Good News Agency – Year XII, n° 192
Good News Agency carries positive and constructive news from all over the world relating to voluntary work, the work of the United Nations, non governmental organizations and institutions engaged in improving the quality of life – news that doesn’t “burn out” in the space of a day. It is distributed free of charge through Internet to 10,000 media and editorial journalists in 54 countries and to 3,000 NGOs and 1,600 high schools, colleges and universities. It is an all-volunteer service of Associazione Culturale dei Triangoli e della Buona Volontà Mondiale, an educational charity associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. In the final report of the Decade for a Culture of Peace project presented to the UN General Assembly (http://decade-culture-of-peace.org/2010_civil_society_report.pdf), Good News Agency is included among the three NGOs that have been playing a major role in the field of Information*.
21 September – Maldives today became the latest country to agree to be bound by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the independent, permanent tribunal set up to prosecute individuals accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Indian Ocean archipelago
acceded to the 1998 Rome Statute, the legal document establishing the basis for
the ICC, in
Global Conference on cluster bomb ban ends with even more states pledging to join the Treaty
Beirut, 16 September - The
Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions ended
in Beirut today with a strong international declaration to rid the world of
cluster munitions. The conference in
23 September - The Czech
Republic has become the 66th State Party to the Convention on Cluster
Munitions. The NATO and EU member state deposited its instrument of
ratification at a UN treaty event in
23 September -
23 September -
Former Yugoslav army chief convicted by UN tribunal for war crimes
6 September – The United
Nations tribunal set up to prosecute the most serious offences committed during
the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted Momčilo
Perišić for crimes against humanity and war
crimes and sentenced the former chief of staff of the Yugoslav Army to 27 years
in prison. Mr. Perišić was found guilty by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of aiding and
abetting murders, inhumane acts, persecutions on political, racial or religious
grounds, and attacks on civilians in
In the judgment – the first
handed down by the tribunal in a case against an official of the
23 September – With its
ability to foster cross-cultural understanding among peoples and societies, the
Alliance of Civilizations initiative is crucial in the struggle to combat
intolerance, extremism and bigotry worldwide, United Nations officials stressed
today. The work of the
UNICEF welcomes agreement against child trafficking in two African countries
22 September – The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed a new agreement between the
Republic of the
A Rights-based approach on volunteering
September 8 - "Volunteering is a right, not a privilege. A rights-based approach towards volunteering must be put in place in order to ensure quality, recognition, protection and equal access for everyone, without any kind of discrimination"
This is one of the key concepts of the "Declaration on the Need of a rights-based approach towards Volunteering", approved as a final conclusion of the Stakeholder Conference "The Rights of the Volunteer". The conference was organised by the European Youth Forum - YFJ on 7th and 8th of September in the frame of the II Youth Convention on Volunteering. This was the first step towards the ""Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of the Volunteers"" that will be presented for approval at the next Council of Members of the European Youth Forum in November."
More than 70 Stakeholders contributed to this Stakeholder Conference to bring up the topic of Volunteering, in the frame of the European Year of Volunteering promoted by the European Commission in 2011, AEGEE - the European Students' Forum, representing young volunteers from different countries working together on cross-borders activities to promote co-operation and integration in Europe, fully supports the Declaration as a valid tool to promote a rights-based approach on Volunteering.
signs new US$15 million loan agreement for poverty reduction program in
The new program will be implemented by the Rural Development Institute and the regional and territorial governments of the RAAN and RAAS autonomous regions.
With climate-change and sustainable natural resource management becoming a national priority, the project will also support new approaches for environmental protection in the region and will strengthen local institutions and empower local governments with a territorial economic development fund.
22 – ACDI/VOCA
has won a $1.2 million grant for the Liberia Forestry Support Program (LFSP)
program. In an ACDI/VOCA first, the project is funded by the United States
Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program’s
goal is to advance the policy and practice of community-based forest management
ACDI/VOCA will do this through adaptive management, learning-based approaches and the development of alternative-livelihood food security and cash income sources.
