How can science diplomacy end the biological disaster?
THE Covid-19 pandemic, a biological disaster that has created social and economic devastation, needs to be addressed through the creation of a “science diplomacy road map,” which will define and implement innovative ways to reduce cataclysmic occurrences.
There are two dimensions of science diplomacy that have to be taken into consideration in order to address effectiveness, accountability, integrity, transparency, competence and inclusiveness: a) the implementation of a science-based risk-informed governance; and b) the integration of resilient and sustainable elucidations.
The healthcare crisis we don’t see
Sooner rather than later, the nation must come to terms with the simple fact that our health sector is in a crisis that is far deeper than is visible.
This week, April 7, is World Health Day, and we can expect discussions to be largely focused on the second wave of the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic that has hit the nation. When fighting a war, all thinking and resources are naturally focused on the immediate target. But how well we do in war time is a factor of how well we work and prepare in peace time. Sooner rather than later, the nation must come to terms with the simple fact that our health sector is in a crisis that is far deeper than is visible. The poor suffer because they don’t get healthcare.
The International Far-Right Terrorist Threat Requires a Multilateral Response
Right-wing violence is a global phenomenon. The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) illuminated this global challenge in 2020 when it issued an alert that cited “a 320% increase in terrorist attacks by groups or individuals affiliated” with right-wing extremism. A U.S.-only focus to countering far-right terrorism will not curb this growing threat to international peace and stability.
Though there are challenges to organizing a multilateral response, the United States, the United Nations, and other partners have tools available that they can adapt from efforts to disrupt the financing and organization of jihadist terrorist groups.
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Myanmar’s Bloodshed Reveals a World That Has Changed, and Hasn’t
Myanmar’s rulers this week crossed a threshold few governments breach anymore: They have killed, by most estimates, more than 500 unarmed citizens of their own country.
Such massacres by government forces have, even in a time of rising nationalism and authoritarianism, been declining worldwide. This is the seventh in the past decade, compared with 23 in the 1990s, according to data from Uppsala University in Sweden.