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Winter Mini 11

Winter Mini 11

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Campus BluePrint is a progressive newsmagazine at UNC Chapel Hill.
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SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Dear Readers,Whether it’s with projects in de-velopment work, use o naturalresources, or a university dealingwith budget cuts, the buzz wordis sustainability. In a world with -nite resources and seemingly in-nite problems, our solutions needto be sustainable. We need curesand prevention, not mere band-aids. But while we all might rec-ognize the need or sustainability,the prevailing notion is that sus-tainable solutions mean sacric-ing quality.This is simply not so, and weaim to highlight this in CampusBluePrint. This issue ocuses in onone o the many types o applica-tion o the concept o sustainabil-ity: environmental sustainability.Climate change and resource scar-city are threatening to be two o the deadliest orces o the twen-ty-rst century. Our generationneeds to reorient our liestyles ac-cordingly to combat these globalchallenges. The theme or this is-sue centers on sustainable citiesacross North America and Europe,including one o the most impres-sive examples o a sustainablecity in the U.S., North Carolina’svery own Raleigh.Enjoy,Chelsea PhippsEditor-in-Chie 
FROM THE EDITORCONTENTS
On the cover:
Man in Turban
, Oil on Canvas ,by Charlotte Lindemanis
chelsea
 
phipps
 
editor
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bufkin
 
assistant
 
editor
 
carey
 
hanlin
 
managing
 
editor
sally
 
fry
 
creative
 
director
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jeffries
 
photo
 
editor
travis
 
crayton
 
social
 
media
 
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russell
 
mcintyre
 
treasurer
joseph
 
biernacki
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homesley
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hrudka
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akhil
 
jariwala
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alice
 
martin
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mccoy
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rachel
 
myrick
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jenn
 
nowicki
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libby
 
rodenbough
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kyle
 
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shtessel
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villemain
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hanlin
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design
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diao
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dissanayake
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nember
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schwemlein
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simpson
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allen
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bloggers
STAFF
UNESCO DeundedChapel Hill: Fair Trade TownHealth Care: Vermont’s PlanSustainability in the Capital CityRestricting AbortionPalestine in PoetrySudanese Art Exhibit
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PERSONHOOD AMENDMENT
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PHOTO ESSAY: ARAB SPRING03040607131620
 
WINTER MINI
2011
 
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Aer the United Nations Educational,Scientic and Cultural Organizationormally recognized Palestine as anindependent state and a ull member,the United States withdrew its undingrom the cultural organization. WithoutUS unds, UNESCO will lose out on $80million a year, approximately 22 percento its current budget, throwing up heyobstacles or the international institu-tion.In late October, the 195 memberstates o UNESCO voted, with only 14members dissenting, to admit Pales-tine as a ull member. The vote camedespite threats by the United States todeund UNESCO i Palestine was accept-ed. Aer the vote, cheers rang throughthe chambers o the Paris-based organi-zation as one delegate shouted, "LongLive Palestine" in French. Soon aer, theUnited States acted on its promise todeund the program with Israel ollow-ing suit.The United States’ withdrawal o itsunds rom UNESCO has already leviedmassive implications upon the organi-zation."So we have to take drastic action,and we must take it now,” UNESCO Di-rector-General Irina Bokova told UNES-CO members at the organization’s gen-eral conerence. “I have suspended allo our commitments. I have suspendedour projects during this period o revi-sion until the end o the year.”UNESCO understood the implica-tions o admitting Palestine as a mem-ber state, but this did not deter theirdecisions. As Palestine continues togain recognition around the world, theUnited States must decide whether tosupport independence or lose theirstanding in international institutionsby eliminating unding. Irina Bokovarevealed this sentiment ollowing theUNESCO vote in support o Palestinewhen she claried that although sheis worried about the nancial stabilityo the organization, the "admission o anew member state is a mark o respectand condence."UNESCO aims to contribute to peaceand security by promoting internationalcollaboration through education, sci-ence, and culture in order to urtheruniversal respect or justice, the ruleo law and human rights along withundamental reedoms proclaimed inthe U.N. Charter. UNESCO is known orits support o international literacy, cul-tural understanding, human rights andthe promotion o ree and independentmedia sources.Aer such a massive victory withinUNESCO, Palestinian leaders hope thatthis recognition will set a precedent orrecognition in other international insti-tutions."Now we are studying when we aregoing to move or ull membership onthe other U.N. agencies,” said Ibrahim,Khraishi, Palestine’s top UN envoy. “It'sour target or [us to join] the interna-tional organizations and the U.N. agen-cies.”As Palestinian leaders begin to applyor recognition by international institu-tions such as the World Health Organi-zation and the U.N. World IntellectualProperty Organization, many are ques-tioning how long the United Statescan justiy its withdrawal o unding toorganizations that recognize Palestine.Current U.S. law requires the deundingo any organization that recognizes thePalestine Liberation Organization as an
equal to member states. •
TROY HOMESLEY
UNESCO
DEFUNDED
PHOTO BY WIKIMEDIA

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