International Human Rights Day 2016

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Human Rights Day 2016 “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of christmas-carol-merry-christmas-xmas-christmas-smiley-emoticon-000562-largeHuman Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is smilie-and-chuckie-santasheading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech on Human Rights

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Join us and “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” We want to encourage, support and 2343126_125amplify what you do in your everyday life to defend human rights. Together, let’s take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. But we can change the course by reaffirming our common humanity and taking action to support everyone’s human rights.

Video: It starts with you

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein explains why standing up for someone’s rights helps to provide safety, security and reaffirm humanity in the world.

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Human Rights Day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Read more.

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ABOUT THE UN FOUNDATION

worldsmileyWhen disaster strikes, the world turns to one organisation for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: the United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilise peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as climate change, disease or poverty, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation.

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U.N. Panel Moves to Curb Bias Against L.G.B.T. People

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GENEVA The United Nations’ main human rights body on Thursday adopted measures to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, despite fierce resistance from Muslim and African countries.

smilie-teacher2The body, the 47-member Human Rights Council, voted to appoint an independent expert to monitor and report on violence against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation rainbowand gender identity. The initiative passed, 23 to 18, with six abstentions.

The vote came after a heated debate during which supporters invoked the victims of the Orlando, Fla., massacre and opponents denounced the measure on religious and cultural grounds.

The debate lasted nearly four hours and was peppered with procedural motions and amendments intended to scuttle the initiative or water it down.

The expert will look into ways to curb violence against gay, bisexual and transgender people; report annually on developments; and support national efforts to combat violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the Saudi Arabian ambassador, Faisal Bin Hassan, filed a motion to block the resolution, saying that it “ran counter to our beliefs and culture.”

Pakistan’s ambassador, Tehmina Janjua, saying the resolution promoted “certain notions, concepts and lifestyles on which there is no consensus,” proposed a series of amendments on behalf of Islamic states that would have stripped all reference to sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Remember Orlando,” the Mexican ambassador, Jorge Lomónaco, told the packed council chamber. “Let us give hope and dignity to millions.”

discriminationThe Nigerian envoy, Peters Omologbe Emuze, objected even to the title of the resolution: “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The British ambassador, Julian Braithwaite, said in response: “By voting against this resolution you are voting to block the U.N. from trying to stop violence and discrimination. How is that acceptable?”

“This affects people in this room, and people in my team who are L.G.B.T.,” he continued. “Are you saying it is O.K. to discriminate against them based on their sexual orientation and gender identity? To hit, torture, or possibly kill them? Because that is what you are supporting, if you vote against this resolution.”

Human rights groups hailed the outcome.

peace“By creating a U.N. expert, the Human Rights Council has given official voice to those facing violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity the world over,” John Fisher, the Geneva director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

“There can be no turning back.”

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Wrecked Lives, Corporate Losses and Sluggish Growth: the Real Cost of Discrimination

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Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people doesn’t just hurt people; it hurts corporate profits and costs countries tens of billions of dollars in lost economic output. That’s the message of a new United Nations video, “The Price of Exclusion”, narrated by the actor Zachary Quintosc_xN-space1 and launched at UN Headquarters in New York today as part of a global campaign against homophobia and transphobia.

Free-and-EqualIn recent years, the United Nations has documented serious human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in countries around the world. In a report presented to the Human Rights Council earlier this year, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein pointed to evidence of “pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination affecting LGBT and intersex persons in all regions.”

peace-gayStigma and abuse begin early – often in school wreathplaygrounds. According to studies carried out in the United States, the United Kingdom and Thailand, between half and two thirds of LGBT students are regularly bullied at school and up to a third skip school to escape harassment.

Bullying, isolation and family rejection drive many LGBT youth to abandon their education altogether, with many ending up homeless on the streets. Up to 40 per cent of homeless youth on the streets of major U.S. cities identify as LGBT or queer, compared with likely less than 10 per cent of the overall youth population.

Peace-Hand-Peace-Sign-Pink-Triangle-Gay-Pride-Flag-ColorsIn study after study, rates of poverty, food insecurity and depression have been found to be far higher in the LGBT community than in the public at large.santa A U.S. study found gay and lesbian youth are four times more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide, compared with the general population – trans youth are ten times more likely.

Those most directly affected are of course the victims themselves – the individuals being discriminated against. gayheartBut it’s not only LGBT people who pay the price; we all do. Every trans youth thrown out of home or forced to miss out on an education is a loss for society. Every gay or lesbian worker denied work or driven to emigrate is a lost opportunity to build a more productive economy.

These losses quickly add up. School drop-outs and talent flight shrink the size of a country’s labour market, lowering economic output, putting pressure on corporate profits, and reducing tax flows – leaving less money for schools, healthcare and other essential services.

According to a pilot study conducted for the World Bank last year, discrimination against santaLGBT people in India could be costing that country’s economy up to $32 billion a year in lost economic output. No wonder UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently called ending discrimination against members of the LGBT community “a human rights priority and a development imperative.”

The economic damage caused by discrimination is substantial – and entirely unnecessary. With different laws and policies in place – and, imagesimportantly, a different mind-set – we could and would achieve a different result. The UN is working with governments and, in a new initiative, with companies to bring about change.

