Antonio Guterres’s Hour

 There is a clear discomfort among international activists and commentators who follow the United Nations, as well as among former UN senior officials and special rapporteurs, with the organization’s growing irrelevance as the world is faced with increasingly complex global challenges. The Secretary General’s performance is starting to be questioned, and one begins to wonder what his legacy will be. The answers tend to portray him in an unfavorable light. Let us not forget that António Guterres (AG) succeeded Ban Ki-moon, whose legacy was unanimously viewed as nonexistent, or very weak at best. Will AG’s be all that different? Will his second term change how his performance is perceived?

Read the article of Boaventura de Sousa Santos

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Happy New Year!

The working group ‘For a New World Social Forum’ wants to wish all followers, friends and not so much friends, a very happy New Year, full of love and happiness, in good health and a strong willingness to fight for another world! We want open political debates to start and shape a world with more equality and rights for all. Do join us if you share this objective!

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The WSF: a global political subject?

Below you will find the most recent proposal that was submitted to the IC meeting of the WSF at December 4 2021. It was adopted and a working group was created. Than happened what always happens in the WSF: some conservatives – we use to call them talmudists – want to question the decision and make it impossible. Even if it is self-organised and does not pretend to speak in the name of the Forum, they reject the implicit political content and prefer the total fragmentation of social movements. A real pity. A shame.

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The IMF and Multilateralism

Interesting: the IMF’s view on post-pandemic multilateralism

IMF Finance & Development (F&D) Magazine

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The World is Becoming More Authoritarian

The world is becoming more authoritarian as autocratic regimes become even more brazen in their repression. Many democratic governments are backsliding and are adopting authoritarian tactics by restricting free speech and weakening the rule of law, a trend exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

These are the key findings of the “The Global State of Democracy Report 2021 – Building Resilience in a Pandemic Era”, published on 22 November 2021 by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an intergovernmental organization based in Stockholm

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A Sustainable Climate is a Basic Human Right

by Tom Coffin

One of the first statements in the 97-paragraph agreement at the end of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP 26) acknowledges that nations have an obligation to respect human rights as they address global warming. Along with more than 190 other countries, the United States endorsed the agreement with Climate Envoy John Kerry declaring, “No one is exaggerating when they call this an existential threat.”

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Discurso de Lula no Parlamento europeo

Unas lecciones sobre Brasil y sobre el mundo:

Leia o discurso de Lula no Parlamento Europeu – Lula

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Discurso de Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU

Qué quiere decir ‘seguridad’?

Discurso del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador en el Consejo de Seguridad de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas – AMLO (lopezobrador.org.mx)

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The feminist building blocks of a just, sustainable economy

Good and useful article by Jayathi Gosh:

The feminist building-blocks of a just, sustainable economy – Future of social democracy | IPS Journal (ips-journal.eu)

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An Earth Constitution. Has its time come?

The world is a failed state. The people of Earth share risks and a common destiny without a governance system able to mute dangers and pursue ambitions. As global crises mount, the need for a supranational basis for policy and action becomes ever clearer. The question of world government and how to get there—the focus of our new GTI Forum—deserves a frank, thoughtful, and deep exploration.

Read this very interesting discussion, with many divergent voices

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