy.” The Mondialist calls the platform “an excellent work. … Through a World Parliament, the will of all people should be the basis for legitimate and responsible decision-making in global affairs.”

On January 22, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Australia, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and other organizations will host “a national, live, one-hour webinar featuring some of Australia’s leading anti-nuclear voices” marking “the moment the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons becomes international law.” The event begins at 2300 UTC January 21 (10:00 a.m. January 22 in Sydney).

Human Rights Watch United Nations Director Louis Charbonneau writes, “This year, United Nations member countries will decide who will be the organization’s next secretary-general.” The selection “is largely in the hands of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as the council nominates a leading candidate for members of the General Assembly to confirm. UN member states should be clear that they will only consider candidates who make credible commitments to resist the efforts of governments seeking to sweep human rights under the carpet.”

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