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Exploring the connection between women’s equality and economic prosperity

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 marzo 2017

baha'New York On Tuesday, 14 March, from 1:15 to 2:45, the FaithFem Working Group will discuss its statement to the CSW, which is titled “Re-conceptualizing Women and Girls Economic Empowerment through a Feminist Spiritual Perspective.” The event will include an introduction to the Group and breakout discussion sessions.
A youth and gender equality event, scheduled also on Wednesday, 15 March at the BIC but from 3:30 to 5 pm. The event aims to build on the conversations and relationships developed at the CSW Youth Forum by having an informal discussion on youth, work, employment and purpose.
On Thursday, 16 March, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm, there will be a “Strategy and Advocacy Roundtable” of the FaithFem Working Group, at which participants, along with key actors, will discuss advocacy, strategy, and opportunities for collaboration on faith and feminism issues at the UN.
The screening of a film, Mercy’s Blessing (link is external), on Friday, 17 March, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm. Inspired by true events, the film examines issues of child marriage, the education of the girl child, and gender equality in Malawi, as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who hopes to raise his younger sister and himself out of poverty. The director, May Taherzadeh, will be present and a discussion will follow. The event is co-hosted by the Mission of Malawi to the UN.
The connection between inequalities faced by women in the workplace and the often “deeply dysfunctional” global economic system is analyzed in the Baha’i International Community’s statement this year to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.“Significant advances have been made in terms of educational access and the creation of environments for women to thrive alongside men; nevertheless, far more remains to be accomplished,” says the statement.“Systemic and structural injustice continues to suppress women’s potential, plunging humanity into crisis after crisis. Until these inequalities are thoroughly uprooted from the fabric of society, humanity will remain mired in the conflict, despair, confusion, and imbalance that have come to define much of modern life,” says the statement.Titled “Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization,” the statement goes on to explore how new, more equal and more value-oriented education systems, which address such imbalances at an early age, can help rectify the inequalities that exist between women and men – and to create a more prosperous system for all.“Education must be comprehensive, addressing their burgeoning spiritual, physical, and intellectual powers,” said the statement, referring to the importance of helping young people understand their role in society.“A key principle that must be taught from an early age is the oneness of humanity. Within this, the equality of women and men should be emphasized.”The full statement, which seeks to address the Commission’s priority theme this year of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” can be read here.In other contributions to the 61st CSW, which will be held 13-24 March 2017, the BIC plans to offer a number of parallel events exploring the themes of the statement and other issues before the Commission. All scheduled to be held at the offices of the Baha’i International Community in New York, these events include:
A lunch time event exploring BIC’s statement to the Commission. Scheduled for Wednesday, 15 March, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm, the event will seek to solicit responses to the statement while also allowing participants to share their own perspectives.

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Embracing oneness means rethinking prosperity and development

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 gennaio 2017

bahaiLUXEMBOURG — Unity Foundation, an organization started by a small group of Baha’is 25 years ago and inspired by the teachings of the Faith, has been one of several Baha’i-inspired agencies that assist social and economic development organizations around the world to access essential funding. The challenge before it is how to facilitate the flow of funds from one part of the world to another while preserving and strengthening a local community’s ownership and capacity to direct its own path of development. Baha’i endeavors for social and economic development operate on the principle that populations should be the protagonists of their own material, spiritual, and intellectual advancement, not just recipients or mere participants. The majority of such initiatives are sustained by resources in the local communities that are carrying them out. Some efforts continue to grow in scale and complexity and eventually require financial resources from outside the community to enable them to extend proven practices and have even greater impact.Agencies inspired by the Baha’i teachings, such as Unity Foundation, have been learning about raising financial resources in support of development initiatives that have reached a certain level of growth and complexity. In these instances, Baha’i institutions that have been following such organizations closely arrange contact with the Foundation.These projects fall mainly into two categories: those that provide education for children through the establishment of community-based elementary schools and those that develop the capacities of youth in rural areas to become promoters of community well-being.
In the context of arranging funds for projects around the world, the Foundation is learning how to contribute to the discourse on development in Luxembourg, drawing on the experiences being generated globally from the projects with which it works.The work of Unity Foundation has advanced in collaboration with the Luxembourg Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has developed a deep appreciation for the principles guiding the organization. Together, the Foundation and the Ministry have facilitated the flow of more than €3 million to projects in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia over the past five years.
On 19 November, Unity Foundation hosted a formal dinner to mark its twenty-fifth anniversary. One hundred sixty individuals attended the event at the Cercle Cite in Luxembourg. Guests included people from the business, media, and government sectors, as well as other individuals who have supported the Foundation’s work.”This event was a lot more than a celebration of twenty-five years of Unity Foundation,” stated Mr. Wiltgen. “It is a sign of a certain level of consciousness that material wealth in one part of the world and its absence in others is not acceptable when we consider the whole world as one family.” (photo. baha’i)

