UN Report

At the UN, Where are We Going?

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman The issue of the pros and cons of the United Nations continues to baffle us. This is especially so during the transition to new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the amazing dramatic ups and downs of Donald Trump as the new president of the United States. This is a
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From the UN: Update on Water and Sanitation

By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Amazingly, more people in the world have cell phones than access to a toilet. Inadequate water and sanitation do not make headlines but claim many lives through disease. This is a “silent disaster” with major health consequences. Let’s look at the situation in greater
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From the UN: The World’s Children: An Update

  By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Children are our future. Our concern with their well-being is basic to our hopes. Every day on TV we see the devastating images of the trauma of war. The barbaric bombing of civilians and hospitals in Aleppo is a nightmare. It is staggering to realize that […]
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From the UN: Prejudice and Discrimination

Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld, the IHEU representative to the UN, and Dr. Reba Goodman, member of ECSBC The painful reality of prejudice and discrimination is a global issue. Shiite and Sunni Muslims are killing each other. Anti-Semitism surged nearly 40% in Europe and especially in France. Feeling against gays is high in
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What Is The Future Of The UN?

A new Secretary General of the UN is to be chosen this year. In the past the usual procedure was that those interested in the job lobbied the permanent members with veto power of the Security Council (US, Russia, Britain, China, and France) behind closed doors. Once chosen, the name was send to the General […]
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World Health Emergencies

Microbes have no respect for borders. In our increasingly interconnected world there are increasing opportunities for the rapid spread of infections. More than ever global public health security depends on international cooperation. The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948 to coordinate these
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Climate Change: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

A major milestone was reached at the UN conference on climate in Paris during a two week meeting in Dec. 2015.The international conference, attended by 195 countries marks the historic international acceptance of the risk of climate change. They negotiated an agreement to handle these risks. The negotiations were
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Evaluating the Accuracy of Reported Information

We are inundated by information. One example of information overload is the stream of US election polls as if we are following a horse race. The Word Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and numerous UN agencies provide information regarding poverty, hunger in the world, access to clean water and sanitation
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Refugees

It is heartbreaking watching the stream of refugees fleeing the war in Syria on TV. It has awakened in me [Sylvain Ehrenfeld] the memory of being a refugee coming to the US from Belgium a few months before the Germans invaded and how my emigration saved me from being a candidate for extermination. This crisis in
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Racism

Racial and ethnic divisions are global issues with a long and tortured history. During the Constitutional Convention (1787) in the US, black slaves were counted as three fifths of a person in a compromise that enabled Southern states to increase their representation in the House of Representatives in Congress,
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