Friday, 13 July 2018

Special News--July 2018

Global Integration Updates
Special News--July 2018
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Common Ground for the Common Good 

Special News--July 2018
The United Nations Live and on Demand
(Perspectives on the world from the multifaceted lenses of the United Nations)
"We the peoples of the United Nations determined  to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom…" Preamble, Charter of the United Nations (1945)

In this Special News Update we focus on tools to help you track with the work of the United Nations. We feature UN Web TVa  major online media platform, as well as four other UN resources for staying current with the issues and operations of the United Nations.

Regardless of your views on the United Nations itself, we believe these materials will help you better understand the complexities and challenges of the world as well as the shared commitments and efforts to make the world a better place for all.
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Featured Resource
Tracking with the United Nations
UN Web TV etc.

"The UN Web TV Channel is available 24 hours a day with selected live programming of United Nations meetings and events as well as with pre-recorded video features and documentaries on various global issues." (from the website)

The best way to familiarize yourself with this vauable resource is to simply go on the website, have a look around, and watch a live or archived event that interests you. For example, some of the current live coverage is on the annual progress review for the 
Sustainable Development Goals (General Assembly, High Level Political Forum, 9-18 July 2018).

UN Overview
The United Nations currently has 193 member states and is guided by the purposes and principles in its 
CharterThe United Nations' five overlapping functions are: to maintain peace and security, protect human rights, deliver humanitarian aid, promote sustainable development, and uphold international law.

six main bodies (organs) of the United Nations are the Secretariat, General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, International Court of Justice, and Trusteeship Council. More than 38,000 staff work for the UN Secretariat (more personnel statistics HERE). 

More Ways to Track with the United Nations
United Nations Year in Review 2017
(video overview photos, 10 most frequently watched UN videos, etc. )
UN DPI-NGO Announcements for the Upcoming Week
(information and events oriented for the public--see Latest News section)
--Week in Review at the United Nations
(periodic video postings of events)
--In Case You Missed It
(summary of noteworthy events at the UN for the previous two weeks)

Final Thought
“The United Nations is a 20th-century organization facing a 21st century challenge as an institution with impressive achievements but also haunting failures, one that mirrors not just the world’s hopes but its inequalities and disagreements, and most important, one that has changed but needs to change further . . . The single greatest problem facing the United Nations is that there is no single greatest problem; rather there are a dozen different ones each day clamoring for attention. Some, like the crisis in Lebanon, the Palestinian situation and the nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, are obvious and trying. Others we call “problems without passports”—issues that cross all frontiers uninvited, like climate change, drug trafficking, human rights, terrorism, epidemic diseases, and refugee movements. Their solutions, too, can recognize no frontiers because no one country or group of countries, however rich or powerful, can tackle them alone.” (Tharoor, S. 2006, p. 15. 
The Good for Something UNNewsweek, 4 September 2006, p. 15)

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Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a non-profit, Christian organisation working internationally from Geneva and the USA. MCA's involvement in Global Integration focuses on the wellbeing and effectiveness of personnel and their organizations in the mission, humanitarian, and development sectors as well as global mental health, all with a view towards supporting sustainable development for all people and the planet. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications.

Global Integration is a framework for actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, human rights, faith-based).
Global Integration Updates and Special News
Special News Updates--Monthly starting January 2018
The Essential Review--December 2017
Helping the Helpers--October 2017
Everyday Heroes--August 2017
Doomsday--June 2017
Living in Global Integrity--April 2017
Connecting Across Sectors--February 2017
Peace and Security--December 2016

Global Grids--October 2016
Confronting Global Issues--August 2016
Global Citizenship--June 2016
Global Strides--April 2016
Working Together Well--February 2016

Staying Current and Navigating the News--December 2015
Transforming Our World--October 2015
Faith-Based Partners in Transformation--August 2015
Current and Crucial Resources--June 2015
Understanding the Current Global Context--April 2015
Sustainable Development--February 2015
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