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20 Global Problems: 20 Years to Solve Them

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Did you ever wish you could change the world? Well, if you are a student in Squamish this week, you might just do that. On May 25th – 27th, students from all over the world will be coming to Squamish to discuss global issues, create action plans, and inspire change as part of the Global Issues Network conference sponsored by Quest University and Self-Design High School. The Global Issues Network was begun by teachers and students from six international schools in Europe, the program is based upon High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them by Jean-François Rischard, former World Bank Vice-President for Europe. Following on the mission of the Global Issues Network students are encouraged to think systemically about real issues while also taking action to improve the human condition attendees will connect with other groups and organizations in order to brainstorm, network, and address the many pressing problems in our interconnected world while at the same time collaborating on a local service project to aid the Squamish community. The Key Note Speakers at the event are: Mohammed Barry, a Gambian high school student who an Anchor of E-classroom, a writer, an HIV treatment advocate and has been living openly with HIV for 13 years; Jonathan Warner will be discussing issues of poverty and inequality from an economics standpoint and will specifically talk about his experiences in Belize; and Toshio Rahman from Amnesty International Vancouver will be leading discussions about issues related to poverty and inequality. Want to take a crack at Rischard’s twenty biggies? Give then a try… Sharing our planet: Issues involving the global commons: 1. Global warming  2. Biodiversity and ecosystem losses 3. Fisheries depletion 4. Deforestation 5. Water deficits 6. Maritime safety and pollution Sharing our humanity: Issues requiring a global commitment: 7. Massive step-up in the fight against poverty 8. Peacekeeping, conflict prevention, combating terrorism 9. Education for all 10. Global infectious diseases 11. Digital Divide 12. Natural disaster prevention and mitigation Sharing our rulebook: Issues needing a global regulatory approach: 13. Reinventing taxation for the 21st century 14. Biotechnology rules 15. Global financial architecture 16. Illegal drugs 17. Trade, investment, and competition rules 18. Intellectual property rights 19. E-commerce rules 20. International labor and migration rules