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Sunday Smack

Hello Everybody, I hope you are having a great weekend!

I don’t really have anything to add this time except for the posts. I hope you will check them out!

Some Good News On Ebola

Really not much, especially since we know that the UN agency set up to fight ebola is underfunded.

Venezuela’s Revenge

Five new non-permanent members were elected to the UN Security Council this week, Venezuela being one of them.

Ban Ki-moon’s Week of Israeli Critisism Ends With Fusillade at the UN

Secretary General Ban visited Palestine this week and left with impressions not everybody was happy about.

The UK House of Commons calls for Palestine to be recognised as a State

Although this decision of the House of Commons does not mean that state action will follow anytime soon, it might be a small signal of a shift in British public opinion.

October 16 is World Food Day

World Food Day, 16 October 2014

Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014

The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.

On this Blog Action Day: Let’s talk about #inequality

Download me and add me to your Blog Action Day post. Please make sure you link back to Blog Action Day www.blogactionday.org

I did not want to choose just one area where inequality matters the most, so I thought we should talk about global inequality.

On this Blog Action Day let’s think about how different our lives would be should we have born to some other country where

- there is limited or no access to sufficient health care

- there is no access to quality education

- citizens have no political rights

- children are forced to work

- girls aren’t allowed to make decisions about their lives

etc.

MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

MDG 3 Infographic

No. 3. of the Millenium Development Goals:

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Target 3.A: 

Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

 

To eliminate gender inequality is one the Millenium Development Goals. Click the picture to learn what has been achieved so far on that front.

Sunday Smack

Happy Sunday, people!

I like to think that I am now close to getting over the longest illness ever experienced in my life. The worst thing, well, besides all the aches and weakness, the worst thing is that procrastinating a lot of things for weeks now, I am literally like two weeks behind myself. I don’t even know where to start catching up.

Enjoy this week’s posts while I figure out!

A Grounds-Eye View of the Hong Kong Protests

The post ends on an optimistic note anticipating Friday’s meeting with government officials, which unfortunately has been canceled by the government.

ISIS Issues 11 Rules for Journalists

ISIS-controled areas in Syria and Iraq are probably the most dangerous places to be a journalist in these days. Even if you know the rules.

MH17 Goes to Strasbourg: Some Remarks on Obligations of Prevention, Foreseeability and Causation

Great post about the possibilites of whether Ukraine or Malaysia Airlines or both can be held liable for the tragedy of MH17. Written by a fellow Hungarian lawyer too.

International Law MOOCs: A Hazardous Legal Tool?

As a keen international law MOOCer myself, having even taken some of the courses mentioned in the post, I could not leave this one out. International law MOOCs are the best thing ever! :)

united-nations:

Saturday is the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
The theme this year is “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.”

Learn more about the Day here: http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

united-nations:

Saturday is the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The theme this year is “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.”

Learn more about the Day here: http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

huffingtonpost:

5 Ways You Definitely Won’t Get Ebola
Ebola has infected an estimated 7,470 people and claimed the lives of 3,431, mostly in West Africa. These numbers, as well as the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, are a fearsome testament to how rapidly the virus can decimate a community. So find out in detail the five ways you won’t contract the virus. 


Hopefully you will not get ebola in any way ever, but I am all in for educating people instead of creating needless panic, that’s why I share this.

huffingtonpost:

5 Ways You Definitely Won’t Get Ebola

Ebola has infected an estimated 7,470 people and claimed the lives of 3,431, mostly in West Africa. These numbers, as well as the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, are a fearsome testament to how rapidly the virus can decimate a community. So find out in detail the five ways you won’t contract the virus. 

Hopefully you will not get ebola in any way ever, but I am all in for educating people instead of creating needless panic, that’s why I share this.

the-gasoline-station:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education…


All I need to add here is: finally…
Sunday Smack

Hey everyone!

I hope your weekends are going much better than mine. I am still very much under that cold, in fact, no matter what I try, it just gets worse. As a result, my motivation level is below an all time average, all I want to do is sleep all day.

I have quite a few promised and unfinished posts here too, so all I can tell you now is once I get myself together, I’ll post everything.

In the meantime, here’s a seemingly poor collection of last week’s bes

An Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong?

The One Country - Two Systems policy definitely has failed, but what does it take to solve this crisis and what can possibly come next in Hong Kong?

Palestinians Prepare for Showdown With Washington

There might be some truth to it. The same patterns were repeated over and over for decades with no result, why not try something new for once?

How a Blonde Tattooed Texas Girl Became an ISIS Twitter Star

Interesting read. So little is enough to excite those extremist ISIS followers on Twitter, huh?

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The summit was chaired by US President Obama with all member states’ heads of state or government participating, which in itself signals the importance of the topic. Read the full text of Resolution 2178 (2014) here.

Sunday Smack

Happy weekend eveybody!

I hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend! Unfortunately I am still struggling with this terrible cold, I have spent almost all of September sick, and it only seems getting worse… Anybody has any suggestions to cure pneumonia-like coughing and shortness of breath? I think I’ve tried everything, really, but who knows…

Anyway, this past week was packed in terms of world affairs with quite a few new developments. I will cover UNGA-related items separately, so here now I collected other stories from this week.

Strikes in Syria: The International Law Framework

There is an international law framework for the strikes in Syria and it is different than the one for those in Iraq.

Tackling the Syrian Crisis at #CGI2014

H.M. Abdullah II. of Jordan discussed how Jordan and surrounding nations with an already fragile economy don’t have the resources to provide for the huge masses of Syrian refugees. 

Obama Champions Civil Society at #CGI2014

I have to include this because the speech caused quite a whirl in Hungary. The official reaction here is that both President Obama and President Clinton were mislead by their advisors regarding recent remarks about Hungary. 

Russian Credibility on Ukraine Low at UN Meeting

Russian credibility on Ukraine is low anywhere and everywhere, why would the UN be an exception?