LFSP will build on and continue the successful activities conducted under the Land Rights and Community Forestry Program (LRCFP), a three-year subcontract funded by USAID to build sustainable income-generation opportunities at the community level around community forestry programs in Nimba and Sinoe counties. Through LRCFP, ACDI/VOCA worked with small, product-focused groups to increase access to markets and initiate economic activities and opportunities.
USA - High volunteerism can mean lower unemployment rates, study says
By Peter Bolton
September 21 – States in which a big share of people volunteer, vote, and participate in other civic events tended to suffer the least-drastic increases in joblessness during the downturn, according to a new report.
The study, by the National Conference on Citizenship and others, mined federal labor statistics and Census data from about 50,000 American households. It found that states that did well based on five measures—helping neighbors, volunteering, registering to vote, voting, and attending meetings—in 2006 did not face big rises in unemployment from 2006 to 2010.
States in which a high proportion of people helped their neighbors did best, followed by those with strong volunteering rates.
Historic global church investors meeting
Participants agree to collaborate on corporate responsibility issues
Church investors have often collaborated across international borders, most recently in response to crises at News Corp and BP. As investment portfolios become more global, the need for trusted partners in other regions has become more important. Local engagement expertise can be combined with aggregated global church shareholdings to create a powerful lever for improving corporate performance on environmental, social and governance issues.
One example of future work
relates to next year’s London Olympics. US investors are working through the
Through the lens of faith, ICCR builds a more just and sustainable world by integrating social values into investor actions.
awards $50 million food security contract in
Value chain approach to boost agricultural growth, incomes for Ethiopian farmers
September 19 – The U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID) recently awarded the ACDI/VOCA Support
for Food Security Activities (SFSA) team its second major contract: a
five-year, nearly $50 million food security program in
The Agricultural Growth
Program-Value Chain Expansion (AGP-VCE) initiative in
Targeted value chains include: coffee, honey, maize, sesame and wheat.
The new value chain program is part of USAID’s Feed the Future initiative, which harmonizes regional hunger- and poverty-fighting efforts in countries with chronic food insecurity and insufficient production of staple crops.
September 15 –
A new program is working to
close the gap, in
he program, called Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), is a project of the nonprofit Fair Food Network. It’s a simple idea: SNAP shoppers use their benefits at a participating farmers’ market and receive tokens for an equal amount to purchase any Michigan-grown fruit or vegetable at the market. In effect, food dollars spent at farmers’ markets are doubled, up to $20 per market day. By spending $20 of SNAP benefits at the farmers’ market, the shopper comes home with $40 worth of healthy, fresh, regionally grown produce.
The program started as a pilot
September 23 –
The Agency's intervention focuses in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene through the distribution of water purification tablets, jerry cans, and buckets. These items provide flood-affected victims with safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing. The Agency's response is continuing while the floodwaters recede.
visits children six months after
After the disaster,
Six months after the earthquake, although children’s immediate needs have been met, the longer-term recovery is a process that will take years, says Save the Children.
"Linkin Park’s visit has been so important to us in highlighting the longer-term needs of children in recovering from this disaster," said Save the Children Japan CEO Hironobu Shibuya. "The visit also helps our donors see the impact our response to date."
Music for Relief was created
Rotary - A look at the Future Vision pilot’s first year
By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News, 22 September - One hundred Rotary districts and their member clubs set a brisk pace in the first year of the Future Vision pilot, recording many milestones along the way. The Rotary Foundation awarded 208 global grants, totaling almost US$12 million, in 2010-11. These grants supported large-scale, sustainable activities aligned with Rotary’s areas of focus in 46 countries.
The first global grant project, completed in July, proved highly effective in preventing the spread of dengue fever in a community in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. Other global grant efforts helped provide thousands of people in Sierra Leone with access to clean water, boosted malaria prevention and treatment in Mali, improved sanitation in India, and expanded literacy in Kenya, to name a few. The grants also funded vocational training teams and equipped scholars to work in sustainable development, health care, peace and conflict resolution, and other fields related to the areas of focus.
