Tomorrow is the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights
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“Let us change the world, together” said Gordon Brown at the end of a riveting speech on globalization at the Clinton Global Initiative.
During his remarks on the last day of the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative, Mr Gordon Brown, Prime Minister gave an impressive account of his vision for building a global society. More global-type organizations might be necessary in the 21st century as we no longer are alone on this planet, everything that is done someplace is reported on or known or in another.
The power of the internet in these times of globalization cannot be ignored. For example, in Burma, monks were the first blogging the uprising; Zimbabwe, as a result of an army of mobile phones photographing and texting the results as they were announced, the government could not interrupt any attempt and the government toying with the results. The first 21st century coups – the coups de texte – was realized in the Philippines and brought down a president. People might be suppressed, but will not be silenced.
He also called on the revisiting of the vision and the mission of the World Bank as a Bank for Development; the UN must be transformed to deal with insecurities facing states and to deal not only with military but civil help in human and socio-environmental development.
Towards a global civic society…where we are all one, where we all have the same central, golden rule – treat each other as we want to be treated – the idea of fairness and responsibility to each other. There could be global organizations where people can meet and discuss issues affecting them and how they could help others. Mandela is at the head of the call for a truly global society, where all of us connect and share and support each other. This could be the generation that gives every child a chance to have an education, to stop the advance of disease, benefit from the opportunities of this truly global economy; we are all summoned to build a world where globalization is a force for justice on a global scale.
The idea of a Global Peace Corps resonate well with me as it is my dream to mobilize the energy of youth around the world towards the generation of peace. The existing peace corps as I see it, is unidirectional with US youth going abroad; the global peace or youth corps for sustainable development is multidirectional with youth, armed with laptops, skillsets/mindsets and the desire to share their knowledge and receive knowledge from others could utimately bring us closer to peace – to the establishment of Global Peace Positioning System…their efforts in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, relationships, business strategy, etc…could serve as a foundation for peace and for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, for the living of the spirit of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights…
Re The Summit on Service at Columbia University organized by Service Nation in which Presidential Candidates John Mc Cain and Barack Obama shared their views on service.
The debate brought back to me memories of collaborating with the Peace Corps in farflung and distant communities during my career at the United Nations.
Listening to the forum prompted me to make this post.
I would hope that honoring those who served in the Peace Corps could be the subject of a future show (Larry King, Oprah, the Daily Show) and introduce the new concept of a global youth corps below.
Global Youth Corps for Sustainable Development – mission to have peace break out in the world.
I collaborated with the Peace Corps during my career at the United Nations, and remember the energy and enthusiasm of those American youth, open to learning local languages, foods, culture, and sharing info about the USA with communities.
This prompted me to suggest to the presidential candidates during the primaries that they should consider having a platform on service and youth which would not be unidirectional, like the Peace Corps, but involve youth from around the world.
This Global Youth Corps would be multidirectional, where youth from each country, not only from USA, would traverse the globe armed with PCs/laptops,iPods… United Nations Instruments – like the Convention on the Climate Change, the Declaration of Human Rights, the Goals of the UN – Millennium Development Goal, etc…working on connecting, linking, cooperating.
A network of youth, exchanging skillsets, learning languages, music, appreciating and understanding cultural and behavioural practices and differences, knowing that, though we live in different climes, and different lands, we are basically the same – human beings.
These differences can be made clearer when youth are grouped by eco-zone: youth from mountains, small island states, deserts, forest environments, all having specific adaptive and cultural behaviors which disappear or metamorphose when thrown into foreign environments, usually the urban areas. Now the world can benefit from the knowledge and efforts of these youth.
Global youth corps for sustainable development would be of value as the youth involved would become future leaders and their participation in this movement would help make the world a better place – they would be in the drivers’ seats for the creation of a better world based on service
Hello to You World would be the goal as we connect, communicate to create a better world . The project below is one way going forward
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – many years before most of the millennials and some genxers were born.
It is now time for a global conversation about human rights and the values that unite us as one human family, for us to make a choice as to whether to take human rights into our daily lives and to join a powerful network of people.
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
The General Assembly,
Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Worthy Nation EIE Awards to be the Academy Awards for Education
Education is not just a school but a system and a set of social supportive mechanisms. “It takes a village” education to show the involvement of all who support the child in learning. Bruce Goldwell (Author and Producer) and Muriel Glasgow have embarked upon an International endeavor to ensure that this ‘village education’ is a global village whereby children all around the world can receive the best education available. Mr Goldwell and Ms Glasgow are creating a for-profit company called Worthy Nation to support a non-profit organization they are co-founding called the Worthy Nation Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards Foundation which equates to the academy awards for education.
Worthy Nation Awards for Education will be given at Worthy Nation EIE Award Galas annually, whereby 5-10 or more countries will be selected to receive the WNAE — Worthy Nation Award for Education. Read More Here
End the violence against women and girls. That was the message from the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the UN launched its major global campaign against violence on women on Monday.
The campaign sent men around the world a strong message to end the violence against women.
At least one third of the world’s females are victims of gender-based abuse at least once in their lifetime, Ban noted. He said he will create a global network of male role models in all walks of life who can influence men and boys to speak out against the problem.
Violence against women impedes economic and social growth, and thus the new campaign will run until 2015, the same target year as the internationally agreed aims known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Read more in the UN News Centre’s release.
In the Yakkers’ corner www.unitednationsyak.com Muriella will be interviewing some of the organizers of the event, including one male who has turned his life around after having been an abuser.