August 22, 2014
United Nations Security Council Commits to Early Action to Prevent Conflict
Photo: The UN Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution expressing its commitment to take early and effective actions to prevent armed conflict and to that end to employ all appropriate means at its disposal. August 21, 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.
The United Nations Security Council today expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the United Nations system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger “early, concrete preventive action”.
Senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the Organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention.
Unanimously adopting a resolution ahead of a day-long meeting on conflict prevention, the Council expressed its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations “in preventing and ending armed conflicts, their escalation, spread when they occur, and their resurgence once they end,” and underlined the overriding moral, political and humanitarian imperatives as well as the economic advantages of taking such a preventive approach.
“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
August 2, 2014
The United States and India Announce Institutional Partnership Grants 2014
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a student engaged in biomass research as he visits the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, before a string of meetings as part of a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries on July 31, 2014. (U.S. State Department Photo).
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with a student engaged in biomass research as he visits the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, before a string of meetings as part of a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries on July 31, 2014. (U.S. State Department Photo).
Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative has announced Third Round of Awards in a continuation of the educational partnership between India and the United States. The initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Each award can be utilized over a three-year period, with the aim of encouraging mutual understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the development of junior faculty at Indian and American institutions of higher learning.
2014 Grant Recipients
• University of Illinois, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
Partner Institution: Bel-Air College of Nursing, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Project Title: Building an effective partnership for innovative nursing education and research to advance public health
• Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Partner Institution: Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Project Title: Prevention of Corneal Blindness: Collaboration between IUSO and SN
• University of California, Berkeley (Center for South Asia Studies), CA
Partner Institution: Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Maharashtra
Project Title: Sustainable Indian Water Infrastructure Project (SIWIP): A Systems Approach
• Tufts University, Boston, MA
Partner Institution: Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Project Title: Capacity building for Medical Education in Bioethics in India
• Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Partner Institution: Mississippi State University, MS
Project Title: Indo-U.S. Initiatives on Cleaner Energy and Water Research
• Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam
Partner Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA
Project Title: Foam-assisted CO2 Flooding for the Depleted Reservoirs of Upper Assam Basin and in Candidate Reservoirs in Louisiana
• Jawaharlal Technological University, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Partner Institution: Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
Project Title: Promoting University-Industrial Cooperation, Creativity, Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Computer Science
• University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal
Partner Institution: Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Project Title: Promoting Eco-friendly Entrepreneurship Development for Women in West Bengal