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  2. 0 AID AND DEVELOPMENT Quiz: How does Canada measure up to other rich countries when it comes to foreign aid? 12 September 2019 4:02AM UTC | By: JUSTIN MCAULEY JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email This Canadian invention saves lives around the world… 50 years ago, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson created the global “fair share” target for foreign aid. That number is 0.7% of a country’s national income. Yes, less than one percent. Another way to look at it is that countries meeting this goal would still spend 99.3% of their national wealth on themselves. So, how much do you think Canada gives today? Are we doing our fair share? How do you think we’ve measured up to other rich countries over time? Draw your guess on the chart here: As Canadians, we’re proud of our leadership in the world! We see Canada as a unique peacekeeping nation that helps nations in crisis. We say that Canada should do its fair share to make the world a better place. BUT, the numbers don’t back that up. Since the 1990s, while other rich countries became more generous than Canada, and did their fair share, we fell behind. Our economy grew but our generosity didn’t. We still like to think that we “punch above our weight”, but for every $100 we make, our foreign aid only totals 28 cents. Canada is below average. Many people already know that countries like Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands do a better job of meeting the fair share target but they aren’t alone. Countries like the UK, Germany, and France are also much more generous than Canada. As it stands, we spend 99.72% of our money on ourselves and on “problems here at home”. If we did our fair share and reached the 0.7% target, we would still spend 99.3% of our income here in Canada. Reasonable, right? If the stats in this blog surprise you, you aren’t alone! A recent poll revealed that 81% of Canadians agree that Canada should do its fair share in supporting developing countries. However only 21% are aware that Canada is falling behind. So, do YOU want Canada to do its fair share? Share this chart with your friends! See if they know how Canada measures up. Want to know more? Keep reading! How much should rich countries like Canada spend on helping the world’s poorest countries? This is a tricky question. Many people will say “charity begins at home”, that poverty exists here in Canada and this is what we should focus on first. While this is true, many of the world’s problem do not stop at borders. Effective investments in foreign aid can really make a difference for Canada’s future. Highly successful international initiatives, like the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria (which helped save 27 million lives since 2002), or Gavi—the Vaccine Alliance (which provided life-saving immunization to 760 million children from the poorest countries), depend on the support of donor countries like Canada. Preparing your 5-year-old daughter to start school, knowing it will give her the necessary foundation to succeed and become who she wants to be in life, is a ritual that parents in Canada may take for granted. But around the world, there are still over 130 million girls of primary and secondary school age who do not have access to school. What is Foreign Aid? Foreign aid, or Official Development Assistance (ODA), is financial support given by donor countries like Canada to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Sometimes it means Canada supports humanitarian non-governmental organizations that work in countries where a disaster or a war has hit, like the Red Cross or Care. Other times, it goes through multilateral organizations like the Global Fund, Gavi, the UN, or the World Bank to help provide essential services like health or education in countries where too many people still can’t access them. Around the world, Canadians support life-changing and life-saving projects with their contribution via the foreign aid budget. So, how much should we give? It turns out that 50 years ago this month, in 1969, Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson came up with a recommendation that a country’s total ODA should be equal to 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) — the statistical value representing the entire domestic economy. This is the accepted definition of a country’s ”fair share” in foreign aid. The UN approved this “fair share” target in a UN resolution the following year. Since then, people around the world used it as a benchmark to monitor how well countries meet their “fair share” commitment. But Canada has never reached the target set by our own Prime Minister. In fact, in the most recent years, we have been moving away, and in 2018 spent only 0.28% of our GNI on ODA. The last four Prime Ministers (Trudeau, Harper, Martin, and Chrétien) have struggled to reach even the halfway mark of Canada’s “fair share”. The most we have ever given as a country was 0.54%, in 1975. The UK reached the 0.7% target and even passed it as a law, which received cross-partisan support and was maintained in the government’s latest spending review. France spends 0.43% and has committed to reach 0.55% by 2022—twice what Canada gives. The average effort of the 35 rich countries providing data to the OECD is 0.38%. Take Action! Do you think Canada should do more to help? Tweet the leaders! You can use your voice by tweeting Canada’s political leaders. Let them know that you think Canada should do its fair share. TWEET @JUSTINTRUDEAU Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @JustinTrudeau @Liberal_Party I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli TWEET @ANDREWSCHEER Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @AndrewScheer @CPC_HQ I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli TWEET @ELIZABETHMAY Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli TWEET @THEJAGMEETSINGH Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @theJagmeetSingh @NDP I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli You can also send a postcard to the Prime Minister, saying ‘I Care’ about ending world poverty. It only takes a few seconds!