In recent years, businesses large and small have taken steps to make the work environment safersanta and more inclusive for their LGBT employees. Many have changed the way they do business with a view to better serving LGBT customers and, in some cases, extracting anti-discrimination commitments from suppliers up and down their supply chains.

waving_crossed_gay_pride_flagsFor the most part, companies are taking action because they believe it’s the right thing to do. But they are also acting in their own interests – and those of their shareholders, customers and the wider community.

clipart-pretty-sexy-lady-smiley-emoticon-371bWatch the UN’s new video to learn more about the business case for inclusion, and visit www.unfe.org for more information on Free & Equal – the UN’s global campaign to end discrimination against LGBT and intersex people everywhere.


Article Posted: Dec 10,2015 ~ Charles Radcliffe Chief, Global Issues, U.N. Human Rights Office, New York


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United Nations officially celebrates 70 years

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This anniversary is an important moment to affirm our support for the UN’s work on behalf of people and the planet.


worldsmiley6418835832832000I want to personally commend the peoples of The United Nations for their service and commitment to humanity since it’s establishment 70 years ago, 1945, that’s 70 years of service to people and planet. In honour of The United Nations, on this the 70th anniversary I want to share a message with you from the President & CEO of the United Nations Foundation , which is available below;


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Today the United Nations officially celebrates 70 years of promoting peace and progress around the world. It’s a special moment for people everywhere to show their support for the vital work of the UN and to rally around the new global goals for sustainable development.

Join the worldwide celebration today by sharing a photo of the UN’s critical efforts for #UN70.

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Today we look back at all the ways the UN has helped make the world a better place since 1945 — promoting peace and human rights, responding to humanitarian crises, improving global health, empowering girls and women, and more. In 70 years, the UN has already made a difference in billions of lives — and with our current global challenges, it’s clear that its work is more important than ever.

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Over the next 15 years, we have unprecedented opportunities to tackle climate change, eradicate poverty and hunger, and set a course for sustainable development, but everyone has to play a role. World leaders, businesses, NGOs, and citizens from all over the world will need to work hand-in-hand to solve our biggest problems, and only the UN has the reach and vision to bring them together. The UN is a one-of-a-kind platform that makes historic change possible, and today is a special chance to show that we stand in support.

Will you celebrate #UN70 by sharing a photo of the UN working for a better world?

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As we take steps to realize the new global goals — starting with a major international climate conference in Paris this December — this anniversary is an important moment to affirm our support for the UN’s work on behalf of people and the planet.

Happy UN Day — thanks for all you do to help the UN make a difference!


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Have A New Years Resolution Yet?

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Humanitarian Hero’s

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OCHA is its people. From over 30 offices around the world, some 1,900 specialized and dedicated OCHA staff work to ensure that effective assistance reaches millions of humanitarian beneficiaries in four continents.


Who We Are


world-smilieOCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.


OCHA’s mission is to:

  • Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
  • Advocate the rights of people in need.
  • Promote preparedness and prevention.
  • Facilitate sustainable solutions.

How we deliver


thumb_COLOURBOX3251754 OCHA’s Strategic Framework ensures that OCHA delivers on its core mandate, while responding to contemporary global challenges.


OCHA staff in Haiti. Credit: OCHA/Donald Bracken
OCHA staff in Haiti. Credit: OCHA/Donald Bracken

The three pillars of the Strategic Framework are:
1. Partnerships: broadening the coalition for multilateral humanitarian action
The scale and scope of global challenges requires working together in new ways, with new partners. Partnership has always been integral to OCHA’s efforts. Sustained relations, built on trust and mutual respect, are vital when preparing for and responding to humanitarian emergencies. OCHA has a unique position within the international humanitarian system to convene and influence agendas. We will do this more strategically, with the aim of creating a more enabling environment for humanitarian action.

2. Service provider: building a better system
The expectations of OCHA have evolved since humanitarian reform. We will ensure that our services and support to mVQF_X3hKUeYQCU3MoL74Pwpartners also evolve and meet clients’ needs. We are focused on helping partners more predictably through humanitarian coordination leadership, strengthening coordination mechanisms, and improving the evidence base for humanitarian decision-making, planning and resource allocation.

3. Reliability and professionalism: creating better staffing and surge solutions to be there when it counts
OCHA replies on surge solutions to ensure the right people are on the ground immediately after a new disaster. This is coordinated with longer-term staffing to ensure continuity of OCHA presence.


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On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree
On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree

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Human Rights Day 2014 #Rights365

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?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????10 December 2014 – The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Spearheaded by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this year’s observance – celebrated under the banner of Human Rights 365 – encompasses the idea that “every day is Human Rights Day” and that “each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights.”We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.

4650015890866176“On Human Rights Day we speak out,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proclaimed in his message. “We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.”

“Violations of human rights are more than personal tragedies,” Mr. Ban continued. “They are alarm bells that may warn of a much bigger crisis.

The Secretary-General explained that as a result of those “alarms,” his Human Rights Up Front campaign – launched in 2013 – sought to anticipate violations before they degenerate into mass atrocities or war crimes while advancing the struggle against injustice, intolerance and extremism.


On Human Rights Day, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reminds us that human rights are the inalienable entitlements of all people, at all times and everywhere, 365 days a year.


10469296_10152558397116872_5280343255790398783_oThe initiative includes training UN staff on the world body’s core purpose of promoting respect for human rights; providing Member States with the information needed to respond to human rights violations; and ensuring that UN personnel around the world are more attuned to situations where there is a risk of serious human rights abuses and are equipped for the responsibilities that such potential crises entail.

The strategy also includes achieving more Organizational coherence by strengthening engagement with the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council and providing earlier and more streamlined support to teams on the ground before a crisis emerges; and better organization of human rights staff so that they can identify risks of serious violations of human rights that could lead to atrocities.

images (31)Finally, underpinning all these activities will be better information management on threats and risks to populations for planning operational activities and for sharing with Member States.

