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ILO Freedom of Association

Core International Labour Organization Convention on the “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise” 1948 (No. 87) - The Stand of the Government of India and Arguments in favour of its Ratification. Introduction: International Labour Organization (ILO) The International Labour Organization has its origins at the end of the First World War, in 1919 (as part of the Treaty of Versailles) to ensure social justice. It is a unique tripartite system of organization, bringing together governments, employers and workers in its executive bodies. The constitution of the…

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Sandy’s Lesson

The uproars and thunders of hurricane Sandy, a category one colossal force of wind, have recently sparked a controversy. The aftermath of such a disaster has become a source of strong disputes and arguments among people with faith. Sandy left us in a deep state of shock and confusion and for most of us left us with heavy hearts and deep sadness. Through different ideologies and religions, people are trying to comprehend the mysterious phenomena of natural disasters. Some people of faith believe it is a manifestation of God's wrath…

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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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Helen Thomas First Amendment

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment prohibits making any law impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the right to petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. Does the First Amendment apply to all, including Ms. Helen Thomas? Ms. Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky; on August 4, 1920; to Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon.…

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Israel Kills Activists

Photos are from Istanbul, Turkey, showing the funeral of the Turkish activists killed by Israel on 31 May 2010 in international waters aboard the aid flotilla Liberty that was set to deliver food, medicine and emergency supplies to Gaza. We reported some of the reactions from the UN, including the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who said “I condemn this violence”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms.  Navi Pillay, who said “nothing can justify the appalling outcome of this operation”, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation…

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Israel Attacks Aid Convoy

This morning, Israel armed forces attacked the unarmed humanitarian convoy at sea, the flotilla consisting of 6 peaceful ships, in route to deliver food aid and emergency supplies to Gaza. More than 16 civilians of different nationalities were killed by the Israeli attack on the peaceful convoy. This is yet another Crime Against Humanity by Israel. On the UN front, the UN Security Council was scheduled to meet today to discuss this massacre. The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, said “I condemn this violence”. The UN High Commissioner for Human…

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War on Sea Piracy

How could the UN and governments worldwide do more to fight Somalia piracy? My 3-year-old son has a fixation with pirates. The perpetual excitement running around the house waving a sword in the air dressed as a pirate makes him exhilarated by the fact he knows pirates don’t really exist. Until he hears on the news that ‘pirates’ have kidnapped a couple of ships and are holding them at ransom. Even at the age of three, my son knows by the tone and seriousness of the news that, unlike Peter…

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Support Non-Political UN

“Let the ruler be a ruler, the subject a subject, the father a father, the son a son.” "Truly if the ruler be not a ruler, the subject not a subject, the father not a father, the son not a son, then even if there be grain, would I get to eat it?” Confucian Quote 12.11. The main political function of the United Nations is to preserve international peace and security. Chapter 6 of the UN Charter provides for the pacific settlement of disputes, through the intervention of the Security…

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Appel aux Donateurs pour Touba

MINISTERE DE LA JEUNESSE, DU SPORT ET DES LOISIRS REPUBLIQUE DE COTE D’IVOIRE Union – Discipline – Travail DIRECTION REGIONALE DU BAFING LE DIRECTEUR REGIONAL Touba, le 05 février 2010 BP: 68 Touba Email: [email protected] N° 001 /MJSL/DRB/DR Monsieur le Directeur Régional de la Jeunesse, du Sport et des Loisirs du Bafing (Touba) À Monsieur le Chef des Opérations de l’Organisation des Nations Unis en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) Monsieur, je viens respectueusement vers vous à travers ce courrier solliciter de l’aide concernant mon service dont j’en suis le responsable : la…

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Haiti’s Tortuous Development

Long before the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the country had been plagued with problems. Haiti, with some eight million people, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and has been so for quite some time. It is also of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) most densely populated countries, with 306 people per square kilometer in 2003. The earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale hit Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. It is estimated that 3 million people have been affected by the disaster making an already vulnerable…

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Haiti AIDS Patients Care Continues

Since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Haitian Group for Studies in Karposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) in addition to supporting a field surgical hospital and a refugee camp for thousands of earthquake victims, it is providing humanitarian assistance and emergency care to those affected by the disaster as well as life saving medications to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) and tuberculosis. Even in the chaos left by the earthquake, hundreds of people make their monthly visits to Port-au-Prince’s GHESKIO clinic for AIDS treatment. Located in the…

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UN Doctors Abandon Haiti Victims

CNN reported yesterday that the United Nations ordered all its doctors, nurses and all other UN staff to leave their emergency care duty stations in Port au Prince, one of the hardest hit areas by Haiti's earthquake, that UN decision lead to abandoning thousands of the earthquake victims including countless numbers of the critically wounded and numerous victims who had major surgeries. Instead of mobilizing the United Nations Blue Helmets, the UN uniformed forces, to provide security in and around the emergency care stations, the United Nations cited security concerns…

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UN Haiti Relief, Recovery, Development

Calling for UN Immediate Relief and Recovery for Haiti. What is there to say about this tragedy? What to do? How to get there? As a Caribbean national having grown up in New York, I have always been around Haitians; they were my next door neighbors, renting from the old Jewish lady with mezuzahs on her doorways, as existed on my home. I have moved through life with Haitians. I had a boyfriend from Haiti; we met as we both launched careers as international development professionals heading to Africa on…

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UN Reform, Women – Grassroots

Shift UN Resources and Access to Women & Grassroots.Searching for proof or agreement to my belief, by suggested answers on the Internet, I posed the question:  “is there a need for UN Reform where the UN supports individual and grassroots level action and activism?†A document on Guidelines for Women’s Empowerment pops up as first of results. I did not get beyond this reference.Putting aside my expected topics to begin writing that included Women, Movements, New Leadership; or, Guns, Gangs, Governance; or No One Talks of Globalization Anymore; and Leadership…

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UN Social Policies

An example of the United Nations successes; is the project for Integrated Social Policies in Western Asia and its flagship report “Towards Integrated Social Policies in Arab Countries; Framework and Comparative Analysis”.  This report was prepared with the primary aim of enhancing the integration and effectiveness of social policies in the 13 Arab countries in Western Asia, UNESCWA member countries.  This report (1) clarifies the concepts and contexts of social policies (2) identifies organized actors in the processes of social policies (3) outlines the functions of social policies in the…

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UN Relief and Development

Human Development is measured by the Human Development Index (HDI) which is a composite index that includes indicators for Health, Education and Income. As such, HDI is used to measure the satisfaction of essential human needs and choices. Poverty in developing countries is a major challenge to development. Investments in human resources are critical elements to alleviate poverty. Better health and nutrition raise labor productivity and improve the performance of students. Studies by the World Bank show that education, particularly at the primary level, has high rates of return on…