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  5. Por Erica Sanchez y Leah Rodriguez 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 5 AGUA Y SANEAMIENTO UNICEF: 420 millones de niños que viven en crisis no tienen acceso al saneamiento básico Otros 210 millones carecen de acceso al agua potable. Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens Sin acceso a agua potable y saneamiento, los niños son susceptibles a enfermedades mortales y pierden oportunidades de educación, especialmente cuando viven en áreas afectadas por conflictos o desastres naturales. Para ayudarlos a reconstruir sus comunidades y escapar de la pobreza, debemos decirles a nuestros líderes mundiales que prioricen el saneamiento y la higiene. Puedes unirte a nosotros y tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí. Con el aumento de los conflictos y los desastres naturales, la falta de acceso al agua y al saneamiento se está convirtiendo en una amenaza creciente para el bienestar de los niños, según un informe reciente de UNICEF. En todo el mundo, 420 millones de niños que viven en crisis no tienen saneamiento básico, y 210 millones carecen de acceso al agua potable, informó el martes la organización. El último informe de UNICEF, "Agua bajo fuego", busca garantizar los derechos de agua y saneamiento para todos mientras se avanza hacia el desarrollo sostenible y la paz. El informe describe cómo los servicios de agua, saneamiento e higiene se pueden planificar, financiar y ejecutar para proteger a los niños en las zonas afectadas por el conflicto. Two young men bathe in Nayapara refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in July 2018. The Boro Chara stream’s heavy brown sediment water is treated to remove sediment, and chlorine is added to make it safe to drink. Image: © Patrick Brown/UN0231426/UNICEF Firma ahora: Pídele a los líderes mundiales que prioricen el saneamiento y la higiene PASA A LA ACCIÓN "Nunca ha habido un momento más urgente para garantizar el derecho al agua y al saneamiento para cada niño", dijo la directora asociada de UNICEF para el Agua, Saneamiento e Higiene, Kelly Ann Naylor, en un comunicado de prensa. Las crisis relacionadas con conflictos están aumentando, duran más y afectan a más personas, señaló Naylor. Para las comunidades que viven en áreas afectadas por la crisis, la falta de agua potable y saneamiento debido a infraestructuras destruidas o desastres naturales se convierte en un obstáculo para lograr una buena salud. Los hospitales están cerrados, lo que aumenta la exposición a enfermedades prevenibles, según el informe. Las mujeres y las niñas corren un riesgo especial en estas situaciones porque a menudo son responsables de recolectar agua para sus familias, lo que aumenta sus posibilidades de ser acosados y faltar a la escuela o al trabajo. Sin instalaciones o recursos de saneamiento, las personas que menstrúan no pueden manejar sus períodos, recurren a quedarse en casa y pierden oportunidades para alcanzar su máximo potencial. El informe mostró que el conflicto armado ha aumentado en todo el mundo durante la última década, desplazando a millones de personas y presentando un desafío para las comunidades de acogida que necesitan satisfacer las necesidades básicas, incluyendo agua y saneamiento, para las poblaciones en crecimiento. Pero el suministro limitado de agua podría ser tan mortal como las balas, según UNICEF. Los niños menores de 15 años tienen casi tres veces más probabilidades de morir a causa de enfermedades relacionadas con malas condiciones de saneamiento que por violencia. El cambio climático también está jugando un papel importante en la creciente crisis del agua, haciendo que la disponibilidad de agua sea menos predecible. Esto está acelerando el hambre y las crisis de salud para poblaciones enteras en países devastados por la guerra, desde la región africana del Sahel hasta el Medio Oriente, según el informe. UNICEF busca replicar iniciativas exitosas de agua y saneamiento en Bangladesh, Etiopía, Líbano, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen y otros países. El informe tiene como objetivo utilizar estas soluciones como un modelo para marcos a mayor escala que puedan garantizar que los niños de todo el mundo tengan acceso al agua y al saneamiento. 287 personas están hablando de esto A través de una educación mejorada en saneamiento en Sudán del Sur, por ejemplo, las familias han podido abordar la desnutrición y disminuir los actos de violencia de género. Y un esfuerzo por cerrar las brechas en el servicio de agua en Trípoli, Líbano, ha aliviado las tensiones entre los residentes y los refugiados sirios. "La asistencia humanitaria por sí sola no resolverá estos problemas, pero a través de asociaciones intersectoriales podemos construir servicios sostenibles y resistentes de agua, saneamiento e higiene que puedan crear un futuro más estable y pacífico para los niños y sus familias", dijo Naylor. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) collect water as a sandstorm approaches in Abs IDP settlement, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen, in May 2017. Image: © Giles Clarke for UNOCHA/UNICEF/ TEMASWASHChildrenUNICEFConflict Zonesniños en areas de conflictoacceso agua potable y saneamientozonas de conflicto COMENTARIOS
