Influential moves were made with the decisions of UN Headquarters this week, as the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was re-elected for a second term.
Celebrities were also spotted around the globe supporting the missions and goals of the organization. The week started off strong, with the Vienna Energy Forum 2011 in Vienna, Austria as celebrity and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger made the opening keynote speech in his homeland, proud to be given the opportunity to speak at the event. Actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie also visited refugees in Turkey and Italy in support of World Refugees Day 2011. Later in the week, singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited children in Israel inspiring them to reach towards the world of education.
Following in the footsteps of Shakira, the UN is encouraging involvement in the development of education specifically in Southern Sudan. The region will be officially independent of the country of Sudan itself early next month and is in looking for a developed start to educate its future. The UN also urges the need for midwifery services in the world to give children a future from the second they are born, with the potential of saving 3.6 million lives a year. Not only helping the children, but also saving the mothers, as the first ever UN International Widows’ Day was also recognized this week.
Beyond youth and education, great concern is discussed this week of drug use and violence in the world and its effect on global security. The global environment is also being effected, as rainforests in Honduras and Indonesia and previously a Wildlife Sanctuary in India earlier in the week are being effected.
Here in the US this week, as the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon supports US President Obama’s decision to begin withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, in hopes that the country’s leadership will begin to develop on its own. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also encouraged the importance of our national involvement in climate control with the development of our cities. With support of our cities’ progress, he pushes towards environmentally-friendly considerations to be made for the future. Along with the his encouragement of these environmentally-friendly considerations, a new goal has been made for 2015, as the importance of sanitation needs be available to half of those in need today.
The week has finished with purpose, as we look forward to new beginnings and developing changes and ended the week with the UN Public Service Day. Join another celebrity and learn about more global affairs over the weekend. Tune into “Nepal’s Stolen Children” documentary with actress Demi Moore about trafficking and what can be done to help the future.
Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day. Starting in 2001, this event starts this day each year in the United States and reaches the rest of the globe. It recognizes the efforts that
refugees make around the world to survive after losing their homes and is used to educate and raise money for the cause’s future. World Refuge Day is supported throughout the world through the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which just celebrated its 60th anniversary and now the event’s 10th anniversary. The need for continued education and advocacy around refugee populations and service is reflected in a recent report that 80% of refugees are in developing countries, making up 4/5 of the refugee population around the world.
Join the efforts of UNHCR and become a part of the action today. Make a difference, follow the theme of this day, “Do One Thing”. UNHCR chief António Guterres and Hollywood actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie joined forces in a visit to an Italian island, Lampedusa in support of the event. They met with refugees escaping to the island from their countries in Africa and urged European countries to keep their borders open for refugees especially those escaping from the issues in Libya. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie also traveled to Turkey to visit refugees from Syria that were in the area of the border between the countries.
There are individual events throughout the US to support this cause–from Washington DC to New York, all the way to the West Coast! (for us Massachusetts residents, there is an event in West Springfield this evening) Not in any of these areas? You can create your own way to educate others of the cause. Invite some friends over to watch a movie related to the issue, listen to firsthand experiences from a refugee guest speaker or even cook some international food in support of the cause.
Ready to reach further than educating your friends? Be creative and make a fundraiser, a donation or make a donation that also sends an ecard to someone you love to help educate the world about this important cause. Anything and everything is welcome!