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To Travel is To Lead

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine Traveling is taxing for some people while it is enjoyable for some people. It depends on the mindset of the person. Those who are lazy don’t appreciate traveling. They appreciate staying in one place to enjoy their life. On the other hand, those who appreciate lively life enjoy traveling immensely. Traveling is very good as it helps come out of one's comfort zone; see new places; meet people with diversified languages, cultures,…

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Givers Build a Better World

"I shall pass this way but once. Therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now for I shall not pass this way again." — William Penn I have a good friend of mine who is an acclaimed American author and an international speaker. We have friendship for the last five years and we value our relations profoundly. He endorsed some of my authored books and wrote foreword for a book. We regularly exchange our knowledge over e-mails. In one…

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Leadership Skills for Indian Students

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. John Quincy Adams. There are mushrooming leadership development programs for students in the developed countries to impart leadership skills and abilities in students. Some prestigious international universities have customized training programs including Harvard Business School offering degrees in the domain of leadership. However, there are no such initiatives and courses in India despite being the second largest populated country in the world with the highest number of young population. In fact,…

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Early Marriage: what is the right age?

What is the right age for a girl to become a woman? “The transformation of gender relations in the developing world is the greatest social revolution of our era, and we need to keep that in mind in everything we do” Dr. John Coonrod, Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project. In a barren region of southern Ethiopia, 13-year-old Dhaki worries about whether she will be pregnant as a result of her husband – 11 years her senior – forcing himself upon her last night, and whether her neighbours heard…

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Women’s Day

I'm a painter who only paints the portraits of women! I've a portrait of: A woman who miles away, bare-footed under the blazing sun, walks And fetches the drinking water from a polluted pond! A woman pregnant who taking rest instead, Toils with men and feed her poor family; A woman who in the morning is raped by her master And in the night manhandled by the drunk husband But raises voice never, since she has been taught The husband is the mini-god while the master, the godfather! A woman…

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Will Gates Foundation Replace the UN?

“Don’t just go for safe projects, take on the really tough problems”, were the words of advice, Warren Buffet, co-trustee of the Gates Foundation, gave to Bill Gates about philanthropy. When the foundation was founded in 1994, known then as the William H. Gates Foundation, after Bill Gate’s father, there was little doubt that the charity was going to succeed, because after all, everything associated with Bill Gates - the richest man on the planet - succeeds. Some 16 years later the Gates Foundation has been cited as being the…

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Poverty in Morocco

As the unevenness in wealth grows in Morocco, the age of excess needs to be replaced by an age of equality. If I was given a Dirham every time a Moroccan person picked up my two young sons and kissed them lovingly on the cheek during our recent five-day visit to Marrakesh, I would probably have made enough money to buy myself a "meat tagine" at one of the more up-market restaurants in the city. Touching and kissing fair-haired children, I am told by particularly enthusiastic and friendly local, is…

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Green Revolution and Hunger

The Failings of the Green revolution puts Hunger back on the Priority Agenda. It was born and developed to boost agricultural production and feed the world’s growing population. Four decades later as hunger, particularly in the Asia- Pacific region climbs, the Green Revolution is unable to meet new demands, unable to feed new mouths. Launched in the late 1960s, the Green Revolution was a series of initiatives aimed at increasing agricultural production and feeding the world’s population affected by hunger. The initiatives, which included making grants and loans available to…

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Scandal of Pregnancy Mortality

The “scandal” surrounding child-birth deaths. Who is letting women and our future generations down? The joy a woman feels when she first finds out she is pregnant is quickly surpassed by natural feelings of apprehension. Not only about the prospect of looking after a helpless, newborn baby, but more so,  fear about the birth, with one morbidly frightening question lying deep in an expectant mothers overactive imagination, “will I die during labor?” Surely these thoughts are insane, absurd and paranoid, as in the 21st century mother mortality during child birth…

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Human Rights in Malawi, is it Misunderstood?

The United Nations secretary general, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, is to travel to Malawi this weekend to discuss with the country’s president, Mr. Bingu wa Mutharika, among other issues, the 14 year sentencing of a homosexual couple, a sentence which Mr. Ban Ki-moon has described as “violating human rights principles that ban both discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as the criminalization of sexual acts between consenting adults”. The conviction, which dates back to the colonial era laws, has predictably caused shock and outrage to ripple across the…

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UNICEF and MDG’s

Are UNICEF and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) on target for providing a better future for children? Assuming the post of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sixth Executive Director on 1 May 2010, Mr. Anthony Lake ‘reassuringly’ pledged on his first day in office to help the world’s children “inherit a better tomorrow”. Words however are always easier than actions, promises easier than proceedings, and one cannot help but wonder, somewhat dubiously, exactly how Mr. Lake and UNICEF intend to accomplish such an audacious but imperative pledge. Being an…

Read more about the article UN Influence, in Retracting Inequitable Laws, and China
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UN Influence, in Retracting Inequitable Laws, and China

Over the past decade China has implemented and promoted some highly progressive and commendable policies, which can be seen as a pragmatic response to China’s cooperation with the United Nations. An expansion in community-based methadone therapy and needle exchange program, showed China’s dedication to being in accordance with human-centered principles. Most recently was China’s announcement that it is to lift the ban on restricting HIV positive travelers into the country, which particularly provides recognition of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) dedication to promoting “equal and inalienable rights…

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Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda – Science of Life

Traditional Medicine (Ayurveda - Science of Life) in the eyes of the UN Health and Insurance. Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the successes as well as stresses of your lives. From ancient Sanskrit verse. Ayurveda as per Wikipedia: Ayurveda (Devanāgarī: आयुर्वेद, the 'science of life') is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda consists of the words āyus, meaning 'life', and veda, meaning 'related to knowledge' or…

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Living Intelligently

“I expect to pass through life but once. If there be any kindness I show, let me do it now, as I shall not pass this way again.”  William Penn (1644–1718). "Trees bear fruit for the sake of others, rivers flow for the sake of others, cows produce milk for others. This body is (only) for doing good to others." Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, South India. In studying the perennial philosophy of human evolution, we become so amazed as to the important and unique trait or endowment or ability that separates…

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High Cost of Youth Risky Behavior

Many Caribbean youth are doing reasonably well. They live in loving and caring families, attend school and are involved in various social activities in their communities. The health and well-being of children and youth in the Caribbean is, and has been, the center of attention of many studies, meetings and policy directives set at the regional, sub regional and national levels. Programs have been put in place to address the basic needs of young children in the areas of health and education and to provide guidance and directives to youth…

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Untold Story: Why We Do What We Do?

From the Dairies of UN Retirees (1/3 Lump Sum Recipients) Common Cause Appeal # UNAT 2009-001. “Change direction with understanding of (human) evolution here and now, lest you may end up where you started and going nowhere.”  Lao To. Introduction and Background There is background history to the filing of the Common Cause Appeal to the UNAT in August 2009. For most of us retirees, actively served UN and its agencies for many years, we have been passionate about our daily work life because: It was/is the right thing to…