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March 27, 2018

미세먼지와 관련한 2017년 UN의 리포트 입니다. 

유럽은 다른 나라들보다 공기의 질이 좋음에도 불구하고, 최근에는 공기의 질을 높히기 위한 법안들이 마련되고 있습니다. 

이러한 이유로, 유럽의 자동차 기업들은 유럽의 법안을 피해 다른 나라에서 새로운 시장을 찾으려 합니다. 

그러나, 영국의 공기가 사하라 사막으로부터 영향을 받는 것처럼, 결국 유럽내에서만의 법안은 국제적으로 볼 때 미세먼지를 줄이지 못하게 될 것입니다. 

깨끗한 공기에 대한 권리의 세가지 조건들이 있습니다.

첫째, 오염되지 않은 공기와 법으로서 보호받아야 하며,

둘째, 그 법적 기준이 현실적이고, 과학적이어야 할 것입니다.

마지막으로, 강제적으로 이행되어야 합니다.

또한,공기에 대한 시민의 권리를 보장하기 위해 세가지가 이행되어야 합니다.

첫번째, 공기에 대한 정보를 얻을 수 있어야 하며

두번째, 정책 결정에 대한 참여를 할 수 있어야 합니다.

마지막으로,  정부나 기관들이 법안을 이행할 수 있도록 강제할 수 있어야 합니다. 

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/right-breathe-clean-air 

APPA UN NGO Intern & Young Research Fellow

University of Illinois-Urban Champaign

Jeongbin Kim

September 11, 2017

Many areas of the world are suffering from natural disasters.The Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “saddened by the loss of life and destruction in the earthquake that struck the provinces of Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco in Mexico.”. He also said the United Nations stands ready to provide support, should it be requested by the Government of Mexico. Meanwhile, the United Nations agencies are supporting to Hurricane Irma damages in the United State. Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean region. Hurricane Irma, which has taken the lives of many people, is weakening in Florida, but Florida still suffers from severe damage.

APPA UN NGO Intern
Minju Kim

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57487#.WbagH8iLRPZ

Related Post:
http://www.cnn.com/…/hurricane-irma-weakens-to-c…/index.html

September 8, 2017

Damage to a building in Oaxaca, Mexico, after the earthquake late Thursday.CreditMario Arturo Martinez/European Pressphoto Agency

Many areas of the world suffer from natural disaster. The most powerful earthquake in Mexico's history occurred. At least 32 peoples died in the southern part of the country. The government said the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.2, and about 50 million people across Mexico felt the earthquake. Also in the state of Chiapas, the toll there had risen to seven, and two children died in the state of Tabasco, one when a wall collapsed, the other after a respirator lost power in a hospital. In Mexico's southern Salina Cruz, tsunamis have been seen about 1 meter high, followed by large and small tsunamis.The tally of damage — and death — probably will be difficult to assess initially, given the remote nature of many areas.

APPA UN NGO Intern

Minju Kim

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/world/americas/mexico-earthquake.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fameri...

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...

September 1, 2017

Featured Image: Father Hammond at a treatment center in North Korea (Gerard Hammond)

Father Gerald Hammond in an 84 year old Catholic priest who comes from Philadelphia. He first went to North Korea in 1995 and has been helping with humanitarian efforts ever since. However, recent developments, specifically the detention and death of American tourist Otto Warmbier, have resulted in travel restrictions. These restrictions will bar American tourists from entering North Korea. Meanwhile, aid workers and journalists will have to receive a special passport for every trip that they make. This may prove to be troubling for aid workers like Hammond, who works with the Eugene Bell Foundation to treat tuberculosis in North Korea.

Other institutions will also be impacted by these restrictions. The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) has several teachers that are United States citizens. These professors are worried that they will not be able to go back to PUST and teach their stude...

August 16, 2017

<Iran: US sanctions designed to derail nuclear deal>

This article is about Iran’s nuclear program. "The main purpose of the United States in implementing the sanctions against Iran is to destroy the JCPOA," deputy foreign minister, Sayed Abbas Araqchi, said. JCPOA is Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action; it is an agreement designed to solve Iran’s nuclear program.The reason behind Iran's claim for this is due to the concerns of the U.S. that Iran’s satellite space rocket will lead to developing ballistic missile. 
Fortunately, both the U.S. and Iran have successfully solved and moved on from Iran’s nuclear issue. In this situation, the U.S. claim look like Trump’s insistence. Currently, the U.S. has the largest number of nuclear weapons. It is wrong way to thing that U.S. has all the rights to implement nuclear weapons but no other countries. Such behavior as Trump should be criticized. 

이 기사에서는 미국의 이란핵문제에 대한 압박을 말하고 있다. 이란은 핵개발로 인해 많은 국가들로부터 비난과 우려를 받아왔다...

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

August 15, 2017

<Britain Turns to Chinese Textbooks to Improve Its Math Scores>
By Amy Qin
August 5, 2017

Under a government-backed initiative in Britain, more than half the primary schools in England will adopt a teaching approach to math that is used in top-scoring places like Shanghai and Singapore. 

Starting in upcoming January, British schools will have the option of using "Real Shanghai Mathematics," a series of 36 translated textbooks that are otherwise all but identical to those in public elementary schools around Shanghai.

Experts say England is the first country to implement a bold government-backed plan on such an educational adoption. 

The teaching method, known as the "mastery" approach, is based on the idea that all students can succeed in learning mathematics

when given proper instruction. Rather than describing a concept and assigning problems to solve individually, the mastery method is more interactive, in which students are expected to precisely explain both solutions and underlying prin...

July 14, 2017

According to the UN Population Fund(UNFPA), “Some 214 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities.” In developing countries, there are still some people needing safe and effective family planning which can reduce maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies.

Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Acting Executive Director mentioned that better health care including family planning can support sustainable development and empower women to finish schools and participate in economic activities, which can increase house income.

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연세대학교 영어영문학과 3학년 백민아

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