United Nations: High level is important, but so is Ground level

The high-level scene, a strategic answer for the global sustainability? With less than 5000 days left to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place in New York from July 10 to July 19, “convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.” The theme for this year’s HLPF “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in … Continue reading United Nations: High level is important, but so is Ground level

The Trump Presidency in Numbers

It has been six months into Trump’s presidency and the American people are starting to feel “great again”. A Bloomberg poll concluded that despite only 40 percent of Americans approve of the job they’re doing, they are feeling better about themselves, their financial and economic prospects. If Trump’s reading this, it should be a good news for him except one thing – the America’s confident … Continue reading The Trump Presidency in Numbers

Opinion: Thanks to Energiewende, Germany is Leading the Way in Climate Change

Every country likes to think that they are the “world leaders” in some field, whether it’s trade, gay rights, or even fruit production. Environmental policy is no exception; when it comes to climate change, many countries claim to be the world leaders. Yet for the majority of these countries, environmental policy is all talk and no action. Germany, however, has effectively revolutionized its energy use … Continue reading Opinion: Thanks to Energiewende, Germany is Leading the Way in Climate Change

What Happened to “Never Again”? The Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Darfur

             Amidst the war-torn and ravaged Darfur, a region that has not seen peace or stability in over a decade, United Nations peacekeepers protect civilians from the violence that surrounds them.  Members of UNAMID, or the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, symbolize security and humanitarian aid, while also facilitating discussion regarding new agreements and advocating for the rule of law. They bring justice and … Continue reading What Happened to “Never Again”? The Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Darfur

The Sharif Factor: Pakistan’s future

Following the 2016 Panama Papers leak, it was revealed that the Prime Minister of Pakistan and his family held offshore bank accounts in order to avoid taxation. Although Nawaz Sharif consistently denied any wrongdoing, five judges in the Pakistani Supreme Court unanimously agreed on a guilty verdict, on July 28th, 2017. Overall, the Supreme Court agrees that Sharif had been “dishonest in not disclosing his … Continue reading The Sharif Factor: Pakistan’s future

Language loss: a cultural, social, and environmental tragedy

Aqilokoq: Snow that falls softly and gently, in Inuit. Cacahkinosew: In Cree, a grey and speckled trout. Etthen: The way a herd of caribou lights up the land, like stars in the sky, in Chipewyan. Each of these words originates from a language spoken for centuries by Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Together, they paint a picture of the unique experiences felt by certain Indigenous tribes – … Continue reading Language loss: a cultural, social, and environmental tragedy