Good News Agency – Year XI, n° 186



Weekly – Year XI, number 186 – 6th May 2011

Managing Editor: Sergio Tripi, Ph. D.

Rome Law-court registration no. 265 dated 20 June 2000.           

Good News Agency carries positive and constructive news from all over the world relating to voluntary work, the work of the United Nations, non governmental organizations and institutions engaged in improving the quality of life – news that doesn’t “burn out” in the space of a day. It is distributed free of charge through Internet to 10,000 media and editorial journalists in 54 countries and to 3,000 NGOs and 1,600 high schools, colleges and universities. It is an all-volunteer service of Associazione Culturale dei Triangoli e della Buona Volontà Mondiale, an educational charity associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The Association has been recognized by UNESCO as “an actor of the global movement for a culture of peace” and it is a member of the World Association of Non Governmental Organizations.  




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International legislation



Security Council extends mandate of UN committee on weapons of mass destruction

20 April – The Security Council today extended for 10 years the mandate of a committee tasked with monitoring a United Nations resolution on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and requested it to carry out a comprehensive review of the implementation of the text.

The Committee was created under Security Council Resolution 1540 of 2004, which imposes binding obligations on all States to establish domestic controls to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and their means of delivery and by establishing appropriate controls over related materials.

In a unanimous decision, the Council adopted a resolution extending the Committee’s mandate until 25 April 2021.

Resolution 1540 obliges States to refrain from supporting by any means non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems.


UN war crimes tribunal convicts two former Croatian generals over atrocities

15 April – Two former top Croatian generals were today convicted and sentenced to lengthy jail terms by a United Nations war crimes tribunal over atrocities carried out against ethnic Serb civilians during a military offensive in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

Judges serving on the ICTY trial chamber found Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac guilty of various crimes against humanity, including murder, persecutions, deportation and plunder. Both were acquitted of charges of inhumane acts.

The joint trial of the three former generals was one of the ICTY’s longest, beginning in March 2008 and concluding in September last year. The tribunal, which is based in The Hague, has concluded proceedings against 125 people and is still conducting proceedings against 34 others.


UN panel pays out $880 million in reparations for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

A destroyed Iraqi battle tank amidst other vehicles on the highway between Kuwait City and Basra, Iraq in April 1991

28 April – The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $880 million available to nine successful claimants.

The latest round of payments brings the total amount of compensation disbursed by the Commission to $32.2 billion for more than 1.5 million successful claims of individuals, corporations, Governments and international organizations, states a news release. Successful claims are paid with funds drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which is funded by a percentage of the proceeds generated by the export sales of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products.

The Commission was established in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. It has received nearly 3 million claims, including from close to 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations.



Human rights



Egypt: important commitment to ratify Rome Statute

Meaningful cooperation with the International Criminal Court should follow

April 29, New York - Egypt's announcement that it plans to ratify the Rome Statute and become a party to the International Criminal Court (ICC) sends an important message to Egyptians about the direction the country intends to take, Human Rights Watch said today. It will also help build momentum for further Arab state ratifications in the near future, Human Rights Watch said. Foreign Minister Nabil al-Araby also said that Egypt intended to join other international human rights treaties.

Human Rights Watch noted that the commitment comes as Egypt is starting criminal prosecutions of senior security officials for serious human rights abuses under the government of former president Hosni Mubarak. Egypt would be following in the footsteps of Tunisia, whose interim government approved Tunisia's accession to the Rome Statute on February 19, 2011. Jordan ratified the treaty in 2002. Comoros and Djibouti are the two other Arab League members who are party to the ICC.

The ICC is a permanent international court with jurisdiction over crimes of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, requires states to cooperate with the court, which includes the execution of arrest warrants. The ICC has no police force and thus depends on member states to enforce its orders.


UN fights to end sexual and gender-based violence

April 21 – The UN has begun training its peacekeepers on how to fight against sexual violence in war. With the growing use of sexual violence as a terrorization tool in war, the UN has come under criticism for not fully realizing the breadth of the crisis.  To address these concerns, the UN has begun to incorporate gender training in all of its programs. It has also begun to present its peacekeepers with real-life situations before they deploy and to educate them about best practices. The UN also runs education campaigns through its group “SAY NO—UNiTE to End Violence against Women.” Launched in 2009, the SAY NO campaign is now run by UN Women. The movement has made significant gains in Thailand, in particular due to political commitment and youth activism.

For a list of InterAction members working in gender equality, visit our page Where our Members Work and add the term “Gender Equality” to the issue area search box. For more information on InterAction's gender equality and integration work, see our Gender Equality webpage and its subpages. InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country.  Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.


Pittsburgh declared 5th Human Rights City in the US

On April 19 AFSC’s Racial Justice Through Human Rights (RJTHR) youth group accomplished their goal when Pittsburgh was declared a Human Rights City. Youth from the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy joined the RJTHR youth during the presentation of the proclamation in a ceremony during City Council. Five of the RJTHR youth accepted the Proclamation and spoke about their hope and concerns for the future of Pittsburgh. 

The RJTHR group was initiated by the AFSC’s Pennsylvania Program. The RJTHR youth partnered with Pittsburgh Cares and its Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy. The 13 youths in the program were racially, culturally, religiously, and geographically diverse.

A Human Rights City is one in which the human rights of all its citizens are respected and where the citizens as well as the City Council work towards  better living conditions in that city. Pittsburgh joins 4 other U.S. cities, including Washington DC, and cities around the world in this effort.

The idea of calling on Pittsburgh City Council to proclaim Pittsburg a Human Rights City came out of the experiences the youth had as part of the program to understand racial inequality and human rights. They view this as the first step in a process that leads to a more just society. In their efforts to make Pittsburg a Human Rights City the RJTHR youth wrote letters, made calls, and met with their City Council representatives.


