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October 24, 2019

On October 9, the students of Dosan Dream International School (DDS) and their parents held a workshop in Hongcheon, South Korea to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There are still many people in the world living on $1.25 a day. In fact, the poor in India, Bangladesh and Madagascar have to live on 60-70 cents a day.

Three groups of DDS students and parents met up, and each group chose a poor country. The group who chose India or Madagascar had to make a daily diet of 60-70 cents. This cost had to include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They realized that eating three meals a day is a serious problem for the poor as well if they have to cover rent or other utility expenses. 

Making the meal plans for the poor made the students and parents very sad. The participants tried to make one meal at a time and they spent about $6 for each meal. The students and parents also teared up when they compared their own meals with those of the people in poor countries.

The st...

August 21, 2019

I participated in a global related program sponsored by Action for Peace Through Prayer and Aid(APPA, Economic and Social Council Consultative Status Member NGO) on July 11 and visited the UN. I am Sean Chae going to eighth grade and I am currently attending Jericho Middle School.

On July 11, 2019, me and several other youths in middle and high school visited the United Nations Office in New York. One thing I noticed was that they had the flags of each member country outside the building, the organization placed the flags in alphabetical order to avoid any complaints of discrimination. During this visit we were taken on a guided tour where our tour guide showed and explained the origins and history of the UN. We were even allowed to enter the General Assembly Hall which was very large.

The UN is an international organization with the intention to help those in need and protect the member states. Of the 195 countries on Earth, 193 countries are part of the UN. The two countries not in the...

Joe Navarro, a former FBI profiler, counter intelligence officer, and nonverbal behavior special agent said during a seminar, “It doesn’t matter what you own, it doesn’t matter what you make… the one thing that I’ve learned, the only thing that matters is how you treat those who can do absolutely nothing for you.” Never before have I come across an individual, yet a whole organization live in synchrony with these words as much as the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

The MCC was founded in July of 1920, and operates in more than 50 countries with the purpose to spread love and support to those in need. The MCC provides three phases of aid. During or after a crisis, the MCC responds to provide much needed help to those who are affected. Then, MCC volunteers begin to develop the region, educating children and adults in order to make themselves self sustaining. Once the country have fully developed, they are taught how to maintain peace in order to avoid any future conflicts that may lead...

May 21, 2019

<UN World Telecommunication and Information Society Day> 50th Anniversary Campaign

- Brainstorming UN sustainable development ideas through virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and broadband.

This campaign organized by APPA was held in Gangnam, Seoul City, South Korea on May 18.  More than 60 youths from across the country participated in the even, and shared their ideas how to foster UN sustainable development goals through virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and broadband. The youth also created various PPT presentations and sent them to their SNS members. 

 The youth grouped their ideas into groups and created a PPT and promotional campaign through SNS. For this event Dr. Lim Jong-Hun, Global Leadership Education Development Institute, and Mr. Seung-Taek Lee, a famous computer music program developer were invited.

APPA is preparing several UN-related campaigns in September and November in conjunction with the Dosan Dream International School located in Guri Cit...

Introduction:

Since the beginning of the development of wireless mobile cell phones in the early 1940’s to the first deployment of these cell phones by Motorola in 1973, the gradual advancement of an age full of technology was evident. Alongside the rise of cell phones was a surge of data usage to accompany the overall performance and function of these devices. Data is globally defined as binary digits read by a computer to translate it into a form for transmission and processing that comprises all technological devices. Specifically, data in cell phones can be labeled depending on the generation it was created: first, second, third, and fourth. Therefore, data was initially 1G in the 1980’s, or the first generation, but gradually shifted towards 2G in 1991 then to 3G in 2001, and currently, 4G/LTE, or the second, third, and fourth generation, respectively. Each generation refers to the mobile network technology that allows the compatibility of cellular devices onto the Internet. Moreov...

Starting from January 1, 2016, the United Nations (UN) created a list of goals that they were planning to fulfill by the end of 15 years. The list contained 17 different goals and encouraged all countries to mobilize their efforts to bring an end to poverty, tackle the pressing matter of climate change, and to fight against inequality all around the world. The UN hopes that through this global movement, they will be able to transform the world.

The UN stated that for sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three elements: “economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection.” They have set up a system of global indicators to monitor the progress on the goals for sustainable development. The UN have also created individualized objectives for each of the 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. For instance, the 7th goal is for everyone to have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. There are a total of 5 objectives that the UN i...

August 16, 2017

<Mennonite Central Committee UN Office - Doug Hostetter>

On August 2, 2017, APPA interns paid a visit to Doug Hostetter, the Director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office. We had lunch together and were invited to his office at the United Nations Plaza, New York. 

Hostetter worked as a Mennonite Central Committee staff in Tam Ky, Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. During the Vietnam war, he served as a key figure of the Vietnam Peace movement with the Mennonites. After witnessing the harsh brutality and atrocities of war, he made a resolution to work for the people who suffered from the conflicts of warfare. 

