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Honorable Governments, Honorable Citizens: Costa Rica, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, and Croatia

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Honorable Governments, Honorable Citizens: Costa Rica, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, and Croatia

Costa Ricans are friendly, easygoing and happy people. Costa Rica has opened its borders with loving arms to neighboring refugees in need. In addition, many far-sighted environmental policies have been put in place, coupled with expanded agriculture and the modernization of the nation. It has long been recognized as the greenest and happiest country in the world. Animal welfare in Costa Rica has also seen a great leap! The benevolent law symbolizes the loving kindness of Costa Ricans toward animals. One of the essential improvements undertaken by Côte d'Ivoire was its Emergency Infrastructure Renewal Project. Launched in 2012, this development has brought water and electricity to many homes. There have been many other positive changes in Côte d'Ivoirer in recent years, such as education and teacher training for women. A special focus is being placed on science and technology for women. Plant-based farming has become a staple for farmers in Côte d'Ivoire. Apart from its diverse and natural splendor, Croatia has been a beacon of light in both humanitarian and animal rights. As a European Union transit country for traveling refugees, Croatia has insisted on keeping its borders open for free passage as well as providing shelter and assistance for those with health issues. Croatia further extends its compassion toward animals. In early 2017, Croatia joined the Fur Free Alliance and implemented a full ban on fur farming. With a growing awareness of animal rights across the country, Croatia is also becoming more vegan-friendly.
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-05-18   165 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-05-18

Positive Changes in Countries Part 14 - Admirable Governments, Admirable Citizens: Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo

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Positive Changes in Countries Part 14 - Admirable Governments, Admirable Citizens: Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo

In Comoros, eighty percent of the rural population relies on rain to nourish their agriculture. With the help of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and a partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Comorian government launched a US$60 million project with the goal of “ensuring climate-resilient water supplies in the Comoros Islands.” With year-round operation of the supply facilities planned, reliable water access will be available to 90% of the population. Lastly, With our colorful plant life in the Comoros, eating from the earth has never been so refreshing.We are seeing vegan options springing up like mushrooms. The government of DRC is establishing a more peaceful, prosperous and healthy country for its citizens. Following more than two decades of turbulence, the DRC is achieving greater harmony through projects in healthcare from mothers and children, broader electricity access, and increased water supply. Protection for the vast country’s precious animals has also been at the forefront. I am thrilled to tell you that there's even a Loving Hut here in Kinshasa! The Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) is also well Known for our efforts in conservation and continues to protect the environment! Recently, the country is making outstanding progress in establishing peace, improving the well-being of her citizens, and environmental conservation. The Republic of the Congo has been advancing in peace after reaching an accord with an opposition group on December 23, 2017.
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-04-27   99 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-04-27

Dedicated Governments, Dedicated Citizens: Chile, China, and Colombia (Part 13)

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Dedicated Governments, Dedicated Citizens: Chile, China, and Colombia (Part 13)

With a multi-ethnic society of European and indigenous Indian ancestry, Chile is known for political freedom and cultural tolerance. Chile passed legislation in 2018 to strengthen women’s leadership in politics and public enterprises, requiring at least 40% of the candidates standing for Parliament to be women. Not only that, the ethical veg lifestyle has taken Chile by storm. In 2018, research found that from 2010 to 2016, vegetarianism increased by 25% and veganism by 257%. As the world’s most populated country and second largest economy, China is also exemplary in peace efforts, environmental awareness, and kindness to animals. In 2019, the United Nations also recognized China with a medal for the outstanding efforts of the country’s peacekeepers working in Lebanon. With God’s grace, Colombia has found peace after many decades. In November 2016, the Colombian government and the opposition group known as FARC successfully reached a final agreement and signed a peace accord, which opened up a myriad of benefits to the country. In addition, Colombia is ranked the second happiest country in the world based on the survey of citizens' optimism about their nation.
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-03-30   467 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-03-30

Gentle Governments, Gentle Citizens: Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad (Part 12)

