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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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The Psychological Impact of Disasters

The last decade has seen a large increase in the occurrence of both natural and man-made disasters. The numbers are staggering. In 2003, in natural disasters alone, 200 million people were exposed to loss of life, damage to property and the trauma of survival. The United Nations works to meet these needs through
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Human Rights and the UN

Sixty years ago, in 1948, the General Assembly of the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On Dec 10, that declaration was reaffirmed as Human Rights Day. This extraordinary document was a response to the horrors of World War 2. It became the first global statement that all human beings have
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World Health and the UN

In our increasingly interconnected world, global health is facing a further challenge—new diseases are emerging at the rate of one per year. Since 1967 at least 39 new pathogens have been identified, including HIV, Ebola fever, Marburg fever, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Other century-old threats
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The World Food Crisis

The tsunami-like shock of soaring world food prices following the increase in the demand for oil is a dramatic illustration of the interconnectedness of the world. An additional 100 million people of already vulnerable populations have been plunged into poverty and hunger. Even in affluent U.S.A. the poorest fifth
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