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Call for Gender-Responsive Implementation of Agenda 2030

By J C Suresh

TORONTO | NEW YORK (IDN) - UN member states committed themselves to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030 as the 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) concluded on March 24 agreeing on a set conclusions, calling for stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing. [P42] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

UNIDO and CTBTO Express Support for 2030 Gender Equality Target

By Rita Joshi

BERLIN | VIENNA (IDN) - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) are determined to undertake necessary steps to make “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, the theme of the International Women’s Day 2016, a reality. [P41] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION  PDF

Global Citizenship in Ecuador: The Gap Between Principle and Practice

By Nelsy Lizarazo

QUITO (IDN) - Universal or global citizenship is, according to the Dictionary of Humanitarian Action a principle, category or condition thanks to which anyone in any part of the world may be recognised as a subject with rights.

It’s an established and accepted concept, at least in an international sphere, which is directly linked to the universality of Human Rights. The concept of Universal citizenship fundamentally means that human rights are not related to which particular state an individual may come from and therefore must be protected and respected anywhere a person may find themselves. [P40] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

South Korea Set to Make Rapid Strides in Global Arena

By Valentina Ieri

NEW YORK (IDN | INPS) - North Korea's nuclear ambition has not been checked effectively even though there were four resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. And North Korea's alleged hydrogen bomb test and a successive rocket launch early February culminated their die-hard ambition to have a substantial nuclear capability together with delivery means.

Against this backdrop, the Republic of Korea (ROK,South Korea) is certainly putting its foot down and stepping up as a key player in the global arena, particularly on North Korean issue. [P39] CHINESE TEXT VERSION  PDFJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF

Sidelining Mother Languages Threat to Global Citizenship

 By Jaya Ramachandran

PARIS (IDN) - While the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has signed an agreement with the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to measure global citizenship and sustainable development education, the persistent marginalization of mother languages worldwide is threatening Goal 4 of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. [P38] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Countering Religious Hardliners Through Dialogue

By Monzurul Huq

TOKYO (IDN) - Religious identity, which in a broader context is perceived as belonging to a certain faith, is a topic of heated debate these days, mainly because a religious sense of belonging is directed toward achieving a certain goal by inflicting harm on others. The ongoing debate has been intensified in recent years with the concept of a clash of civilizations winning support among a group of Western academics and intellectuals. [P37] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Migrant Workers Help Singapore Students Gain a Global Perspective

By Kalinga Senevratne*

SINGAPORE (IDN) - Government statistics show that in this affluent Southeast Asian nation, one in three workers are migrants.  They build the modern infrastructure, clean the buildings, cook and serve in restaurants, look after the children and elderly at home, while often being paid very poorly and treated shabbily and looked at suspiciously by the locals. [P36] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

UN Acts to Achieve Complete Gender Equality Ahead of 2133

By Rita Joshi

BERLIN | DAVOS (IDN) - Declaring that theempowerment of the world’s women is “a global imperative”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

The establishment of the Panel, backed by the United Kingdom, the World Bank Group and UN Women, was proclaimed in Davos, Switzerland, the venue of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), on January 21. [P35]  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

‘ISIS Is The Sanctuary For The Desperate’

By Talmiz Ahmad

“The ISIS’ allure is that it is fighting these Arab tyrants across the region, even as it fulfils the longing of its adherents to participate in a cause that is founded on their own history and traditions”

Last year, as he addressed the congregation from the pulpit of the mosque in Mosul, the self-styled caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi invited all Muslims to migrate to the Islamic State “because hijra to the land of Islam is obligatory”. Read in Japanese

UAE World’s Major Aid Giver and Sponsor of Tolerance

By Bernard Schell

MUMBAI (IDN) - As the international community starts to implement the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, funds from countries that are not members of the Paris-based 29-nation Development Assistance Committee (DAC) have “an increasingly important role in financing development co-operation”, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). [P34] ARABIC | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIANPERSIAN | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH  TURKISH | URDU

‘Good, But Not Perfect’, Pacific Islands Women on Climate Deal

CANBERRA, Australia (IPS) - Women leaders in the Pacific Islands have acclaimed the agreement on reducing global warming achieved at the United Nations (COP21) Climate Change conference in Paris as an unprecedented moment of world solidarity on an issue which has been marked to date by division between the developing and industrialized world. But for Pacific small island developing states, which name climate change as the single greatest threat to their survival, it will only be a success if inspirational words are followed by real action. [P33] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFSPANISH

UNESCO-Funded Event Encourages Journalists To Foster Global Citizenship

By Kalinga Seneviratne*

News media and journalists play a crucial role in creating conditions conducive to fostering global citizenship. With this in view, a UNESCO approved and funded an event on December 14-15 in Bangkok in which a group of Asian scholars and media practitioners participated. They examined how the traditional Asian way of communication could be adopted to train 21st century journalists to create a media that would promote harmony rather than conflict and thus help foster global citizenship. [P32] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

First Ever UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

By J Nastranis

NEW YORK (IDN) - The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution on youth, peace and security, which for the first time in its history focuses entirely on the role of young men and women in peace-building and countering violent extremism. [P31] ARABIC | CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMANITALIANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH | URDU TEXT VERSION PDF