Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Tuesday 16th July
 
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
 
It was reported in October that since 2015, Cameroon has forcefully deported over 100,000 Nigerian refugees who had escaped into the country fleeing Boko Haram Islamist violence.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
A government commission in South Africa recommended in July that it be made compulsory for all ‘religious practitioners’ to register with the state.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
The Australian state of Queensland’s Education Department caused major concern in July after it sent directives to school principals to take action against children who talked about Jesus or gave out Christmas cards in primary school.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
The UK has fallen out of the top ten most generous developed countries in the world in terms of giving to good causes, volunteering and helping strangers, the latest report from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index has stated. The UK fell three places from eighth to 11th on the international index, which collects data from 139 countries around the world over a five year period (2012-2016 in the latest report).
World IssuesChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
The report Food and Finance: Toward life enhancing agriculture, sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Swiss charity Bread for All, says that charitable foundations, international banks, and global agricultural initiatives are all in agreement that it is “impossible to tackle climate change, end hunger, reduce rural poverty, and achieve rural progress without private finance taking the lead”.
World IssuesChurch Times – 8th September 2017
 
A new report from Health Canada has revealed that over 2000 people have had their lives ended by euthanasia or assisted suicide since it was legalised in June 2016. A total of 1,982 deaths (1,977 from euthanasia and 5 from assisted suicide) have been reported between June 17 2016, when the practice was legalised, and June 30, 2017. The figures include 167 reported euthanasia deaths in Québec prior to the federal government legalizing assisted death, bringing the number to 2,149 reported assisted deaths in Canada.
World IssuesNews at SPUC - 9th October 2017
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that almost 56 million abortions take place annually worldwide. Of the abortions that took place between 2010 and 2014, the WHO classified just under half as ‘unsafe’.
World IssuesChristian Institute - 13th October 2017
 
Women and girls make up more than seven in 10 of the world’s modern slavery victims, with nearly 30 million female victims worldwide, major new research shows. There were more than 40 million victims of modern slavery in 2016 overall, according to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery — the first ever aggregation of forced labour, forced marriage and sexual exploitation across the globe.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct (Independent) - 22nd September 2017
 
An atheist group has demanded that US Senator Marco Rubio stops using his personal Twitter account to post Bible verses. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is claiming that his tweets are a violation of the US Constitution’s First Amendment.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st September 2017
 
The Governor of Texas has signed into law a Bill which protects pro-life advocates from having to pay for abortions in the state. House Bill 214 means that abortions are no longer automatically covered by private health insurance, but women can opt to pay extra for the cover.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 18th August 2017
 
US soccer ordered all players in both their men’s and women’s national teams to wear gay pride shirts during matches against Sweden and Norway in June to celebrate gay pride month.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - At Keswick 2017
 
Yemen is suffering the worst cholera epidemic in the world, with more than 200,000 cases of the disease affecting every region of the war-torn country, the UN has warned. It has blamed the outbreak on two years of civil war in the country, which has destroyed water and sanitation systems, allowing the disease to spread rapidly (News, 7 April). More than 14.5 million people in the country do not have access to clean water. A joint statement from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the weekend said that more than 1300 people had died so far from the disease, a quarter of them children. The death toll is expected to rise further.
World IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
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