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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is part of the United Nations Secretariat and is responsible for the follow-up to major United Nations Summits and Conferences, as well as services to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the Second and Third Committees of the United Nations General Assembly. UN DESA assists countries around the world in agenda-setting and decision-making with the goal of meeting their economic and environmental challenges, it supports international cooperation to promote sustainable development for all, having as a foundation the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015. In providing a broad range of analytical products, policy advice, technical assistance, UN DESA translates global commitments in the economic and environmental spheres into national policies and actions and continues to play a key role in monitoring progress towards internationally agreed-upon development goals.

It is a member of the United Nations Development Group. UN DESA is part of the UN Secretariat, funded through regular assessed contributions from Member States; the Department was reorganized into its present form in 1997. The Department is headed by Liu Zhenmin who assumed the office of Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, following his appointment to this position by Secretary-General António Guterres on 26 July 2017. Mr. Liu advises the Secretary-General on the three pillars of sustainable development—social economic and environmental, nurtures key partnerships with governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations, including the SDGs. In directing and managing UN DESA, the Under-Secretary-General is supported by the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs. UN DESA's mission is to promote sustainable development for all; this reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in countries large and small and developing.

It underscores the need for all stakeholders – governments, UN and other international organizations, civil society and the private sector – to do their part to improve economic and social well-being. This emphasis on equitable participation by all people and nations is what makes the United Nations unique and gives the development agenda its universal legitimacy. UN DESA's work programme can be categorized into three areas: Norm-setting: By facilitating major global conferences and summits, as mandated by UN Member States, UN DESA assists countries as they find common ground and take decisive steps forward. UN DESA is tasked with supporting deliberations in two major UN charter bodies: the UN General Assembly and UN Economic and Social Council, including ECOSOC's subsidiary bodies. In addition, UN DESA organises and supports consultations with a range of stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society. In this regard, UN DESA's main priorities are promoting progress toward and strengthening accountability in achieving the SDGs.

Furthermore, UN DESA is responsible for ensuring civil society engagement with the UN through the ECOSOC bodies. Data and Analysis: UN DESA, generates and compiles a wide range of official economic and environmental data and information on which Member States draw to review common problems and to take stock of policy options. One of the Department's primary contributions is providing policy research and analysis for governments to use in their deliberations and decision-making UN DESA is the lead “author” Department of the UN Secretariat; the research and analytical work covers a range of economic and environmental issues. The Department produces a host of flagship publications and major intergovernmental reports, which are essential to UN negotiations and global policy decisions; the publications are distributed in print and electronic formats around the world. Capacity-building: UN DESA advises Member States / Governments on implementing the policies and programmes developed at UN conferences back in their home countries.

It assists interested Governments in translating policy frameworks developed in UN conferences and summits into programmes at the country level and, through technical assistance, helps build national capacities. Economic Analysis and Policy Division: The Economic Analysis and Policy Division is the think-tank for development economics within DESA and the main development research unit within the United Nations; the core functions of the Division include monitoring the global economic and social situation, promoting macroeconomic policy co-ordination and analyzing development trends to improve the implementation of the UN Development Agenda. It has been contributing an array of analyses and policy recommendations to the international debate on the global financial and economic crisis; the division is responsible for publishing the yearly World Economic Situation and Prospects and the World Economic Social Survey reports, as well as a monthly briefing on the world economic landscape. It is host to the Committee for Development Policy, which monitors and benchmarks the Least Developed Countries.

Division for Sustainable Development Goals: The Division for Sustainable Development Goals supports intergovernmental processes related to sustainable development at the UN and serves as the substantive secretariat to the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development. The Division provides leadership and catalyses action to promote and implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related 17 SDGs by conducting research and undertaking substanti

Neillia incisa

Neillia incisa called lace shrub, is a species of plant in the rose family. It is native to eastern Asia, where it is found in China, Japan and Taiwan. In the United States it is cultivated by nurseries as an ornamental, it has been naturalized in the U. S. state of Virginia. It is expected to become invasive in temperate forests of North America in the future, it is a deciduous shrub. It has lobed leaves, with prominent stipules, it produces panicles of small white flowers in early summer. Fruits are around 2 mm long, its natural habitat is on low mountain slopes by streams. It is considered to be a common species in Japan

John Kastner (filmmaker)

John Kastner was a four-time Emmy Award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker whose work focused on the Canadian criminal justice system. His films included the documentaries Out of Mind, Out of Sight, a film about patients at the Brockville Mental Health Centre, named best Canadian feature documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Sharing the Secret The Lifer and the Lady Hunting Bobby Oatway Rage Against the Darkness Monster in the Family Life with Murder NCR: Not Criminally Responsible Out of Mind, Out of Sight Not Criminally Responsible: Wedding Secrets Early in his career, Kastner took a break from making documentary films on serious topics with lighter fare, which included co-hosting a short-lived children's series for CTV in the early 1980s, Just Kidding, as well as doing comedy segments for the CBC-TV late-night talk show 90 Minutes Live. A child actor, Kastner's first screenwriting credit came in 1983, when he co-wrote The Terry Fox Story, starring Robert Duvall.