In his statement issued for the Day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, echoed Mr. Ban’s appeal and underscored the power of the Universal Declaration to “change the world.”

“Human rights are not country-specific. They are not a reward for good behaviour or particular to a certain era or social group. They are the inalienable entitlements of all people, at all times and everywhere, 365 days a year,” affirmed Mr. Zeid.

As part of its celebration of the Day, the OHCHR has launched a social media campaign encouraging the public to explain on a six-second Vine post why year-round human rights matter. The Vine videos will then be collected and published together on OHCHR’s Storify account.

“The UN Human Rights Office stands with the millions of people around the world whose voices are denied,” Mr. Zeid continued, as he called on the public to join OHCHR “via social media or in person.”


“Together, we must demand what should be guaranteed: our human rights, universal, indivisible, inalienable, for everyone, 365 days a year.”


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#MakeChangeHappen on Volunteer Day, 5 December

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Tomorrow, Friday, December 5th is International Volunteer Day (IVD), a day organized by UN Volunteers dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make the world a better place. On #IVD2014, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism, but also pay special tribute to peoples’ participation in making a difference at all levels: locally, nationally and globally. Thanks to the dedication of MY World partners, including thousands of volunteers, millions have participated in the MY World 2015 global survey.

#IVD2014, and this week leading up to it, will be a time of action for the MY World survey – we are extremely close to reaching 7 million people through the survey, and we believe that with the power of volunteering we can achieve this goal within the next few weeks. Please join us in celebrating #IVD2014 by being part of this big push to reach 7 million votes!


HOW CAN YOU CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY WITH MY WORLD?
Here are some ideas:

  • Celebrate tomorrow Friday, December 5th , by carrying out the MY World Survey in your community, with an event, through social media, or through any other channel which is appropriate for you and your organization.
  • Promote volunteerism and #IVD2014 by encouraging people to engage on the priorities they voted for. Use IVD poster and materials and MY World posters and materials.
  • Document & Share your volunteerism by taking a picture of yourself and other volunteers carrying out MY World Outreach. Highlight your MY World outreach efforts on social media using the hashtags #IVD2014, #actioncounts, and #makechangehappen (see below for sample tweets, and IVD’s social media toolkit for more information). Please send pictures and stories to support@myworld2015.org so that we can share them on our blog (for guidelines on blog posts, please see our partner toolkit).

unnamedThe success of the MY World global survey is due to YOU – thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated supporters around the world, including UN Volunteers. Thank you for your incredible volunteerism and commitment to ensuring that people’s voices are heard at the United Nations!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the MY World 2015 team at support@myworld2015.org to share your stories or if you have any questions about MY World outreach on International Volunteer Day.


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Sample Tweets supporting MY World Outreach:

  • I #makechangehappen by telling the @UN my priorities for a better world &taking action by volunteering @myworld2015 @UNVolunteers #IVD2014
  • Tell the @UN your priorities for a better world with the @myworld2015 global survey #IVD2014 @UNVolunteers
    Millions have had their say at the @UN with the @myworld2015 global survey thanks to volunteers #IVD2014 @UNVolunteers
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  • I #volunteer because I want YOU to have your voice heard at the @UN #IVD2014 vote.myworld2015.org #makechangehappen, #volunteer
  • Help @myworld2015 reach 7 million votes this #IVD2014. See how at bit.ly/myworldkit Then #volunteer to #makechangehappen
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  • On 5 December 2014, volunteers around the world will celebrate International Volunteer Day by taking Action in their community. Join them by helping your communities vote in MY World 2015, the United Nations global survey for a better world. Use the partner toolkit to design online and offline outreach strategies: bit.ly/myworldkit. Help us reach 7 million voices!
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  • Reaching 7 million voices is possible! Join volunteers around the world in spreading MY World to your communities this International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2014.
  • I’m celebrating International Volunteer Day by giving voice to the voiceless in my community. Join me – vote.myworld2015.org
  • On International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2014, help MY World reach 7 million voices and promote volunteerism by encouraging people to take action on their priorities. Everybody can volunteer to make change happen!

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U.N. Takes on Bullying During General Assembly

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The United Nations decided to take on bullying, with the first ever stand-alone resolution on the subject in the General Assembly.


NEW YORK, November 28 (C-Fam) Once the resolution was adopted by consensus on Monday, countries behind it wasted no time in making their intentions known.

“We regret that bullying because of the sexual orientation and gender identity of children or their parents was not reflected in the resolution,” said the European Union.

The United States echoed those sentiments in an ad hoc intervention to highlight specifically that health concerns of LGBT youth must be reflected in the report of the Secretary General mandated in the resolution. Several countries in Latin America, Australia, and Nordic countries made statements to also express frustration for failing once again to have a resolution employ the expression “sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The bullying resolution is widely recognized as a stepping-stone to promote the notion of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in UN policy. The terminology was rejected during negotiations, but the resolution requests a k14225952report on bullying from the UN Secretary General, which is expected to highlight bullying of children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

The African Group said “there is no common understanding” on bullying, after hearing the European statement, explaining that a report from the secretariat in two years time would be a better basis for negotiations.

Earlier this month, during negotiations, one delegate complained to the Friday Fax that his country has “serious problems” to deal with, and his delegation had neither the time nor inclination to dwell on bullying.

There is currently no consensus on “sexual orientation and gender identity” at the United Nations. Every time the term comes up in a resolution it forces countries to a vote. This year, opponents of the term gained ground.