Caritas co-hosting launches of the new Sphere handbook

April 14 - Caritas will be co-hosting or participating in launches of the Sphere project’s new handbook “Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response” in various locations around the globe on 14 April. The Sphere Handbook establishes shared principles and a set of universal minimum standards in core areas of humanitarian response such as water, food, shelter and health. It offers common language and provides guidance for effective and accountable humanitarian response and advocacy.

“Caritas is a founding member of the Sphere project and has always since then been a board member of Sphere. Caritas took part in drafting the original standards and has been involved in every revision of the standards,” said Alistair Dutton, Humanitarian Director at Caritas Internationalis. “The Sphere handbook is a normative document for all the member organisations of the Caritas confederation and we at Caritas Internationalis insist that all the Caritas members apply those standards.”

Since its first trial edition in 1998, the Sphere Handbook has been translated into more than 40 languages, becoming the most widely known and internationally recognized set of standards for humanitarian response. The revision that led to the 2011 edition of the Sphere Handbook involved more than 650 experts from some 300 organizations in approximately 20 countries.

A PDF version of the new handbook in English can be downloaded from the Caritas Europa website from 14 April on. Translations in French, Spanish, Russian, German, Arabic and possibly other languages will also be available in June or July.



Economy and development



4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

The Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) will take place 9-13 May, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The purpose of the conference is to:

1. Assess the results of the 10-year action plan for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) adopted at the Third United Nations Conference on LDCs in Brussels, Belgium, in 2001. 2. Adopt new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of the LDCs into the next decade.

Preparations for the conference are in progress, with activities at national, regional and global levels. It is an inclusive process involving the participation of all stakeholders, including governments, international organisations, civil society organisations, academia and the private sector.,EVNF,13XPNY,174QH,1


Liberia - smallholder oil palm support

April 28 – ACDI/VOCA has won a three-year, $3.7 million Smallholder Oil Palm Support program (SHOPS) in Liberia to strengthen the palm oil value chain and drive rural economic growth.

Liberia is still recovering from a brutal civil war, during which its economic, social and public infrastructure was decimated by fighting and migration. The World Bank estimates that nearly 64 percent of the country’s population lives at or below the national poverty level, and average yearly income is approximately $160.

With a focus on the key agricultural counties of Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Bossa, SHOPS has the potential to "fast track" improvements and increase productivity along the entire value chain of Liberia's smallholder palm oil industry. The primary product, red palm oil, is used for cooking and to make sweets, soaps and lotions. The fronds are used for brooms. The chaff and kernel shells are used for fuel. And leftover kernel cake feeds livestock.

While there has been an increase in plantation-grown oil palm in recent years, half of Liberia’s crop is produced by 220,000 women and men on small farms—harvested from forests where it grows abundantly. With funding support from USAID, ACDI/VOCA will

    * increase the productivity and profitability of Liberia's smallholder oil palm sector

    * improve the marketing and trade capacity of this sector

    * improve the enabling environment and market support functions

ACDI/VOCA’s partner Winrock International will provide technical assistance regarding agricultural production, processing, marketing and support functions.


FSTE launches ESG ratings

April 12 – FTSE Group, manager of the FTSE4Good Index series of responsible investment products, has launched a new data service to objectively measure the environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices of over 2,300 public companies worldwide.

The new FTSE4Good ESG Ratings are designed to provide institutional investors with a flexible and granular scoring model which will help them understand a company's ESG practices. FSTE says the rating will cover multiple dimensions of a company's practices, measuring against six ESG themes, including environmental management, climate change, human and labor rights, supply chain labor standards, corporate governance and countering bribery. The firm said the new ratings will provide a tool for active portfolio management, manager selection, company engagement, risk management, company research and corporate ESG benchmarking.

The new ratings criteria are publicly available and follow a clearly defined methodology, FSTE says. The firm said they are over seen by an independent committee made up of experts in the investment community, academia, the business community, unions and NGOs. The ratings are re-assessed twice a year.

"The new ratings service provides an easy to use and objective measure of corporate ESG practice and risk," said Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive of FTSE Group. "Today we are also highlighting those companies that, based on our Ratings, have leading ESG practices."


New African Development Bank and World Bank report says 40 billion dollars remittances by African migrants in 2010 helped reduce poverty at community levels

African Development Bank and World Bank present report findings at IFAD headquarters in Rome

Rome, 8 April – With about 30 million Africans living outside their home countries, migration is a vital lifeline for the continent. Yet African governments need to do more to realize the full economic benefits of the phenomenon, says a new report by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

The report titled “Leveraging Migration for Africa: Remittances, Skills and Investments” presents data from new surveys. It finds evidence that suggests migration and remittances reduce poverty in the origin communities. Remittances lead to increased investments in health, education and housing in Africa. Diasporas also provide capital, trade, knowledge and technology transfers.

Two-thirds of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the poorest, move to other countries within the region, while more than 90 per cent of migrants from North Africa move away from the African continent.

The principal destinations for African migrants are France (9 per cent), Côte d’Ivoire (8 per cent), South Africa (6 per cent), Saudi Arabia (5 per cent), and the United States and the United Kingdom (4 per cent respectively).

The full report and the latest migration and remittances data are available on World Bank website,,contentMDK:21924020~pagePK:5105988~piPK:360975~theSitePK:214971,00.html


Investors press immigration reform

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

April 6 – With a number of states contemplating anti-immigration legislation and the federal government cracking down on undocumented workers, a coalition of institutional investors with more than $145 billion under management is enlisting Corporate America to help find better solutions.

Recently, more than 60 institutional investors, including many leaders in the socially responsible investing space, penned a letter to the CEOs of 150 major companies in the U.S. asking them to speak out in support of comprehensive immigration reform policy. (...)

