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Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization is an international membership organization established to facilitate the voices of unrepresented and marginalised nations and peoples worldwide. It was formed on 11 February 1991 in The Hague, Netherlands, its members consist of indigenous peoples and unrecognised or occupied territories. UNPO works to develop the understanding of and respect for the right to self-determination, provides advice and support related to questions of international recognition and political autonomy, trains groups on how to advocate for their causes and directly advocates for an international response to human rights violations perpetrated against UNPO member groups; some former members, such as Armenia, East Timor, Latvia and Palau, have gained full independence and joined the United Nations. UNPO was conceived of in the 1980s by leaders of self-determination movements, Linnart Mäll of the Congress of Estonia, Erkin Alptekin, of East Turkestan, Lodi Gyari of Tibet, together with Michael van Walt van Praag, long the international law adviser of the 14th Dalai Lama.

The founders were representatives of national movements of Estonia, Tibet, Crimean Tatars, Georgia, East Turkestan, East Timor, Australian Aboriginals, The Cordillera, the Greek Minority in Albania, Palau and West Papua. A key UNPO goal was, remains, to replicate the success of the 14th Dalai Lama's and the Tibetan people's non-violent message in the face of oppression and occupation. UNPO chose for its founding headquarters in 1991 The Hague in the Netherlands because the city aimed at becoming the International City of Peace and Justice and hosts international courts like the ICJ and ICC. A Foundation was established in the Netherlands to provide secretarial support to the UNPO General Assembly and to carryout research and educational activities related to unrepresented peoples worldwide; the Foundation maintains a permanent presence before the European Union, United States and United Nations. It is funded by a combination of member contributions, donations from individuals and project-based grants from foundations.

UNPO's vision is to affirm democracy as a fundamental human right, implement human and political rights worldwide, uphold the universal right to autonomy and self-determination and further federalism. It encourages nonviolent methodologies to reach peaceful solutions to conflicts and oppression. UNPO supports members in getting their human and cultural rights respected and in preserving their environments; the organization provides a forum for members to network and assists them in participating at an international level. Although UNPO members have different goals, they have one thing in common: they are not represented diplomatically in major international institutions, such as the United Nations; as a result, their ability to have their concerns addressed by the global bodies mandated to protect human rights and address conflict is limited. UNPO is dedicated to the five principles enshrined in its Covenant: The equal right to self-determination. All members are required to abide by the UNPO Covenant.

UNPO members are required to be nonviolent. The following are listed as members by the UNPO. Original members are listed in bold. Organizations representing nations may become suspended from the UNPO if they fail to follow its covenant; some members of the UNPO have left because of United Nations recognition, autonomy agreements, or for other reasons. The following lists suspended members. Former members who became part of UN are highlighted with a blue background. Original members are listed in bold. Secretaries general Executive Director Karl Habsburg-Lothringen – 19 January 2002 – 31 December 2002Chair/Presidents of the General Assembly Linnart Mäll – 1991–1993 Erkin Alptekin – 1993–1997 Seif Sharif Hamad – 1997–2001 John J. Nimrod – 2001–2005 Göran Hansson – 2005–2006Ledum Mitee – 2006–2010 Ngawang Choephel Drakmargyapon – 2010–2017 Nasser Boladai Federal Union of European Nationalities Micronations United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples List of national liberation movements recognized by intergovernmental organizations European Free Alliance Stateless nation Official website

Data Documentation Initiative

The Data Documentation Initiative is an international standard for describing surveys, statistical data files, social sciences study-level information. This information is described as metadata by the standard. Begun in 1995, the effort brings together data professionals from around the world to develop the standard; the DDI specification, most expressed in XML, provides a format for content and preservation of questionnaire and data file information. DDI supports the description and distribution of social science data, creating an international specification, machine-actionable and web-friendly. Version 2 of the DDI standard has been implemented in the Dataverse data repository and the data archives of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Version 3.2 of the DDI standard was released in 2014. Colectica Metadata standards DDI Project Official website DDI Tools Colectica CSM's XCONVERT IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit Nesstar Publisher SDA to XML SPSSOMS2DDI The Dataverse Project

Chen Gui (politician)

Chen Gui is a former Chinese politician who spent most of his career in North China's Hebei province. As of March 2015 he was under investigation by the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency, he served as the Communist Party Secretary of Hengshui. Chen was raised in Zhuolu County, Hebei, he graduated from Hebei Normal University in 1981. He was appointed to the Vice-County Governor and Deputy Communist Party Secretary of Huaian County in February 1993, Communist Party Secretary, the top political position in the city, from February 1996 to December 1997. Chen was Vice-Mayor of Zhangjiakou in December 1997, Deputy Communist Party Secretary, in February 2003. In June 2006 he was transferred to Qinhuangdao as the Deputy Communist Party Secretary, a position he held until March 2008. In November 2008 he was promoted to become the Communist Party Secretary of Hengshui. However, he was dismissed for "disciplinary violations" in April 2010, for reasons that were never made public, he left public view.

