|The Paris Club||The Paris Club, an informal group of the world’s wealthiest creditor nations, agrees to forgive over US$1 billion in Afghan debt. |
|The World Bank ||The World Bank resumes Honduras development aid of nearly US$400 million in loan financing to benefit the most vulnerable in the nation. |
|US and Russia||The US and Russia agree on a nuclear arms reduction treaty that will decrease nuclear weapons by a third in both countries within seven years. |
|Russia’s Federal Agency for Special Construction ||Russia’s Federal Agency for Special Construction reaffirms the country’s commitment to be rid of all chemical weapons by 2012. |
|Bolivia’s President Evo Morales ||Bolivia’s President Evo Morales launches several projects to improve lives in the underserved departments of Beni and Pando. |
|Cuba||Cuba offers 1,000 medical scholarships to Pakistan, with full support that includes the provision of prayer rooms and access to Pakistani television channels. |
|Formosa (Taiwan) ||Formosa (Taiwan) pledges to help mitigate South Pacific island Kiribati’s rising sea levels and protect from their damaging effects. |
|Chile||An evacuation training program offered by the Chilean government saved thousands of lives during the nation’s February 27 earthquake. |
|The Swiss National Council ||The Swiss National Council passes a measure prohibiting financial investment in weapons that are already banned under national and international law. |
|Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh||In a televised speech, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh reaffirms his commitment to protect the mental and physical well being of Gambian citizens from the harmful effects of illegal narcotics.|
|The Voluntary Health Association of India ||The Voluntary Health Association of India announces that pictorial warnings of tobacco dangers will be displayed on products sold nationwide, to protect public health. |
|US President Barack Obama ||US President Barack Obama helps ensure passage of healthcare legislation by signing a presidential decree that no federal money would be used for abortion.|
|Shakira ||Grammy Award-winning musician Shakira is honored by the UN for her Barefoot Foundation that provides children in her Colombian homeland with education and nutrition. |
|PLoS Medicine journal||The online, open-access journal PLoS Medicine announces that to protect public interest it will no longer publish research reports sponsored by tobacco companies. |
|Gean Hodsdon, Scotland||Ms. Gean Hodsdon of Scotland, UK celebrates her 90th birthday participating in a white water rafting event for a charity that benefits children in Moldova. |
|Master Ayoub Khan, Pakistan||Pakistani teacher Master Ayoub Khan has been providing classes for youngsters in an empty Islamabad park for 25 years to ensure they receive an education. |
|Oscar Rodriguez, USA||Following a bus accident that left him among many passengers with injuries, bilingual 11-year-old Oscar Rodriguez of Arizona, USA calmly helped paramedics with vital translations for other Spanish-speaking patients. |
|Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almar-hum Sultan Iskandar, Malaysia||His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almar-hum Sultan Iskandar of Johor, Malaysia forbids the hunting of wildlife and establishes animal rehabilitation programs. |
|Russell Simmons ||American hip hop artist and Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons explains that he has chosen the vegan diet for its spiritual, environmental and health benefits. |
|Harold Brown ||Since becoming vegan and launching non-profit Farm Kind, former cattle farmer Harold Brown now travels around North America giving talks to bring awareness of the environment, animal rights and veganism.|
|Grant Butler, USA ||Food writer Grant Butler of widely distributed US newspaper The Oregonian chronicles his month-long trial of the vegan diet, which he decides to extend to a permanent lifestyle. |
|Former Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan, South Korea||Former Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan of South Korea affirms the need for reducing meat consumption to address global warming. |
|Imperial College London researchers ||Imperial College London researchers transform plant sugars into polymers that can be used to make Earth-friendly plastic from non-food crops. |
|US National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers ||US National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers create energy-efficient “light louvers” that can be suspended in a window to magnify natural light and extend it into a room. |
|The town of Klamath Falls, USA||The town of Klamath Falls in Oregon, USA employs sustainable geothermal energy to keep sidewalks clear of snow as well as heat houses, schools and the local hospital. |
|Wales||Wales bans the use of electric shock collars on cats and dogs to better protect their welfare. |
|The Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Association of India ||The Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Association of India is creating guidelines for eateries to maintain separate kitchen facilities, cooking utensils and plates for vegetarians. |
|Julia Qiao, USA||In an effort to help her teacher keep his job despite the unfavorable economy, 10-year-old Julia Qiao of California donates birthday party money that she has been saving for over a year. |
|Siris Letendre, USA||Six-year-old Siris Letendre of Wisconsin, USA raises US$175 for his birthday to help dogs at a local pit bull rescue. |
|Two New York Police Department divers ||Two New York Police Department divers free a seal they found struggling in debris off the coast of Staten Island. |
|Atlantis The Palm Hotel, United Arab Emirates||Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates releases gentle young whale shark Sammy following an international campaign for her freedom. |
|Toby the Schnauzer dog, USA||Schnauzer dog Toby persuades his human caregivers to enter a wooded area near his home in Florida, USA, where they find and save the life of an abandoned cat. |
|Ministers from 60 countries
||Ministers from 60 countries commit to US$4.5 billion to halt global deforestation, with a goal of US$6 billion in pledges to bring to the December 2010 Mexico climate summit.
||Italy donates €500,000 to Lebanon’s Mine Action Program to help clear munitions from the nation’s south, thus ensuring safe travel throughout the region.
|The British Houses of Parliament
||The British Houses of Parliament pass the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act, formally enacting a ban on the weaponry’s use, production and stockpiling.
|The European Parliament
||The European Parliament votes to allow non-European Union citizens with long-term visas in one member state to visit other participating member states for up to three months in a six-month period.
|Prince William of Wales
||His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales in the United Kingdom donates his time in being photographed by the formerly homeless Jeff Hubbard to raise funds for the Crisis charity.
|Governor Mark Parkinson, USA
||Governor Mark Parkinson of Kansas, USA signs into law a Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking statewide in almost all public places.
||South Korea joins the Philippines and becomes the second Asian nation ever to grant refugee citizenship to a foreign national living in the country.
||Hong Kong announces new limits on the cigarettes passengers can bring into the country as well as a ban duty-free tobacco, effective by the end of 2010.
|Singapore and Jordan
||Singapore and Jordan activate a joint free trade agreement that will increase the two countries’ cooperation.
|Israel, Brazil, and other Mercosur member nations
||As the first country outside Latin America to do so, Israel signs free trade agreements with Brazil and other Mercosur member nations.
|The Oriental Medicine Pharmacist Association for a Healthy Society, South Korea
||The Oriental Medicine Pharmacist Association for a Healthy Society in South Korea initiates a once-a-week meat-free day campaign, advocating the plant-based diet.
||To protect human health and the environment, the government of India decides not to introduce a genetically modified version of the staple crop eggplant.
|Dr. Thomas Nann and fellow researchers
||Dr. Thomas Nann and fellow researchers at the UK’s University of East Anglia develop a process that can transform 60% of the sunlight energy absorbed by water into hydrogen.
|Researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan
||Researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan discover an eco-friendly material made from 98% water that could replace plastic
||A UN-registered reforestation project in Ethiopia restores over 2,700 hectares of land while also marketing carbon credits to alleviate local poverty while addressing climate change.
|Dr. Max Fargher and greyhound Hurley
||Thanks to veterinarian Dr. Max Fargher’s surgical skills and a canine blood donation from his companion greyhound Hurley, the life of six-week-old English Staffordshire terrier puppy Buddy is saved.
|Ryan Cody, Canada
||Canadian firefighter Ryan Cody risks his life to save a Labrador puppy Mya from a house fire.