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By Jennifer Welden | October 05, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The UN recently announced its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals encompassing everything from education to peace and justice. Of them, Goal 2 is to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” Though the goal itself and the subsequent sub goals highlight the need for sustainability, they seem to overlook a very important roadblock in the fight to end [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | September 26, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The struggle against the nuclear weapon cult and threats it poses to the international peace, security and development, like all struggles against belief systems which have outlived their times, is going to be long and arduous." --K. Subrahmanyam The United Nations General Assembly has designated September 26 as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. It is being celebrated this year for the [...] Read More
By Melanie Pino-Elliott | September 25, 2015 - 1:45pm EDT
I’ll never forget the time in eighth-grade religion class when one of my classmates asked why our school didn’t participate in neighborhood cleanup days. My teacher replied, “It’s not fair to worry about things like that when souls are going to Hell every day.” She elaborated, “The earth can save itself.” Yeah. That happened. This teacher would also frequently stress the importance of following everything the Catholic [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | September 23, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
There is currently an active discussion among UN delegations in New York concerning how the next UN Secretary-General will be appointed in 2016. The discussions are likely to heat up as many heads of government come to New York in late September for a special summit to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. As chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Iran is likely to play a leadership role in the selection [...] Read More
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By Michael Curtin | September 16, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
In the last few weeks, the world’s attention has been riveted on the crises in China and the upheaval in the emerging markets. We have all felt the consequences of the global economic turmoil. The moral of this story: What happens abroad has significant ramifications here at home. It would behoove the American public to take note of this fact. This story is no different than the one that will soon play out at the United [...] Read More
By Don Kraus | September 09, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
In December of this year, 196 nations will meet in Paris to close a global deal to address climate change. With less than three months and five official negotiating days left before the Paris UN conference, diplomats are working out the key remaining disagreements. The major concerns revolve around money: how much responsibility rich nations will take for climate change compared to the developing countries that need to [...] Read More
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