CHOICE OF MONSANTO BETRAYS WORLD FOOD PRIZE PURPOSE, SAY GLOBAL LEADERS
In honoring the seed biotechnology industry, this year’s World Food Prize — to many, the most prestigious prize in food and agriculture — betrays the award’s own mandate to emphasize “the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people.” 
The 2013 World Food Prize has gone to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley, responsible for development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Almost twenty years after commercialization of the first GMO seeds, most are not engineered to enhance nutrient content, but to produce a specific pesticide or to resist a proprietary herbicide, or a combination of these traits . But even in reducing weeds, the technology is failing, for it has generated herbicide-resistant “super weeds” now appearing on nearly half of American farms .
GMO seeds undermine …
Every July 18, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day – a day to recognize Mandela’s contributions to freedom, equality, and human rights and to follow his example of service to build a better world.
To get inspired, here is a list of 12 amazing quotes from Madiba.
1. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
2. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
3. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, …
8th July, Thematic Debate on inequality: The UN Secretary General Ban ki- moon said at the thematic debate on inequalities. “If inequalities continue to widen, development will not be sustainable, that is why equity is emerging as a central plank in discussions on the post 2015 development Agenda ; Tackling inequality, eradicating poverty and promoting shared prosperity must be at the heart of sustainable Development agenda’. The president of the GA quoted major religious scriptures and said, “God shows no partiality”. Most of the speakers mentioned social justice as the key ingredient for a sustainable world. Over all, it was a call for a new world order based on social justice and human rights. Even though the UN is far from its ideal, looking at it from a faith based perspective, the session was very refreshing.
10th July, New chief for UN Women: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former deputy …
Secretary-General, at Youth Assembly Featuring Malala Day
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Youth Assembly on Malala Day, in New York, on 12 July:
Welcome to the United Nations. It is wonderful to see you all here.
Before I begin, I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for his leadership in organizing this very meaningful Youth Assembly today, honouring Malala, our hero, our champion. And I would like to also thank the extraordinary leadership of our United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, for his strong commitment and raising the awareness of global education. It is a great pleasure to have again Malala, our champion, among us in celebrating her sixteenth birthday.
Today, youth of the world are taking over the United Nations. This United Nations is occupied by youth delegates. I welcome it. You are sending a message — a …
The United Nations says culturally appropriate youth education is needed to combat high teenage pregnancy rates across the globe.
About 16 million girls under 18 years of age give birth each year across the world and 3.2 million have unsafe abortions, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Dr Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Pacific director and representative, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat it is a lost opportunity when girls have babies “before their time”.
“They’re unable to fulfill their full potential in terms of education…, their contribution to their families and to themselves, and to the economy,” she said.
The UNFPA is using World Population Day on July 11 to urge nations to help in “breaking the cycle” of teenage pregnancy with targeted education and reproductive health services. More than 500 million of the world’s 600 million girls are in developing countries, according to the UNFPA.
Girls are staying …
South African politician Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka will replace Chilean presidential candidate Michele Bachelet as head of U.N. Women, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday.
Mlambo-Nguka, former deputy president under Thabo Mbeki (2005-2008), is a known advocate for womens rights and pushed for the government’s anti-AIDS policies to expand treatment, testing and prevention programs at a time when South Africa was still struggling to admit it had a problem with the disease.She was the first African woman to hold that post. She has also served as Deputy minister i n the department of Trade and Industry and minister of Trade and Industry.
The 57-year-old “has proven to be a ground breaker and a formidable champion for women and girls,” United Nations Foundation president and CEO Kathy Calvin said in a statement.