111 delegations voted in favor of a resolution against extrajudicial killings last week—the only resolution of the General Assembly where the terms appear—and 66 abstained because they view it as a Trojan horse for special new LGBT rights. Two years ago 117 countries voted in favor of the same resolution. A last ditch attempt by Islamic countries to delete the reference to “sexual orientation and gender identity” failed. 53 countries voted in favor of the amendment, 9 more than two years ago.

Charges of bullying are commonly leveled at UN headquarters against wealthy countries for using their wealth and resources to “impose” their politics and ideology on the rest of the world.

Along those lines, countries complained of the trends at the Human Rights Council on Tuesday this week. Belarus called for a vote on a resolution on the work of the council saying that countries “manipulate” human rights in an “atmosphere of politicization and polarization.”

The council adopted a resolution this year, only the second on the subject, asking for a report from the High Commissioner for Human Rights on discrimination and violence because of sexual orientation and gender identity. The previous resolution resulted in a report that claimed states should recognize same-sex unions, sex changes, as well as special protections in asylum law, criminal law, and civil law for individuals who identify as LGBT.

“The Council must be devoid of any resolutions that impose unacceptable obligations on member states,” complained Ambassador Usman Sarki of Nigeria. He invited wealthy countries to stop pressuring them to change.

“We do not wish to be seen as imposing our values”, he said. But he went further.

31HXRCmocUL“We stand against the unacceptable social behavior that is now being masqueraded as human rights… against which the Nigerian people have legislated,” he said, adding, “sexual orientation and gender identity is not and will never in the foreseeable future be a human rights issue for Nigeria.”

These sentiments were echoed in a statement from the African Group and in statements from Islamic countries.

In spite of their modest resources and personnel limitations countries from Africa are making a big impact at the United Nations.

Last week they delivered a scathing message that they would not accept or support the promotion of new notions of sexuality that are being advanced in schools in the developed world.

They were also instrumental in the adoption of a resolution on the family that once again omits the phrase “various forms of the family.” The same countries frustrated by the bullying resolution complained that same-sex couples were excluded by omitting that phrase.


Courtesy of C-Fam – By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | November 26, 2014


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United Nations Day

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Happy United Nations Day! 2016

the-worldAs the UN turns 71, we’re asking for your help to achieve the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

We’ll be sharing ideas for how you can take action, starting today with Goal 1 — end poverty.

Find out about all the Goals at: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

 

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UN staff members dressed in their national costumes to celebrate UN Day © UN Photo

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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Social Good Summit: 10 Inspiring Quotes from Day One

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The 2014 Social Good Summit kicked off today, and it’s been a powerful conversation about how citizens can use technology and new media to create change in their local communities and in the global community.
The conversation has been held in more than 140 countries and more than 30 languages. From Afghanistan to Tunisia to Gaza to the United States, people around the world have raised their voices about what kind of future they want and their ideas on how we can get there.
Topics included: how technology can empower women; the future of education; the need to address climate change; what we need to save mothers’ lives and fight disease; the opportunity in 2015 to create a bold global agenda to end poverty; and refugees, conflict, and reconciliation.


Here are 10 quotes that inspired us during Day One of the Summit (Tune in tomorrow for a great lineup of speakers that are sure to inspire us too!:

  1. “It’s not about me; it’s about we.” – Singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Alicia Keys during remarks about her “We Are Here” movement
  2. ”The rising tide has to lift everybody.” – UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark on the future of development
  3. ”Human beings, although capable of horrific things, are also capable of immense healing.” – Beyond Right & Wrong Director and Producer Lekha Singh
  4. “If you take the hard numbers, then science is clearly telling us that we’re running out of time.” – UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner on climate change
  5. “I hope that by 2030 we can talk about gender inequality in historical terms.” – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
  6. “The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.” – Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson
  7. “It’s very difficult to sit back and watch tragedy happen when you know it’s completely treatable and preventable. – Supermodel, designer, and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede on maternal deaths
  8. “Behind each of the 51 million people displaced is a human story.” – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres
  9. ”Even leaders want to be led.” – Atom Factory Founder and CEO Troy Carter
  10. ”When everyone goes right, we believe it’s okay to go left.” – Audio Now Chairman & CEO Elan Blutinger

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Today’s Thought: The Social Good Summit is a very powerful platform to reach the world on issues that matter to us all, I would not be a living example without the impact of Social Media, make your voice heard and support this platform for Social Good.


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WORLD WATER WEEK “Sept 1 to Sept 5, 2014”

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ENERGY AND WATER COMMUNITIES MUST COOPERATE TO MEET GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Stockholm (2014-09-01) – Global leaders gathered in Stockholm today for the 24th annual World Water Week, urging the energy and water communities to work together to face some of the main challenges of our time, providing clean drinking water and energy for a growing world population.


The theme of 2014 World Water Week is “Energy and Water”. Water and energy are interdependent in more ways than not. We need energy for pumping, storing, transporting and treating water, we need water for producing almost all sorts of energy. An increase or decrease in one will immediately affect the other. The two resources are also inseparable from sustainable development and must be tirelessly promoted in global decision-making.

Addressing the opening session of the Week, Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of World Water Week organiser Stockholm International Water Institute, said: “The challenges are immense. With the global demand for water projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050 and electricity demand expected to increase by 50 per cent in the next two decades, there is an urgent need for a closer relationship between the energy and water communities if we are to provide solutions for all peoples to prosper.”