The coalition is hopeful that elected officials will put aside partisan politics long enough to support comprehensive immigration reform that’s critical to advancing the U.S. economy and keeping the country globally competitive. It would also like to see reform include a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

The investors initially selected 100 of the largest companies and then targeted additional ones in the agriculture, technology and leisure industries because of their heavy reliance on immigrant workers.






Save the Children sends response team as tornadoes force children into homelessness

Washington, D.C. April 29 - As tornadoes turn towns across the Southeast into trash heaps and force thousands of children and families into crowded shelters, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs is sending an emergency response team to the Tuscaloosa-Alabama region to respond to the situation.

“History shows that the tornadoes’ longest and deepest impact will be on the region’s children,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of Save the Children. “It’s crucial we move fast to uncover the situation for children and protect them today and in the weeks and months ahead.”

The response team will assess the needs of children, and partner with local communities to ensure children and families are able to access child care, and that damaged child care centers will get the support needed to recover and reopen.

Save the Children will focus the majority of its assistance in the most gravely affected states of Alabama and Mississippi where a reported 243 people were killed in the tornados that cut a swath of destruction through the region. Across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, the current loss of life is more than 300; nearly 900 people across the five affected states have sought refuge in Red Cross shelters since the storms hit.


Henry Schein activates disaster relief hotline to support customers affected by tornadoes in the south

Company establishes matching relief fund through Henry Schein Cares

Melville, N.Y., USA, April 29 - In the wake of tornadoes that have claimed hundreds of lives and created a swath of devastation across the Southeastern United States, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, today announced that it has activated its disaster relief hotline for dentists, physicians and veterinarians who have experienced operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of the disaster.

In addition to activating the disaster relief hotline, Henry Schein has established the Tornadoes Relief Fund through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fund provides a way for Team Schein Members and others who are interested in supporting the relief effort to contribute. Henry Schein will match all donations contributed to this fund by Team Schein Members, and the proceeds will be applied directly and completely to relief efforts.

Because tornadoes typically strike many regions of the United States throughout the summer months, the fund will remain open to provide aid for victims of future tornadoes.


Handicap International awarded $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize at Global Philanthropy Forum

International jury selects largest NGO that aids and advocates for people with disabilities

Redwood City, Calif., USA, April 13 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation today presented the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million to Handicap International, the largest non-governmental organization providing assistance and advocacy for people with disabilities.

The 2011 Hilton Prize was formally presented at a special ceremony at the Global Philanthropy Forum's 10th annual conference in Redwood City, California. Michelle Bachelet, the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, delivered the keynote for the prize dinner. Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010.

Headquartered in Lyon, France, Handicap International affiliates in France, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States formed the Handicap International Federation in 2009.

The organization's services range from clearing landmines to providing artificial limbs, psychological and economic support and training of local staff.



Peace and security



UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement in New York today following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death

2 May - The death of Osama bin Laden, announced by [United States] President [Barack] Obama last night, is a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism.  The crimes of Al-Qaida touched most continents, bringing tragedy and loss of life to thousands of men, women and children.

The United Nations condemns in the strongest possible terms terrorism in all its forms, regardless of its purpose and wherever it is committed.  This is a day to remember the victims and families of victims, here in the United States and everywhere in the world.  The United Nations will continue to fight against terrorism and will lead this campaign to fight against terrorism.

I remember personally, vividly, the day of 11 September 2001.  I was in New York on that dark day.  The United Nations is committed to continue to lead this campaign with world leaders to fight against international terrorism.  I thank you very much.

Personally, I am very much relieved by the news that justice has been done to such a mastermind of international terrorism.  I would like to commend the work and the determined and principled commitment of many people in the world who have been struggling to eradicate international terrorism.

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a global counter-terrorism strategy, and on the basis of that, we will continue to work together with Member States of the United Nations to completely eradicate global terrorism.  Thank you very much.  I need your support.  Thank you.


ICBL-CMC launches ‘Investing in Action’ to support local campaigns in 2011

Geneva/London, 27 April - On 20 April the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) launched ‘Investing in Action’, a local campaign support project that will provide organisations with funding for campaign activities throughout 2011.

The ICBL-CMC will allocate financial support to member organisations, to encourage and enable local campaigning in support of the universalisation and implementation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Last year, both the ICBL and the CMC ran projects that disbursed funding to strengthen campaign activities carried out by member organisations.

This is the first joint grant scheme for the ICBL and CMC, following recent changes that have been made to ensure the transition for both organisations to a more unified structure.


Côte d'Ivoire: UN peacekeepers begin clearing explosives after election conflict

22 April – The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire has begun clearing explosive devices that were left over by combatants during the bloody post-election violence that engulfed the West-African country following the runoff presidential poll last November. Clearance teams fanned out across the country beginning yesterday to collect ammunition, bombs and landmines scattered during the fighting, the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) said in a press statement.


Clear Path launches large-scale ramp project in Afghanistan

Posted by: Karen Matthee

April 19 – When more than 800,000 Afghans are severely disabled, it's easy to see why there's a drastic need for schools, hospitals, government buildings and places of worship to be made accessible to them. But people with disabilities in Afghanistan have suffered from a nearly universal lack of access to these and other important buildings and facilities. The Afghanistan Central Office of Statistics has estimated that 98 percent of all buildings cannot be entered by wheelchair. This past year, Clear Path International launched a pilot project to alter this situation by constructing high-quality ramps at key locations throughout the country applying best practices established in the industry. Clear Path is a nonprofit organization that assists victims of landmines and other explosives, and others disabled or displaced by armed conflict in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan. CPI programs in Afghanistan are funded by the U.S. Department of State Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA).


