INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PREVENTING THE EXPLOITATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT: ‘ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE’

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What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

/Mahatma Gandhi/


Our earth, with all of its beauty and sumptuousness, has been a home for human beings and other living creatures for over a billion years. Known as the most remarkable planet because of its rich resources, Earth never fails to provide and sustain the lives within it.

Unfortunately, as said by Mahatma Gandhi, "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed", we humans remain known for our siphoning of natural resources without considering environmental sustainability. According to history, the depletion and damage of our earth and its environment have been highly related to events of war and armed conflict.

The environment and natural resources alike have been both the reason, and victim of war and armed conflict. A study conducted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), found that at least 40 percent of conflicts have been driven by the exploitation of natural resources such as gold, oil, and even spices. Forests and crops are normally burned down, water-sources are polluted, soils are poisoned and animals are killed for the sake of gaining military advantage.

United Nations Day: Partnerships for Global Progress

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More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.

/Kofi Annan/

Picture a world void of the United Nations (UN); a global community possibly characterised by heightened international conflict, chaos and turmoil. Without the intervention of the United Nations, one might argue that the principles of Freedom, Human Rights, Democracy and Justice, might be perceived as less significant over the individualistic ideologies of many.

Founded in 1945, post-World War II, the UN has worked continuously towards defending and protecting the sovereignty of all nations, large and small. Instigated in 1948, 24th October was then declared the anniversary of the founding of UN's charter and remains to be known as United Nations Day.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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€œOvercoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.

/Nelson Mandela/

Today, poverty remains one of the worst injustices against humanity. Within civilized societies, where the equality of rights is highly sought after, it is frustrating that today, not everyone is afforded their basic human rights. A large portion of society, still struggles to attain a spoonful of food, let alone a modest shelter to rest.

World Food Day

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Understanding the struggles societies face, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has decided to observe 16th October annually as the World Food Day. The day is widely used as a channel for creating solidarity among a variety of stakeholders nationally and internationally. It is a drive for these stakeholders to work together to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, especially in developing countries where poverty is high. The day is also used as a tool to educate societies on the roots of global hunger and methods to end it.

The theme for this year's World Food Day is, "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition". This theme focuses on finding out and achieving progressive agricultural development that has sustainability in food security for future generations. Many members of society have unhealthy diets that create health complications. It needs to be understood that it is not about the quantity of food but it is about the quality of food that people eat.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISASTER REDUCTION: “Living with Disability and Disaster”

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Today was selected by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness on the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction and to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations. This year the theme focuses on a vulnerable population of the society, persons living with disability.

Estimated at 15%, people living with disability make up a large portion of the world population. In an event of a disaster, persons with disabilities are often the ones affected the most due to neglect of their special needs. Disaster does not see the ability or disability among the people and when it strikes it does so without discriminating.