More than $6 million in Rotary Foundation District Grants supported local and international service projects. District 2650 (Japan) distributed funds from a $271,000 grant to 42 club projects, which included providing computers, sewing machines, and other vocational training equipment to a village in the Philippines, and restoring an elementary school in China’s Shaanxi Province.
The Foundation also formed
strategic partnerships with
Pilot clubs and districts are helping to verify what works in the Foundation’s new grant model under the Future Vision Plan. Based on feedback from Rotarians, the Foundation is also making operational improvements during the pilot. (...)
Himalayan earthquake prompts three nation Red Cross response
By Patrick Fuller
Published: 21 September - Red
Cross National Societies from three countries have joined emergency relief
efforts to bring aid and medical care to the survivors of the deadly earthquake
that struck the Himalayan region bordering north
John Roche, head of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
A national disaster water and sanitation response team is also en route to the area and planning is underway to airlift relief supplies in the coming days. (…)
The mobile-phone service was launched on 18 August and is jointly run with the Kenya Red Cross Society. Any refugee who has arrived in recent weeks is given the opportunity to make a phone call to an immediate family member or other close relative anywhere in the world. The calls last for two minutes and are limited to family and personal news only. So far 7,200 people, including almost 800 minors, have taken advantage of the service.
A team of ICRC staff and Kenya Red Cross volunteers is present in the Dadaab registration area, where the newly arrived refugees can easily approach them. Two other teams move around Dadaab every day, offering the phone service in different locations.
CARE joins the Million Moms Challenge with ABC News and the UN Foundation
First-of-its-kind campaign to connect millions of Americans with millions of moms in developing countries across the globe
19 September - Today, CARE joins ABC News and the United Nations Foundation in the recently-launched Million Moms Challenge. This first-of-its kind initiative will connect millions of Americans with millions of moms in developing countries around the world to engage on the critical issues of pregnancy, childbirth and children's health – moms here helping moms worldwide.
Stories based on compelling characters and innovative solutions will be featured on ABC News' broadcasts including "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline," and "20/20," as well as other ABC News platforms including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. The initiative will lead up to a one-hour prime time special on maternal health anchored by Diane Sawyer on Dec. 16, 2011. The Million Moms Challenge is a joint effort of ABC News and the UN Foundation, in conjunction with corporate partners Johnson & Johnson and BabyCenter. It is part of an ABC News year-long global health series "Be the Change: Save a Life," which is sponsored in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
23 September – The leaders of the United Nations and the African Union today agreed to step up the joint peace efforts of the two organizations on some of the major conflicts and security issues across the continent.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, in a
meeting on the margins of the current 66th session of the General Assembly, focused
their discussions on existing UN-AU cooperation and on recent developments in
Africa, especially in
Since 2008 the two organizations
have operated a joint peacekeeping force in the western Sudanese region of Darfur (UNAMID), while in
peaceful elections in
23 September - Only two incidents of violence, triggered by the late start of voting and the suspicion of electoral fraud, were reported as Zambians went to the polls to elect a new president and government on Tuesday. The nationwide violence expected and feared by many did not occur as citizens spent Monday stocking up on basic commodities.The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has dismissed reports of electoral fraud and extended voting hours at all polling stations affected by the late commencement.
safety action plan endorsed at UN conference in
22 September 2011 – The
general conference of the United Nations atomic energy agency today unanimously
endorsed an action plan on nuclear safety that is intended to enhance
transparency in the ongoing global effort to set effective safety standards.
“The IAEA’s [International Atomic Energy Agency] 151
Member States have today endorsed the agency’s Action Plan on Nuclear Safety,”
said Yukiya Amano, the agency’s Director General, at
the IAEA’s General Conference in
The action plan had been
requested by governments at the IAEA’s ministerial
conference on Nuclear Safety in June. Mr. Amano said the plan was a product of
intensive consultations with Member States and was both a “rallying point and a
blueprint for strengthening nuclear safety worldwide”. He said it contained
concrete and achievable actions to make nuclear safety more robust and
effective than before, following the nuclear disaster at the
Ban lauds courage and conviction of former UN chief Hammarskjöld
22 September – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to Dag Hammarskjöld, the former United Nations chief whose life and work continue to serve as an inspiration 50 years after his tragic death while en route to negotiate peace in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the theme of today’s event, which focuses on the late Secretary-General’s legacy for UN preventive diplomacy in the 21st century.