UN-backed disarmament process for ex-fighters from Darfur kicks off

18 April – More than 1,000 former fighters from Sudan’s armed forces and Darfur’s rebel groups are laying down their arms over the next 10 days and beginning a United Nations-backed process aimed at reintegrating them into civilian life. The programme, which began yesterday, is based in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state and being organized by the National Sudanese Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Coordination Council.

The joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will provide medical tests and HIV/AIDS counselling to participants as well as logistical support to the wider programme, the mission reported in a press release. When the former fighters register and hand over their weapons, they receive some material support and occupational training to help them earn a living again in civilian life. The ex-combatants are drawn from the ranks of both the military and several rebel groups in Darfur, where fighting has raged on and off in the remote Sudanese region since 2003.






Rotarians in East Africa fight the spread of AIDS

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary International News, 29 April – Rotarians in East Africa and a Rotarian Action Group dedicated to fighting the spread of AIDS will team up on 30 April to provide health services, counseling, and HIV testing to thousands of people in Kenya and Uganda. 

The project is being coordinated by District 9200 (Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda) and Rotarians for Fighting AIDS: a Rotarian Action Group. It is part of Rotarians at Work Day, which annually challenges clubs around the world to carry out hands-on service projects in their communities on the last Saturday in April.

"I wanted to do something spectacular that would cut across the district and reach into our communities," says Stephen Mwanje, governor of District 9200, who is helping to coordinate the event. "HIV/AIDS is the most serious health problem in these countries and the leading cause of death for adults. This day is about Rotary becoming more involved with this disease."

Throughout the district, thousands of Rotarians will volunteer at more than 225 testing sites. They will provide family counseling and testing for HIV, as well as for diabetes, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. Volunteers will also supply insecticide-treated bed nets, deworming tablets, and sanitary pads. According to Marion Bunch, who founded Rotarians for Fighting AIDS, HIV testing carries a stigma in many parts of Africa, so the additional health services are being provided as an inducement. Volunteers will be tested as well to help dispel the stigma. In Ethiopia, Rotarians have funded a radio campaign to promote HIV awareness.

Two of the action group’s global partners, Family Health International and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, are providing technical support for the effort. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has donated US$100,000 for operational costs. (...)


It's Immunization Week

April 21 – More than 180 countries across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific rim demonstrate their commitment to immunisation. Starting 23 April, countries unite under the umbrella of immunization week and implement activities to raise awareness, inform and engage key audiences on the value, importance and challenges regarding immunization.

During the week, polio supplementary immunization campaigns are taking place in India, central Asia and west Africa. In addition, vaccination services such as tracking of unvaccinated people, implementing large-scale vaccination campaigns and using Child Health Days to deliver an integrated package of life-saving health interventions will take place. These health interventions include: providing vitamin A supplementation to boost children's immune systems; provision of deworming medicine; growth monitoring; and distribution of insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria.

This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of the value of immunization as well as saving lives.


Côte d'Ivoire: enhanced medical care for conflict victims

Geneva/Abidjan, 20 April – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire are stepping up their support for medical facilities in the country and are beginning to operate mobile clinics in Abidjan.

Recent fighting and other violence in Côte d'Ivoire have seriously disrupted access to medical care for tens of thousands of people.

In western Côte d'Ivoire, but also in Korhogo, Bouaké and Man in the north, and in San Pedro and Aboisso in the south, the ICRC has brought supplies to 17 hospitals over the past few days. The items include bandage kits, basic drugs and drugs for treating malaria, especially to prevent infection in pregnant women. A total of 30 kits, each of which contains enough basic drugs to treat 1,000 people for three months, have been distributed. Similar items will be delivered to several medical facilities in Abidjan later this week.

Since 25 March, two mobile clinics have been delivering services throughout the Toulepleu, Bin Houyé and Zouan Hounien areas in western Côte d'Ivoire near the Liberian border. To date, they have conducted over 900 consultations and provided treatment for sick and wounded people. In addition, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire are maintaining their emergency aid for displaced people and other conflict victims in the west of the country and in Abidjan.


Schools get much needed guidance for coping with suicide

New toolkit addresses concerns of staff, students, and parents

Newton, MA and New York, NY, April 20  – A new, free resource, After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools is available to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. The guide was created by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), two of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to suicide prevention.

Developed by a team of national experts, including clinicians and crisis response professionals, the online toolkit draws on scientific research and best practices. It includes common warning signs and causes of suicide and emphasizes that schools should inform students about the connection between suicide and underlying disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It recommends that administrators remind the community about available mental health resources, including hotline numbers and local counseling services.Other toolkit recommendations include talking with students in small groups to help them manage their emotional responses and monitoring social media to help identify other students who may be at risk.



Energy and safety



Coca-Cola Hellenic hails successful EU Sustainable Energy Week

Athens, April 29 - Coca-Cola Hellenic marked EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) with a series of events designed to shine a spotlight on energy-efficiency. Coca-Cola Hellenic, which is one of the world’s largest bottlers and distributors of products of The Coca-Cola Company, was an enthusiastic participant in EUSEW (11-15 April), an annual Europe-wide event which this year had the theme "smart energy for a sustainable future".

During the week, Coca-Cola Hellenic held 32 events across eight European countries to share its experience of becoming more energy efficient. People were invited to take part in activities ranging from guided tours of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants the company has installed to provide clean energy for its bottling plants, to planting 15,000 trees.

Coca-Cola Hellenic is recognised by Dow Jones Sustainability Index as being in the top 10% of the most sustainable companies in the world. A longstanding participant of the UN Global Compact, it has also been consistently listed on the FTSE4Good Index since 2000 and works with over 200 stakeholder organisations at local, national and international levels in pursuing sustainability goals.


