The world needs peace in 2023 – UN General-Secretary

UNITED NATIONS— António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, says the world needs peace in 2023 more than ever.


The Secretary-General in his Annual New Message said every New Year was a moment of rebirth and that in 2023, people must put peace at the heart of their words and actions.


Guterres said in 2022, millions of people around the world literally swept out ashes; saying from Ukraine to Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and beyond, people left the ruins of their homes and lives in search of something better and that around the world, one hundred million people were on the move, fleeing wars, wildfires, droughts, poverty and hunger.


“In 2023, we need peace, now more than ever. Peace with one another, through dialogue to end conflict. Peace with nature and our climate, to build a more sustainable world,” the Secretary-General said.


“Peace in the home, so women and girls can live in dignity and safety. Peace on the streets and in our communities, with the full protection of all human rights. Peace in our places of worship, with respect for each other’s beliefs. And peace online, free from hate speech and abuse.”


“Together, let’s make 2023 a year when peace is restored to our lives, our homes, and our world,” he stated.


Source: Nam news Network

Call for Papers: IAEA International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology

Interested contributors have until 30 January 2023 to submit abstracts for the IAEA’s International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology: Sustainable Water Resources in a Changing World, to be held from 3 to 7 July at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


Isotope hydrology is a sophisticated nuclear technique that reveals the history of water molecules and contributes to a better understanding of the way in which water is cycled through land, the ocean and the atmosphere, known as the water cycle. It has applications in water resources assessment and management, the study of past and future changes in the Earth’s climate and the impacts of climate changes on the water cycle, and in forensic areas such as ecological, wildlife and food source traceability.


Held every four years since 1963, this 16th symposium in the series will provide a unique opportunity to review the state-of-the-science, practical applications, research trends and needs in isotope hydrology. Building on the success of the past six decades, the event will bring together water and environment professionals from developed and developing countries to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge.


“Technical capacity development is central to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal – SDG 6 – on ‘clean water and sanitation’,” said Najat Mokhtar, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Highlighting that in the last 10 years the IAEA has carried out over 125 projects in 75 countries specifically in improving the technical capacity to analyse water samples in well-functioning laboratories, she added: “In all these projects, we tailor our services to the local needs, with a significant capacity building component. In island states, we help nations tackle saltwater intrusion. In the Central American Dry Corridor or in Africa’s Sahel regions, we help countries address transboundary groundwater management.”


Contributors interested in submitting papers for the Symposium should focus on the following topics:


Revisiting the role of tritium as a tracer in hydrological cycle processes and groundwater systems

Hydrosphere–atmosphere interactions including isotopic insights on meteorological extremes, convective rains and catchment runoff

Assessing changes in the cryosphere and their impact on water sustainability and security

Evaluating water quality, tracking contaminant sources and reaction pathways in different environmental systems including areas affected by mining and agricultural activities

Application of isotope age tracers to evaluate sub-annual to 1 Ma water residence time

New analytical developments, approaches, and tools in isotopologue ratio measurement and data quality

Integrating isotope techniques with other advanced techniques such as big data from remote sensing or high-frequency sensors, advanced data analysis using geographic information systems, machine learning and/or modelling applications

Isotopic reflections on water resources due to climate change including adaptation and mitigation approaches

Enabling and strengthening science-based policies for water resource management

Actions and activities that support capacity building and mainstreaming of gender equality in isotope hydrology projects

The event will take place in between the UN Water Conference in March and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in December. “Technical conclusions and findings of our symposium will help identify high priority activities for the IAEA Water Resources Programme,” said Jodie Miller, Scientific Secretary of the Symposium and Head of the IAEA’s Isotope Hydrology Section. “Our activities will feed into the 2018 to 2028 UN Water Action Decade and make tangible advances towards achieving SDG 6.”


Guidelines for the submission of abstracts are available here. Attendance at the conference is free of charge and there is no registration fee.