Professor John Briscoe, 2014 Laureate of Stockholm Water Prize, spoke about water as a platform for growth, both of other sectors and society as a whole, and said that “developing countries face big challenges. They have yet to mobilise those resources.” He added that there is “no eternal solution [to the water crisis], neither here nor there. Instead, there is a cycle of challenges and responses.”

In over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread throughout the week, delegates will discuss ongoing and future work and collaboration between the energy and water communities

“One of the major challenges that our world faces today is providing modern energy services and water for billions without both. As global demand for both energy and water increases, we must think about the way we produce and use both to ensure shared prosperity for all citizens, protect the environment, achieve socio-economic development and secure peace and stability, said Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

On Thursday 4 September, the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize will be awarded to Prof. John Briscoe of South Africa, for his unparalleled contributions to global and local water management, inspired by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people on the ground. The prize will be awarded to Prof. Briscoe by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, during a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall.

Other prizes that will be presented are the Stockholm Industry Water Award, which will be awarded, on Tuesday 2nd September, to eThekwini Water and Sanitation serving the Durban Metropolitan Area, for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services, and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize which, on Wednesday 3rd September, is given to one national team from 29 competing nations by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.



Today’s Thought: He who laughs First – Never Laughs Last.


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World Humanitarian Day 2014

Aid workers save lives. All sides to conflict must do more to protect #HumanitarianHeroes


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What is a Messenger of Humanity?


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Messengers of Humanity are people who want to save lives and alleviate human suffering. They understand the power of social media and know awareness is a first step to mobilizing action. Through this program, Messengers of Humanity will share stunning imagery depicting the human face of conflict and natural disaster, unbelievable but true important facts and figures surrounding the humanitarian state of the world, messages of hope and action and extremely important information that when shared, could really help change the world. More people than ever need your help, follow this link and become a Messenger of Humanity.


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Video Message by UN Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2014 (19 August).

Published on Aug 18, 2014




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Free & Equal

Navi PillayFree & Equal, Launched July 26, 2013 by Navi Pillay during her time heading the United Nations Human Rights Office. At the end of this month, Navi Pillay will be ending her term as High Commissioner. Watch her video below as she speaks about the importance of LGBT rights and share with your friends and family to show your Thanks and your appreciation to Navi for her hard work.

Free & Equal is a United Nations initiative for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Free & Equal is an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.

Navi Pillay For United Nations Free & Equal

A project of the United Nations Human Rights Office being implemented in partnership with the Purpose Foundation, Free & Equal will raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and promote greater respect for the rights of LGBT people everywhere.

The campaign will engage millions people around the world in conversations that will help promote the fair treatment of LGBT people and generate support for measures to protect their rights.

Justice Edwin Cameron for United Nations Free & Equal

Published on Aug 14, 2014 – South African Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron appeals to those who can to make themselves visible, to be vocal, and to claim their humanity – telling them, ”in claiming your humanity, you are enriching your own society.” The latest in Free & Equal’s series of activists and celebrities speaking out for a Free and Equal world, Justice Edwin Cameron speaks about how speaking out can start to change the world.

Visit The Free & Equal Website Below

http://www.unfe.org

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UNAIDS recognizes Indonesia for scaling up HIV testing

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UNAIDS Regional Director Steve Kraus presented Indonesia’s Health Minister Dr. Nafsiah Mboi with an award for her governments efforts to scale up testing in the country, in a ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 5 August.

Indonesia has scaled up its treatment and testing programs, making them more widely available despite the challenges of a recent epidemic spread across a vast archipelagic nation.

While the recently released UNAIDS Gap Report highlighted an increase in infections in Indonesia, Mr Kraus stressed that an increase in infections is not a failure of programming, but rather an indicator of the success of the testing program, which in turn leads to more people knowing their status and receiving life saving treatment.

Following the global release of the UNAIDS Gap Report and the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, interest in Indonesia’s progress in combating HIV and AIDS greatly increased.

Mr. Kraus commended Indonesia for its achievements…

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Gay Rights (Human Rights for LGBTQ people)

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Defining “Gay Rights”

Let’s begin by defining what we mean by “Gay Rights.” This particular word combination is bandied about quite freely by people on both the conservative and the progressive sides of the aisle, both in politics and in church; and we must therefore step back and look at the origin of the terms “human rights” and “civil rights”. These kinds of linguistic terms started to come into being around the time of the democratic revolutions in the United States and in France; and they intended a radical equality between all (sic) in a way that hadn’t been seen in human societies for hundreds of years, if ever. As is said in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

History of the Movement

For nearly 250 years, churchmen and politicians, philosophers and activists have debated not only on what all of these unalienable Rights should include, but also who is to be included in the definition of all “men”. When Jefferson penned these words, it did not include women or slaves or indentured servants. (Male slaves were counted as 3/5 of a person in order to determine ratios for states’ political representation.) Slowly, over the centuries, other non-male, non-white people were recognized as citizens and given the right to vote. At least in theory, black men became citizens with the 14th amendment and had the right to vote with the 15th amendment after the Civil War. Women did not obtain the right to vote until the 19th amendment in 1920.

“Human rights” began to take on a global dimension after the 1899 Hague Convention that implied all human beings have inborn rights independent of the government that seeks to control them. This movement was nourished both by the anti-colonialist movements in Africa and by the labor reform movements of Europe and the United States in the early part of the twentieth century.

Other groups of people have been denied their “human rights” (however we choose to understand that broader term) for reasons other than gender and skin color. During the ‘60’s and ‘70’s there was a broad flowering of many human rights movements, and during that time the seeds for “Gay Rights” were sown. Those who found themselves outside of the socially-constructed U.S. norm of “heterosexual, homoracial marriages” were often denied equal protection of the law in many arenas: law enforcement, random prosecution of homosexual acts, employment discrimination, and family law, to name a few.