Kaster won four Emmy Awards. He won International Emmys for his 1978 film Four Women, a look at breast cancer for the CBC-TV investigative news series The Fifth Estate, he received a News & Documentary Emmy Award for The Lifer and the Lady. Life with Murder won the Donald Brittain Award for best social/political documentary at the 2011 Gemini Awards, a Special Jury Prize at the Houston Worldfest Film Festival and the awards for Best Political Documentary and Special Achievement in Directing at the Chicago International Film Festival. Kastner received the Academy Achievement Award at the 22nd annual Gemini Awards, for his contributions to Canadian television journalism. In 2012, he was the subject of a "Focus On" retrospective at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, he was the brother of actor Peter Kastner. Official website John Kastner on IMDb John Kastner's blog at The Huffington Post John Kastner fonds at The Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries, York University

Taha Jabir Alalwani

Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, Ph. D. was the President of Cordoba University in Ashburn, United States. He held the Imam Al-Shafi'i Chair in the Islamic Legal Theory at The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences at Corboda University. Al-Alwani concentrated on the fields of Islamic legal theory, usul al-fiqh, Qur'anic sciences, general Islamic thought. Al-Alwani was founder and former chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. Born in 1935 in Iraq, Al-Alwani received his high school diploma from Al-Azhar in 1953 and received his bachelor's from the College of Shari’ah and Law at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt in 1959, he continued at the college and earned a master's degree in 1968 and a doctorate in Usul al-fiqh in 1973. Following his undergraduate studies, Al-Alwani returned to Iraq and became a lieutenant in the Iraqi Military Reserves, he taught in the Military Academy of Iraq in Baghdad and taught in the College of Islamic Studies where he was a professor for 6 years. While in Baghdad Al-Alwani studied with some of Iraq's most prominent figures including: Sheikh Amjad al-Zahawi, Sheikh Qasim Al-Qaysi, Sheikh Mohammad Fu'ad Al-Aloosi, Sheikh Abdul'Aziz Salem Al-Samerai, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Qazilchi.

Al-Alwani led Jummah in the famous Mosque of Hajja Haseebah Al-Pachatchi from 1953 until 1969. He was forced to leave Iraq in 1969 due to his opposition of the Ba'ath party, he returned to Al-Azhar in Egypt where he earned his PhD. After his PhD graduation he taught for 10 years at the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Alwani decided to immigrate to the United States in 1983 where he settled down in Northern Virginia for 23 years. There he studied the history of several religious groups Jewish history and focused his attention on Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakay, who established the famous Jewish school in Haifa and founded the jurisprudence for Jewish minorities across the globe. Al-Alwani learned many of his lessons on Muslim integration into American society from Rabbi Yohanan. Al-Alwani's open attitude towards education strengthened his benefit to the Islamic community in the United States. During his time in the United States and in the Middle East, he worked extensively on interfaith projects.

He has a vast network of scholars from different religions whom he still keeps up with as friends today. Al-Alwani held the first chair for an Islamic scholar in the Washington Theological Consortium. Al-Alwani wrote and published over 30 books on a wide variety of Islamic issues including the "Ethics of Disagreement", he pioneered many revolutionary original thoughts and ideas that subsequently lead to the establishment of new fields in Islamic Studies. He wrote about the Islamization of Knowledge, the need for Ijtihad, contributed to fiqh al-aqalliyyat which deals with problems Muslims face in countries where they are minorities and concentrates more on special and exceptional rulings for those special circumstances. Al-Alwani is known for his work in the disciplines in Quranic studies. In his book, "Al-Tadabour" he discusses how to understand the Quran using the Quran itself as opposed to the direct reliance on "Mufassireen", he believes that due to the diversity in background and studies of these "mufassiroon" they have brought their biases and differences amongst Muslims through their interpretations.