IAEA and six decades of water science


The IAEA promotes the application of nuclear techniques to all aspects of freshwater resource assessments and water management and protection. It provides training in isotope hydrology data analysis and measurement methods, as well as expert services and analyses. The IAEA also supports capacity building and technology transfer through technical cooperation projects as well as coordinated research projects and organizes training courses, fellowships, expert missions, webinars and international conferences to support the continuous professional development.


In support of these actions, the IAEA houses one of the world’s leading laboratories in isotope hydrology at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Covering liquid water, water vapour and the cryosphere, this lab generates and curates data on the isotope composition of water in precipitation, surface-water and groundwater. The data generated here, and other labs that the IAEA supports, provides the necessary information for countries to develop a comprehensive evaluation of the status of national water resources.


The IAEA and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have been operating the Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation (GNIP) since 1960, a worldwide isotope monitoring network of hydrogen and oxygen isotopes in precipitation, in cooperation with partner institutions in over 100 Member States.


Similarly, the Global Network of Isotopes in Rivers (GNIR) is a worldwide voluntary environmental observation programme initiated in 2002 dedicated to the collection, compilation and dissemination of isotopic assays of Earth’s river waters.




Source: International Atomic Energy Agency

Nearly 1,700 journalists killed worldwide over past 20 years: RSF

PARIS— Nearly 1,700 journalists have been killed worldwide over the past 20 years, an average of more than 80 a year, according to an analysis published by Reporters Without Borders.


The two decades between 2003 and 2022 were “especially deadly decades for those in the service of the right to inform”, said the Paris-based media rights campaigners.


“Behind the figures, there are the faces, personalities, talent and commitment of those who have paid with their lives for their information gathering, their search for the truth and their passion for journalism,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.


Iraq and Syria were the most dangerous countries to work as a journalist, accounting for “a combined total of 578 journalists killed in the past 20 years, or more than a third of the worldwide total”, RSF said.


They are followed by Mexico (125 killed), the Philippines (107), Pakistan (93), Afghanistan (81) and Somalia (78).


The “darkest years” were 2012 and 2013, “due in large measure to the war in Syria”. There were 144 killings in 2012 and 142 the year after, the report said.


This peak was “followed by a gradual fall and then historically low figures from 2019 onwards”.


But deaths increased again in 2022, in part because of the war in Ukraine. So far this year, 58 journalists have been killed doing their jobs, up from 51 in 2021.


Eight journalists have been killed in Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. This compares to a total of 12 media deaths there over the preceding 19 years.


Ukraine is currently the most dangerous country in Europe for the media, after Russia itself, where 25 journalists have been killed over the past 20 years.


“Since (President) Vladimir Putin took over, Russia has seen systematic attacks on press freedom — including deadly ones — as RSF has repeatedly reported.


“They include Anna Politkovskaya’s high-profile murder on 7 October 2006,” the rights group said.


Elsewhere in Europe, Turkey was ranked third most dangerous, followed by France “as a result of the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris in 2015”.


Reporters run the greatest risks worldwide in areas where armed conflict has occurred.


But, RSF stressed, “countries where no war is officially taking place are not necessarily safe for reporters and some of them are near the top of the list of those where killings have occurred.


“In fact, more journalists have been killed in ‘zones at peace’ than in ‘zones at war’ during the past two decades, in most cases because they were investigating organised crime and corruption.”


The Americas accounted for almost half of journalist murders, many in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras.


“America is nowadays clearly the world’s most dangerous continent for the media,” RSF said.


Source: Nam news Network

Alleged Racist Attack on Two Young Black South Africans Raises Specter of Nation’s Apartheid Past

One of three white South African men accused of racially attacking two young Black South Africans on Christmas Day has been charged with attempted murder and released on bail. A video of the men using force to prevent the two from using a resort swimming pool went viral and raised the specter of past racial segregation under apartheid.

The clash underscored South Africa’s ongoing struggle with racism, almost three decades after white minority rule under apartheid ended.

