Helping the Planet
Examples of our efforts to address global challenges.
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Featured story: COVID-19: Remembering Those We Lost
Other stories include:
- Genocide Continues with Impunity
- Career Women and Veiling
- Youth Demand Fair Share from World Leaders
- A Billion People Lack an Identity
- COVID-19 the Deadliest Weapon
The COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1.8 million, and that number grows every day. No country has been spared. The wealthiest countries and the most impoverished countries alike have suffered losses. And while the economic devastation has created a lot of suffering, those suffering the most are the ones who lost family and friends. Unfortunately, even with a vaccine, “forecasting models say it is likely that the final toll will include an additional one million lives taken by the coronavirus.” Here is just a small sample of COVID-19 victims from different countries and backgrounds, from an aging bodybuilder in China to a Brazilian mother who died while seven months pregnant to a Congolese-born star student in Quebec.
Genocides continue to take place across the world with impunity, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Hate speech, discrimination, and violence are frequently warning signs for genocides and other atrocity crimes. Proactively addressing these signs will help prevent horrible crimes from happening. “Genocide is the most heinous of crimes, encompassing all it touches in a tsunami of hate and destruction. It is an assault on our most fundamental shared values,” said UN Secretary-General Guterres in a message on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide.
More and more young, middle class and educated Muslim women are embracing veiling. For example, a recent survey reveals that more than 70 percent of Indonesian women wear a veil today than previous generations. The emergence of new economic opportunities is inspiring young women to abandon their domestic roles. Wearing a veil is a negotiation between the career traits of “autonomy, ambition, or disregard of traditional morality, which may conflict with social norms” and wanting to retain their reputation in society. “The religious headscarf could act as a liberating device that enables young women to navigate through certain gender norms while pursuing their aspiration to benefit from economic development.”
Ahead of November’s 2020 G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia, heads of youth movements and student unions challenged the wealthiest nations to correct their unequal global response to the COVID-19 pandemic by considering children’s plight. The 100 Million Campaign organization organized an online youth event titled A Fair Share for our Future. The organization is an initiative of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, which empowers young people and tackles child labor, poverty, access to education, and violence against children. “The richest governments have focused heavily on bailing out businesses and economies as part of the global COVID relief. While this must be done, it cannot be done at the expense of the world’s poorest and most marginalized children,” said Satyarthi.
The most powerful countries on earth claim that title because of their massive weapons arsenals. Those who have the most sophisticated fighter planes, drones, ballistic missiles, tanks, warships, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have the most power. However, COVID-19, the virus that has killed more than 1.8 million without firing a single shot, has proven to be a new deadly weapon. The world must now answer a long-feared question. Will firepower and WMDs “become obsolete if biological weapons, currently banned by a UN convention, are used in wars in a distant future?”
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The series, written by TGCI Director Ron Israel, examples different global issues from the perspective of What would the whole world do? In other words, how could this issue best be addressed if we take the interest of the entire planet into account.
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Infrastructure connects us and defines us. The roads, pipelines and Internet cables that deliver our services also shape our opportunities, our vulnerabilities, and our identities. Political and geographic maps abound – yet there are few useful, elegant maps of the complex infrastructure that ties us. The Connectivity Atlas invites you to explore the shapes and lines that advance our global connectedness. We believe that great insight lies in these maps.
Our World in Data developed this cartogram for the world population in 2018 to show how living conditions around the world are changing. The cartogram is made up of squares, each of which represents half a million people of a country’s population. The 11.5 million Belgians are represented by 23 squares; the 49.5 million Colombians are represented by 99 squares; the 1.415 billion people in China are represented by 2830 squares; and this year’s entire world population of 7.633 billion people is represented by the total sum of 15,266 squares. Visit the site to learn more about how global living conditions are changing.
The coronavirus pandemic is “just a fire drill” for what is likely to follow from the climate crisis, and the protests over racial injustice around the world show the need to tie together social equality, environmental sustainability and health, the UN’s sustainable business chief has said. “The overall problem is that we are not sustainable in the ways we are living and producing on the planet today,” said Lise Kingo, the executive director of the UN Global Compact. “The only way forward is to create a world that leaves no one behind.”
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