Work to commence to install sewage pipelines, Cremisan area in Beit Jala, Palestine

April 28, Cremisan, Beit Jala – Today, ANERA signed a contract to install sewage collection pipelines for Beit Jala’s Cremisan area. The project is being implemented by ANERA under the Emergency Water and Sanitation and Other Infrastructure (EWAS II) Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Cremisan area is the only part of Beit Jala that is not connected to the main sewage network. Wastewater is collected in deteriorated septic tanks which leak, causing major problems such as the contamination of drinking water, the spread of water-borne illnesses, and environmental pollution.

With USAID funding amounting to around $475,000, ANERA will install over 2.5 miles (4,250 linear meters) of main and secondary PVC sewage pipelines that will serve the Cremisan Area, connecting it to Beit Jala’s main sewage network. The implementation of this project will have a huge positive impact on the lives of approximately 6,000 residents of the area.

For more than 40 years, ANERA has been a leading provider of development, health, education and employment programs to Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. In FY 2010, the relief and development agency delivered more than $50 million of programs to the people of the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan.


Côte d'Ivoire: clean drinking water for five million people

Geneva/Abidjan, 21 April – Within the next few days, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will bring in to Côte d'Ivoire chemicals needed to treat the water that will be distributed to five million people for the next six months.

"Supplying the population with potable water remains a major challenge," said Ione Ramel, ICRC deputy head of operations for North and West Africa. "The major crisis that swept the country has severely restricted the local production of drinking water. This poses serious risks for millions of Ivorians. "An ICRC-chartered ship loaded with 4,000 tonnes of lime (calcium oxide) left the English port of Ellesmere in the night of 20 to 21 April. "Lime is indispensable to purify the water in Abidjan, since the groundwater is not safe to drink," said Mr Ramel. "When the measures imposed on Côte d'Ivoire by the European Union over the past few months were at their strictest, the country's water board alerted us that its stocks were running down and that it had no way of importing lime." Those measures have since been lifted. Nevertheless, Ivorians still urgently need to obtain adequate quantities of the chemical compound as soon as possible. The ICRC shipment should arrive in Abidjan at the beginning of May.

According to Mr Ramel, "95 per cent of the lime we are bringing in will be used in the water treatment plants that supply the five million people living in Abidjan." The ICRC stands ready to escort trucks from Côte d'Ivoire's water board if needed, especially in areas where the security situation remains tenuous. The organization already provided such support in March in violence-stricken parts of Abidjan.



Environment and wildlife



Darfur water project helps protect women from sexual violence

The water project is part of broader UNAMID-backed recovery projects, which include training midwives and helping to improve health and education in villages. Several thousand water hippos will be dispatched over the next two weeks, mainly to women heads of households, the vulnerable and people living far from water points, says UNAMID. The barrel-shaped water carriers are designed to reduce the physical burden of carrying water and would benefit women and children who are mostly in charge of water collection in Sudan.


Business, government meeting ends in emissions reductions commitment

Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 April - The Business 4 Environment (B4E) Summit closed today in Jakarta with the release of the B4E 2011 Business Declaration supporting Indonesia’s commitment to reduce emissions by between 26 percent and 41 percent by 2020. This Declaration has been developed as a pledge from the Indonesian business community to support President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the Government of Indonesia to reduce emissions by a minimum of 26 percent by 2020, against a targeted 7% economic growth. (…)

The summit’s nearly 700 representatives from business, governments and NGOs were included in the declaration, delivered by H.E Hatta Rajasa Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister of the Economy. A key component of the Declaration is an agreement to support Zero Net Deforestation and Forest Degradation by 2020 (ZNDD), and at the same time phasing out of products coming from deforestation of ecologically important forests by 2020.


Nepal rhino census shows increase

Chitwan, Nepal, 23 April – Data from the three-week National Rhino Census in Nepal shows that the population of the greater one horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis) has increased.

There are  534 rhinos in Nepal, marking an increase of 99 rhinos from the 435 recorded in the last census in 2008, according to the census results, which were released Saturday.  The rhino counting was conducted simultaneously in Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve of Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape, and was a combined effort of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of the Government of Nepal, WWF Nepal and the National Trust for Nature Conservation. WWF provided technical as well as financial support for the National Rhino Census.

The positive result of the National Rhino census 2011 is an indication of the successful conservation efforts of the Government of Nepal in partnership with conservation partners. WWF Nepal is very pleased to see our investment being paid off, says Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. Even though the current census shows the rise in rhino number we cannot be complacent and therefore continuous efforts from all sectors is essential to protect endangered species like Rhino and their habitat. (…)



Religion and spirituality



Dignitaries launch silver jubilee year for Lotus Temple in New Dehli, India

New Delhi, 26 April - Prominent political figures praised the impact made by the Baha'i House of Worship on Indian society, as the building's 25th anniversary year got underway in New Delhi.

More than 400 guests – including government officials, along with representatives of the diplomatic community and non-governmental organizations – gathered at the House of Worship for the festive inauguration of its silver jubilee year. "When I am in this beautiful Baha'i temple environment," the former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Kalam told the gathering,

Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Kalam addressing the gathering marking the inauguration of the 25th anniversary year of the Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, described the House of Worship as "a temple of peace, a temple of happiness and a temple of spirituality."

The Baha'i House of Worship, popularly referred to as the "Lotus Temple", is one of the most visited monuments in the world. Completed in 1986, it has received an average of 4.3 million visitors every year – from all nations, religions and walks of life.

Further events are planned throughout the year in every state of India to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the House of Worship.