Jacobus Klaasen was the last of the three suspects to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court and faces the more serious charge of attempted murder. His two co-accused, Johan Nel and Jan van der Westhuizen, appeared Wednesday to face a charge of assault and were released on a warning.

Klaasen, 48, who is seen in the video putting one victim’s head under water, was released on just over $1,100 bail.

His attorney Rochelle da Silva read his affidavit in court Thursday, stating that he had no pending cases or prior convictions and would plead not guilty.

Brian Nakedi, father of the 18-year-old victim and uncle of the 13-year-old, said he intervened after he heard people at the Free State Province resort telling the pair they couldn’t swim in the pool. People were yelling at the boys for ignoring the signs.

“We thought everything [was] fine, but then they stopped them,” Nakedi said. “By the time we turned our backs to check what was going on, there was a scuffle.”

The incident was captured on video by Nakedi’s daughter and posted on social media. The Maselspoort Resort and Conference Center, while refusing to comment, also has CCTV footage of the incident. It was posted online by New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief John Eligon.

Nakedi said it is clear from the footage the boys were not in the wrong, as some are alleging, and are receiving counseling.

“They fear for their lives because they are vilified,” Nakedi said. “For example, there was some people who went on social media platforms and Afrikaner print media where they alleged that one of the boys was actually dragging a 3-year-old white little kid into the pool, which was hogwash.”

Nakedi, a former African National Congress freedom fighter, said this was not his first brush with racism, but he maintains not all white people are racist.

“A minority of people who do not want to move with the nation must be exposed for who they are,” he said.

South African Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissen said it was alarming that racism is still the top complaint they receive.

“So the questions is, has South African society done enough to erase racism or has racism increased and people think that they can get away with racism?”

Nissen cited another case in 2022 where a white Stellenbosch University student urinated on the belongings of a Black student.
And a few weeks ago, a video also went viral with allegations that a white Cape Town pub owner had instructed his bouncer not to let Black people in, unless they were accompanied by a white person.

The three suspects in this latest incident at the resort will appear in court again on January 25.




Source: Voice of America

Saint Lucia updates its Citizenship by Investment regulations to remain competitive in the investment migration industry

Castries, Dec. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saint Lucia has amended the regulations of its Citizenship by Investment Programme to remain increasingly competitive and ensure that the Caribbean country fulfils its mandate of growing demand for its investment products for the ultimate benefit of the people of Saint Lucia. As one of the youngest Citizenship […]

Castries, Dec. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saint Lucia has amended the regulations of its Citizenship by Investment Programme to remain increasingly competitive and ensure that the Caribbean country fulfils its mandate of growing demand for its investment products for the ultimate benefit of the people of Saint Lucia.

As one of the youngest Citizenship by Investment products in the market, Saint Lucia has made bold strides in offering an alternative investment option in the Caribbean’s most developed and diverse economies.

The country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit has taken a comprehensive review of its Citizenship by Investment offerings following approvals from the Citizenship by Investment Board and Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information, Ernest Hilaire. The below amendments to the existing regulations will take effect from 1 January 2023.

  • Developers applying for approved real estate under the Citizenship by Investment Programme or enterprise projects will now have to pay due diligence and background check fee of US$7,500.
  • The replacement fee for a lost or damaged certificate will increase from US$100 to US$500.
  • Investors who have been a citizen of Saint Lucia for 12 months or less that are looking to include a newborn dependent through the country’s National Economic Fund will now have to pay a fee of US$5000, this has increased from US$500.
  • There is also an introduction of a new Bond Offer for investors purchasing non-interest-bearing Government Bonds with the following qualifying investment sums:
Category of applicant Bond purchase sum Bond holding period
Applicant and all qualifying dependents of any number US$300,000 5-year holding bond
Administrative fee (regardless of the number of dependants) US$50,000
  • To qualify for second citizenship through the real estate option, investors will have to invest a minimum of US$200,000, a reduction from US$300,000.

