TAG: United Nations

Halting The Sands

Desertification, Africa

If you were to visit rural southern Africa you would likely experience the beauty of a primordial country life. The cows would be grazing, farmers would be in the fields, their irrigation sprinklers would be at work, and maidens would be collecting firewood from the nearby forest. At face value there is nothing wrong with the picture, however if you would multiply the activity described, and look forward by 10 years or so, the picture would change to a cover on a document entitled “The Leading Cause of Desertification”. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification focuses particularly on those African countries… read more

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon The International Day of Peace is being celebrated this year on Saturday, September 21st. The day of peace offers a particular time where people, communities, administrations and world nations can share a preset date of peaceful intentions. Events spanning the globe will take place over the weekend in recognition. It began in 1981 by being unanimously voted… read more

Effect Change Today – World Environment Day

World Environment Day poster

World Environment Day 2013 is here today! Get ready to green up Portland, Oregon, the chosen North American host city, with Mongolia receiving the global host distinguishment. How does W.E.D. differ from Earth Day, or all the other “green” holidays? It’s simple: Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by people of all faiths, races, political backgrounds, etc. It’s a day for humanity to take the time to recognize the fragility of our planet, and create personal vows to make better eco-choices. On the other hand, World Environment Day is a time to be specific about the things we’d like to change. Each… read more

What is World Environment Day?

Eyes on Mongolia

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It was the first occasion in which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action. It is celebrated on the 5th of June each year and is hosted by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. The aim of World Environment Day is to promote activity at community levels that will foster changes in our behaviour to improve… read more