Second Euro-Mediterranean Abrahamic Forum conference - 12-15 May

under the theme "Building the Network: Social Responsibility in our Religious Traditions"

The conference will take place in Lublin, Poland, and organized by the Interfaith Encounter Association, the Polish Peacemakers, the Youth Spirit Center, the Hope Flowers School and Via Dialoog; with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Most participants are invited through member organizations of the Forum and their contact (to date, participants from 8 countries in the Middle East and 10 countries in Europe have confirmed their participation).

The Euro-Mediterranean Abrahamic Forum aims at the building of an active and effective network of religious leaders and practitioners committed to interfaith dialogue and encounters and working towards the establishment and reinforcement of harmonious inter-communal relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Euro-Med region.



Culture and education



Rotary selects more than 400 university students to study abroad

One of the world's largest privately sponsored international scholarship programs focuses on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence

Evanston, Ill. USA, April 1 – More than 400 university students from 40 countries have been selected to study abroad as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars during the 2011-12 academic year.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study at universities in the 200 countries and geographical areas where Rotary clubs are active. While abroad, scholars participate in community service projects and speak at local Rotary club meetings and conferences, schools, civic organizations, and other forums where they serve as “goodwill ambassadors” for their home countries. In 2010-11 nearly 500 scholars from some 50 countries studied in more than 60 nations, at a program cost of approximately US$12.5 million. 

As one of the world’s largest privately sponsored international scholarship programs, Rotary Ambassadorial scholars focus on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence.  Since 1947, approximately 40,000 students from 130 countries have received scholarships at a cost of more than $532 million from the program through the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Alumni include former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Philip Lader, Goucher College President Sanford Ungar, former US Ambassador to India David Mulford, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert.   Contact: Elizabeth Minelli:


Winners of 2011 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards:

prize giving to be held in Amsterdam on 10 June

The awards to the 27 winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards assigned by the European Commission and Europa Nostra will be presented on 10 June during a ceremony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra.

Out of the 27 winning projects, six will be named as 'grand prix' laureates at the ceremony as 2011’s most outstanding heritage achievements. The 27 winners were selected from nearly 140 submitted projects in 31 countries. The final choice was made by juries composed of independent experts from across Europe. The six 'grand prix' winners each receive €10,000 and a plaque for the winning building or a trophy for projects.

Cultural heritage brings a significant – and often underrated – contribution to growth and job creation. Figures published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that 40% of worldwide international tourism has a cultural dimension.


Malawi lays foundation for science university


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Interview by Sergio Tripi


Will Wings of Hope win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize?


This is an exceptional story. Let us begin with their press release that was spread globally.


Wings of Hope nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

St. Louis, Missouri. USA -  Douglas Clements, President of Wings of Hope has been informed that the charity has been nominated for this highly prestigious international award.

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has selected nominators from around the world to determine the individuals and organizations that will be nominated. These nominators are the only persons who can offer candidates for consideration. Wings of Hope’s unique philosophies and commitment to world peace came to the attention of a nominator, who selected the charity for nomination. (...)

Wings of Hope programs have expanded significantly since the charity was formed in 1962. Their domestic and international programs assist over one million people annually. Wings of Hope is a non-profit, non-sectarian and non-political organization operating 155 bases throughout the world. (...)


The birth of this charity and its almost fifty years of activity are very well outlined by the following passages from its web site and express in a synthetic way a wonderful story based entirely on a deep love for humanity.


Wings of Hope is a recognized international resource. We specialize in implementing Poverty Reduction Strategies for a defined region. This is accomplished by establishing a base of operations and partnering with the poor being served. The services at each base are customized depending upon the needs of the region. 

The common denominator is always health care and a transportation system, typically a small bush airplane. The beginning of any Field Base is a listening process. We are contacted by someone who wishes to obtain assistance for a region: a tribe, or a group of villages. That begins the dialog where we learn the who-what-where-when-how of the situation in the field. The goal is to always have them in charge of any decision and to not impact their culture – unless they wish.

Once a decision begins to form in favor of giving assistance, then the actual process of installing a Field Base starts. The goal of any Field Base is to get to a point where Wings of Hope is not needed.

Volunteers are always needed both in St. Louis and across the globe. The specific requirements differ for each need but they all have several things in common: hard work, no pay, massive patience and a first hand experience in seeing great happiness in the eyes of the poorest of the poor. Wings of Hope’s pledge is to the highest level of fiscal accountability and to direct all gifts toward program services.  We are independently audited each year and ensure that typically 90% to 100% of donations alleviate immediate suffering.


Wings of Hope was founded in 1962 by four St. Louis business executives. They were ordinary men who had a vision. They had heard about a nurse in the Turkana desert of Kenya who used an aircraft to attend to sick mothers and children in nomad camps in the desert. Her plane was an old Piper that had fabric coverings. The harsh desert conditions had worn out the old fabric covering common to older airplanes. These four men decided to provide her an all metal airplane, a Cessna. It would be outfitted with bush flying equipment and long range fuel tanks.

They formed Wings of Hope and after two years dispatched a completely refurbished plane to her. During this process, word spread throughout the world. Requests came in from remote and isolated areas pleading for assistance. So, they formed the philosophies we still use today:

1. Be totally non-sectarian

2. Have no politics

3. Give no regard to race

4. Be composed of volunteers who share the burden of providing only Humanitarian services

5. Establish programs that work to alleviate the causes of the problem

6. Accept no donations from the federal government

7. Work with and for the poor



This remarkable charity brings Peace and Hope in 45 countries around the globe. Three examples:


MAT - St. Louis Medical Relief and Air Transport - Wings of Hope has worked in the most forlorn corners of the globe since 1962 to help solve the underlying causes of poverty. These usually include major failures of a health care system to reach the very lowest of the poor. In 2003 at the request of statewide leaders from Illinois and Missouri, Wings of Hope established the St. Louis based Medical Relief and Air Transport Program, referred to as the MAT.

