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UN strongly condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch over Japan

Convening a formal meeting this evening immediately following urgent, closed-door consultations, the Security Council issued a Presidential Statement through which it condemned the DPRK for its “outrageous actions” and demanded that the North-East Asia country “immediately cease all such actions.” “The Security Council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN Member States,” the statement continued, expressing the 15-member body’s grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan, “as well as its recent actions and public statements,” deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world. Moreover, the Council demanded that the DPRK abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes “in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities” and not conduct any further tests or provocations.Earlier today, Secretary-General António Guterres also condemned the latest ballistic missile launch, in violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. “The launch undermines regional security and stability and efforts to create space for dialogue,” said a statement issued by UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko. According to press reports, early Tuesday morning, the DPRK launched a ballistic missile that travelled some 2,700 kilometers, flying over Japan before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations and to work to re-open channels of communication,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Guterres remains in close contact with all parties concerned. read more

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New graduate program aims to facilitate transition towards sustainability

The first cohort of nine students (one was absent from photo) recently launched Brock University’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program.The first cohort of nine students recently launched Brock University’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program.It’s an important program as Brock is located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a site seeking to reconcile social, economic and biophysical challenges confronting societies around the globe.“The Sustainability Science and Society graduate program aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability,” said Ryan Plummer, director of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and SSAS graduate program director.Plummer said the program’s aim is “multi-faceted.”SSAS aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability. The transdisciplinary focus of the program breaks down traditional barriers between disciplines, encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas that will generate novel solutions and new opportunities in a dynamic and complex world.“There are few master’s degrees specifically designed to address contemporary challenges through the transdisciplinary lens of sustainability science,” Plummer said.This graduate program consists of two learning paths. The Master of Sustainability, Co-op (Scheme A) is for those students wishing to enrich classroom learning with practical experience.Alternatively, students desiring an intensive research experience can pursue a Master of Sustainability (Scheme B). Both paths include common foundational courses that are offered in the first two terms of study.Dean of Graduate Studies Mike Plyley speaks at the SSAS graduate program launch. “Sustainability Science is a new way to approach real world problems in sustainability,” said Liette Vasseur, ESRC member and UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global. “No discipline alone can resolve them, and the need for transdisciplinarity is crucial to find long-lasting solutions. I strongly believe that through this program students will acquire the knowledge and the skills that are essential to significantly contribute to a more sustainable world. Few programs give the opportunity for students to work with a wide range of experts (from biology and geography to economy, political and social sciences) from academia as well as professionals from different spheres.”Katrina Krievins, a 23-year-old with a degree from Brock (BA ’12) and graduate certificate from Niagara College, chose the SSAS program because of its transdisciplinary focus. Krievins is taking the co-op scheme and has her sights set on a career in restoration ecology.“The study of sustainability is not solely concerned with natural systems or social systems,” she said. “Instead, it explores the interactions between these linked systems. Learning to move beyond disciplinary boundaries is imperative to exploring potential solutions to complex problems and thus, moving toward a more sustainable future. Having the option of two different learning paths was also a significant factor for me.”*****Related: Profiling Sustainability Science and Society graduate program student Sarah Holmes read more

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