Panel explores a global referendum: a voice for humanity?

On February 16th the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) hosted an online session on the question of a global referendum as part of their conference A Planetary Moment…

Michael Weidinger | 17.02.2021
EIU report: In 2020, democracy declined worldwide amid pandemic

In the 2020 edition of their Democracy Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recorded the worst state of global democracy since the index was first produced in 2006. Snapshot of…

Nicolas Rowe | 10.02.2021
Human Rights Watch present their 2021 global report

China remains the biggest threat to global human rights Human Rights Watch (HRW) has recently published its 31st annual World Report on human rights. The report is a reflection and…

Ryan Whyte | 21.01.2021
Three proposals to create a UN that listens

The UN was conceived as a ground-breaking experiment in global cooperation and people-centred multilateralism. Born out of the ashes of the Second World War, its Charter outlines four lofty aspirations in the…

Lysa John and Mandeep Tiwana | 20.01.2021
Global governance of AI and a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly dominant role in the lives of people around the world. As yet, however, it is subject to remarkably little governance, let alone global…

Robert Whitfield | 18.01.2021
Citizens believe in international cooperation, want the UN to innovate

UN consulted citizens in the course of 2020 In a global consultation carried out by the United Nations in the course of the previous year, citizens worldwide have overwhelmingly expressed…

DWB | 12.01.2021
A World Parliamentary Assembly as a catalyst for global cooperation

More than half a century ago UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld said that “the United Nations was not created to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from…

Augusto Lopez-Claros and Andreas Bummel | 06.01.2021
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