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Gentle Governments, Gentle Citizens: Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad (Part 12)

Cabo Verde is a growing, tropical paradise tourist destination that’s vegan friendly and going green. Cabo Verde is indeed plant-based as well as green, with more and more restaurants offering delicious, healthy vegan options on their menus. Last but not least, women in Cabo Verde have come a long way since the country’s independence in 1975. The government of the Central African Republic is steadfastly moving toward being a peaceful, prosperous and healthy country for its citizens. In February 2019, representatives from the CAR government and 14 opposition groups met in the capital city of Khartoum, Sudan for first ever face-to-face peace talks. On February 6, the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation was signed by all parties. Chad has been one of the most impoverished countries in Africa, and yet we are also among the world’s top refugee accepting countries. The government of Chad has also been working on policies that help displaced people. Chad joined the African Rhino Conservation Phan in partnership with 11 other African countries. This plan hopes to provide safe passage within and between countries, to increase the population of rhinos throughout Africa.
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-02-25   281 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-02-25

Conscientious Governments, Conscientious Citizens: Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (Part 11)

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Conscientious Governments, Conscientious Citizens: Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (Part 11)

From 1995 to 2018, Cambodia’s economy has enjoyed an annual growth rate of 8%, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world, thanks to robust garment exports and a prosperous tourist trade. Cambodia also protects its natural resources. Veganism is also rising in Cambodia. In the capital city Phnom Penh alone, we have 59 vegetarian-friendly restaurants. In 2018, Cameroon and its neighboring country Equatorial Guinea reopened their shared border, following a period of unrest. Trade has immediately improved and businesses of all sizes have received the benefits. The government is also helping rural farmers to gain more skills to earn extra income while saving precious forests. In 2019, Canada became the 160th member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Also, the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia granted almost 6,000 immigrants permanent residency status in 2018. A new study from Dalhousie University finds that over 2.3 million Canadians, or nearly 10% of the population, consider themselves vegetarian or vegan. That makes Canada one of the most compassionate countries in the world.
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-01-28   2540 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-01-28

Gracious Governments, Gracious Citizens: Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, and Burundi

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Gracious Governments, Gracious Citizens: Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, and Burundi

Today we are going to share with you many positive changes from our home countries. With God’s grace, organic agriculture in Bulgaria has had the highest rate of expansion in the whole of Europe, more than tripling in recent years. Moreover, Bulgaria is taking a step closer to completely banning fur trade. In the last few years, veganism has seen exponential growth in Bulgaria. Now let me introduce positive changes in my beautiful country, Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso has shown positive changes in many aspects including increased access to natural resources, drinking water quality, health care and the empowerment of woman and the youth. Now let’s hear from Gloria about her lovely country, Burundi. According to the United Nations Children’s Found(UNICEF), the percentage of children attending primary school increased from 59% in 2005 to 96% in 2011. Burundi has also achieved gender parity in primary education with equal numbers of boys and girls.
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-01-03   832 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2020-01-03

Virtuous Governments, Virtuous Citizens: Botswana, Brazil, and Brunei

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Virtuous Governments, Virtuous Citizens: Botswana, Brazil, and Brunei

Since 2014, hunting on public land in Botswana has been completely banned. And Botswana won 2nd place at the 2017 United Nations Public Service Awards for its effective waste management system started in 2010. Botswana became the first African country in 2002 to provide universal free antiretroviral treatment (ART) to people living with HIV. São Paulo, Brazil has implemented many initiatives to protect animal welfare and rights by banning the import, farming, and sales of animal fur in 2014 and 2015. As the popularity of plant-based foods continues to soar, vegan companies at a rate of 40 percent annually. In 2018, Brunei joined the total elimination of nuclear weapons by signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). With the majority of our population following the religion of Islam, charity has always been a very important practice from our monarch toward the common people of Brunei, as well as from Brunei toward other countries.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-11-20   1396 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-11-20

