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Last week, the Fifth Committee Peacekeeping Budget, effective from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, was passed. Along with monetary shifting and restructuring of peacekeeping staff, the new mandate reiterates important stances on human rights preservations where missions are present. As the peacekeeping structure in the UN continues to evolve and shift into a more effective system, we have to stay focused on the imperative nature and continual support of peacekeeping missions around the world.
With more effective management, the UN was able to cut roughly $537 million from their budget. In a statement released today by U.N. Ambassador Joseph Torsella, the new focus of funds, "shifts resources from overhead to operations." While the implementation of more effective appropriations of funds and management is a great step towards the future of UN peacekeeping, it is also important to recognize the need for increased funding elsewhere in the peacekeeping budget. Dr. Paul Williams of George Washington University spoke of the need to increase funding for different supplies for peacekeeping missions, including the need for 17 more helicopters to transport troops and civilians around rough terrain yesterday at an event sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions on the Hill.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush, attended the original Rio Earth Summit and pledged America's dedication to reducing ecological degradation. Fast forward 20 years and we are currently looking at the highest harmful emission rates and most pertinent threats to our globe. In a little less than two weeks, the Rio +20 Earth Summit will attempt to rekindle the worldwide efforts in confronting current environmental problems. Now, the one thing the event is missing is an RSVP from President Barack Obama.
Last month, Wendell and Madelyn Harter were presented with Citizens for Global Solutions' Edward Rawson Global Citizen Award, an award dedicated to honoring a lifetime of energy, service, and financial contribution to Citizens for Global Solutions. Together, the couple has helped shaped the organization and supported international institutions for over 60 years.
Don Kraus, CEO of Citizens for Global Solutions, said, "Wendell and Madelyn's support has been crucial to building the organization to where it is today. Their dedication is an inspiration to all of us to keep striving for a better, more peaceful, and more just world. Their efforts will live on as our organization and our movement continues to grow and build."
Citizens for Global Solutions is extremely grateful for the Harters' enthusiasm and support throughout the years and we are proud to honor their commitment through this award.