Why we need to take immediate action to stop climate change

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In the summer of 2007, the Arctic sea ice that had remained frozen for thousands of years began to melt. Its surface area decreased to a quarter of what it was before. Due to these changes in the Arctic Ocean ecosystem, many animals, including polar bears, have become endangered. But is global warming a problem only for polar bears? ㅡ The threat we are facing now ㅡ For the past 100 years, the Earth has become warmer at a faster pace than ever before. The Earth’s temperature has never changed by more than 1°C in the previous 10,000 years but in the recent 100 years since the Industrial Revolution, the Earth’s temperature rose by 1°C. This phenomenon of the Earth becoming warmer is called global warming. Reasons the Earth’s temperature is rising l   Human activity Climate change can occur due to natural causes but the climate change being experienced in the past 100 years has been accelerated by human activity. l   Greenhouse gases and greenhouse effect Ninety-nine percent

Proposing a Blueprint for a Peaceful World Community

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"Just as tugging a single strand of hair sways the whole body, tugging the heartstrings of love sways the whole world.  As human beings, we are powerless as individuals. So, we live in mutual love for one another. True love gives, forgets that it has given, and gives again. In that way, we must give until all selfishness disappears. That is when peace will come."   The founders of the Sunhak Peace Prize, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon have led a lifelong journey toward building a global community and a culture of peace. Rev. Moon (b. January 6, 1920) and Mrs. Moon (b. January 6, 1943) were born in North Korea during the turbulent era of global modernization. The two of them spent a portion of their growing years under Japanese colonialism and experienced firsthand the traumas of the Korean War. They met for the first time in 1960 and married soon after in the same year. Rev. Moon centered on his Christian faith, professed a new interpretation of the Bible and emp

UN Report The World’s Women 2020 - Statistics and Trends: UN Report's Section on FGM

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Did you know that at least 200 million girls and women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation or FGM?  FGM is included in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 Gender Equality.  The practice of FGM is decreasing but still has a high prevalence in Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, and West Africa. COVID-19 may also affect the progress toward elimination due to interruptions in programs.  Below are the sections of the United Nations’ recent report, World’ Women 2020 Trends and Statistics, which reveals updated data on the current situation of FGM. The full section on FGM can be found here . Also, check out the other 99 stories on the assessment of the progress of gender equality in six critical areas here . Female Genital Mutilation Key points • According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 200 million girls and women have undergone FGM based on recent data from 31 countries. • FGM is slowly declining in some countries and s

[Opinion] Ban Ki-Moon: Returning to Multilateralism

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The UN headquarters in New York /Xinhua COVID-19 has shone a light on the acute vulnerabilities of a deeply interconnected world. No country, regardless of its size, wealth, or technological sophistication, can tackle this crisis alone. Owing to the pandemic, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly this month is being held under exceptional circumstances, with heads of state participating "virtually" rather than traveling to New York City. The unique nature of this year's gathering should serve as a reminder that the only way to overcome the threat of COVID-19 is through international cooperation, transparency, and adherence to shared rules and regulations. It is a poignant irony that the pandemic has struck on the UN's 75th anniversary. Born from the wreckage of World War II – a wholly human-made calamity – the world's premier international forum embodied post-war leaders' determination that future generations must be spared from the kind of suffering they h

UN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of disease

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On September 15, 2020, the fifth edition of the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook Report was released. This global report is based on a review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources and was compiled by 145 experts from 50 countries. The continued degradation of the environment such as deforestation, overfishing, bush meant hunting and poaching, climate change, and pollution is threatening one million species into extinction in the next few years. It is also increasing the likelihood of diseases spreading from animals to humans. Despite the ominous state of biodiversity, several recommendations are given to reverse the negative effects. These findings will be taken up by the Heads of State at the Summit on Biodiversity to be held virtually on September 30. Read below to learn more. UN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of disease Source: UN Environment Programme, Coral Reefs restoration at the coast of Banaire in the Caribbean. The fif

IEP Releases Inaugural Ecological Threat Register - Over one billion at threat of being displaced by 2050

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On September 9, 2020, the Institute for Economics & Peace released their inaugural Ecological Threat Register. According to the report, over one billion people are at threat of being displaced by 2050 due to environmental change, conflict and civil unrest. By 2040, a total of 5.4 billion people, which is more than half of the world's projected population, will face high or extreme water stress. By 2050, 3.5 billion people could suffer from food insecurity, an increase of 1.5 billion people from today. Read on for the details.  Children wait to buy water in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, one of the countries most at risk from ecological threats. Photograph: Anne Mimault/Reuters LONDON, September 09, 2020 Today marks the launch of the inaugural Ecological Threat Register (ETR), that measures the ecological threats countries are currently facing and provides projections to 2050. The report uniquely combines measures of resilience with the most comprehensive ecological data available,

Saving the Covid Generation - Tens of Millions of Children with No Hope for Education

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 A group of 275 former world leaders, economists and educationalists have called on G20 nations to step in and take action to prevent the global health crisis from creating a ‘COVID generation’ - tens of millions of children without hope of an education. The leaders, which include many presidents and prime ministers, wrote in their letter to the G20 nations that urgent measures are required now. As country lockdowns come to an end, the 30 million children who, according to a UNESCO report, may never return to school, should be the immediate priority for assistance. Read the article written by Ban Ki-moon , former UN Secretary-General, Mary Robinson , former president of Ireland, Graca Machel , founder of Graca Machel Trust, Helen Clark , former prime minister of New Zealand, and Gordon Brown , former prime minister of the United Kingdom.  Saving the COVID Generation Source: Gulf Times On top of everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a global education emergency. With more