“Hammarskjöld articulated the very concept of preventive diplomacy,” said Mr. Ban, who dedicated his new report, “Preventive Diplomacy: Delivering Results,” to his predecessor. The report was discussed at a Security Council meeting held today on the same topic.
The discussion, moderated by former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno, also featured remarks by former UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and former Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan.
International Day of Peace, 21 September
Spotlighting some of MAG’s work around the world on Peace Day, teams have been
helping safeguard communities in
21 September - Rebuilding
education to children in South Sudan - In the new
Protecting peace and safety in
Through its crucial education programmes, MAG is striving to protect the peace and safety of people who live, work and travel through these contaminated areas. Vadar Mustafa,MAG's Community Liaison Coordinator in Dohuk, said: "Peace Day is really important because it makes people aware of the suffering conflict causes, and that we have to work together for peace."
MAG – Mines Advisory Group – is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.
UN marks International Day of Peace with call to ‘make your voice heard’
15 September – The United Nations today marked the annual International Day of Peace with tributes to those working to build a better future as well as a call to people everywhere to make their voices heard to strengthen peace and democracy.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day, which falls on 21 September. The theme for this year is “Peace and Democracy: Make your voice heard!” and today’s observance coincides with the observance of the International Day of Democracy. (…)
The International Day of Peace was first established by the General Assembly in 1981 as an opportunity for people around the world to promote the resolution of conflict and to observe a cessation of hostilities.
welcomes agreement between
10 September –
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an
Abyei is located within
- The Honorable Shri Ghulam
One of only four countries
where transmission of the wild poliovirus has never been stopped,
Children and adults all vaccinated
September 22 – Chinese authorities continue to respond aggressively to a polio outbreak in the western part of the country, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Following the initial
immunization campaign held on 8-12 September and targeting 3.8 million
children, vaccination was expanded to persons aged between 15 and 39 years
after the identification of polio cases in adults. To date 10 polio cases have
21 September – Monsoon rains
and floods continue to ravage southern
In the camps for displaced people, there is a need for medical care. Acute watery diarrhoea, suspected malaria, skin infections and respiratory tract infections are all common, while some children are suffering from suspected malnutrition.
The team will continue to identify the unmet needs in Tando Bago, Shahid Fazul Rahu and other sub-districts in the coming days. MSF’s team in Sindh province currently has four international staff and nine Pakistani staff, but they will be reinforced in coming days by additional staff.
Beyond Sindh province, existing MSF teams are working throughout the country, preparing to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the flooding.
Both potato-soy mix, corn-soy blend can meet food aid needs, study says
By Jennifer O’Riordan
21 September - Providing malnourished children with a potato-soy mix ration rather than the traditional corn-soy blend achieved similar health results, according to a study published in the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. While the potato mix as a ration had the same impact on growth as the standard corn mix, it required less fuel to prepare and takes less time to cook. The potato-based blend was also found to be more easily digested since it has less fiber than corn, thus leading to less discomfort for the children. (...)
Undernutrition plays a huge part in the death of many young Senegalese children – contributing to 31 percent of deaths in those aged five and younger. The results of the study showed that targeted food supplement programs are an important component in improving the nutritional status of a region, especially when combined with better primary care, sanitation, a better water supply and economic reforms that focus on poverty reduction. (…)
Sanofi Pasteur donates vaccine strain used for polio eradication to WHO
20 September – Sanofi Pasteur has donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) a vaccine seed-strain used for the production of oral polio vaccine (OPV). The type 3 polio seed-strain is the original viral seed used to produce large quantities of OPV against type 3 poliovirus.
Since 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) - spearheaded by WHO, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF - has achieved a 99% reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. This reduction has been achieved as a result of the large-scale administration of OPV. The generous donation by Sanofi Pasteur to WHO has significant implications, both for the global effort to eradicate polio, and also for the post-eradication era.