It is easy to believe that no matter where you live in America, you have access to the best health care system in the world. What is often forgotten is that people in rural areas, those who are on the margins of society in the most advanced country on earth, cannot take advantage of state of the art, advanced medical treatment. This is caused by both their isolation in a rural area, and even in the larger cities by their inability to navigate the complex rules of Medicaid.

Wings of Hope established the MAT program to serve these poor and even those not so poor but who have limited coverage’s from their insurance providers.


The Amazon Rain Forest, Ecuador -

For the last ten years Wings of Hope has been serving the five tribal groups: Huaroni, Zapara, Kichua, Achuar and Shuar Ecuadorian. They are spread out in Ecuador, northern Peru and Southern Colombia rain forests. Most of this work takes places from bases in Puyo, the capital of the state of Pastaza, and the nearby town of Shell, about 200 miles south of Quito Ecuador. 

The indigenous people have had a similar experience as the North American Indian tribes. They are poor, do not speak the common language and have been severely abused. About ten years ago several oil companies (the reason the town of Shell got its name) saw the injustices being done to the people of the rain forest. They decided to provide an airplane, pilot, and humanitarian services to improve the villagers with an improved quality of life.

Wings of Hope was instrumental in working with the tribes and Ecuadorian government to bring Humanitarian aid. We call this delivering humanity. This could mean having a pilot to fly among the villages delivering construction material, providing medical supplies, or transporting the sick or injured to hospital. The delivery could also provide skilled volunteers to a village to provide a service the village does not have – for example: an inoculation campaign, sustainable food programs, or a source of fresh water. This is being done in varying degrees throughout the rain forest.


Zambia is Wings of Hope’s 41st country of operation established in 2006.  We are forging alliances with medical personnel in Zambia to improve the plight of the country’s children.   We work with health officials to correct the obvious problems of club feet and cleft pallets, and more sinister problems. In a country of 14.5 million, the entire middle generation is dead or dying from infectious disease: AIDS, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Sleeping Sickness, etc.  So children are taking care of children.  The entire country is wrapped in a tight blanket of hopelessness.

The challenges to treating the problems in Zambia are complicated by the sheer size of the country.  Zambia is huge, about the size of France, England and the Republic of Ireland all combined.  Only with specially equipped aircraft are we able to reach the communities that would otherwise remain isolated and forgotten. 

When asking Zambians how Wings of Hope can help, their replies are “save my life –  give me something to hope for besides an early death”.  We again ask what do you need, and the response is thoughtful silence.  Their voices are silent because Wings of Hope is asking Zambia to dream of a future where their children will never enter permanent sleep from a diseased fever or be forced to hide their faces from the world because of preventable injuries.  From this traveler’s perspective our work begins with helping native Zambians understand that kindness is available from Wings of Hope, and that Hope will become part of their everyday vocabulary.



The interview - I asked a few questions (here in Italics and bold type) to Douglas Clements, President of Wings of Hope, and these are his answers.


In spite of a certain social progress made in many parts of the world, there are still very difficult problems to be solved in various fields. What new values and what processes of change will be necessary to ensure a life worthy of living at all levels?


Douglas Clements - As always, questions on “life worth living” are not easy to answer. That is because of the great diversity in the peoples of the world and how that “worth” is measured. Therefore, Wings of Hope doesn’t work in regions of the world using our yardstick – we use what the people of the region use. We wish them to achieve their dreams, not our dreams. So while over the years, the standard process of international affairs has produced progress, it is often a ‘shoe-horn’ fit because most agencies don’t customize programs based upon the needs of the people being served.


Tolerance, understanding, and always very private discussions of what each group of people desire, along with a more dynamic and creative way of achieving their goals, can result in a higher level of success than the standard more commonly used process. Instead of trying to copy what is successful in Europe or North America and replicating it in another region with a very different culture and history. We customize each project on the front lines of each region Wings of Hopes serves and implement programs and projects based upon what the local population and in-place government desire.


Wings of Hope also works more directly at the ground level of society. We ask the poor what they wish to change and what thoughts they have as to how that change could be implemented and then slowly work at that level installing processes to achieve that change. The higher levels of government are always involved and made part of the solution, but we do not funnel money to these higher levels of government. Using this process, very little is diverted to non-program endeavors.


Although this is rather simplistic, it works very well. If you want to assist the town Blacksmith in being successful, you don’t need endless discussion or meetings with the Town Council; you simply need to bring him a horse. He’ll take it from there.


The conquest of peace is the result of the belief in new values and the consequent adoption of new behavioural patterns on the part of the people. What major positive changes in the field of solidarity have occurred in your country over the past 40 years, i.e. since Wings of Hope was established? And in the various parts of the world, where are your operations most concentrated: Central and South America; Africa?


DC - Solidarity in thought is an evolutionary process and care must be exercised when casting a tight net around what people believe or perceive. Human principals are often founded upon instant knowledge and thus can change as that knowledge base varies. We all may certainly believe in Peace and Hope for all men, but the definition of that Peace and Hope, as well as the journey to get to that point, is filled with numerous choices and paths to choose. The successful choice is one that is a path that tolerates dialog and builds consensus, tempered by the truth that alterations will be inevitable as we proceed. America has been unique in that it has always embraced both change and also challenged new thoughts. Discourse publicly through the media and at every level of society is one of the Hallmarks of America. It also brings about transparencies that minimize mis-steps or deceit which are systemic in any human endeavour.


Since it seems people learn best when learning the hard way, countries and their leadership unfortunately, often learn successful processes after painful failures. For example:  America and Canada and Western Europe have all been some sort of Democracy for quite some time. And getting to where they are today was fraught with numerous agonizing failures.