In 1969 a police raid of the Stonewall Inn “gay” nightclub in Greenwich Village, NY, set off three days’ of riots which were the spark to unite a national public movement to gain equal rights for those who defined themselves as homosexual, or in any other way outside the narrow confines of “sexual normalcy”. In the last forty years of this movement, the accepted terminology has moved from “Gay” to “Gay and Lesbian”, to “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered” and most recently to LGBTQ, adding the category of Questioning for those who cannot fit themselves in any of the other four descriptions.

Hereafter this article will refer to “GLBTQ rights”

Who Said It?

The next thing to consider, in informing yourself how to understand this, is WHO used the term, “Gay Rights” or “Gay and Lesbian Rights” or “GLBTQ rights”.

If you heard it from a politician or a church person, you will probably have some idea of that person’s leanings, conservative or progressive. In general, conservative politicians – like conservative churchmen – have disparaged the concept of “Gay Rights” because they do not believe that any sexual behavior outside the “heterosexual” is natural and/or God-approved. In fact, many believe that any sexuality outside of “normalcy” between a man and a woman is a learned or conditioned behavior, rather than an inborn mostly genetic trait. For that reason, they are particularly concerned that it will be “learned” from an older “homosexual” who is also often wrongly assumed to be a pedophile.

In particular, conservative churchmen will often recommend to a family a “rehabilitation” program, which is supposed to help the “afflicted” family member to relearn “natural” sexual behavior by reconditioning. Not only do these programs have a very low “success” rate, but they also frequently lead to a precipitous lowering of self-esteem in the individuals who have been forced to undertake them and even led to a marked increase in suicidality. (reference)

If you heard it from a progressive politician or church person, you probably heard either “LBGTQ rights” or perhaps “Gay and Lesbian Rights” which usually indicates that they are supportive of obtaining civil rights for people who identify in this way.

If you heard it from your son or daughter, it might have been in the context of their “coming out” to you as someone who has discovered themselves to be in this category, and who may be trying to assert their civil rights to persuade you or some other person in authority that they, like all human beings, deserve their rights as a human being.

What are Civil Rights for LGBTQ people?

Nationally, they are the same as for any other citizen of the United States. The ACLU states “No LGBT person should experience discrimination in employment, housing, or in businesses and public places, or the suppression of their free expression or privacy rights.” https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights Additionally, the ACLU is proactively strengthening and seeking to create state and federal legislation protecting rights for those of any sexual preference and gender identity.

Which of the rights of U.S. citizens are most often violated by practice or by regressive legislation for LGBTQ people? Here is a partial list:

  1. The right to marry
  2. The federal government accords 1,138 benefits and responsibilities based on marital status (online source). These include benefits like receiving unpaid leave to care for an ill spouse without losing one’s job; visitation rights in the hospital; social security survivor benefits; the right not to testify against one’s spouse, among many others. Up until this time, only nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same sex marriage.

  3. The right to be safe from hate crimes
  4. Anti-hate crime laws exist in the District of Columbia and 47 states. However, in only 24 states and D.C. is sexual orientation and gender preference included in the legislation. In the remaining states, adult or minor LGBTQ people are not protected from hate crimes directed against them because of their identity, whether such bullying be of a minor or major variety, by law.

  5. The right to be free from discrimination in finding employment
  6. The federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act was passed by congress in 2007. During the hiring process, it is now illegal to exclude qualified workers on the basis of sexual orientation. This law has yet to impact many of the more conservative states in practice.

  7. The right to be protected from harassment and discrimination in school
  8. 75 percent of students have no state laws to protect them in the classroom. In public high schools, 97 percent of students report regularly hearing homophobic remarks from their peers.

  9. The right to be cared for by a parent until the age of majority
  10. Between 20 and 40% of 1.6 million homeless youth (estimated) identify as LGBTQ. In one study, 26 percent of gay teens who came out to their parents or guardians were told they must leave home.

    The above-mentioned rights are only a sampling of the ways in which LGBTQ youth and adults do not receive the full protection of the law and its agencies in a uniform or protected manner. The list of violations to LGBTQ civil rights is very long.

What are the symbols associated with the movement?

In addition to the terminology of LGBTQ, the rainbow or the rainbow flag is widely recognized as a shorthand symbol for both the movement and its successful access to civil rights. In many places, “Pride Week” is celebrated with a parade or other public gathering in order to make publicly visible the existence of LGBTQ people and to affirm their hard-won civil rights.

Supportive Organizations (for members of LGBTQ communities, their families, and allies)

There are many excellent organizations helping to protect and legislate and heal those who have suffered from violation of human rights due to LGBTQ status. Here are links to the two oldest and most effective of organizations; do your own investigation online and if you have questions about any organization you discover, you can ask about it from these two sites

PFLAG (www.PFLAG.org)

One of the earliest organizations was PFLAG, originally known as Parents and Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays. Now it chooses to use only the acronym PFLAG in order to be completely inclusive. It is the U.S.’s largest organization for family and allies of LGBTQ people, having more than 350 chapters throughout the country and more than 200,000 members and supporters and works not only for human rights but also to create support groups and resources.

The Human Rights Campaign ( http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story)

This organization has more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. Its mission is to ensure LGBTQ people of their basic equal rights so they can be “open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.”