Chen was placed under investigation by the authorities in March 2015, again for unknown reasons. He was the second Hebei official to be announced to be under investigation since an anti-corruption campaign began following the 18th Party Congress, it is notable that his predecessor as Hengshui party chief Jing Chunhua was investigated for corruption

Martin Cline

Martin J. Cline is an American geneticist, the Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, he did postdoctoral training in hematology-oncology at the University of Utah and was at the University of California, San Francisco before going to UCLA. His research has been in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics. Cline was the first to transfer a functioning gene into a living mouse, creating the first transgenic organism, his research has pertained to the molecular genetic alterations in cancer in leukemia. In 1980, Cline conducted a rDNA transfer into the bone marrow cells of two patients with hereditary blood disorders, he did so in direct opposition to National Institute of Health gene therapy guidelines and without the approval of the Institutional Review Board at the University of California Los Angeles, where his research was conducted. The ethical concerns that were generated prompted a call for review by a number of organizations—including the National Council of Churches, Synagogue Council of America, the United States Catholic Conference.

Cline was forced to resign his department chairmanship at UCLA and lost several research grants. "The Cline Affair" https://www.cell.com/molecular-therapy-family/molecular-therapy/comments/S1525-001690486-1 "Doctor Tried Gene Therapy On 2 Humans" https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1980/10/08/doctor-tried-gene-therapy-on-2-humans/c95d4b44-3e5c-4a48-904c-4bbefe52391b

Wallacean drongo

The Wallacean drongo or Greater Wallacean drongo is a species of bird in the family Dicruridae. It can be found in the countries of East Timor, it was considered to be conspecific with the hair-crested drongo. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests; the Wallacean drongo has a large range and does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion. Its extent of occurrence is greater than 20,000 km2; the population trend is not known but it is not believed to be declining sufficiently and the population size is believed to be large enough for it to not qualify as Vulnerable using the population size criterion. For these reasons the species is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN; the following six subspecies are recognized: D. densus densus Wallacean drongo Roti, Timor and Sermata D. densus vicinus Lesser Sunda drongo Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands D. densus bimaensis Bima drongo Sumbawa, Rinca, Pantar and Gunungapi D. densus sumbae Sumba drongo Sumba D. densus kuehni Tanimbar drongo Tanimbar Islands D. densus megalornis Moluccan drongo Gorong, Watubela Is. and Kai Is. in southwest Moluccas Photograph at mangoverde.com

Thepetebox

THePETEBOX is a live looping human beatbox artist from the UK. He was crowned the Radio 1 beatbox champion in 2005. THePETEBOX is a human beatboxer and live looper from the UK, he uses a loop pedal to create songs using his beatboxing ability. He won the 2005 BBC Radio 1 Beatbox Championships, was named as a winner of the year's Channel 4 Talent Awards. THePETEBOX has toured around the UK, France, Czech Republic, appeared at Isle of Wight, Bestival, V, Reading, Latitude and Glastonbury festivals. In 2007 THePETEBOX featured in a TV advert for Movistar mobile phones; the advert aired in March 2007 in Mexico and will be shown in Panama and Guatemala in the year. THePETEBOX is a member of the bands Swimming and WeShowUpOnRadar THePETEBOX appeared in the UK and US television coverage of the 2009 World Free Running Championships on 15 August. Other TV appearances include ITV's Skillicious in 2009, ITV's Odd One In in 2010. THePETEBOX toured with dance group Diversity twice in 2010 THePETEBOX releases his debut album'Future Loops' on 11 April 2012.

It is a live, studio album - each track is performed, mixed and recorded live in a studio environment to a stereo mix. This process is filmed. Future Loops Live to Tape 001 Songs from the Vaults The Strings Use The Fire THePETEBOX official website THePETEBOX on MySpace