A look into the staggering statistics of human trafficking—the victims, the effects, the costs, and the industry as a whole.
Climate change is an immediate and important issue that must be addressed by all nations multilaterally. The United States and other major polluters must lead a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or we will risk going beyond a point of no return—if we have not done so already. These are some of the effects that will likely worsen if climate change is not curbed.
Can you guess the top 10?
As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, nations like Sierra Leone and Liberia struggle to contain it. With a lack of resources and overwhelmed hospitals, the role that the global world plays will prove critical to the fight against Ebola.
Treaties are common sense tools that get things done. They make international air travel safe and ensure global mail and phone communications work. They outlaw deadly weapons and ozone-destroying chemicals. Treaties fight illegal drugs, and promote basic values such as ending child labor or the use of child soldiers. The Chemical Weapons Convention, ratified in 1997, is helping to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons.
However, the Senate has fallen victim to several groups who are fearful of international law as something “foreign” and “unAmerican” despite many treaties being based on U.S. experience and law. These groups undermine the U.S.’s influence on global problem solving and put our nation in an uncomfortable and often embarrassing situation. For example, the U.S. is the only nation in the world with a functioning government that has not ratified the Rights of the Child Convention and is one of only seven nations, including Iran, Sudan, and Somalia that has not adopted the Women’s Equality Treaty (CEDAW).
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), better known as The Women’s Equality Treaty, is the leading international treaty in terms of promoting equality between the sexes. Despite its role as the leader of democracy and equality around the world, the United States stands as one of only seven nations that have not ratified the treaty. Why, you may ask? Because of ridiculous arguments from the opposition, such as these.
World federalists are globally minded citizens who believe global institutions should work together to enable us to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve crises that cannot be solved one country at a time. These institutions would be based on international law that is democratic and accountable to the world’s citizens. They would be set up to work only on global issues while respecting the diversity and autonomy of our national and local communities.
President Obama is leading America to #ActOnClimate. His actions can spur the rest of the world to also curb the harmful effects of global warming.
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President Obama gave the commencement speech at West Point for the class of 2014 on Wednesday, May 28. In his speech he outlined his national security policy. How do globally minded Americans feel about these priorities?
United Nations peacekeepers represent the 2nd largest deployed military force in the world, second only to the United States. On May 29th, the world recognizes their service and sacrifices on International Day of Peacekeepers. But where are these men and women serving the cause of peace and what do they do? The following slides introduce you to these soldiers, volunteered from their national services, in the 16 missions currently underway.
The 2014 Congressional Report grades lawmakers on the most important legislative votes in the past year on issues of climate change, non-proliferation, funding international organizations and programs, and human rights.
World Malaria Day is April 25th and in honor of that here are 10 facts about immunization and vaccines and how groups like the World Health Organization and UNICEF are saving lives through immunization worldwide.
CEDAW is an international bill of rights for women that defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. This treaty has been ratified by 188 member nations of the UN. The US is one of 7 nations that HAS NOT ratified CEDAW, along with Palau, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Iran, and Tonga. This is not acceptable. Help ratify CEDAW today!
There is an international treaty called the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, more commonly called CEDAW. CEDAW is an international bill of rights for women that defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. 188 members of the United Nations have ratified this treaty, bringing protection for women into their country through international norms. However, there are still 7 countries that are holding out on protecting women’s rights internationally.
Each of these treaties affects the lives of people all over the world through the protection of human rights and limitation of weapons. Which countries have ratified them and those that have not may surprise you. Take this quiz to see if you can guess which country has ratified each treaty.
The recent United Nations report on North Korea has brought to light massive human rights atrocities within the nation. The question now is what can be done? What can the US do to help end atrocities in North Korea?