Status of LBGTQ rights globally

Many other countries have begun to create legislation to protect the rights of their LGBTQ citizens. However, other nations have an abysmal record in terms of such civil rights. In some countries, a homosexual act between two consulting adults is still an offense punishable by death.

In December 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a landmark speech on LGBT equality in New York calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality and for other measures to tackle violence and discrimination against LGBT people. “As men and women of conscience, we reject discrimination in general, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Where there is a tension between cultural attitudes and universal human rights, rights must carry the day,” said Moon.

Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequently agreed international human rights treaties, the legal obligations of States to safeguard the human rights of LGBTQ people are well established. International human rights laws include the right to life, security of person and privacy, the right to be free from torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, the right to be free from discrimination and the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

http://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/discrimination/pages/lgbt.aspx

Here is the mission of the United Nations with regard to this concern:

  • Protect individuals from homophobic and transphobic violence.
  • Prevent torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
  • Repeal laws criminalizing homosexuality.
  • Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Safeguard freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly for all LGBT people.

Relationship of GLBTQ civil rights within faith-based organizations

Every faith-based organization has its own beliefs and practices with regard to GLBTQ rights and practices. Many traditional, conservative churches, synagogues, and mosques are opposed to allowing full participation by those who self-identify as LGBTQ. In contrast, many faith-based organizations are specifically supportive of LGBTQ people and permit them to be full members of the organization and even, in some cases, to be ordained. One denomination was actually created FOR LGBTQ members: it is called the Metropolitan Community Church http://mccchurch.org/ and was established in 1968 with the express purpose of promoting a primary, positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender persons. Other specifically gay-friendly Christian denominations include the Unitarian Universalist http://www.uua.org/ and the United Church of Christ http://www.ucc.org/. It is easy to determine the faith-based organization’s position on GLBTQ rights by examining their website.

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What is hepatitis?

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Q: What is hepatitis?

A: Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis in the world but other infections, toxic substances (e.g. alcohol, certain drugs), and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis.

There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These 5 types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of parenteral contact with infected body fluids. Common modes of transmission for these viruses include receipt of contaminated blood or blood products, invasive medical procedures using contaminated equipment and for hepatitis B transmission from mother to baby at birth, from family member to child, and also by sexual contact.

Acute infection may occur with limited or no symptoms, or may include symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Q: What are the different hepatitis viruses?

A: Scientists have identified 5 unique hepatitis viruses, identified by the letters A, B, C, D, and E. While all cause liver disease, they vary in important ways.

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is present in the faeces of infected persons and is most often transmitted through consumption of contaminated water or food. Certain sex practices can also spread HAV. Infections are in many cases mild, with most people making a full recovery and remaining immune from further HAV infections. However, HAV infections can also be severe and life threatening. Most people in areas of the world with poor sanitation have been infected with this virus. Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent HAV.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is transmitted through exposure to infective blood, semen, and other body fluids. HBV can be transmitted from infected mothers to infants at the time of birth or from family member to infant in early childhood. Transmission may also occur through transfusions of HBV-contaminated blood and blood products, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through injection drug use. HBV also poses a risk to healthcare workers who sustain accidental needle stick injuries while caring for infected-HBV patients. Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent HBV.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is mostly transmitted through exposure to infective blood. This may happen through transfusions of HCV-contaminated blood and blood products, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through injection drug use. Sexual transmission is also possible, but is much less common. There is no vaccine for HCV.

Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infections occur only in those who are infected with HBV. The dual infection of HDV and HBV can result in a more serious disease and worse outcome. Hepatitis B vaccines provide protection from HDV infection.

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is mostly transmitted through consumption of contaminated water or food. HEV is a common cause of hepatitis outbreaks in developing parts of the world and is increasingly recognized as an important cause of disease in developed countries. Safe and effective vaccines to prevent HEV infection have been developed but are not widely available.

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Vote for change: UN’s My World campaign

UNDP and JCI delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
UNDP and JCI delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
The United Nations My World initiative is a global survey that invites citizens of the planet to vote on how they would like to change the world for the better.

My World asks individuals which six out of 16 possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives. People of all ages, genders and backgrounds are invited to vote, which will ultimately help inform world leaders as they begin drafting the next global development agenda.

The campaign was launched to local media at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Some 2.75-million people have already voted (see analytics here), profiling what matters most to them in their world.

“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is committed to making the process of drafting the next global development agenda as inclusive as possible. The aim is to involve all citizens in profiling key aspirations for the future,” said Dr Agostinho Zacarias, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident.

UNDP delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
UNDP delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
Corinne Woods, Global Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, spoke about My World as a platform that drives global engagement.

“The survey aims to listen to the voices of ordinary people and brings them to a worldwide decision-making process. It is individuals that will help define priorities for the path to 2030,” she said.

What is top priority for the world’s citizens?

According to the votes captured thus far, the world’s citizens think the following four aspects are most important:

  1. A good education
  2. Better healthcare
  3. Better job opportunities
  4. An honest and responsive government.

“In South Africa, the votes indicate that what matters most is a good education and protection against crime and violence,” said Woods.

Corinne Woods profiled My World as a platform that drives global engagement
Corinne Woods profiled My World as a platform that drives global engagement
William More and Sage Martin drive the My World outreach and research programme. They have engaged with communities in over 15 countries, walking the streets and asking people what matters most to them. They table the stories they have been told on the Humans of My World Facebook page.

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that it is the power of the human individual and the human story that changes hearts and incites people to come together and fight for change,” quoted Martin.

The president of Junior Chamber International (JCI) South Africa, Linda Ben, said the survey speaks to the heart of active citizenry.