Saint Lucia is emerging as one of the fastest-growing economies in the Caribbean region and the nation is well-known for offering various investment and business opportunities for people looking for options to plan their wealth and diversify their portfolios.

The country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is a perfect choice as it offers ideal business opportunities to investors who do not want to be bound by border limitations.

The Caribbean country is recognized for providing a second home not just to investors but to their families too. The nation has been lauded for its advanced and modernized infrastructure. Saint Lucia has one of the most resilient, modernized education and healthcare systems in the region, which makes it ideal for investors and their families.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of this Caribbean country attracts Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the nation which is used for advancing various projects such as the development of infrastructure, advancement of real estate, business expansion and job innovation.

The CBI Index 2022, published by PWM Magazine of Financial Times, reported that CBI is assuring the small island nation of Saint Lucia has become independent, developed and prosperous in the true sense. The report also recognized the programme for its “Ease of Processing” and “Due Diligence” Pillars. This year, Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme climbed a spot and gained the third position.

Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit makes sure that citizenship is given to credible applicants of good standing while their dependants over the age of sixteen are also subject to multi-layered due diligence checks, in order to qualify for alternative citizenship. Saint Lucia asks for detailed information from the applicants to understand the funding source of the investors who want citizenship.

On this due diligence aspect, Minister Ernest Hilaire recently addressed concerns and fears related to Saint Lucia’s CBI Programme. He gave assurance that the government of Saint Lucia and its CBI Unit perform a strict and rigid due diligence process. Hilaire explained that the due diligence process is a multi-layered procedure noting, “Due diligence is performed by our Unit on all applicants, this is then followed by another due diligence check by the banks. This is then followed by due diligence checks by international intelligence units who also do on-the-ground assessments.”

He also noted that the Government and Unit have been planning to review the country’s CBI programme, making it more attractive as well as competitive. Minister Hilaire announced that these updates would maintain the country’s rigorous but seamless vetting process.

While the programme is the newest in the region, launched in 2016, the Government has made sure to set the bar very high – the programme has been regarded as one of the most advanced, secure as well as transparent programmes.

Through the National Economic Fund, this prestigious programme has helped the nation to develop important public infrastructure. The funds from the programme have been directly contributing to advancing the standard of living of Saint Lucians.

Alternative citizenship in the Caribbean nation is emerging as a platform to alleviate and tackle the risk of uncertainty and unpredictability in future. There is no other better plan than investing in building a new home at a place which offers ample opportunities and, most importantly, peace out of the hustle and bustle of big cities.

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New Down Syndrome Resource Available in Spanish and Japanese

Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Centro UC Síndrome de Down and Japan Down Syndrome Association Join Forces to Translate & Provide Online Access to the GLOBAL Adult Guideline DENVER, Dec. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL), published a Spanish and Japanese version of the GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with […]

Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Centro UC Síndrome de Down and Japan Down Syndrome Association Join Forces to Translate & Provide Online Access to the GLOBAL Adult Guideline

DENVER, Dec. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL), published a Spanish and Japanese version of the GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome (“GLOBAL Adult Guideline”) in collaboration with the El Centro de la Universidad Católica de Síndrome de Down in Chile (Centro UC Síndrome de Down or CUSD) and the Japan Down Syndrome Association (JDSA).

The GLOBAL Adult Guideline is the first evidence-based guideline for adults with Down syndrome and was published in English in JAMA, the Journal of American Medical Association, in 2020. The guideline authors include the directors of the largest adult Down syndrome clinics in the US, and the current nine medical topics are: behavior, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis, atlantoaxial instability, thyroid disease, and celiac disease. GLOBAL is working to expand the topics to include sleep apnea, solid tumors, leukemia, vision/eye care, and physical therapy and fitness.

In addition to the 80-page guideline for medical professionals, GLOBAL has also published a much shorter family-friendly version, and toolkits that include easy to follow assessments for Celiac disease, Diabetes, Behavior, and annual check-ups.

