On Saturday in Oslo, Aung San Suu Kyi will give what is
expected to be an emotional acceptance speech for her Nobel Peace prize -
which she was awarded 21 years ago.
This is the first time in 24 years that The Lady, as she is
known, has visited Europe since returning from Oxford to her native Burma. Suu
Kyi spent the majority of those years under house arrest.
The head of the Nobel committee, Thorbjoern Jagland, said he
thought her long-delayed acceptance speech "will be one of the most
historic events in Nobel peace prize history."
In London, Suu Kyi will address both houses of parliament in
Westminster Hall - a rare honor usually accorded only to heads of state.
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Aung San Suu Kyi's European tour:
14 June: Addresses UN's International Labor Organization
in Geneva, Switzerland
15-18 June: Visits Norway where she will receive her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo
18 June: Arrives in Dublin, Ireland, and attends
a concert in her honor. Later travels to the UK
18-25 June: Receives honorary doctorate in civil
law by Oxford University and addresses both Houses of Parliament in London
25 June: Arrives in Paris
Aung San Suu Kyi's travel to Europe comes as Burma president
Thein Sein, whose government has been praised for recent reforms, struggles to
contain sectarian violence in western Myanmar between Rakhine Buddhists and
Rohingya Muslims. Reports (click here for more) indicate that at least 21 lives
have been lost since last Friday.
Why after so many years do you believe President
Sein and the military leaders of Burma are opening the country and allowing Suu
Kyi to travel?
Do you think that the Nobel Peace Prize can be
used as an instrument to promote real political change?
Yesterday, Saturday, June 9, 2012, thousands and thousands
of protestors took to the streets in over seventy cities around the world. In Austin, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Madrid,
Amsterdam, Guadalajara and in many other cities around the world, cyclists took
part in the World Naked Bike Ride (click here for a Facebook page).
Yesterday's protest was the 9th annual ride. The annual clothing-optional
protests started in 2004 and aims to promote cycling as a greener mode of
transportation, and encourage a body-positive culture (click here for a photo
Do you think that protest or awareness events
like this actually change behavior and or policy? Do you think that the
attitudes of people are opened and that some people become more aware of the
issues and are encouraged to adopt a body-positive culture?
Why do you think it is that people have organized
this protest or annual event?
"Currently we are a long way from where we need to be in
these negotiations," said WWF Director General, Jim Leape. World leaders will arrive in Brazil in ten
days for the Rio+20 Conference. Leaders, along with thousands of participants
from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together
to negotiate the reduction of poverty, advance social equity and ensure
environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
Rio+20 will focus on two themes: (1) a green economy in the
context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (2) the
institutional framework for sustainable development (click here for more).
Rio+20 negotiations have fallen into controversy, as country
positions are just too entrenched and too far apart to provide a meaningful
draft agreement. The most recent text is a significant weakening of previous
drafts, particularly in the areas of valuing natural wealth, energy and ocean
protection, and even this draft was privately rejected by a number of
delegations (click here for the text).
Leape stated, "When they gather in Rio, governments
must restrain the flow of weasel words that is threatening to emasculate any
agreement," (click here for more).
"They are not helping their people or the planet by
'noting', 'recognizing' or 'emphasizing'. We need to see time-bound commitment
and action words like 'will', 'must' and 'deliver'," said Leape (click
here for more from WWF and Leape).
1. WWF's recently warned that the world currently consumes 1.5 planets worth of
resources. Do you think that the Rio+20 Conference can equitably bring consumption
to sustainable levels?
2. Do short-term election cycles hinder or help leaders make
tough long-term decisions for sustainable development?
In his book, Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof argues that, “In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”
Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education,
employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and
help make better use of everyone's skills, according to a new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report
(click here for the complete report).
Despite numerous improvements in women's educational and
employment outcomes, many countries have not achieved gender equality in economic
opportunities and outcomes.
To address the problems of gender equality, the OECD has
embarked on a project to promote Gender Equality policy in three key areas:
Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship.
Across the Global North, nearly 60% of university graduate
students were female. However, men and women are choosing different study and
Why do career choices for men and women differ?
More than 75% of health and social science graduates are
women, while some 70% engineering, manufacturing and construction graduates are
1. Do you agree that new ways should be found to attract women to study and
pursue careers in male-dominated sectors?
2. Do you think that it is a problem that all across the global
north that less than one-third of managers and only 10% of board members are