Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Sunday 27th May
 
Newborn babies in low-income, underdeveloped or conflict-ridden countries are dying at an “alarmingly high rate”, owing to a lack of affordable, quality health-care, nutrition and clean water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. In a new report, Every Child Alive: The urgent need to end newborn death, UNICEF states that 2.6 million newborn babies around the world do not survive their first month of life: of these, one million die on the day that they are born.
World IssuesChurch Times - 23rd February 2018
 
The leaders of 44 African Countries have signed up to one of the world’s largest free-trade deals, creating a single market of 1.2 billion people. The African Continental Free Trade Area, signed on 21 March in Kigali, Rwanda, puts the countries into a single trading bloc. This would be the largest created since the World Trade Organization in 1995.
World IssuesChurch Times – 6 April 2018
 
Pakistan is the riskiest country for newborns, the UN children’s agency said. Of every 1,000 infants born, 46 dies at birth.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 21 February 2018
 
According to the latest report from Oregon State in the US, 143 had an assisted suicide death last year. As in previous years, a significant proportion (55%) of those opting for assisted suicide cited concerns about being a burden on family, friends or caregivers as one of the reasons for their decision.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 16th February 2018
 
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) – who remain in their countries after being forced to flee their homes – are being overlooked 20 years after a landmark UN agreement on the issue, Christian Aid has said. Although there were twice as many IDPs as refugees, and their numbers had risen by ten million in four years, new UN discussions on the refugee crisis had side-lined IDPs, Christian Aid’s political adviser, Tom Viita, said; and UN guidelines agreed 20 years ago were vital, but political interest in implementation had waned just as the problem had spiralled out of control.
World IssuesChurch Times – 16 February 2018
 
Austria’s Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, bringing the country in line with more than a dozen other western European nations.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 6th December 2017
 
One in 12 children live in countries where their life chances are fewer than those of their parents, a report published last week by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, suggests. The analysis, released to coincide with World Children’s Day on Monday of last week, found that, in 37 countries, 180 million young people were more likely to exist in extreme poverty, be out of school, or be killed by violence than the equivalent generation two decades before. This was despite significant improvements in living standards for most of the world’s children. UNICEF’s analysis found that the number of people living on less than $1.90 a day had increased in 14 countries, mostly due to unrest, conflicts, or poor governance.
World IssuesChurch Times – 1st December 2017
 
More than 100 religious leaders have signed a statement, during Faith Week (this week), calling for improved rights and better support for people who no longer have a home country. There are an estimated ten million “stateless” people worldwide.
World IssuesChurch Times - 17th November 2017
 
6.5% of children in Central Asia are involved in child labour and 23% of children in Central Asia won’t go to secondary school.
World IssuesGO - Jan-Mar 2018
 
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood carried out more than 320,000 abortions in the US last year, according to its recent annual report. The report shows that the group aborted 321,384 babies in its 2016-2017 fiscal year.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 5th January 2018
 
The Australian state of Victoria has become the nation's first to legalise assisted dying...The law means terminally ill patients in Australia's second-most populous state will have the right to request a lethal drug from mid-2019.
World IssuesBBC News - 29th November 2017
 
Same-sex 'marriage' has been abolished in Bermuda, after their parliament voted to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships. Two thirds of Bermudan voters rejected same-sex 'marriage' in a referendum in 2016, but it was introduced this year after a supreme court ruling. Bermuda is the first territory where the law has reverted to a biblical definition of marriage.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 15th December 2017
 
The number of people hungry around the world has risen for the first time in more than a decade, a report from the UN says. The report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, published last week, says that an estimated 815 million people were hungry last year – an increase of 38 million from the previous year – although down from about 900 million in 2000. Although well below levels of a decade ago, the percentage of the global population estimated to be suffering from hunger increased in 2016, from 10.6 to 11 per cent (it was 14.7 per cent in 2000).
World IssuesChurch Times - 22nd September 2017
 
A study that links pollution to one in six deaths worldwide, of which 92 per cent occur in developing countries, has prompted the aid agency Tearfund to amplify its calls for “repair, recycling, and reuse”. The report of the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health published last week, links pollution to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015. It found air pollution to be the biggest contributor, linked to 6.5 million deaths, water pollution to 1.8 million; and workplace-related pollution to 0.8 million. Almost all the pollution-related deaths (92 per cent) occurred in low and middle income countries.
World IssuesChurch Times - 27th October 2017
 
In October a student group at Princeton University removed the word ‘evangelical’ from its name after members of the group said the word ‘has a negative perception’. The Princeton Evangelical Fellowship became Princeton Christian Fellowship. The term ‘evangelical’ is more divisive after the election of President Donald Trump, in which media reported that nearly 81% of white evangelicals voted for him.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
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