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A Broken World. Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe
By Shelby Hettenbach | February 05, 2016 - 10:00am EST
  “Later that night, I held an atlas in my lap, Ran my fingers across the whole world, And whispered… where does it hurt? It answered Everywhere Everywhere Everywhere.” --Warsan Shire  Last week I attended a United Nations Environmental Programme event held in collaboration with George Washington University that invited speakers and organizations to discuss their plans to incorporate the goals set by the Paris Climate [...] Read More
Syrian Refugee Children at a UNICEF school in Lebanon
By Emily Ervin | February 04, 2016 - 10:00am EST
Syria has quickly become the leading producer of refugees in the world, with 4 million people fleeing the country–half of them children. Due to the increase in violence throughout the country, Syria has grown to be one of the most unsafe places for children in the world. However, the conversation surrounding the refugees has stopped short of addressing the millions of children who are now in need of humanitarian aid, [...] Read More
Statue commemorating "comfort women"
By Jaira Burke | February 02, 2016 - 10:00am EST
East Asia neighbors South Korea and Japan have recently made international headlines in light of their brash resolution for “comfort women.” Heard of it before? Chances are more than likely you haven’t. In arguably the most brutal crime against women in history, “comfort women” refers to the massive sexual slavery of thousands of Korean women at the hands of the Japanese government. Up until news of the recent “ [...] Read More
2012 World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations by Bethak CC in Pakistan
By Rene Wadlow | February 01, 2016 - 10:00am EST
The Association of World Citizens, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations, cooperates fully with the World Interfaith Harmony Week, which takes place February 1-7. The UN General Assembly designates the first week of every February as a time for cooperation for a common purpose among all religions, faiths and beliefs. The General Assembly, building on its efforts for a culture of [...] Read More
Donald Trump
By Shelby Hettenbach | January 29, 2016 - 10:00am EST
The United Kingdom has been one of America’s closest allies for over 200 years. Yet the British Parliament recently engaged in a debate on banning a possible U.S. presidential candidate. On Monday, January 18th, in response to a grassroots petition signed by over 574,000 British citizens, members of Parliament discussed whether Donald Trump should be permitted entry into the United Kingdom due to his consistent use of [...] Read More
Karen AbuZayd (UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras)
By Rene Wadlow | January 27, 2016 - 10:00am EST
Last month I suggested that a UN-led conference would be necessary to confront the growing refugee and migrant crisis. Now I am pleased to report that the UN has called for a high level Summit on “Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.” The forum is scheduled for September 19, 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York, one day before the opening of the UN General Assembly. A report of the Secretary-General will [...] Read More
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