Monday, June 26, 2006
Miscellaneous finances, small gifts, craft paper, clay and paints, small stationery and office supplies.
paint brushes etc
Miscellaneous finances, small gifts, craft paper, clay and paints, small stationery and office supplies.
paint brushes etc
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UK National Commission for UNESCO
Inaugural Annual Conference, 16-17 June 2006
East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham
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The United Nations and Its Future in the 21st Century
In 2005, the United Nations celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. It was an historic opportunity to take stock of the past and see what lies in the future. This collection of essays assesses aspects of the Organisation’s history, and what might lie ahead for it.
The United Nations is at once the symbol of humanity’s collective aspirations for a better life in a safer world for all, and a forum for negotiating the terms of converting these collective aspirations into a common program of action. Realising these goals is ever more significant at a time when the UN is facing pressures to reorganise itself.
The book discusses the far-reaching reforms the UN needs to continue to play a central role in international peace and security. Its contributors emphasise that the UN is the only body through which respect for the rule of law and adherence to multilateral treaties can be achieved.
The book includes important UN documents and the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges and Change in relation to poverty, environmental degradation, terrorism, civil war, conflict between states, weapons of mass destruction, and organized crime.
The chapters in the book were originally given as lectures in honour of the UN’s free-thinker, critic and constructive analysts’, Erskine Childers. The contributors include:
Margaret Anstee * Jayantha Dhanapala * Denis Halliday * Rosalyn Higgins * Razali Ismali *Richard Jolly * Caroline Lucas MEP * Patricia McKenna * Paul Rogers * Ramesh Thakur * Jenny Tonge
Vijay Mehta is a writer,peace and development activist. He is president, VM Centre for Peace, chair of Arms Reduction Coalition (ARC) and World Disarmament Campaign (WDC), and vice-chairman, Action for UN Renewal.
This book can be purchased from the following:
Action for UN Renewal VM Centre for Peace
U.N. Bookshop, United Nations Building, Room GA-32, New York 10017, USA
Paperback (274 pages) £10.00 (plus £2 postage) ISBN 0 85124 707 5
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Baladna: Association For Arab Youth
2006 Work camps Descriptions
Tel: 972-4-8523035 Fax: 972-4-8523427 Mobile: 972-52-4403634
E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.baladnayouth.org
Address: P.O. BOX 99604, Haifa 31996 Israel
Baladna - Association for Arab Youth is a developmental and capacity building agency for Arab-Palestinian youth in Israel. It was established in 2000, and officially registered in 2001. Baladna works with Arab-Palestinian youth to work towards not being institutionally marginalized and to gain more equality with the Jewish majority in Israel. Resistance to official discrimination aims to deepen connections to Palestinian identity and encourage community development.
The association encourages Arab-Palestinian youth to address discrimination by Israel’s educational and governing institutions. Baladna directly mobilizes young people through educational programs and cultural activities. The association also collaborates with agencies promoting Arab-Palestinian youth and helps build their leadership capabilities.
B. Baladna’s International Activities
Baladna has strong relationships with partners in Israel, Palestine and abroad. Baladna has hosted volunteers through the European Commission’s European Voluntary Service (EVS) in 2002 and 2003 and in 2002, facilitated international exchanges on human rights issues that effect Palestinians in Israel and in Palestine. This enabled intercultural exchange between European and Palestinian youth.
In August 2002, Baladna organized the first two-week workcamp at Halleessa, the most underprivileged Arab-Palestinian neighbourhood in Haifa. This work camp aimed at renovating the neighbourhood’s houses, cleaning streets, planting trees and energizing the local community. Arab-Palestinian and Jewish volunteers, as well as volunteers from Japan, the US, Canada, Spain and France, took part in activities such as painting, reading and writing, teaching English, sports, and theatre performances.
For more info about Baladna please visit our Web site : www.baladnayouth.org
All Inscriptions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or fax number
1) Sakhnen work camp
Dates : 1-14\7\2006
Place: Sakhnen, Heart of the Galilee / Israel
Hosting Organization: Baladna and Sakhnen Municipality
Work Type: Environmental & Gardening & Painting
Number of Volunteers: 20 International
Participation Fee: 150 Euros
Accommodation: In municipal social centre.
Local Community and Project Description
Sakhnin is a very old town, which dates back 3,500 years. The town is situated in the heart of the Galilee and has holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews.
The town is built over three hills. It is 200-250 meters above sea level, and it is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the highest of them is 602 meters high.
Today there are over 20,000 inhabitants in Sakhnin and most of them make a living from businesses, light industry, and construction work within the neighboring cities.
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Dear Friends & Partners,
There are still available places for volunteers in Baladna work camps for this summer.