“We need to understand that in order to effect positive change, we have to empower ourselves and our communities. Lend your voice to the UN campaign and help shape the world we live in,” she said.

Luvuyo Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in

Luvuyo Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in
Luvuyo Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in
“Gone are the days for ordinary citizens to be seen and not heard – and for the youth to be seen and not heard,” said Luvuyo Mandela. “Today we have incredible resources at hand that are asking us to help shape the world of our dreams.

“It’s time for us as young people to come together and debate about what matters most to us. It’s time for us ask how we can best make ourselves heard.”

Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in.

To find out more about the UN My World survey, please visit http://www.myworld2015.org/

To cast your vote, visit http://www.myworld2015.org/

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United Nations: Ratification of 18 International Human Rights Treaties

What is the most ratified human rights treaty? Which one did your country ratify? Find out using our NEW interactive dashboard on the status of ratification of International Human Rights Treaties: http://indicators.ohchr.org/Ratifications
Now lets take a closer look at just how much “value” Canada and the Harpercons have in Human Rights, according to the United Nations list of Ratified Human Rights Treaties, let it be known Canada doesn’t fair so well, all States need to take another look, try the second time around, looking with your “Heart” click here or the link above and see which ones your country Ratified.

I am including a list of the 5 out of 18 International Human Rights Treaties that Canada has currently Ratified and or Signed:

  1. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: 1976, Signature: NA, Ratification/Accession 1976
    • 29 October 1979
      “The Government of Canada declares, under article 41 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that it recognizes the competence of the Human Rights Committee referred to in article 28 of the said Covenant to receive and consider communications submitted by another State Party, provided that such State Party has, not less than twelve months prior to the submission by it of a communication relating to Canada, made a declaration under article 41 recognizing the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications relating to itself.”
  2. Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading treatment or Punishment: 1987 Signature: 1985, Ratification/Accession: 1987
    • 13 November 1989
      “The Government of Canada declares that it recognizes the competence of the Committee Against Torture, pursuant to article 21 of the said Convention, to receive and consider communications to the effect that a state party claims that another state party is not fulfilling its obligations under this Convention.
      “The Government of Canada also declares that it recognizes the competence of the Committee Against Torture, pursuant to article 22 of the said Convention, to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals subject to its jurisdiction who claim to be victims of a violation by a state party of the provisions of the Convention.”
  3. Convention on the Rights of The Child: Signature: 1990, Ratification/Accession: 1991
    • Reservations:
      “(i) Article 21 With a view to ensuring full respect for the purposes and intent of article 20 (3) and article 30 of the Convention, the Government of Canada reserves the right not to apply the provisions of article 21 to the extent that they may be inconsistent with customary forms of care among aboriginal peoples in Canada. “(ii) Article 37 (c) The Government of Canada accepts the general principles of article 37 (c) of the Convention, but reserves the right not to detain children separately from adults where this is not appropriate or feasible. Statement of understanding: “Article 30 It is the understanding of the Government of Canada that, in matters relating to aboriginal peoples of Canada, the fulfilment of its responsibilities under article 4 of the Convention must take into account the provisions of article 30. In particular, in assessing what measures are appropriate to implement the rights recognized in the Convention for aboriginal children, due regard must be paid to not denying their right, in community with other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion and to use their own language.”
  4. Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of Children in Armed conflict: 2002 Signature: 2000, Ratification/Accession 2000
    • Declaration:
      “Pursuant to article 3, paragraph 2, of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts, Canada hereby declares: 1. The Canadian Armed Forces permit voluntary recruitment at the minimum age of 16 years. 2. The Canadian Armed Forces have adopted the following safeguards to ensure that recruitment of personnel under the age of 18 years is not forced or coerced: (a) all recruitment of personnel in the Canadian Forces is voluntary. Canada does not practice conscription or any form of forced or obligatory service. In this regard, recruitment campaigns of the Canadian Forces are informational in nature. If an individual wishes to enter the Canadian Forces, he or she fills in an application. If the Canadian Forces offer a particular position to the candidate, the latter is not obliged to accept the position; (b ) recruitment of personnel under the age of 18 is done with the informed and written consent of the person’s parents or legal guardians. Article 20, paragraph 3, of the National Defence Act states that ‘a person under the age of eighteen years shall not be enrolled without the consent of one of the parents or the guardian of that person’, (c) personnel under the age of 18 are fully informed of the duties involved in military service. The Canadian Forces provide, among other things, a series of informational brochures and films on the duties involved in military service to those who wish to enter the Canadian Forces; and (d) personnel under the age of 18 must provide reliable proof of age prior to acceptance into national military service. An applicant must provide a legally recognized document, that is an original or a certified copy of their birth certificate or baptismal certificate, to prove his or her age.”
  5. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: 2000 Signature: 2007, Ratification/Accession: 2010
    • Declaration and reservation:
      “Canada recognises that persons with disabilities are presumed to have legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of their lives. Canada declares its understanding that Article 12 permits supported and substitute decision-making arrangements in appropriate circumstances and in accordance with the law. To the extent Article 12 may be interpreted as requiring the elimination of all substitute decision-making arrangements, Canada reserves the right to continue their use in appropriate circumstances and subject to appropriate and effective safeguards. With respect to Article 12 (4), Canada reserves the right not to subject all such measures to regular review by an independent authority, where such measures are already subject to review or appeal. Canada interprets Article 33 (2) as accommodating the situation of federal states where the implementation of the Convention will occur at more than one level of government and through a variety of mechanisms, including existing ones.”

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