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Port Corpus Christi Managing Director Retires After 27 Years of Service

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 gennaio 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, USACORPUS CHRISTI, TX, USA – The Port of Corpus Christi Authority announces the upcoming retirement of Frank Brogan, Managing Director. Mr. Brogan will retire on February 2, 2015. He has been actively involved with the Port for over 40 years. “Frank Brogan has been the grand architect of all the port’s significant projects of the last 3 decades! His energy, patience, resourcefulness and incredible talent transformed this port and positioned the region to attract over $32 billion of investment. His stunning accomplishments are balanced by his personal humility – diverting all credit to his staff and others. Although it’s 50 years later, he has those same qualities we attribute to the Greatest Generation. Frank’s legacy is prosperity for the Coastal Bend,” said Judy Hawley, Port Commission Chair.
Brogan began his career as an engineering design consultant to the Port, which lasted for 13 years. As such, he designed many of the Port’s facilities that are in use today. He has been on the Port staff for over 27 years and was previously the Director of Engineering Services before being promoted to Deputy Port Director and subsequently to Managing Director. He was in charge of the final completion of the 45-foot channel project, the Mary Rhodes Pipeline and the Joe Fulton Corridor. “Frank’s hand prints are on many key infrastructure initiatives that have been and will have a long lasting positive economic impact in our region for generations to come. Frank Brogan was the first man to come to mind in finding a dependable and capable individual who could always see the most difficult projects through to completion,” said Nelda Martinez, Mayor of the City of Corpus Christi.Brogan led the planning for the future growth of the Port with projects such as the 52-foot channel project, the new Harbor Bridge, and the La Quinta Terminal. He helped reorganize the Port’s security department and played a key role in the Port’s new strategic plan and organizational plan. “I have worked with Frank Brogan on many community projects over the last 15 years. While Mayor, I worked with Frank on many water related projects and other economic development projects. He has always been a dedicated professional, tireless worker, and a person you can count on to do a job well. As County Judge, Frank and I have continued to work on water, the new Harbor Bridge, and environmental projects. He will be missed by us all in the community,” said Samuel L. Neal Jr., Nueces County Judge.”Frank is a good friend and a great community leader. He has brought a lot to our area and has been an asset for our growing port and its surrounding industries. We hope the best for him and his family,” said Todd Hunter, Texas State Representative District 32. San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson also commented, “Frank was always willing to share his knowledge and experience. I enjoyed working with him to bring other businesses to the area as he always brought great insight and expertise to the table.”The Port Commission is expected to consider a nationwide search for his replacement at the January 13, 2015 commission meeting.
As the primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the United States in total tonnage. The Port’s mission statement is to “serve as a regional economic development catalyst while protecting and enhancing its existing industrial base and simultaneously working to diversify its international maritime cargo business.” Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, with a straight, 45’ deep channel, the Port provides quick access to the Gulf and the entire United States inland waterway system. The Port delivers outstanding access to overland transportation with on-site and direct connections to three Class-1 railroads and uncongested interstate and state highways. The Port is protected by a state-of-the-art security department and an award-winning Environmental Management System. With outstanding management and operations staff, Port Corpus Christi is clearly “The Port of the Lone Star State.”

