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A Christian development agency is calling for Western nations to repay thier "Carbon debt to the developing world" to help poorer countries tackle global warming. In a new report by Christian Aid, the annual bill for developed countries to help emerging nations cut greenhouse gasses and focus on sustainable development would run into billions of pounds. It estimates that the cost for the UK could come to at least £25 billion, while the EU would have to pay £164 billion and the US £198 billion, having used an economic framework by American climate think tank EcoEquity to reach these figures.
World IssuesChurch Of England newspaper - November 2007
"If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace. With the terrible weaponry of the modern world; with Muslims and Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half the world's inhabitants. Our common future is at stake. The very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake." An open letter to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders from 138 prominent Muslim scholars from every sect of Islam.
World IssuesThird way - December 2007
Pope Benedict has called on political leaders to hammer out a peaceful solution to the escalating violence in Somalia which has forced one million people to flee their homes.
The Pope said he was following the unfolding events in Somalia “with trepidation “.
World IssuesTHE UNIVERSE - December 2007
In August, Amnesty international reaffirmed its newly adopted position supporting abortions worldwide for women facing “grave human rights violations,” such as rape. Despite major opposition from Christian pro-life advocates, namely the Roman Catholic church, Amnesty maintained its stance expressed back in April, which is a departure from its previously neautral position on abortion. “Amnesty International’s position is not for abortion as right, but for women’s human right to be free of fear, threat and coercion”
World IssuesCharisma - November 2007
-27 million people enslaved today;
-The international Labour organisation say this includes 8.4 million children;
-700,000 are trafficked each year;
-Debt Bondage affects 20 million people;
-Forced labour, child labour, economic servitude, racially motivated and caste based slavery all still persist throughout the world;
-At least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide;
-80 per cent of the 700,000 people trafficked annually are women and children;
-Human trafficking is the third largest source of income for organized crime (after arms and drugs);
-Trafficking generates $7 billion per year;
-What possesses human beings to do these things to one another?
World IssuesThe universe - November 4 2007
The world bank reports that more than 800 million people are racked by starvation or despair, living below any rational definition of human decency; that the gross domestic product of the poorest 48 nations (i.e. a quarter of the worlds countries) is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined; that 20 per cent of the population in the developed nations consume 86 per cent of the world’s goods; that, according to UNICEF, 30,000 children die each day due to poverty; and that nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
World IssuesThe universe - November 4 2007
Europe is facing ‘a demographic time-bomb’ of ageing citizens and too few young people, according to experts at the recent Munich Economic Summit. European governments were urged to consider far-reaching action to address the problem. By mid-century there will be 40 million Europeans aged 65 or over. At the same time there will be fewer people of working age to support the elderly, thanks to falling birth rates. The average European woman now has fewer than 1.5 children.
World IssuesEvangelical Times August - 2007
North Korea was accused of gross crimes against humanity in a report released today by Christian Solidarity Worldwide. It even examines the possibility of genocide and concludes that there are strong indicators of genocide against religious groups, specifically Christians – implemented mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. Written by international lawyers over seven years the report focuses primarily on North Korea’s political prison camp system where 200,000 are currently believed to be held. Elizabeth Batha who headed up the team writing the report, said: “It is vital that the international community recognises the scale of what is taking place in North Korea.”
World IssuesChurch of England - June 22 2007
Two senior Caribbean leaders have called for reparations for the transatlantic slave trade. Speaking to a crowd of 500 people gathered on HMS Albion, berthed in Liverpool last weekend, Dr Tani Omideyi, the pastor of the Liverpool Lighthouse Church, said: “Britain must make restitution and proof of the repentance it professes.” Later Bishop Errol Brooks, the Bishop of North East Caribbean and Aruba, reinforced the call in his sermon: “Our forebears have invested in the economy of this and other nations, through their blood, sweat and tears. They have given their lives. This is not begging for a handout. The price has already been paid.”
World IssuesChurch of England - June 22 2007
Taking a Stand. As members of Stop the Traffik, Salvation Army’s Roots national convention asked its 4,000 delegates to participate in a photo-call by wearing Chaga masks from the story of a child sold to a cocoa farmer in Cote d’Lvoire. Currently, the United Nations confirms that there are at least 12,000 children enslaved as bonded workers in Cote d’Lvoire, most of whom have been trafficked from neighbouring Mali.
World IssuesIdea - July/August 2007
Fewer than half of Britons accept the theory of evolution as the best description for the development of life, according to an opinion poll. Furthermore, more than 40% of those questioned believe that the creationism or Intelligent Design (ID) should be taught in school science lessons. The survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI for the BBC’s Horizon series that was shown last year. ‘A war on Science’ looks into the attempt to introduce ID into science classes.

World IssuesJoy, July 2007
Stop the Traffik, a coalition of organisations working together to fight people trafficking, is to continue its work throughout 2008. Initially the intention was that it should wind down towards the end of this year. However, membership has grown to more than 800 in 50 countries, the Stop the Traffick website is receiving more than one million visits a month and a declaration against trafficking has been signed by more than 100,000 people. The Church and Society office of the United Reformed Church is a member of the coalition.
World IssuesF2+Reform, July/August 2007
Churches see HIV/Aids as a major threat to the world, but many ministers are ignorant of the work of Aids charities and would not know where to turn to for help. While nearly two thirds of ministers see HIV/Aids as a priority area for fund-raising and increasing awareness, only 20 per cent of the theological colleges actually have the issue on their mainstream curriculum.

World IssuesThe Baptist Times, June 21 2007
More than a million people are facing a humanitarian crises unless aid is allowed into Gaza immediately, Oxfam warned today. In an appeal timed to coincide with meetings between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Egypt, the aid agency said the area’s economy and infrastructure were facing collapse.

World IssuesThe Sentinel 25th June 2007
Wordwide 2.4 million people are trafficked: half of these are children.
It is the fastest growing form of international crime, with more than £3.5 billion generated through trafficking every year.
Each person trafficked is worth upwards of £50,000 in a country of destination.
Albania is primarily a country of origin for trafficking, with two thirds sent to either Greece or Italy.
Estimates are that one in 50 reaches the UK
Albanians are trafficked out through three main routes –over land (69 per cent) sea (23 per cent) and air ( 8 per cent).
The international Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports that, over a period of four years, more than 4,000 Albanians were trafficked- although less than half of those were identified and assisted by (IOM)

World IssuesThe Baptist times June 7, 2007
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