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December 2, 2019

The Action for Peace through Prayer and Aid (APPA) and Dosan Dream International School (DDS) held a 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Party last November 21 at the Dream Church, Guri City, South Korea. The Turkey used on that day was ordered directly from the US Army in Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea, by Professor Jay Park, DDS US History teacher.

To celebrate the event, Dr. Paul Leaman (Head of School, Eastern Mennonite School of Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA) and Mrs. Leaman were invited and gave a congratulatory message to participants. For this event DDS students and their parents and English worship members from the Dream Church (Senior Pastor, Rev. & Dr. Kunyoung Hwang) also were invited. 

Particularly for the event, DDS students explained to participants the historical background of Thanksgiving Day. Rev. Sangjin Choi, DDS Head of School and Senior Pastor of Dream Church English Ministry, said we want to hold this event every year and hope to invite locals and foreigners from Guri City...

Introduction:

Since it was founded in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has acted as a crucial helping hand in resolving a diverse variety of problems across the world. With its ultimate purpose of preserving peace and security across the world and ensuring that every human being has access to free and equal rights, the UN seeks to improve relations between nations in order to resolve international issues. As of today, this international organization has helped end conflicts and install reconciliation efforts in a large number of countries, among those including Liberia, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. Through social, military, and political interference, the UN has provided vital aid to these nations during times of immense struggle. Thus, as stated by Ban Ki-moon, the eighth UN Secretary-General, “Together we can build a world we want, a world we’re proud to leave our children and grandchildren.”

Liberia:

On December 1989, a conflict in Liberia, a country located along the West African coast, that...

The painting titled Human Trafficking 1 illustrates the millions of human trafficking victims around the world. The wavy lines around the yellow center depict the victims who are chained up and sold into human trafficking. These lines of people were purposefully made with no hands to describe how powerless and hopeless the human trafficking victims feel. Artist Sang Jin Choi drew each of these people with his thumb to show his dedication to the end of human trafficking. He also drew them in many different colors to show that human trafficking victims can be from any background and race. In the background of this piece the blocks of different colors represent the many different races, languages, and cultures that exist in the world. This illustrates that many people around the world are concerned about this issue and that human trafficking is a worldwide issue. In the center of this painting is a yellow circle. Upon further inspection, you will see that it is a drawing of a globe. The m...

June 2, 2018

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC), Yury Fedotove mentioned the importance of countering cybercrime, an uprising threat to our current society. He proudly announced many efforts that are currently being made such as training police force, prosecutors, and judges about the swiftly changing crime methods, and educating community to help vulnerable, especially children, be aware of cyber scams and crimes.

Technological development in the field of big data analysis, artificial intelligence, and automation is a significant progress in the modern society to the extant where such progress is referred to as the “fourth industrial revolution.” However, such technology is a double-edged sword; although it helps to prevent current cybercrimes, it also provides more advanced and complex forms of cyber-attacks for assailants. Yury explains how dramatically the cybercrime market is expanding, mentioning that it is “estimated to generate $1.5 trillion in revenue per year.” T...

June 2, 2018

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu ZhenMin, stated that advance of science and technology will be a powerful support towards achieving the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Liu emphasized that benefits of science and technology can only be fully effective when the agenda is oriented towards pro-poor growth and impartiality.

He supports his opinion by giving possible outcomes of the society supported under strong technology. Firstly, he mentioned that with precise technological measurement of climate change adaptation, global warming, one of the most hazardous environment threatening problem, can be mitigated by going through more green and resilient development than the current carbon-reliant growth. In a similar way, technology enables sustainable fishing, tight over watch of ocean acidification and both cleaning up and prevention of water pollution. He also briefly mentioned that technology and science provide accessible jobs for disadvantaged mino...

June 2, 2018

The Director-General of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, stated that humanity still has to work towards bringing up full potential in innovation and creativity. Here, Gurry is talking about more active participation of women in such field. According to WIPO, in 1995, the number of women patent application under Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) was less than 20%. Fortunately, the proportion of women’s role in science, technology, business and arts is constantly increasing. Gurry strongly believes that such improve in the society will not only make full use of the benefits that comes out from innovation and creativity but also help humanity regardless of gender; it will lead to actively confronting global challenges such as climate change, clean energy, food security and etc.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/04/1008332

APPA UN NGO Intern & Young Research Fellow

University of Illinois-Urban Champaign

Jeongbin Kim

April 15, 2018

As learning technology improves women’s right, UN Women is working on a project to ensure innovation advances for empowerment of women and girls. There are five topics for the project.

1) Big data and gender equality

2) Making blockchain technology work for women in crisis contexts

3) Buy from Women Enterprise Platform

4) Virtual Skills School

5) Preventing sexual and gender-based violence in South African Higher Education Institutions

http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/innovation-and-technology/un-womens-innovation-and-technology-projects

APPA UN NGO Intern & Young Research Fellow

University of Illinois-Urban Champaign

Jeongbin Kim

April 8, 2018

The heads of five UN agencies said that addressing the factors on food security and nutrition is to end malnutrition by 2030. There is an increase of 38 million people in hunger from the previous year. Especially, high proportions of food-insecure and malnourished children tend to be in conflict zones. Not only weather phenomenon but also the global slowdown has deteriorated food security and nutrition. Cindy Holleman, mentioned that this is a growing worldwide problem related to health and living and, also obesity is another problem for some other countries.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2017/09/564972-global-hunger-rising-again-driven-conflict-and-climate-change-un-report

APPA UN NGO Intern & Young Research Fellow

University of Illinois-Urban Champaign

Jeongbin Kim

April 1, 2018

Mauritius, one of the most economically developed states in Africa has started a environment friendly project by GCF and UNDP. The 8-year project to improve environment of the earth has a goal to increase renewable energy and reduce carbon dioxide release. Even though the contury has developed itself in tourism, transport, and information and communications technology, it has affected by outside energy shock. However, with the project, it is expected that the country to be independent on fossil fuels, which leads constant economic growth and climate.“This is an important step in achieving the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement and supporting low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Mauritius,” said UNDP Officer in Charge, Mrs. Aida Cisse Diagne.

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/2017/mauritius-accelerates-towards-a-low-carbon-economy-.html

APPA UN NGO Intern & Young Research Fellow

University of Illinois-Urban Champaign

Jeongbin Kim

March 27, 2018

On 5 October 2017, there was a discussion about “Autonomous Weapons Systems: Learning Algorithms and Bias” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.Kerstin Vignard, Chief of Operations and Deputy to the Director at UNIDIR raised a question about algorithm bias, or subjectiveness of the data. Cathy O’Neil said the defining what is a successful result of an algorithm is the most important. David Danks specified the topic into autonomous weapons systems. As the coding system did not reflect international laws and conventions that are related to war and human rights, it is not clear to define what is success in algorithms. The last pannal, Amandeep Gill, emphasized the importance of understanding the way an autonomous weapon is programmed and why the weapon responds and reacts in a particular way. It is because the user cannot surely expect a moral outcome of the weapon.

https://www.un.org/disarmament/update/auto-weapon-systems-understanding-learning-algorithms-and-bias/

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