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We are experiencing a global refugee crisis that has never been seen in the history of the world. The numbers are staggering.
There are over 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Imagine everyone in New Jersey was a refugee. 65 million represents over seven New Jerseys.
65 million. That’s one out of every 113 people on the planet and 24 people every single minute. The average length of time a person is displaced is 17 years. How would you feel if you were without a home for that long?
We hear about refugees fleeing the dangers and disasters of their homelands and pouring into safer countries, but in fact 41 million are displaced within their own national borders.
The worst number of all is that 51% of all refugees are children. A refugee child that is not in school is not only missing an important education; he or she is at risk of being harmed, trafficked, or radicalized by extremist groups.
The Northern New Jersey Chapter of UNA-USA is raising money to educate refugee children in camps and other settings around the world. It’s part of a nationwide fundraiser called Adopt-A-Future. We hope to restore some normalcy to these children’s’ lives, provide basic education so they can be productive citizens in the future, and shelter them from predatory traffickers and extremists. Adopt-A-Future is a joint program of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
By Michael Curtin
On December 10, the world commemorates U.N. Human Rights Day. In advance of this day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said that human rights lie at the core of the U.N.’s identity and urged the world community to “stand up for someone’s right today, tomorrow and every day.” Reflecting on his time as leader of the global body, Ban emphasized the importance of the three pillars of the organization: peace, sustainable development, and human rights. The three pillars when taken together “form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies rooted in inclusion, justice, and the rule of law,” he said.
Read it HERE.
THE ROAD TO 2030 - NEXT Installment
Our newest blog series showcases little-known success stories from the Millennium Development Goals.
Read the third installment of "The Road to 2030" Blog HERE.
U.N. NAMES NEW SECRETARY GENERAL
Read more about the new U.N. Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in this article written by one of our bloggers, Francesca Regalado, orginally published in Seton Hall University's The Diplomatic Envoy.
"The United Nations General Assembly approved on Thursday the appointment of Antonio Guterres as the organization’s ninth secretary-general. After three months and six straw polls, the Security Council recommended Guterres on October 6 for the General Assembly’s final confirmation. Guterres received 13 votes in favor, 2 “no opinion,” and no red “discourage” ballots from the Security Council in the final straw poll, cementing a lead he had held since the first round."
Read the full article at The Diplomatic Envoy HERE.
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