With this donation, WHO now 'owns' all three seed-strain viruses (type 1, 2 and 3) needed for the production of polio vaccines. While Sanofi Pasteur had in the past made available its type 3 seed-strain, in collaboration with WHO, to other manufacturers to help secure a global supply of polio vaccines, the generous donation at this time will further simplify this process, and is in fact a tribute to Albert Sabin's - the developer of OPV - spirit to assure fair distribution of vaccines. http://www.polioeradication.org/tabid/408/iid/156/Default.aspx
Save the Children announces helping Babies Breathe partnership
"Birth asphyxia accounts
for more than 26 percent of all newborn deaths in developing countries,"
said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "This is a
preventable tragedy. Newborn resuscitation is a cost-effective, proven solution
that can save thousands of lives. With this support from Johnson & Johnson,
we will be able to train health workers in some of the poorest, most remote
Birth asphyxia, the inability
of a baby to breathe in the moments following a live birth, is a leading cause
of infant mortality. Those who survive are at higher risk of developmental
challenges. This five-year partnership, which also leverages support from
USAID, will allow HBB to expand into
The announcement of the
Helping Babies Breathe partnership was made today at a panel hosted by Women,
Ecuadorian-UN accord that puts ecology over oil drilling hailed as model for world
New York, September 23 - An Ecuadorian accord to leave vast oil reserves, conservatively valued at $7.2 billion, untapped to protect biodiversity in a national park in return for half that amount from the international community was heralded at the United Nations today as a model in the fight to save the planet.
“It is not often that a government chooses sustainable development over easy money,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level meeting on the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, under which the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ecuador agreed last year to set up a trust fund to protect the Yasuní National Park, a World Biosphere Reserve in the country’s Amazon region, with an estimated 846 million barrels of crude oil lying under it.
UNDP estimates the accord will prevent the
discharge into the atmosphere of more than 400 million tons of carbon that
would have resulted from the burning of fossil fuels if the oil had been
extracted at the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT)
By Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza
19 September – Breaking news: Over the weekend, sources from The Solar
Foundation gave me some early numbers from the 2011 National Solar Jobs Census.
There will be more data released at Solar Power International
* As of August 2011, there are
100,237 solar workers in the
* Across the solar supply chain, from installers to balance of system (BOS) manufacturers, to yes, even solar PV manufacturers, that’s a 6.8% growth rate since August 2010.
* In terms of exact numbers, there were net 6,735 new solar jobs created since August 2010.
* When I say, “net,” my sources tell me that these numbers also accurately include the recent job losses from Solyndra and Evergreen.
Now, 6.8% job growth would be great for any industry in any year, but let’s put that in perspective of the overall economy: According to Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc’s EMSI Complete Employment, 2011.3 report, during the same period, from August 2010 to August 2011, the overall economy grew by 0.7%, giving a net increase of 1,219,347 new jobs economy wide, including the solar sector, of course. (…)
By Steve Leone, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
While the rest of the country’s transportation system relies almost
solely on oil,
Those rates — 34.58 cents per kilowatt-hour for residents — are part of the reason behind the state’s aggressive push to get to 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 including transportation and 40 percent for renewable electricity generation. (The security dangers of being so heavily reliant on one source certainly factors into the RPS.) While wind and solar have increased their contributions to the energy mix in recent years, the state’s largest utility is now looking to biofuel as a way to achieve the state mandates without building new power facilities.
In the latest in a string of announcements, Hawaiian Electric Company
and Hawaii BioEnergy have struck a 20-year deal to
blend 10 million gallons per year of biofuel grown
and processed on the
Opening the door to carbon crediting for restoring degraded grasslands
FAO helps herders earn money for the carbon they sequester when rehabilitating damaged ecosystems
27 September, Rome - The vast potential of grasslands to support sustainable livelihoods while trapping atmospheric carbon and helping slow down global warming is one step closer to being realized thanks to a new methodology developed by FAO in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Agroforestry Centre.
