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initiative to promote eight important global causes and solve major global problems:
Rules of participation to the GENIUS Initiative:
An initiative to promote eight important global causes and solve major global problems:
From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Forests are key to producing the very air we breathe, yet these are being depleted at a rate of 13 million hectares every year, according to UN statistics. Extinctions are happening at what scientists estimate to be about 1,000 times the normal pace. Not only are we losing some special flora and fauna, we are also damaging our ecosystems, and throwing them out of balance - the effects of which we cannot anticipate due to the intricate and complex nature of these systems.
About 795 million people in the world were undernourished in 2014-16. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide - greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. For two decades, leading up to the millennium, global demand for food increased steadily, along with growth in the world’s population, record harvests, improvements in incomes, and the diversification of diets.
Less than half the people in the world today get all of the health services they need. In 2010, almost 100 million people were pushed into extreme poverty because they had to pay for health services out of their own pockets. 13 million people die every year before the age of 70 from cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer - most in low and middle-income countries. Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before reaching their fifth birthday.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. International human rights law lays down the obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.
It’s estimated that approximately 600 million children are not mastering basic mathematics and literacy while at school. Researchers found that there is a long way to go toward reaching the UN's sustainable development goal of ensuring that all children have access to a free, quality secondary education. Right now, only 83 percent of the children who go to school at all complete elementary school, and just 45 percent of students aged 15 to 17 will finish secondary school. About 263 million children and youth are out of school, according to new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions still lives on less than US$1.90 a day - the internationally agreed poverty line, and millions of others live on slightly more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line. 783 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day. In 2016, almost 10 per cent of the world’s workers and their families lived on less than US$1.90 per person per day.
Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment. Water is also a rights issue. As the global population grows, there is an increasing need to balance all of the competing commercial demands on water resources so that communities have enough for their needs.
2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)
4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)
340,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases. (WHO/UNICEF 2015)
Water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people. (WHO)
Prevention requires apportioning responsibility to and promoting collaboration between concerned States and the international community. The duty to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State, but the international community has a role that cannot be blocked by the invocation of sovereignty. Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects States from foreign interference; it is a charge of responsibility where States are accountable for the welfare of their people. This principle is enshrined in article 1 of the Genocide Convention and embodied in the principle of “sovereignty as responsibility” and in the concept of the Responsibility to Protect.
Rules of participation to the GENIUS Initiative:
Sources: UN (https://www.un.org/en), GVI (https://www.gvi.co.uk), DW (https://www.dw.com/en),
UNICEF (https://www.unicef.org/), UNESCO (https://en.unesco.org/), WHO (https://www.who.int/).