  6. Tour designer: "So how big do you want this giant robot to be?" Muse: "Yes" Incredible show from the boys once again last night. Matt Bellamy said midway through the show that this night and the previous one were being filmed for a future release - which explained why a crane camera was flying back & forth right over my head! The songs from Simulation Theory also translated a lot better live than on record - Break It to Me in particular is growing. Also, Nothing But Thieves were spectacular as a support act and, as I've said here before, are absolutely worth your time if you love music.
  7. I might wear a red flag in honor of Red Flag Day. jk
  8. 45, 145 - I wanted to put some washing out to dry today - I may have jinxed the weather by trying to do so
  9. 45144 Much cooler and rainy today. The sun is hiding itself very well.
  10. I just looked at the news headlines and saw Ric Ocasek died. I'm in shock. This one is already hitting me hard. Thanks for posting, illumination70. I'm glad someone already had done so. Wow. Sad.
  11. Friend of mine had that done. Good for you. My good thing was yet another Head and the Heart show doing GA and on the rail. They added the song, Gone, to the set list. Two shows in a row-it's one of my favorite songs ever. Thursday is a long road trip across Iowa for a third one. I was so tired from the Chicago show on Friday that I didn't even want to go when I woke up this morning. Now it's 2 am and I'm wired from the show. They are so good live-one of my top three bands.
  12. The 2nd part of the deep dental cleaning went well and 2 more to go.. As of now I have to avoid really crunchy food for a couple of weeks!!
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  14. Bit of wonderful preamble to a great track.......
  15. Lol Twist it, add salt and rub it in. I'm not looking at your photos any longer. j/k 😝 The Head and the Heart, in Madison tonight, is my next show. They were great in Chicago on Friday night but my gosh did we pay driving to and fro. They added Gone to the set list. I went nuts after the first bass note introducing it. I'm hoping Jon does The Glory of Music this evening.
  16. 779 EDUCATION We need to do better to get children reading 6 September 2019 12:44PM UTC | By: NATASHA SOMJI JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Are you able to read this? It seems like a simple question, but there are 750 million illiterate adults around the world who cannot. Reading skills start in school, yet 617 million children globally cannot read, even though two-thirds of them are attending school. It is clear that we have a global learning crisis on our hands. It is more urgent than ever that we step up our efforts to address this crisis. How bad is the problem? In sub-Saharan Africa, almost nine out of ten children are unable to read this sentence. The other 10% of children are much more likely to be from wealthier families. Even for these children, the vast majority have only basic reading skills and much lower fluency than children in wealthier countries. What does it feel like to read the absolute basics? Turns out, it has a massive impact on someone’s day-to-day life with each sentence they read. This could be an everyday reality for entire generations if nothing changes. Why does the global learning crisis matter? Literacy is not only a right, it is also a direct pathway to better livelihoods. Literacy has a strong impact on crucial things like health, gender equality, and economic growth. Here are some shocking facts that show the seriousness of this crisis: The economic and social cost of adult illiteracy in developing countries is estimated at more than $5 billion every year. More than 20% of illiterate girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married by the age of 15, compared to only 4% of literate girls. In Nigeria — the most populous country in Africa — 73% of literate young women knew where to get an HIV test, compared to 36% of illiterate women. Ultimately, literacy is key to poverty reduction. Achieving universal primary and secondary education would help lift more than 420 million people out of poverty. How can we do better? We cannot fix what we can’t measure, so it is critical we are able to measure learning as it’s happening in the classroom. This will allow policymakers to target resources where they are most needed. Despite tremendous progress in ensuring more comparable and consistent data in measuring literacy, there are still issues with getting this data. As a result, education influencers and world leaders are considering no longer assessing basic levels of literacy in the classroom. ONE, alongside other CSOs, is advocating for better funding of education data and for learning in the classroom to continue to be measured. Achieving both of these things will be a tremendous victory that could lead to getting more kids learning. We must also focus on the early years—the most critical years in a child’s development to get them on track with literacy. In grade 3, children should be switching from learning to read to reading to learn. Doing so sets them up for the rest of their lives, but many children cannot even read by this age. Finally, we must ensure that financing leads to the outcomes we want. We must be able to better track how financing can get kids reading. We are far off track from achieving global literacy. We must do better to step up our efforts and help every child learn the skills they need to succeed.