Hostetter focuses on the areas of conflict in areas such as North Korea, Israel-Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. The main efforts of the UN MCC office include connecting MCC staff with UN diplomats and ambassadors and promoting campaigns or programs that can contribute to peacebuilding in those countries. He also mentioned that the UN MCC is rooted in the understanding th...

August 14, 2017

5 of the APPA UN interns visited the US Coast Guard on 28 July 2017. They got the chance to meet Dr. John Oliver and take a tour inside of the coast guard.

On July 28, 2017, APPA Interns visited the United States Coast Guard to meet Dr. John Oliver. Dr. John is a senior ocean policy adviser and a lawyer at the US Coast Guard and has a close relationship with APPA through legal service at the Third Street Church on every second week of Saturday. With Dr. John’s kind guide, we were able to tour inside of the Coast Guard. The security check for Coast Guard was strict, but with the help of Dr. John, we were able to see his office, medical center, physical center, old coal plant, as well as office for International affairs department where his son works.

According to Dr. John, the Coast Guard “protects sea from people while it protects people from the sea.” He said that Coast Guard monitors drug smuggling, legal immigrants, piracy, environments and border disputes on the sea. He describe...

August 14, 2017

10 interns of APPA UN went to have a meeting with the World Bank on July 30, 2017. They met with Professor Koo, and had a question and answer period. The following report was written by one of the interns that attended this event, Haeun Kwon. 

세계은행 방문-구본석 선생님

2017년 7월 30일, 구본석 선생님과의 미팅을 위해 세계은행에 방문하였습니다. 삼엄한 검사를 통해 들어간 세계은행은 넓고 깨끗했습니다. 한 세미나실에서 구본석 선생님의 말씀을 들을 수 있었는데, 선생님은 환경 운동 연합이라는 단체를 통해 댐 건설의 반대를 하시면서 환경에 대해 관심을 가지셨다고 합니다. 환경에 관한 일을 하고 싶다고 결심 하신 후 경희 대학교 대학원, 조시 타운 대학원을 거처 현재 세계은행 재생 가능한 에너지 분야에서 일하신다고 합니다. 

구본석 선생님의 말씀에 따르면, 세계은행은 전세계 사람들의 빈곤퇴치를 목적으로 설립되었으며, 이제는 굶어 죽는 것을 방지 하는 데서 끝나는 것이 아니라 세상 사람들이 잘 살 수 있게 경제, 위생 시설, 주거문제 등 다각적인 방면으로 도움을 주기 위해 노력한다고 하셨습니다. 또한, 세계은행은 사람들의 생활수준을 측정하고 그들의 목표가 얼마나 진행되었는가 확인하기 위한 평가 기준을 정하는 데에 중점을 둔다고 하셨습니다. 또한, 세계은행은 기본적으로 지역별로, 또 나라별로, 분야별로 나뉘고 각 나라의 대표들이 의뢰하였을 때 프로젝트 계획에 들어가고 예산 편성이 이루어 진다고 합니다. 

한시간 가량의 대화를 통해 구본석 선생님은 세계은행에는 금융권 혹은 통계 분야의 전문가 들이 많다며 금융권과 통계를 강조 하셨습니다. 특히 금융은 세계은행의 예산을 어느 분야에 우선 순위를 두고 투자하는지, 투자한다면 따르는 위험 정도는 얼마인지 판단하는데 꼭 필요하다고...

August 14, 2017

APPA UN intern YoungOk Kim attended the Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs with along with a few other interns. The event took place on August 1, 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

<Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs> 

2017년 8월 1일, 다른 APPA 인턴들과 함께 뉴욕의 UN본부에서 열린 ‘지속가능한 개발목표에 관한 세대간 대화 Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals’에 참석했다. 

지속가능한 개발목표란 2015년에 UN에서 채택된 것으로, 2030년까지 이행해야 할 17개 목표, 169개 세부목표들을 제시한 의제이다. 빈곤, 기아, 건강, 평등, 기후변화, 경제성장 등 다양한 영역에 걸친 개발을 제시하는데, 이는 이전의 새천년개발목표 MDGs에서 달성하지 못한 목표들을 보완하고, 더 넓은 분야로 확장 시켰다. 지속가능한 개발목표를 달성하기 위해서는 UN뿐만 아니라, 각 회원국 정부, 시민 사회 등 각계각층의 관심과 협력이 필요한데, 특히 전 세계에 있는 다양한 NGO들이 이 목표사업에 큰 기여를 하고 있다. 

이번 대화는 세계 곳곳의 다양한 부분에서 일하는 NGO들이 참석하여 청소년, 청년, 노인, LGBTQ 그룹의 사람들이 목소리를 낼 수 있는 장을 제공했으며, 기아문제, 여성인권, 노동, 환경, 보건 등 주제 별 세미나가 오전, 오후에 걸쳐 각기 다른 룸에서 진행되었다. 여러 분야의 전문가 패널들이 참석하여 NGO들의 지속가능한 개발목표 실천 활동을 장려하고, 참석자들과 질의응답 시간을 가졌다. 

오후 ‘Breaking Intergenerational Cycle of Poverty’ 세션에는 한국의 주 유엔 차석대사, 한충희 대사님도 패널로 참석하셨다. 한충희...

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