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September 5, 2017

On September 4 2017, the UN had a meeting about DPR Korea. The meeting of the Security Council was the second in less than a week and the tenth time that the most powerful body of the United Nations had met to discuss North Korea this year. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in an emergency council meeting, said that “The latest serious developments require a comprehensive response in order to break the cycle of provocations from the DPRK,”. He also emphasized that, “such a response must include wise and bold diplomacy to be effective.”. The Secretary- General António Guterres said “We are alarmed by this dangerous provocation,” and also “We will continue to carefully follow the developments and remain in close coordination with the concerned international organizations, Members of the Council and other governments concerned,”. Meanwhile, The Trump Administration urged other members of the United Nations Security Council to cut off all oil and other fuels t...

September 1, 2017

This article is a summary of Tim Ramadan’s(assumed name) post on The Guardian. He is a journalist and lives in Raqqa, Syria. Since the US-led international coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces launched a military operation until now, more than 1,300 civilians lose one’s life and the city of 70% has destroyed. The electricity and water were cut off and also run out of fuel and necessities in the city.

Residents who were in the city are waiting for ending the civil war in the situations of extreme fear and hunger. Residents share news of air strike and families who have been killed by yelling across to each other. Even walking the streets is difficult because of constant shelling. Half of those besieged in the city stay alive as eating grass and weeds that grow on the side of the road. People make soup out of these weeds and put dried-up bread to eat easier. The soup tastes extremely bitter and children feel nauseated when they taste the first time, but, now they get used to it. One da...

August 16, 2017

Despite decline in attacks on persons with albinism, root causes rife in rural Tanzania, UN expert finds

A United Nations rights expert stated that the group of people with albinism in rural Tanzania live in fear of violence against them. “People with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation, as the root causes of the attacks against them remain rampant, and the effects of over a decade of violations have taken their toll,” said Ikponwosa Ero, the UN independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, at the end of her 11-day visit to Tanzania. 

“I welcome the measures already taken by the Government and civil society, and the decrease in the number of reported attacks,”

Ms.Ero said. Also she said more work was needed to address witchcraft and educate the public.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57271#.WZSMKK2ZORt

APPA UN NGO intern
Eastern Mennonite University
Minju Kim

July 10, 2017

유엔 노인 총회가 7월 5일부터 7월 7일까지 뉴욕 유엔 헤드쿼터 컨퍼런스 룸에서 열렸는데 appa인턴 자격으로 참석할 수 있었다.참석한 모든 발표자들은 노인들이 받는 차별과 학대 그들이 존중받지 못하는 사회를 비판했다. 그들은 노인들의 더 나은 삶과 평등한 권리를 부여하기 위해 다른 세대들도 아우를 수 있는 국제적인 노력과 법이 필요하다고 입을 모았다. 이번 노인 총회의 주제는 노인들의 평등 보장이라는 주제로 진행되었다.

특히 이번 총회에서 the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons의 전문가인 Rosita Kornfeld-Matte의 발표가 기억에 남는다. 그녀는 차별은 전세대에서 나올 수 있는 문제이며 우리는 특별히 여자와 장애인들의 차별문제에 귀 기울이며 노인들의 문제는 등한시했었다고 꼬집었다. 그녀는 전세대의 차이점을 깨닫고 그들에게 평등한 삶을 보장해야 한다고 말하면서 우리가 어린아이들과 여자, 장애인들에게 평등을 보장해 줄 수 있다면 노인들의 불평등을 책임지려 하지 않는 모습은 옳지 않다고 강조하면서 말을 맺었다.

국제적으로 고령화는 계속 상승하고 있으며 노인들이 겪고 있는 불평등한 상황들도 증가하고 있는 추세이다. 하지만 우리들은 노인들의 목소리에 귀 기울이지 않는다. 그들을 위한 법과 좋은 혜택들이 늘어난다고 하더라도 젊은 사람들과의 균형을 무시한다면 또 다른 역차별을 초래할 것이다. 그래서 우리는 노인평등을 위한 이해와 노력을 게을리 해서는 안된다고 생각한다. 
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