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Outer Space Should be an Oasis of Peace

In this world of constantly recurring natural and manmade disasters, outer space should be an oasis of peace and service for mankind. Surely, the UN has enough to do in a world that often functions as an emergency in progress. Still the UN is both upward and forward looking with a UN Office for Outer […]
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Report on World Violence from the UN

The 20th century has turned out to be one of the most violent periods of conflict in human history. An estimated 190 million people lost their lives directly or indirectly … over half noncombatant civilians and millions of injured and disabled added to the terrible toll. Aside from the communal violence of
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Holocaust Memorial Day at the UN

In a moving ceremony on Jan. 27, 2006, The UN General Assembly commemorated the victims of the holocaust. The date, chosen for its historical significance – the liberation of the survivors of Auschwitz death camp – was also significant as a change in the UN’s functioning. This event, to be
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The Global Water Crisis

Every year the UN issues a Human Development Report—really a summary of the state of the world, providing a store of information on a vast number of human welfare issues, with special attention on one. This year, 2006, the focus is on access to clean water and adequate sanitation. Like hunger and malnutrition,
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Assessing the UN

A global consciousness is emerging — a recognition that the world is increasingly interconnected. Global problems do not need passports to cross national boundaries. Only collective action can respond to them. Still,the UN has been attacked, by both the right and the left. From the conservative or nationalist
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World Press Freedom Day

In the past decade the world has seen a dangerous escalation of violence against journalists and other media professionals. The year of 2006 was the bloodiest year on record, with over 150 media killings, hundreds arrested, attacked or threatened, as well as held hostage. This happens not only in the midst of
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Population: More Elderly, Fewer Young

Two trends are transforming the world. In most countries, rich and poor, people are living longer and women are having fewer children. The ageing of the world’s population is unprecedented. The sixty age and over group may become 1/4 of the world’s expected population by 2050, a tripling of up to 2 billion. Yet if
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Fight Against Poverty

In 2000 leaders and representatives from 189 countries met in a UN Summit to respond to the problem, “the poor we have always with us.” Thanks to persistent ongoing pressure from Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General, they adopted target goals for the year 2015, the Millennium Development Goals. The goals were
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The Challenge of Climate Change

Thanks to almost-president Gore, Katrina, and the UN’s accumulation of warnings from scientists all over the world, climate change can no longer be ignored. The new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has placed the potential impact of climate change first on his agenda. The UN’s annual major General Assembly in
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What’s New with National Service (NSC)?

NSC is the AEU’s long time voice at the UN, functioning as networker and advocate on issues reflecting the ethical and humanist values of the Ethical Movement. The new season is beginning with Phyllis Ehrenfeld as President, Paul Raynault as Vice-President, Lucille Kleiman as 2nd Vice-President, Kurt Johnson as
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