DESA, Key events for development in 2014

Looking ahead at key events for development in 2014 As 2013 came full circle, DESA News got an exclusive interview with the department’s Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Wu Hongbo, who shared some of the past year’s gains as well as some highlights for an eventful and action-packed new 2014. “We will discharge our mandates […] and do whatever we can to make our work a success next year,” said Mr. Wu. During an intense and activity-filled 2013, UN DESA has worked in many … [Read more...]

EARTH DAY 2013

International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009 by the General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states. It recognizes that "the Earth and its ecosystems are our home" and that "it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth." The term Mother Earth is used because it "reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we … [Read more...]

Forests – ‘sustaining livelihoods of people worldwide’, Jan McAlpine

On 8-19 April, the UN Forum on Forest 10 (UNFF) will gather the world community to focus on some of the pressing issues at stake to secure healthy forests worldwide. Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forest Secretariat, shared some of her hopes for this major event and beyond, in an exclusive DESA News interview. Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions across the globe. Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood and they … [Read more...]

Dr. Vandana Shiva – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman said to have the heart of a soldier. This powerhouse holds her passion in the world of activism working for a global reality, working to rise above world hunger and helping to educate people about “sustainability and ecological principles.”         WOMAN of ACTION™     Dr. Vandana Shiva         Vandana Shiva (Hindi: वन्दना शिवा; b. 5 November … [Read more...]

VEGAN – What’s in a Word?, Gentle World

The common usage of the word ‘vegan’ has begun to shift in the last decade, largely under the influence of celebrities and the news media. Instead of a philosophy and way of life that seeks to avoid the exploitation of nonhuman animals, 'veganism' is viewed by many as a fad diet now – and often as one that allows the occasional consumption of products derived from other animals. These recent changes in usage parallel the evolution of the meaning of the word ‘vegetarian’ in surprising ways. The … [Read more...]

BOLIVIA, enacts the first law with Equal Status for Mother Earth

  Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights, with equal status for Mother Earth   Law of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation   Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new … [Read more...]

Women of our World, are You A “Meme Shifter”?

What’s A Meme? According to Wikipedia: A meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures. A little more about … [Read more...]

Planetworkshops, The Global Conference 2012 – Registrations will close on July, 31st

The 7th edition of the GLOBAL CONFERENCE  will be held on September 26th,27th and 28th, 2012               Evian, France         Register now  "Age of Co-construction of Triumph of Competition?"     The Planetworkshops is an international and independent Think Tank which analyses contemporary and future challenges for a sustainable development. Its vocation is to challenge the life of ideas, encourage intellectual innovation and produce expertise to accompany the long … [Read more...]

The Commune of Women, Suzan Still

Of Chaos and the Ethics of Writing: An Introduction 'Chaos demands to be recognized and experienced before letting itself be converted into a new order.' --Hermann Hesse Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Suzan Still and I’m a writer and, I’m delighted and honored to say, I’ve just become one of A Celebration of Women’s newest Women of Action. What’s more, this column will a regular feature on A Celebration of Women’s website and I think we’re going to have some … [Read more...]

ARBOR DAY – Celebrated April 29th !

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Women in Science – Celebrate 2011 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards!

  A Celebration of Women  is excited to share more Women Taking Action!        Outstanding Women Scientists to receive   2011 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards (3 March) and Fellowships (2 March)         Five exceptional women scientists, one from each continent, will receive the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards at a ceremony on 3 March at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I, 6.30 p.m.). The day before, on 2 March, 15 women post-doctoral researchers – three from each continent - will be … [Read more...]

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