October 16 is World Food Day
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
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
MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
No. 3. of the Millenium Development Goals:
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
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.
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! :)
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?
Responding to an unprecedented flow of foreign terrorist fighters and the growth of facilitation networks fuelling conflicts around the world, on Wednesday the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution to resolutely address this growing threat to international peace and security.
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.
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?