Today, the leadership of these countries usually believe that being a Democracy is an essential part of the quest for Peace and Hope. But that isn’t technically correct. A benevolent King or dictator can be very successful helping their subjects achieve Peace and Hope. Of course, it is rare for a King or dictator to be benevolent, but nonetheless, the key to achieving higher levels of Peace and Hope don’t necessarily reside in the form of government a country enjoys. It is the philosophy of that government and its willingness to constantly adjust the course of future history as they make the journey to Peace and Hope. Being patient, kind, inclusive and ever mindful of serving the people of their region are all Hallmarks of a successful process. Each region can then realize their dreams more rapidly without resorting to violence to force any specific set of dreams upon a populace.


Wings of Hope was established in 1962 and the world has, at once, changed considerably and very little in those 50 years. Major disagreements in philosophy or culture are, sadly, still often solved the same way we did thousands of years ago: with violence. Yet much more interaction takes place now due to expanding capabilities in human communication and knowledge of each other’s cultural differences. Wings of Hope has been very successful, in some regions, in reducing the amount of violence extended to solve a problem and we are ever hopeful more will be done over time.


This is what drives us to introduce a new major world project: The “Barua ya Mradi wa Amani” This means “Letters of Peace” in Swahili and is the first ever global compilation of thoughts as expressed privately, by 100 of the most powerful and influential people on the planet. The short list of contributors will include some very controversial figures and they qualify because they are in some position that allows them to influence large segments of people. Their thoughts, written in their own words on no more than two pages of text on achieving Peace on Earth, will be bound and published and then distributed to all countries at no cost.


The goal is to once and for all, share a dialog, without editing or commentary to posture these private thoughts, regardless of how controversial they may be. Sunlight and public discourse are wonderful cleansing filters. Exposing thoughts, even undesired ones, causes them to become more refined and pure. Too often what we, the public, hear is filtered by editorial comment or views, causing ideas to be more politically correct and not those of the originator.


Wings of Hope wanted to live up to the expectation of what a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee should do and what better way than to share international thoughts from those who can actually make Peace happen.


Wings of Hope is an all-volunteer charity with 154 bases in 45 countries and a task force of over 3,000 people spread around the world; more than 600 at the headquarters alone.  What is it that attracts them; how long do they stay on average; and what makes them stay?


DC - Volunteers come to Wings of Hope from every walk of life and experience. The principal reason is of course because they have a resonance with our core philosophies: Non-religious, non-political and non-racial and having 90 cents of every dollar go towards Program Services. These coupled with our Mission Statement that we implement Humanitarian Programs for a more peaceful world, is what motivates them.  Yes, many of them may have lesser reasons for assisting such as their interest in their own particular region and the issues they face there, but it always starts with the overall concepts that Wings of Hope promulgates.


Why are media still not sufficiently aware of the formidable expression of voluntary service in today’s society? What will make them more attentive to this profound social transformation, still not predominant but nevertheless constantly growing?


DC - It is a bit of an alien thought to believe that simple volunteers, perhaps with very little background or education in international affairs can effect a positive change. As an example: Most of us concede that college Professors with solid PhD’s rarely know how best to do the jobs that they teach. Sadly, life experiences and ordinary Common Sense are not valued nearly as highly as ‘book learning’. Yet, to become a college Professor or Dean, the very first requirement that is examined is the educational level of the candidate.


Of course, text-book learning is very important, but as most of us have found, really intractable situations we face from time to time can often be better and more quickly solved with creativity and the use of ordinary knowledge we accumulate as we progress through life. That will start with using patience, understanding and thinking ‘outside the box’ which are features our Field volunteers learned throughout their life as they confronted business and organizational problems every day.


These senior level experiences, which were required in order for them to succeed in their chosen fields, are very adaptable to international affairs. They approach a situation not with pomp and circumstance but with the hard learned skill of rolling up their sleeves and getting down to the basics of what needs doing.


Public opinion is leaping strongly into the foreground as a real element which can ask for, and obtain, the necessary changes for the construction of a solid culture of peace. To use a scientific analogy which is dear to me, do you think that we are near to reaching – as the human race – that ‘critical mass’ which is able to produce the necessary changes for expressing a culture of peace?


DC - You certainly are correct to a large extent. Because of the increased capability to communicate on both a local/regional basis as well as internationally, public opinion has become much more powerful in shaping the future course of events. We need to remember though that these new technologies have incredible hidden land mines amongst them. The amount of mis-information that is now treated as fact is staggering and virtually untraceable. When any population group uses knowledge obtained that has not been properly vetted, serious and often irreversible, consequences occur.


There is also the fact that most major issues facing Humanity are not capable of being digested into short paragraphs. The old complaint of news being boiled down to a sound bite is true more today than it has ever been. Categorically, no YouTube video, or Facebook post, or Tweet can capture all the elements of an issue. The mind of man cannot be forced into a neat packet. It simply is not possible. But there is no question, we all desire quick ways to learn about something. We also easily forget that there are mountains of idiosyncrasies underlying that small communiqué obtained through the new avenues of communication. It is important to remember it was visibly a rather small piece of ice that protruded out of the water as the Titanic quietly slipped by in the night.


Wings of Hope does use many of the new forms of communication, but we also rely upon the old standards of face to face meetings that may take place for many months. This allows all of the aspects of a theorem to be examined and judged. Then, when a choice is made, it is a fully and properly formed decision, and not a knee jerk reaction to some partially conveyed thought.




In all my thirty years of voluntary activities, I have never met a charity expressing so tangibly, comprehensively and efficiently the values and the inherent sacrifice (=sacrum facere) of solidarity. Will Wings of Hope win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize? Good News Agency believes they have exceptional chances to succeed in doing so.


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