Wednesday, 21 December 2011

2012 declared United Nations International Year of Co-operatives

United Nations passed on December 18, 2009 the resolution A/RES/64/136 declaring 2012 the UN International Year of Co-operatives .
With the theme of “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World”, the United Nations Year seeks to encourage the growth and establishment of cooperatives all over the world. It also encourages individuals, communities and governments to recognize the agency of cooperatives in helping to achieve internationally agreed upon development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals.

Main 3 Objectives of the UN International Year:

  • Increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
Promote growth
  • Promote the formation and growth of co-operatives among individuals and institutions to address common economic needs and for socio-economic empowerment
  • Encourage Governments and regulatory bodies to establish policies, laws and regulation conducive to co-operative formation and growth.

Official website

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Pipelines the ticket to become member of the global economy

Parag Khanna is Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute. He is also author of the international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011). He just presented for TED in 2009 an interesting video on geopolitics. He describes future changes around the globe with particular emphasis on how the role of oil production, and infrastructures for exportation are modifying Middle East, Central Asia, and Far East regions.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

European Development Days in Warsaw #EDD11 @eudevdays

The 2011 edition of the European Development Days will be hold today and tomorrow in Warsaw in the Copernicus Science Centre

Below you can find the video broadcasting the presentations hold in auditorium A, one of the three conference rooms.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

social media and human rights - 10 December 2011 Human Rights Day

In 2011 people around the world gathered in the main squares of their capital cities to claim their rights. Tahrir Square in Egypt became the symbol of the Arab spring. In Europe Puerta del del Sol in Madrid and Plaza Catalunya In Barcelona gave birth to the indignados movement which then spread out in European capitals. Occupy Wall Street #OWS a movement born in Canada moved to the US becoming the symbol of the protests of North American people against against the intrusion of financial and banking world in the political life.Many found their voices using the Internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights.
Past Human Rights Days
Official website

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Together for a better world for all. 3 December, 2011 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The UN General Assembly with Resolution 47/3 of 12 October 1992 established the International Day of persons with disabilities. This year the theme of the celebrations will focus on the slogan
"Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development"

Status of Convention and Optional Protocol Signatories and Ratification As of 21 November 2007

In the previous years the campaigns of public awareness dealt with the following themes:

2010 - "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond".

2009 - "Making the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) disability-inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world".

2008 - "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us".