All of these resources for adults are now available in Spanish and Japanese at no cost on the GLOBAL website, DS-Connect®: The Down Syndrome Registry, CUSD website, and JDSA website.

“GLOBAL is pleased to be able to reach Spanish and Japanese speakers who have Down syndrome and their families in the U.S. in collaboration from the National Institutes of Health/DS-Connect®,” says Michelle Sie Whitten, President & CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “The NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has been supportive from the beginning. We are also deeply grateful for Dr. Macarena Lizama at CUSD and Dr. Hiroshi Tamai, President of JDSA, Dr. Chisen Takeuchi of the JDSA for helping to ensure this reaches hundreds of thousands of Spanish and Japanese speakers around the world.”

GLOBAL has worked with Congress since 2006 advocating for a trans-NIH Down syndrome research funding program and for increased funding. In December of 2010, GLOBAL and the NIH co-organized the first Down syndrome research conference with a focus on registries and biobanks. One important result was the establishment of DS-Connect®: The Down Syndrome Registry.

“It is so important for me and other people with Down syndrome to have this in Spanish,” says Yadiro Carrillo, a 32-year-old self-advocate and entrepreneur who happens to have Down syndrome. “I need to know how to take care of myself as an adult!”

“Seeing the guideline in Spanish feels like GLOBAL values Spanish -speaking families like mine,” said Yadira Carrillo, mother of a 32-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. “Language is a barrier some families face to receiving medical care and I know this will help so many people in the U.S. and internationally.” In Chile, GLOBAL has been working closely with Dr. Lizama on many projects including creating the Spanish version of the GLOBAL Guideline and the COVID-19 and Down Syndrome Resource.

“What Michelle, Bryn Gelaro and their team have accomplished in research and medical care is so important,” says Dr. Macarena Lizama, Medical Director of the El Centro de la Universidad Católica de Síndrome de Down in Chile. “We are honored to collaborate with GLOBAL on this transformative resource and to improve medical equity, especially for Spanish-speaking countries where medical care access and basic resources for people with Down syndrome can be very scarce. I will be very proud to use this resource in my clinic and share it with my colleagues and families.”

Dr. Hiroshi Tamai echoes this sentiment, “We are grateful for the collaboration we have had with GLOBAL and to have this important resource in Japanese is a dream come true. My daughter and thousands of Japanese adults with Down syndrome will surely benefit. We look forward to working with GLOBAL and adding new medical areas in the next few years.”

GLOBAL is currently working with the Ministries of Health in both Chile and Japan to ensure the guidelines are available free of charge and easily findable on their disability home pages.

To learn more about the GLOBAL Adult Guideline and download your copy today, visit

To learn more about Global Down Syndrome Foundation, visit

About Global Down Syndrome Foundation
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) is the largest non-profit in the U.S. working to save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. GLOBAL has donated more than $32 million to establish the first Down syndrome research institute supporting over 400 scientists and over 2,200 patients with Down syndrome from 33 states and 10 countries. Working closely with Congress and the National Institutes of Health, GLOBAL is the lead advocacy organization in the U.S. for Down syndrome research and care. GLOBAL has a membership of over 100 Down syndrome organizations worldwide, and is part of a network of Affiliates – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Sie Center for Down Syndrome, and the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center – all on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

GLOBAL’s widely circulated medical publications include Global Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, Prenatal & Newborn Down Syndrome Information and the award-winning magazine Down Syndrome World TM . GLOBAL also organizes the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the largest Down syndrome fundraiser in the world. Visit and follow us on social media (Facebook & Twitter: @GDSFoundation, Instagram: @globaldownsyndrome).

While content of this press release and the GLOBAL Guideline was developed by GLOBAL and the GLOBAL Guideline Authors, we are unable and do not intend to provide medical advice or legal advice to individuals. Please contact your health care provider(s) or legal advisor(s) for questions specific to your individual health history or care.

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