Discussion: Millennium Development Goals

Discussion: Millennium Development Goals

Discussion: Millennium Development Goals

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Assignment 3a: Threats to the Global Environment

Congratulations! The United Nations has hired you as a consultant on global issues.

Many of the UN members are not satisfied with the progress of the Millennium Development Goals. They believe that the goals focus on the wrong issues. There is a disconnect between the types of issues the developed countries in the UN believe are priorities versus the issues that developing countries of the UN want to prioritize. For example, the country of Burundi has requested that one of the goals be focused on food security. However, Austria is adamant that the major current global issue is to mediate ceasefires within countries experiencing a civil war.

You have been asked to provide an unbiased perspective and identify the four issues that have the biggest impact on the global environment.

Of the eight major threats listed below, choose the four that you consider the most critical.

Energy   sources

Civil   war

Globalization

Poor   health of entire populations

Lack   of educational opportunities

Cultural   taboos

Inappropriate uses of technology

Climate change

You will present your findings at the next UN General Assembly. Your goal is to provide a brief history of each issue, the number of countries affected, and the effects of this threat on the world population.

The completed version of this assignment will include the following:

1. A PowerPoint presentation containing relevant information for the UN General Assembly on four of the eight threats listed above.

a. The order of your slides should reflect the order of priority you assign to the four threats you have chosen.

2. Create a minimum of four slides per threat (for a minimum 16 slides total) on the following topics:

a. A brief history of the threat

b. The number of countries affected, and how they are affected (giving examples)

c. The effects of this threat on the world population as a whole

d. Include a chart or graph (see #4 below).

3. Each of the four slides will include:

a. A paragraph in the notes section to explain how the details you have provided in the slide is pertinent to the UN’s discussion on selecting and prioritizing goals.

4. For each of the four threats, include one visual (graph or chart) to represent the data you have collected. The visual should be incorporated into the information/topics presented in the slides.

5. Cite at least five credible sources excluding Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

· Examine the factors that account for why the growth in the world’s population can negatively affect the global society.

Assignment 3b: Threats Defense Argument

The information you provided in your presentation on Threats to the Global Environment has led to productive debates at the UN General Assembly! There are now questions about prioritizing the issues at hand. Some of the countries are challenging your recommendations and questioning your reasons for not including the issues they believe are priority.

From the initial eight global threats, there are four remaining threats that you did not choose in the list of major global issues. Review the list of topics and reflect on two that you did not use in last week’s assignment. Defend your reason for considering these topics lower in priority than the ones in your presentation.

Energy   sources

Civil   war

Globalization

Poor   health of entire populations

Lack   of educational opportunities

Cultural   taboos

Inappropriate uses of technology

Climate change

The completed version of this assignment will consist of the following:

1. Select two threats from the list above that you did not use in your Assignment 3a presentation.

2. Write a minimum of two-page document in which you outline a counterargument for the two threats you selected:

· Write an opening statement describing the perception of each threat.

· Write one paragraph for each threat (two paragraphs total) in which you give three reasons to explain why the threat is less of a priority to the global environment than the four you selected in Assignment 3a. Support your reasons with at least three credible sources.

· A conclusion statement for each threat.

3. Cite at least three credible sources excluding Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedias for your assessment.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

· Examine the factors that account for why the growth in the world’s population can negatively affect the global society

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.