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Sustained income growth of bottom 40 percent crucial to boosting shared prosperity in Emerging Europe and Central Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 aprile 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. Countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia have done relatively well in ensuring that their populations have shared in overall prosperity, but progress has been uneven and its long-term sustainability is under question, according to a new World Bank report launched today during the World Bank / International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings. Shared Prosperity: Paving the Way in Europe and Central Asia says that the average income of the bottom 40 percent of the income scale across the entire region increased by 3.8 percent, about 20 percent more than average income growth at the national level, between 2005 and 2010. However, this growth was not distributed equally across countries. “Since the turbulent transition period of the 1990s, the countries of Emerging Europe and Central Asia have made remarkable overall economic progress, but nevertheless, many people have been left behind in terms of income growth,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, at the report launch. “A combination of new analytical thinking followed by appropriate policy action will be required if we are to effectively boost shared prosperity for future generations in the region.” In countries such as Albania, Croatia, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia, many people in the bottom 40 percent have not only been excluded from GDP growth, but they have seen their income levels decline. “To better inform the policy agenda, we need a deeper understanding of the range of factors that influence growth opportunities for the bottom 40 percent,” Tuck added. “This report sets the stage for an ambitious new approach to analyzing complex issues such as income generation, distribution and access to education, employment, and markets in countries across Emerging Europe and Central Asia.” The report highlights several countries in the region where the bottom 40 percent have had contrasting experiences. Kazakhstan and Georgia, for example, experienced income growth of about 4 percent from 2005 to 2010, yet the bottom 40 percent in Kazakhstan saw positive income growth of 6 percent, while the bottom 40 percent in Georgia saw negative income growth of -1 percent. “The reasons behind this disparity are complex, but our report looks in particular at access to and ownership of assets such as human, financial, and social capital,” said Hans Timmer, World Bank Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia. “The lack of opportunity or the inability to earn a steady income, own property or land, or gain a better education often characterize people who do not experience sustained increases in their incomes. Our report analyses the fundamental factors affecting shared prosperity and proposes a framework to develop appropriate policies.” The framework is based on an asset approach to measuring the capacity of the bottom 40 percent to generate income. This approach looks at the accumulation and use of assets, such as financial capital, property, and education, the yields on those assets, and transfers. The opportunity to acquire, build up, and use assets, along with increased access to markets and more effective public and private transfers can enable individuals in the bottom 40 percent to both benefit from and contribute to economic growth, argues the report. Ultimately, the report offers a framework that encourages a more balanced approach to development policy – combining the pursuit of economic growth with a concern for equity – and it argues that policy design viewed through the lens of shared prosperity will enable more inclusive and sustainable growth for the bottom 40 percent in countries across Emerging Europe and Central Asia and beyond.

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Security council considers middle east situation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 agosto 2009

