Happy New Year!!! (Post 7)
¿Qué tal, my favorite committee?
I hope everyone has been enjoying the first few weeks of 2011! January is always a fun month... so fresh and so new and full of big plans!
And even though its only been 2011 for a short while, the international scene is bustin with news, especially on UNDP's two awesome topics.
Have you heard about the fence that Greece wants to build along the Greece-Turkey border? Greece is receiving a lot of criticism for announcing such plans, but nobody else seems to be offering a better option for this country, which is already dealing with a huge debt crisis and recession. Greece and Turkey are both overwhelmed with illegal immigration, and Greece has the lowest asylum rate in Europe (less than 1% of applications are granted aslyum...). How can a country balance its own national security with international human development? http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2040821,00.html.
Since most of human migration we discussed previously was focused on people facing economic hardships or conflict, I thought this link was very useful: http://www.iom.int/jahia/webdav/shared/shared/mainsite/activities/env_de.... It acknowledges that climate change "is likely to cause an increase in migration," and very interestingly, encourages "faciliating migration as an adaption strategy to climate change." Food for thought, especially for those of you in the South who have experienced the SNOWSTORM this weekend !! :D
Last but not least, remember that you are not completely on your own in doing this research! Introduce yourselves, let us know how your research is going, and ask any questions by dropping an email at(email@example.com). It really only takes fourteen seconds you know.
Less than 3 months to go! Whoo!
- Nara and Rachel