By removing the "middle man" Alwani believes that Muslims can find a better understanding of the Quran and Islam. Al-Alwani has compared America to al-Andalus where the Muslims risk deportation from America if they fail to become partners with other groups of society, they can achieve this by serving America and convincing American society that Islam and Muslims in America are an asset to society rather than a liability. His work reflected moderate positions in Islamic scholarship, including a monograph he wrote against punishing apostasy. Al-Alwani had 3 children, Dr. Zainab Alwani, Dr. Ruqaya Alwani and Ahmed Alwani all of whom are active in their fathers methodology, he still plays an active role in his late wife's Mona Abul-Fadl work on Muslim's Women Studies and promotes her book, "Arab Regimes". He founded a think-tank in Cairo named Zahra and Mona Rewaq, he is the main supporter of the Arab Association of Women and Civilization Studies, established by Dr. Mona Abul-Fadl, he enjoys listening to maqaam classical Arabic music.

Since he was a child, he has played the musical instrument'Al-Qanoon'. He speaks Arabic, English and Turkish. Taha Jabir Alalwani's "Apostasy in Islam"

Jennie Stoller

Jennifer Stoller was a British actress. In a career spanning 40 years, she appeared in TV, film and radio productions. Stoller was born in Finchley, north London, to Jewish parents, her father, Sam Stoller, was a fishmonger, of Russian and Lithuanian descent, her mother Ada, was from Łódź, Poland. Stoller attended a Catholic convent school, in Golders Green. After completing high school, Stoller attended the Drama Centre theatre school in London, however in 1966 she was asked to leave as she was not considered suitable for group dramatic work. Following her training at the Drama Centre, Stoller worked in repertory theatre for a number of years, in theatre-in-education groups. In 1971 she joined Nancy Meckler’s Freehold company. Meckler was an American director and Stoller appeared in a number of new works, including works by American Sam Shepard. Stoller was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s, playing Helena in the 1972 world tour of Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was a founding member of its offshoot company Joint Stock.

She performed with the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre of England. In 1983 she performed in New York City as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. In 2009 Stoller performed in Caryl Churchill's play Seven Jewish Children at the Royal Court Theatre; the BBC refused to broadcast the play on radio due to its political nature. Stoller appeared in over 100 radio broadcasts, she appeared in television series, notably in the role of Annabelle Harborough in the 1981 series Sapphire & Steel, a small number of films. In her years, Stoller taught and directed theatre productions for London theatre schools. Stoller died in London on 18 November 2018 of cancer, she was 72 years old

Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area

Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area is a marine protected area in Newport Bay in Orange County and the South Coast region of Southern California. It extends inland/northeast from the Pacific Coast Highway crossing of the bay, within the city of Newport Beach. SMCA is one of 36 new marine protected areas adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission in December, 2010 during the third phase of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative; the MLPAI is a collaborative public process to create a statewide network of protected areas along California’s coastline. The south coast’s new marine protected areas were designed by local divers, fishermen and scientists who comprised the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group, their job was to design a network of protected areas that would preserve sensitive sea life and habitats while enhancing recreation and education opportunities. The South Coast marine protected areas went into effect in 2012; the Upper Newport Bay SMCA covers 1.28 square miles of wetlands area.

The designated SMCA area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Upper Newport Bay, northeastward of Pacific Coast Highway approximated by a line between the following points: In waters below the mean high tide line inside the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, northeastward of a line connecting Shellmaker Island. 33°37.20′N 117°53.51′W and North Star Beach 33°37.38′N 117°53.60′W. The Upper Newport Bay SMCA protects a rare upland lagoon ecosystem, its associated animal and plant species; the SMCA protects marine life by limiting the removal of marine wildlife from within its borders. Upper Newport Bay SMCA prohibits take of all living marine resources except the recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line from shore only, or take pursuant to maintenance dredging, habitat restoration and education programs, maintenance of artificial structures, operation and maintenance of existing facilities inside the conservation area per any required federal and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

As specified by the Marine Life Protection Act, select marine protected areas along California’s south coast are being monitored by scientists to track their effectiveness and learn more about ocean health. Similar studies in marine protected areas located off of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands have detected gradual improvements in fish size and number. Located in the city of Newport Beach, the Upper Newport Bay SMCA sits amongst some of southern California’s most visited coastal recreation amenities. Miles of sandy beaches and points, blufftop hiking trails are available for beachcombing, surfing and kayaking. Throughout this area, collecting living marine resources from the intertidal area is prohibited to preserve wildlife, while some fishing opportunities are available offshore along the Crystal Cove and Dana Point coastline outside the Laguna Beach SMR; the following restrictions apply: Swimming is allowed only in the area between North Star Beach and mid-channel. Boats are limited to speeds less than five miles per hour.

Shoreline access is limited to paths, or other designated areas. Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve Marine Life Protection Act Initiative CalOceans