WE, a family of organizations that makes doing good doable, has announced a partnership with Omaze and a star-studded lineup of celebrities to help raise funds for WE Schools – a year long service-learning curriculum that empowers young people, including underserved youth, to create meaningful impact locally and globally.In a series of video announcements, top stars including Natalie Portman, Kermit the Frog, Martin Sheen, Paula Abdul, Sofia Carson and Drew and Jonathan Scott, stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers, are offering fans the chance to live their dream celebrity experiences, all in a bid to empower 100,000 students to engage in service.“We believe that these youth are the leaders of tomorrow,” said co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. “We’re so excited to have partnered with Omaze and some incredible celebrities who have offered their time to raise funds that will help give students the inspiration, mentorship, educational resources, tools and support they need to realize their potential and become the change-makers of their generation.”To help get fans excited about these experiences, all of the stars participating created video announcements, letting fans know exactly what they can expect if they’re the lucky winner. These experiences include: Double date with Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied in LAKaraoke with Kermit the FrogDiscuss The West Wing with Martin Sheen over lunchHave the ultimate summer picnic with Paula AbdulCruise to the Bahamas with the Scott brothers and score a virtual home makeoverTake a dance lesson with Sofia CarsonThese campaigns will also be featured in the fourth annual WE Day Special, airing on ABC, Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The Special is a celebration of doing good, honoring youth and families across the country who are making a real impact in their communities and around the world, with the help of A-list celebrities and global thought leaders.A $10 donation on Omaze.com/WE provides fans the chance to win one of these epic experiences and supports this important cause. These campaigns close on September 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST.For more information on the partnership and to enter for your chance to win a celebrity experience that gives back to WE visit Omaze.com/WE.
Riyadh – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Jordan reaffirmed, here on Wednesday, their support for Morocco’s autonomy plan in the Sahara.The Gulf States and Jordan said that the autonomy plan represents a “serious and credible” basis for a negotiated solution to the Sahara issue.The statement comes after the GCC and Jordan’s foreign ministers as well as Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Ministry inspector general met in Riyadh. The ministers also reiterated their rejection to Iran’s interference in the region and condemned the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad.They also affirmed the sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates over its three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa.The ministers stressed the importance of reaching a political solution in Yemen, based on the GCC initiatives, the outcome of the comprehensive national dialogue and Riyadh Conference, and the unconditional implementation of the Security Council’s resolutions.With MAP
27 December 2011As the death toll in the Philippines from the impact of tropical storm Washi passes 1,100, the United Nations continues to both rush aid to storm-affected areas and stress the need to focus renewed attention on the thousands of children hit by the disaster. With tens of thousand of homeless villagers seeking shelter in public buildings, including schools, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has increased its calls for the safe and uninterrupted access to learning for children afflicted by the storm. “In times of emergency, communities are likely to prioritize needs related to people’s immediate survival and will not have the resources to address the basic need of affected school children and teachers,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction. “For this reason, forward planning to preserve a child’s right to education is one of the most valuable actions a government can take, before disasters strike,” Ms. Wahlström added, further noting that education was critical to children’s long-term opportunities and must not be interrupted. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has also pledged to provide children with continued access to safe learning environments in the storm-ravaged cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on the island of Mindanao, which were particularly affected by flash floods and landslides as a result of Washi.In addition, the UN’s newly revised humanitarian action plan for Mindanao will see $354,000 directed toward helping devastated communities re-establish educational facilities and replace damaged or lost learning materials. In the early hours of 17 December, the Cagayan, Agus and Madulong rivers swelled under the force of Washi, known locally as Sendong, and overflowed their banks, drowning many people in their sleep. According to figures released yesterday by the Philippine Government, more than 1,100 people are dead and 39,437 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Over 60,000 people are taking shelter in 53 evacuation centres and another 309,474 people are staying with relatives or in makeshift structures. The figures are expected to rise as more information becomes available.
The driver was carjacked yesterday in Ghazni town – site of Sunday’s killing of a UN refugee worker – and beaten by four armed men before he was let go.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said yesterday it was temporarily suspending assistance to Afghan returnees from Pakistan, withdrawing 30 international staff from the border area and closing reception centres in four provinces following Sunday’s attack.Bettina Goislard, a 29-year-old French national working for UNHCR, was travelling in a clearly marked agency vehicle through the centre of Ghazni city when gunmen pulled up on a motorcycle, opened fire and killed her.On Monday Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the UN was already taking new steps to protect staff that would involve changes in the way the world body works in Afghanistan as it seeks to continue its operations there.