Large swathes of the world's grasslands are moderately to severely degraded — restoring them to a healthy state could remove gigatonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and improve resilience to climate change. So far, however, carbon crediting schemes that pay projects for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequestering carbon have largely ignored agriculture, including grazing-based livlihood systems.
The breakthrough of FAO's new methodology is that it provides an affordable way
to reliably estimate the amount of GHG emissions removed from the atmosphere
through improved management of grasslands. The methodology is being applied to
a pilot project in
Nature and religion come together in Nepal
13 September –
Organized by WWF-Nepal and partner organization Lumbini Development Trust, the event brought together over 300 people from different sectors of society.
Covering 14 protected areas in
Vegetarian Week - 1-7 October
A sustainable future depends on our food choices
By Prof Richard H. Schwartz
(...) Much of global warming discussions by governments, environmental groups and individuals over the past 20 years has focused on implementing changes in energy use and given little attention to the impact of our diets. This trend changed somewhat upon publication of a landmark 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), estimating that livestock production globally is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs, in CO2 equivalents) than the emissions from all of the world's cars, planes, ships, and all other means of transportation combined.
The FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, also projected that the world's current annual consumption of almost 60 billion land-based animals will double by mid-century if current human population growth and dietary trends continue. (...) Leading climate specialists have focused increasingly on the role of food in global warming, pointing out that there is no more powerful environmental action that any individual can take than adopting a plant-based diet. (...)
When we consider all of these negative environmental and climate-change effects, and then add the harmful effects of animal-based diets on human health, it is clear that animal-centered diets and the livestock agriculture needed to sustain them pose tremendous threats to global survival. A major societal shift toward veganism is imperative to move our precious but imperilled planet toward a sustainable path.
general secretary speaks at
22 September - The 200th
anniversary of the
Tveit called for Christians and other people of faith to honour past victims of religious violence “by a deeper self-critical reflection on the ambiguity of religious expressions and traditions”. While the teachings of world religions have reflected wisdom and love, he continued, they also “sometimes support, or function as, systems of oppression and exclusion”.
The WCC general secretary described contemporary churches’ attempts to seek justice and peace as a reaction to the historical “Just War” theories by which theologians have attempted to rationalize warfare. He encouraged a quest for a “critical, creative, Christian theology” that recognizes human rights and the capacity to answer human need as basic to our contemporary understanding of the gifts and calling of God.
By Dennis Sadowski – Catholic News Service
September 21, Washington (CNS)
-- A delegation of Christian and Muslim leaders returned to the
"The primary purpose (of
the trip) was to try and deepen the relationship between the two countries by
direct human contact on the basis of religious leadership," William G.
Miller, senior adviser to the organization who worked in the U.S. embassy in
Iran in the early 1960s, told Catholic News Service. Cardinal McCarrick said he believed the discussions among Iranian
and American religious leaders would deepen trust where diplomacy has failed.
He said the idea of establishing a bilateral commission of religious and
academic leaders from both countries was offered during the one-hour meeting
Sept. 17 with Ahmadinejad. "The political
channel doesn't do too well right now. There should be another channel. The
other channel is the religious channel," the cardinal said. Bishop Chane said he welcomed the idea for the commission "to
begin to deal with issues that our politicians and folks in the State
Department and their (
Millions of children to benefit from UN partnership to train school principals
22 September – The United
Nations educational agency has embarked on a new partnership to train thousands
of school principals, beginning in
“This partnership is an excellent example of the new platforms for cooperation the world needs today to achieve education for all,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, adding that tackling complex, global challenges requires innovative and far-reaching partnerships between the public and private spheres.
According to UNESCO, school principals in many developing countries receive little, if any, leadership and development training. The new initiative foresees the training of 10,000 principals in the three countries targeted over four years. The agency added that the multiplier effect of the programme has the potential to benefit thousands of teachers and up to 10 million children. Under the initiative, the Foundation, in cooperation with UNESCO, will provide leadership and professional development courses to improve the skills and knowledge of the school principals.
Security in cyberspace: targeting nations, infrastructures, individuals
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