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  • HIV/AIDS MDGs achieved ahead of schedule

    Published July 30, 2015

    by Sarah Hoyle

    As the focus in the UN changes from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important to celebrate the Goals that have been achieved,

    When the MDGs were established, the world was gripped in a swiftly spreading AIDS pandemic that was spiraling out of control. MDG6 was established not to eliminate AIDS, but to halt and reverse its spread. An announcement was released yesterday by UNAIDS that “new HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly ...

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  • Remembering Srebrenica

    Published July 30, 2015

    by Nathan Jumper

    Twenty years ago in July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered, an act that has come to be known as the Srebrenica genocide. These mass killings were perpetrated primarily by units of the Army of Republika Srpska, and the Scorpions, a paramilitary unit from Serbia.

    In 2004, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia unanimously ruled that these killings constituted genocide. One year later Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official statement that, while the blame lies first with those who planned and carried out the massacre, the UN shares ...

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  • Youth Civic Engagement

    Published July 30, 2015

    by Willa Hughes

    International Youth Day is celebrated every year on August 12th. This day was designated in 1999 with the adoption of resolution 54/120 with the goal to highlight issues that young people are facing around the world. Every year as part of the International Youth Day there is a theme on which special focus is placed. The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Youth Civic Engagement”. This year’s campaign hopes to encourage youth to engage and participate in political and public life. The choice of the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement,” acknowledges that ...

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