For more information see the descriptions in the next entry..
For any questions or inquiries please send emails to:
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Sigh! If only world was like football
By Kofi A. Annan:
6 June 2006
You may wonder what a Secretary-General of the United Nations is doing writing about football. But in fact, the World Cup makes us in the UN green with envy. As the pinnacle of the only truly global game, played in every country by every race and religion, it is one of the few phenomena as universal as the United Nations.
You could even say it’s more universal. FIFA has 207 members; we have only 191.
But there are far better reasons to be envious. First, the World Cup is an event in which everybody knows where their team stands, and what it did to get there. They know who scored and how and in what minute of the game; they know who missed the open goal; they know who saved the penalty. I wish we had more of that sort of competition in the family of nations. Countries openly vying for the best standing in the table of respect for human rights, and trying to outdo one another in child survival rates or enrolment in secondary education.
States parading their performance for all the world to see. Governments being held accountable for what actions led them to that result. Second, the World Cup is an event which everybody on the planet loves talking about. Dissecting what their team did right, and what it could have done differently — not to mention the other side’s team. People sitting in cafés anywhere from Buenos Aires to Beijing, debating the finer points of games endlessly, revealing an intimate knowledge not only of their own national teams but of many of the others too, and expressing themselves on the subject with as much clarity as passion.
Normally tongue-tied teenagers suddenly becoming eloquent, confident, and dazzlingly analytical experts. I wish we had more of that sort of conversation in the world at large. Citizens consumed by the topic of how their country could do better on the Human Development Index, or in reducing the number of carbon emissions or new HIV infections. Third, the World Cup is an event which takes place on a level playing field, where every country has a chance to participate on equal terms.
Only two commodities matter in this game: talent and team work. I wish we had more levellers like that in the global arena. Free and fair exchanges without the interference of subsidies, barriers or tariffs. Every country getting a real chance to field its stren-gths on the world stage. Fourth, the World Cup is an event which illustrates the benefits of cross-pollination between peoples and countries. More and more national teams now welcome coaches from other countries, who bring new ways of thinking and playing.
The same goes for the increasing number of players who between World Cups represent clubs away from home. They inject new qualities into their new team, grow from the experience, and are able to contribute even more to their home side when they return. In the process, they often become heroes in their adopted countries — helping to open hearts and broaden minds. I wish it were equally plain for all tosee that human migration in general can create triple wins — for migrants, for their countries of origin, and for the societies that receive them.
That migrants not only build better lives for themselves and their families, but are also agents of development — economic, social, and cultural — in the countries they go and work in, and in the homelands they inspire through new-won ideas and know-how when they return. For any country, playing in the World Cup is a matter of profound national pride. For countries qualifying for the first time, such as my native Ghana, it is a badge of honour. For those who are doing so after years of adversity, such as Angola, it provides a sense of national renewal. And for those who are currently driven by conflict, like Côte d’Ivoire, but whose World Cup team is a unique and powerful symbol of national unity, it inspires nothing less than the hope of national rebirth.
Which brings me to what is perhaps most enviable of all for us in the United Nations: the World Cup is an event in which we actually see goals being reached. I’m not talking only about the goals a country scores; I also mean the most important goal of all — being there, part of the family of nations and peoples, celebrating our common humanity. I’ll try to remember that when Ghana plays Italy in Hanover on 12 June.
Of course, I can’t promise I’ll succeed.
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Thanks alot for your valuable ideas. The whole thing came about after my discussions with officials from the Charity "Computers for African Schools" which has supplied a lot of refurbished second hand computers to Zambia, Malawi and few in Tanzania. They are ready to support Zanzibar but the issue of shipping costs came. In most cases they do find sponsors to ship them but I also wanted to explore as well possibilities of getting financial partners who can work with "computers for African schools" to support Zanzibar. In Zanzibar, we recently passed a new education policy which make secondary education (Form i-iv) universal and compulsory and the use of ICT across the curriculum is one of the key components of the new policy. Therefore all our secondary schools which will reach about 300 when the policy is fully operational will be in desperate need of computers, laboratory equipments and science textbooks. As a former British colony, our science curricula is not very different from the one in UK and most science textbooks are quite relevant.
Since I will be here for some time up February 2008, I am trying to look for networks that could support education in Zanzibar in any area. I definitely welcome your ideas and let us discuss further to see how your organisation could be of help. Also I will appreciate if you could let me know of any institutions which might have interest in supporting education In Zanzibar.
As islands we do not have many resources to attract big companies, although tourism is becoming very significant. But also because of our smallness, very little can have a very big impact on the well being of our people.
Let us continue to share ideas and hopefully something of mutual benefit might
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