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The Sacredness of Water: Dr. Kalanithy VairavamoorthyLast Updated on 2013-03-25 15:02:08
A leading global water professional, Dr. Vairavamoorthy shares how his cultural and spiritual connection with water was developed as he grew up in Sri Lanka. He shares a story of water and a vision for our future with water that is inspiring and immensely relevant to the future of our planet and our communities.
As the founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy is an internationally-recognized expert on urban water systems and sustainable urban resource management. Dr. Vairavamoorthy is Co-Chair of the International Water Association's 'Cities of the Future' program and served as Director of SWITCH, a €25M EU research project for Sustainable Water Management for the City of the Future. Recently he was named a "Water Hero" by Impeller Magazine.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program... More »
Global Healing Responds to Pakistan FloodLast Updated on 2012-10-16 00:00:00
Global Healing Pakistan documents and responds to devastaing floods.
They call for assistance for all who can help.
Asia Pacific News reports the following story:
ISLAMABAD: Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 455 people over the past five weeks and affected more than five million, according to the latest figures from the government's disaster relief agency.
Pakistan suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
As in the previous two years, most of those hit by the latest floods were in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said more than three million have been affected, with 890,000 in Punjab and nearly a million in Baluchistan.
More than 260,000 people around... More »
Blasphemy Laws: A HistoryLast Updated on 2012-10-02 00:00:00
As the United Nations contemplates international blasphemy laws, responding to the "anti-Mohammed" video and the violence it has supposedly provoked, it is worth noting that the conviction of the punk group Pussy Riot in Russia a few weeks earlier was accompanied by angry denunciations of blasphemy on account of the group's performance in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Of course the conviction of Pussy Riot was not just about religious outrage, and the violent anti-Americanism manifested in Muslim countries, including the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya, was not suddenly created and called forth by a single video. Blasphemy and blasphemy laws have a long history, which is worth considering right now. One of the reasons to be wary of blasphemy laws, besides the limits that they place on freedom of speech, is that they tend to concede the... More »
Olympic Games and Truce, Video message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonLast Updated on 2012-07-27 00:00:00
United Nations, 27 July 2012 - Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honour to join billions of people around the world in watching the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in London.
I am Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The United Nations and the Olympic Movement bring countries together.
We believe in peace.
That is why we proclaim an Olympic Truce.
I call on warring parties everywhere to lay down their weapons during the Games.
One day of peace can lead to a week of peace ... a month of peace ... and eventually an end to war.
The United Nations was founded on this dream.
Every day we work to make peace a reality.
May the torch of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London unite the world for harmony and peace.
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