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Global Obstacles: Week of 7/18 News Roundup

For those of you in the area, hope you’re staying cool indoors or out in the incredible heat today. If you’re indoors, sitting by your computer, this is the perfect opportunity for to you learn about the news this week. To start, the climate in itself was an important issue. The effects of extreme climate around the world was discussed by the Security Council and the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon supported the concern as peace, security and economies around the world have been and have the potential of being effected.

Along with the concern of world climate, some nations of the world faced major obstacles this week. The week started with a famine that was announced in Somalia. With this announcement, the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also pushes towards international support of this crisis as assistance is needed from the global community. Are you looking for a way to get involved and help out? There are many ways to get involved through a variety of different organizations and commitments you can make, including 10 suggestions organized through the World Food Programme. An unfortunate crisis was also brought to Norway today, as people were both killed and injured due to a bombing and shooting in the area of the nation’s capital Oslo.

In our own nation this week, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the FY 2012 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. Better World Campaign Executive Director Peter Yeo expressed his concern that the act passed doesn’t reflect the importance of working together with other countries around the world and will lead to debt owed to the UN when the original focus is to support the US and UN connection. The bill passed will economically effect the plans of the Obama Administration and the international support that the US is able to offer to other nations. However, there is a side that argues that this change in funding may also allow for some focus on our global involvement. We look to see how this decision will effect our future involvement.

-Cara