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Democracy Talks | A Project DEMOCRAT Series

The first in the Democracy Talks series was held on 24 April 2024. Diana Treviño presented the DEMOCRAT project, funded by the European Union. As part of the project activities, FOGGS and partners will be hosting such talks twice a month on Wednesdays. The recording of the first talk can be found here and the upcoming events can be found here. The next talk is scheduled for Wednesday, 8 May 2024.

Alternating between external experts and DEMOCRAT project partners, we will discuss a range of topics central to democracy, including education, civil rights, voting rights, democratic governance, and citizen participation. All Democracy Talks will be recorded and can be found on the Democrat Agora

Open Letter to UN Secretary-General calling for a merit-based ERC appointment process

FOGGS partnered with UNA-UK, and the Blue Smoke initiative to facilitate an open letter to the Secretary-General by 60+ former UN officials, and civil society leaders calling calling on UNSG Guterres to champion a transparent, inclusive and merit-based appointment process for the UN’s next Emergency Relief Coordinator. Read the open letter here.

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Peace and sustainability go together

An open letter written by Dr. Kerstin Leitner, former UN Resident Coordinator in China to Ambassador Dennis Francis, the President of UN General Assembly. 

Read the full article here.

Event Report: Zero Draft on the Future of Global Governance

In the dynamic and ever-evolving arena of global governance, the Summit for the Future, set for 22-23 September 2024 in New York, emerges as a critical juncture in the quest for sustainable development and enhanced multilateral cooperation. In preparation for delving into the intricacies of this pivotal event, this report endeavours to capture the essence of discussions and reflections that emanate from a gathering of esteemed minds under the Global South Perspectives Network (GSPN) on 1 March 2024.

Katoikos.world Article

Global diplomatic shortage?

From the EU-27 to the US to India, foreign services are chronically understaffed. Beyond resignations of current diplomatic staff for a variety of reasons, youth interest specifically towards the public sector and diplomacy seems to be declining, while political apathy appears to be on the rise.

Read the full article here.

FOGGS Written Submission for UN Pact for the Future

In response to a call to civil society stakeholders by the Co-facilitators of the UN Summit of the Future (SOTF) negotiation process, FOGGS provided at the end of 2023 a written submission with key reform proposals that we would like to see included in the SOTF outcome to be called “Pact for the Future”. The subsequently issued Zero Draft of the Pact for the Future repeats globally accepted positions, not yet venturing into more innovative proposals. FOGGS will continue to engage with the SOTF process and push for a Global Resilience Council and other elements of much-needed UN reform.

CALL FOR UNSC RESOLUTION 2720 IMMEDIATE FOLLOW-UP

The Peacemaking Reflection Group of Former UN System Staff (PRG), issued a call to world leaders for immediate follow up on UNSC Resolution 2720 and the provision of urgently-needed humanitarian assistance to the population of Gaza. The call has been signed by 100+ individuals and organisations. The pdf version of the Call can be accessed here, and the full list of signatories can be found here. To add your signature, use this online form

FOGGS joins MEGA

FOGGS has joined MEGA – Mobilizing an Earth Governance Alliance, as a co-sponsoring organization. It is a coalition of civil society organizations working in cooperation with like-minded governments and other stakeholders to strengthen environmental governance.

Emerging Global Geopolitics and the United Nations

24 October has been globally designated as UN Day, in commemoration of the entering into force of the UN Charter and thus the official establishment of the United Nations Organization on 24 October 1945.

FOGGS hosted a UN Day event with a discussion amongst a number of experienced former staff members of the UN system, collectively known as the Peacemaking Reflection Group (PRG – see https://www.foggs.org/prg ), a network supported by FOGGS.

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Expediency, brinkmanship and the absence of global leadership

Those of us worried about the state of the world and the explosive convergence of crises of military and non-military nature, cannot but be increasingly concerned by the expediency and brinkmanship demonstrated on a daily basis by countries and individual leaders, instead of advancing real solutions to the crises at hand.

Read the full article here.