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World Parliament Now
By Donna Park | August 17, 2017 - 10:59am EDT
This year please join citizens from around the world in demanding the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) to bring global democracy to discussion of global concern.  The UNPA will inject fresh ideas in UN debates by bringing together democratically elected leaders to address issues that concern citizens worldwide. It will add an important democratic dimension to UN governance and contribute to developing a [...] Read More
Brexit
By Charles Marsh | August 08, 2017 - 9:52am EDT
The initial news of Brexit was greeted with dismay by a majority of people with a liberal internationalist outlook, myself included. Most saw it as a serious setback for the European Union (E.U.), with some even hailing it as the beginning of the end for the bloc. However, in the aftermath of this event, we are beginning to see a different picture emerging. The immediate after effect was not a propagation of nationalist [...] Read More
Keep the internet open
By | August 03, 2017 - 2:21pm EDT
In 2012, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations determined that a connection to the internet is a human right. Among other things, the resolution encourages nations without widespread internet coverage to improve access for all citizens. The resolution also condemns any attempt to impede free speech online. The resolution was updated and unanimously adopted again in 2014 and then again in 2016, demonstrating that [...] Read More
Protect our earth from nuclear weapons
By Rene Wadlow | July 19, 2017 - 3:34pm EDT
On 7 July 2017, at the United Nations in New York, a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was voted by 122 Member States, one Member State, the Netherlands, voted against, and one Member State, Singapore, abstained.  The nuclear-weapon States did not participate in the drafting of the Treaty. Immediately after the positive vote, the delegations of the USA, the United Kingdom, and France issued a joint press [...] Read More
Earth as seen from outer space.
By | July 06, 2017 - 9:00pm EDT
These are self-evident truths: That all humans are a single family living on a fragile and endangered planet whose life support systems must  remain intact if we are to survive; That the well-being of the planet and the well-being of humanity are one and the same; That the well-being of each requires the well-being of all—security is common; That all humans have a natural right to peace and a healthy planet; That all war [...] Read More
Universal Children's Day Celebration in Civilian Protection Site Juba, South Sudan
By Rene Wadlow | June 12, 2017 - 3:34am EDT
12 June is a red letter day on the UN agenda of events as the World Day Against Child Labor.  It marks the 12 June arrival in 1998 of hundreds of children in Geneva, part of the Global March against Child Labour that had crossed a 100 countries to present their plight to the International Labor Organization (ILO). “We are hurting, and you can help us” was their message to the assembled International Labor Conference [...] Read More
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