“Building Ethical Competence for Human Health” – Contribution to Centerpoint Now, the publication of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations

Centerpoint Now is a publication of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN). The new issue, entitled ‘Are We There Yet?’, is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with articles on older and new challenges for global governance (the last obviously including the virus pandemic).

We contributed with a text “Building Ethical Competence for Human Health”, focusing on capacity building for health governance. See our text on our website here, and find more info on the publication on www.wcpun.org.

Shamina de Gonzaga, WCPUN Executive Director and editor-in-Chief of Centerpoint Now states in her editorial:

The beginning of a new decade. Seventy-five years of a global endeavor for peace known as the United Nations: a paradoxical emblem of humanity’s highest aspirations, the organization that epitomizes multilateralism is often undermined by its own members’ conflicting prerogatives. Coincidentally, on this milestone, nations were confronted with a sobering testament to interdependence, in the form of a virus with a global visa that brought bustling megacities to a standstill, and to which no sector of society was immune.

CENTERPOINT NOW wishes to mark this anniversary by highlighting some of the issues that the UN addresses in its immense breadth. Far from a comprehensive approach to each topic, the featured content of this edition has been chosen to help access complex issues through the perspectives of visionary artists, activists, scientists, and other dedicated professionals who grapple with them, in the hope that their life’s work may in some way connect with or further inspire yours. References to specific UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been placed throughout the publication to recall the inherent universality of the subjects presented and the targets that the SDGs comprise.

If the UN is a product of its members’ will, and Member States are, in turn, expressions of the societies they represent, then, for the UN to fulfill its objectives, all of us might be asked to unpack our role in creating the world, envision where we want to go from here, and ask if we have what it takes to get there.

Are we there yet?

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