Topic

humanitarian aid

37 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel (CDU), Theresa May MP

Help third world countries become self sufficient instead of relying on foreign aid

INTRO Many third world countries today report high numbers of death due to malnutrition, dehydration, and hypothermia (or other weather-related illnesses). Even though large companies like Nestle are giving free water and baby food to third world countries, there are more deaths than ever due to the causes mentioned above. This is why the UN needs to start to devote more time to aiding third world countries in a way such that they don't become dependent on first world countries, like the situations in many regions of Africa. SOLUTION Rather than simply distributing food, water, etc. to third world countries, we must provide a way for third world countries to become self-sufficient and safe. There are a few ways we can attempt to do this: Teaching basic agricultural concepts to and starting small farms in third world countries with clean water sources to provide a supply of food. Making sure that there is a fast and easy way to get clean water (the best solution would be underground pipes with filters, but this would be an expensive undertaking and would require more funding than the UN has for foreign aid). Ensuring that there are enough natural materials in third world countries to use for housing, and teaching those countries how to build weather-resistant housing. If there aren't enough materials, use farms (as mentioned earlier) to grow materials (like trees) for use in housing. Establishing a military to protect from attacks from foreign nations (this mostly applies to truly dangerous countries like Somalia). Establishing trade with other countries to get more materials. Establishing a small democratic republic with a leader from the nation that knows what problems are present in their country, in order to try to prevent those problems. (If the government collapses, or if it becomes something other than a constitutional democracy, then immediate intervention is necessary.) Although these solutions aren't perfect, they can be a stepping stone to helping third world countries get on their feet instead of relying on first world countries. Why should we care? One primary mission of the UN is to "to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character." However, currently, most third world countries in Africa and South America rely on first world countries like the United States, Great Britain, and Germany to give them food, which discourages them from trying to develop an actual country. Thus, by helping them establish fundamental parts of a successful country, we can ensure that more of the world's population has access to food, water, and shelter, which 75% of the world does not have. "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime."

Jay Rana
6 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Syngenta AG

Bring Golden Rice to the U.S.

  Golden Rice, a bio-fortified crop which could protect millions of children around the world from vitamin A deficiency and blindness, has just been approved for consumption by several  international agencies, including the Unites States' FDA.  This is a massive milestone for scientific progress over fear-mongering and the spread of misinformation regarding GM technology.  However, the global agribusiness company Syngenta retains exclusive commercial rights, and does not plan to market Golden Rice in the United States. We find that this decision misses the opportunity to introduce western consumers to the promising new technology of biofortification, which can help bridge the divide between health-conscious consumers and genetic technology by introducing people to a GM crop that has serious nutritional and antioxidant benefits. Not licensing golden rice in the U.S. also fails to reassure people in developing countries that GM technology is safe and eaten by all, creating the mistaken impression that we want them to eat something that we are not willing to eat. Additionally, since rice is a staple food in plant based diets even in the developed world, introducing Golden Rice into the western market could be an effective way to ameliorate vitamin A nutrient concerns and lessen dependence on animal agriculture. This would lower the already small risk of sub-optimal levels and increase convenience, thus easing transition to more plant-based diets for the sake of human health and the global environment. Please sign this petition asking Syngenta AG to market Golden Rice within the United States.    

Tevin Arnott
16 supporters