Terry Gou, Formosa (Taiwan) (Taiwan)
Formosa’s (Taiwan) Terry Gou, Chairman of the Hon Hai Group, donates US$18.8 million to social welfare organizations and schools for rural children.
JP Morgan Chase Foundation, USA
US-based JP Morgan Chase Foundation donates US$3 million to Bankers Without Borders and Grameen Foundation for small business financing and technological assistance to developing nations.
Google’s Tides Foundation
Google's charitable fund, the Tides Foundation, donates US$2 million to support the Wikipedia website.
Australia and the Asian Development Bank
Australia and the Asian Development Bank together donate US$1.3 million to help Âu Lạc (Vietnam) develop climate change adaptation measures.
Germany donates €500,000 to war victims in Yemen for food, water and medical care.
United Arab Emirate President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
United Arab Emirate President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sends 700 tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza, Palestine, via the Red Crescent Authority.
China sends 680 tons of food and emergency relief items to the cold-affected residents of Mongolia.
King Mohammed VI, Morocco
King Mohammed VI of Morocco sends 25 tons of food and medical supplies to snow-affected families in the remote Azilal region.
Faraj Bin Hmooda
United Arab Emirates businessman Faraj Bin Hmooda donates medical equipment to Gaza Eye Hospital in Palestine.
South Sudanese officials
South Sudanese officials continue a civilian disarmament program to support national peace.
Sri Lanka pardons 1,573 detainees and forgives their fines.
The Irish National Liberation Army of Northern Ireland
The Irish National Liberation Army of Northern Ireland announces the disposal of all weapons and pledges to work through diplomatic means.
International medical team from Giving Hands Initiative, United Arab Emirates
An international medical team from the United Arab Emirates’ Giving Hands Initiative provides free treatment to the Indonesian elderly and less fortunate.
South African citizens
South African citizens voluntarily relinquish their weapons to promote community safety.
British health ministers
To reduce smoking, British health ministers announce measures such as bans on cigarette vending machine and cessation support programs.
England and Wales
New laws in the UK’s England and Wales bring more stringent penalties for additional protection from alcohol abuse, especially by under-age youth.
King Abdullah II of Jordan
King Abdullah II of Jordan sends a gift of 30,000 olive trees saplings to Iraq.
The European Commission
The European Commission pledges US$210,000 in humanitarian aid to Mongolia for families facing food shortages due to the extreme cold weather.
Senator Ed Angara, the Philippines
Philippine Senator Ed Angara promotes the consumption of more vegetables for both nutritional and environmental benefit.
Parma Hospital, USA
Parma Hospital in Ohio no longer hires smokers and opens a wellness center to encourage healthy employee lifestyles.
In an article written for Forbes.com, the magazine’s publisher Rich Karlgaard promotes the vegan diet as the best form of health care for US citizens.
Brazil achieves a 50% reduction in Amazonian deforestation from August to November 2009 compared to the same period the previous year.
South Korea plans a nationwide network of bicycle paths to encourage green commuting and travel.
Âu Lạc (Vietnam)
Âu Lạc (Vietnam) increases funds allocated to protect the nation’s forests.
The United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates plans to phase out non-biodegradable plastic bags.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
The UN-affiliated Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species supports a ban on international blue fin tuna trade.
Queensland’s firefighters, Australia
Queensland’s firefighters place themselves at risk to save three people from rising floodwaters.
Lu Di, China
China’s Lu Di sells her belongings to care for a menagerie of small animals as well as cover expenses for the China Small Animal Protection Association she founded.