Underlining the permanent responsibility of the United Nations for the question of Palestine until its resolution, the Permanent Observer for Palestine warned the Security Council today that its credibility would be undermined unless it shouldered its responsibility in that regard. The international community had a role to play in supporting the efforts of the parties to reach a comprehensive Middle East peace, he said.  For example, at the Quartet’s next meeting in September, it would consider the timing and agenda for an international meeting in Moscow to lend support to the Annapolis process.  On the financial side, the United States urged the international community, especially regional partners, to increase their efforts to support the Palestinian Authority.  The United States had delivered on much of its $555 million pledge made at the Paris Conference last December, including $150 million in direct budgetary assistance. However, Libya’s representative maintained that all activities by the Israeli authorities, especially in continuation of settlement activities after Annapolis, showed that Israel was not serious in seeking a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the conflict.  Despite all requests, announcements and calls to stop the construction of settlements, those activities continued, while new licences for construction were granted.  The separation wall was still being built, despite the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice. Stressing the responsibility of the Council to ensure the implementation of its own resolutions, several speakers lamented the lack of agreement in the Council on an Arab-sponsored draft resolution that would have condemned the recent acceleration of Israeli settlement activities and demanded an immediate cessation. On another aspect of the issue, Italy’s representative said that, in seeking peace in the Middle East, Israel’s security was non-negotiable.  To that end, the international community should help bring about good governance in the region through a modern legal framework.  It should also help strengthen the Palestinian security and rule of law sector as a priority.  It should assist in finding a rapid solution to the inter-Palestinian crisis, while ensuring that contributions made to support the Palestinian economy and administration were well coordinated.  For its part, Israel must reduce the obstacles it had erected to hinder free movement in the West Bank. Israel’s representative, for his part, expressed hope that the Arab and Muslim world would realize that their responsibility today was to support the moderates in isolating and marginalizing the extremists.  It was time to legitimize a moderate Palestinian leadership.  It was the Council’s duty to support the talks on the ground between the moderate, democratically elected leadership of Palestine and the Israeli leadership.  Hopefully, the parties could bring an end to the cycle of violence, enabling the two peoples to live side by side in peace, security and prosperity.

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Vision for Clean Energy Economy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 aprile 2009

Washington, D.C. – President Obama traveled to Newton, Iowa today to visit Trinity Structural Towers, the former Maytag appliance factory that now houses a green manufacturing facility, which produces towers for wind energy production and employs dozens of former Maytag employees.  Marking Earth Day, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to a comprehensive energy plan that lessens our dependence on foreign oil, creates jobs and helps win the race toward clean energy technology. With the depletion of the world’s oil reserves and the growing disruption of our climate, the development of clean, renewable sources of energy is the growth industry of the 21st century.“The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy – it’s a choice between prosperity and decline,” President Obama said. “The nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy.” The President’s energy policy will jump-start the creation of an American Clean Energy sector that will create millions of clean energy jobs. The President underscored how jobs at Trinity are examples of the opportunities this sector will create for workers not just in the factories that manufacture wind turbines, but also across the economy, for workers who weatherize our homes and research new technologies. Today, President Obama unveiled a program to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner.  President Obama will pursue comprehensive legislation to move toward energy independence and prevent the worst consequences of climate change – while creating the incentives to make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.

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Press schedule for Tuesday, april 14

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2009

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, the Economic Daily Briefing, and meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office.  These meetings are closed press. Later in the morning, President Obama will travel to Georgetown University to deliver a major speech on the economy. The President will discuss how each step his administration has taken to confront this economic crisis fits within his broader vision of how we move this economy from recession to recovery and ultimately to prosperity.  He will also speak about the significant work that remains to be done to get the economy moving forward once again. This event is pooled for television and still cameras and open to credentialed correspondents. The deadline to request credentials has already passed.

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Statement on the North Korean Launch

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 aprile 2009

The launch of a missile by North Korea defies UN Security Council resolutions and harms peace and stability in northeast Asia. We call on North Korea to honor its commitment to abandon all nuclear weapons programs, to abide by recognized norms of international relations, and to work to promote peace and stability in northeast Asia. North Korea’s development of a ballistic missile capability, regardless of the stated purpose of this launch, is aimed at providing it with the ability to threaten countries near and far with weapons of mass destruction. This action demands a response from the international community, including from the UN Security Council to demonstrate that its resolutions cannot be defied with impunity. The United States and the European Union stand ready to work with others in welcoming into the international community a North Korea that abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and policy of threats aimed at its neighbors and that protects the rights of its people. Such a North Korea could share in the prosperity and development that the remainder of northeast Asia has achieved in recent years. North Korea, however, cannot realize either international acceptance or economic development linked to the international system until it ceases its threatening behavior and works with the other parties to implement the September 19, 2005 Six-Party Joint Statement.

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