Caitlyn Jordan Virginia Dandan, an independent expert on human rights and international solidarity for the United Nations Human Rights Council, lectured on solving local issues on an international level.This is especially important in developing countries, Dandan said, since they may not have the means required to solve a problem.“Many countries lack the financial resources and lack the human resources necessary to handle problems on their own,” she said.Yet international solidarity is still important in more established countries, Dandan said.“Even in wealthy countries, there are still pockets of poverty that remain,” Dandan said. “In trying to eradicate inequality and discrimination, what country in the world can do this on its own? They need international cooperation.”This international cooperation is universally beneficial, Dandan said.“Countries are still interdependent with each other,” she said. “They are still interrelated in what they’re doing.”Dandan said fighting human rights violations through international solidarity would make the causes of these violations clearer to other countries dealing with similar issues.“International solidarity tries not only to encourage human rights, but is able to get to the root causes of the violations of human rights at the international level,” she said.The movement aims to help all countries involved by promoting the values of the United Nations, Dandan said.“The collective purposes and actions of international solidarity must be directed towards fostering the three pillars of the United Nations, which are peace and security, development and human rights,” Dandan said.Luigi Crema, a visiting Kellogg fellow from the University of Milan, provided commentary on Dandan’s talk and discussed her role in the United Nations.“She is trying to take an idea from the limited boundaries of a political body and move it towards international needs,” he said.The global fight against terrorism is an example of international solidarity, since many countries acknowledge the threat terrorism poses and have worked together in an attempt to eliminate it, Crema said.“This fight embodies a political view that is global and not just local,” Crema said.Everyone can participate in international solidarity by remaining aware of global issues and becoming involved in attempts to eradicate these issues, Dandan said.“Those hopes that you have for your own individual tomorrow must include a very real engagement with what is happening around us,” she said. “Let us not give [future generations] a world where they have no more choices to make because they have to live with what we have done today.”Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, international solidarity, Kellogg Center for International Studies, UN Human Rights Council, United Nations, Virginia Dandan Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity for the United Nations Human Rights Council Virginia Dandan spoke about the importance of international solidarity in a lecture Thursday afternoon sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Dandan said the goal of international solidarity is to allow local issues to be solved on an international level.“International solidarity is a platform that broadens the participation of implementing human rights across borders,” Dandan said.
Sharing is caring! 10 Views no discussions Share LocalNews UWP Leader criticize agriculture minister’s statement on over-production by: – February 1, 2012 Tweet Share Share Hon. Edison James. (file photo)Leader of the United Workers Party Edison James has criticised statements by the country’s Agriculture Minister about the over protection of certain root crops.Walter said that there is an over production of certain root crops and plantains at this time.However James said the “boastful” statements demonstrates that the Minister does not understand the essentials of proper planning for production and marketing of agricultural crops.“There is over production where a crop is produced which the farmer is unable to sell or to market. A major role of the Ministry, under the direction and control of Mr. Walters, is to ensure that production volumes are linked with markets i.e. when the farmer is asked to produce a crop there is a market through which his crop can be sold,” he said.According to James, “this empty boast by Mr. Walters is a public confession that he, his Ministry and his Government, have seriously failed the farmers, the important agricultural sector and the people of this country on a whole”.He said the UWP has constantly stressed its commitment to adopt a policy in which farmers will be assisted to produce their crops under contractual arrangements which include ensuring a secure market and the direct purchase of the crops when necessary.“This is the only way that Agriculture will serve the farmers and the Commonwealth of Dominica. We sincerely urge the farmers and Citizens to give the United Workers Party the opportunity to put it plans into operation,” he noted.Dominica Vibes News