  17. 09/09/2019 Music Generation appoints a new Head of Quality, Support and Development Music Generation is delighted to announce that Paula Phelan has been appointed as Head of Quality, Support and Development (QSD) within the National Development Office. In this new senior role, Paula will drive the implementation of a new national Music Generation Quality Framework, support the planned growth of the national network of Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs), and lead on professional development and learning programmes and initiatives for Music Generation over the coming years. Paula brings a breadth of experience to the role, spanning the worlds of arts and corporate management, music education leadership and practice. Most recently she held the position of LMEP Support Manager at the Music Generation National Development Office. From 2013-2018 she was Programme Director for Music Generation Carlow. In addition to her extensive work with Music Generation, she was previously General Manager of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, a Post-Primary Teacher, Freelance Musician Educator and General Manager of Belvedere Youth Service. A native of Kildare, Paula completed her undergraduate BAmus degree in NUI Maynooth. She holds an MA Baroque Performance Practice from Queens University Belfast, an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NUI Maynooth and a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Music from Birmingham City University. Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. ‘Phase 1’ of Music Generation established the programme in 11 areas of Ireland (Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Laois, Limerick City, Louth, Mayo, Offaly/Westmeath, Sligo, South Dublin and Wicklow) and in September 2017 a further nine areas were selected for participation as part of ‘Phase 2’ (Cavan/Monaghan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Galway City, Galway County, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Roscommon, Waterford and Wexford). In December 2017 Government announced its commitment to support expansion of the programme nationwide by 2022. This next phase was launched with the announcement of five additional areas in May 2019 (Kerry, Kildare, Longford, Meath, Tipperary). Currently Music Generation creates some 42,500 opportunities each year for children and young people to engage in high-quality, subsidised performance music education with more than 350 skilled musician educators, across a hugely diverse range of musical genres, styles and contexts.
  18. Q. Do you have a learning disability? ✅ Q. Are you over 18 years old? ✅ If you can say 'YES' to both of these questions, can you do a super quick survey to help us understand more about your social activities and the kind of nightlife you have? Your help would be wonderful and help us better understand what support is needed to help people with a learning disability enjoy a positive social life. Click on the short 3-4 minute survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Mencap-going-out
  19. The new iPhone 11 saves lives. Join the fight to #endAIDS with the #iPhone11 (PRODUCT)RED.
  20. Today & every day, we remember those we lost and thank all the heroes who served. #NeverForget #911Anniversary
  21. (RED) money supports HIV/AIDS programs in eight countries. Think you can identify them? https://www.red.org/reditorial/africa-map-quiz?fbclid=IwAR2wI1qFsN3ArRK4TX84oJ-lFZ8-BCervr5YnhL6o3x_NkqdXv28C2MyPMM
  22. We have no time to waste in the fight to #endAIDS. https://www.red.org/reditorial/latest-unaids-numbers-show-we-have-no-time-to-waste-in-the-aids-fight?fbclid=IwAR35y21mTHysiT5IrBKBmjawIy1xj8wnJHrnMzZozSU4fMqJRGsvNE_G40c
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