Compassionate Governments, Compassionate Citizens: Bhutan, Bolivia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Compassionate Governments, Compassionate Citizens: Bhutan, Bolivia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bhutan is famous for having no slaughterhouses because of the Buddhist teaching of no killing. In the area of health, Bhutan is the first country in the world to totally ban selling tobacco and smoking in public. And in 2015, a national policy was approved to reduce alcohol use. Bolivia has the highest investment in education in South America, and in 2008, the United Nations declared Bolivia free from illiteracy. Also, in 2009, Bolivia became the first country in the world to impose a full ban on animals in circuses. Bosnia and Herzegovina has banned using any animals in circuses and other entertainment. Also, the ban of fur farming took effect from 2018.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-10-23   2626 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-10-23

Benevolent Governments, Benevolent Citizens: Belgium, Belize, and Benin

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Benevolent Governments, Benevolent Citizens: Belgium, Belize, and Benin

Belgium was named the fastest country in Western Europe to have decreased its meat consumption. The city of Ghent has been holding Thursday Veggie Day for the past 10 years now in an effort to fight climate change, curb world hunger, and improve health. The government of Belize recently strengthened its wildlife protection laws when, in 2017, it decided to end all drilling and oil exploration activities around the Belize Great Barrier Reef. Belize is also the first country in the world to ban the cruel practice of bottom trawling. Benin is leading the way in gender equality. The government is also finding ways to encourage women’s participation in parliament and boost their ability to become farming entrepreneurs.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-09-23   1115 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-09-23

Inspiring Governments, Inspiring Citizens: Bangladesh, Barbados, and Belarus

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Inspiring Governments, Inspiring Citizens: Bangladesh, Barbados, and Belarus

During the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, the people of Bangladesh opened their arms to over 900,000 Rohingya refugee in 2017. Barbados has also instituted protection laws that watch over the welfare of our animal friends. Various animal rights organizations have formed to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals. The Belarusian government is fully supportive, even granting visa-free entry to citizens of 79 countries, including all Western states, with plans to lift other restrictions to speed up to country’s path to an even more modern and prosperous future.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-08-28   2964 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-08-28

Caring Governments and Caring Citizens: Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, and Bahrain

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Caring Governments and Caring Citizens: Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, and Bahrain

A unique gateway country linking southwest Asia and Europe, Azerbaijan is a resilient nation that has transformed from being caught in conflict to becoming a beacon of peace, stability, and a prospering democracy, all within just a few decades. Ever since gaining full independence in 1973, the Bahamas has been on a steady path to improve its citizens’ lives through nature conservation, economic development, and social programs. Bahrain has been making great strides in social and economic development. It has a high Human Development Index and is recognized by the World Bank as a high-income economy.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-07-22   3733 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-07-22

Wise Governments, Wise Citizens: Âu Lạc, Australia, and Austria

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Wise Governments, Wise Citizens: Âu Lạc, Australia, and Austria

“Âu Lạc” is an ancient name of Vietnam. My spiritual Master, the most wonderful Supreme Master Ching Hai, has loving reminded us to use this beautiful name to address our country to bring prosperity and peace to the land. And I’m positive that it helped! The name “Âu Lạc”has two meanings.“Âu Lạc” means “âu ca lạc nghiêp,” which means prosperity and happiness. That is “âu ca lac nghiêp.” “Âu Lạc” also means Âu Cơ and Lạc Long Quân who were our ancestors. So the word Âu Lạc is very good. Very, very lucky. That word brings luck to the country.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-06-26   6178 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-06-26

Kind Governments, Kind Citizens: Argentina, Armenia, and Aruba

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Kind Governments, Kind Citizens: Argentina, Armenia, and Aruba

Our country is also on track to increase its solar and wind energy to 20% by 2025. But here comes the best changes of all: Believe it or not, Argentina, formerly known as the world’s second-largest beef-eating nation, is steadily going vegan! Buenos Aires is now home to over 60 vegan and vegetarian restaurants, with many other places offering plenty of plant-based options. As the owner of one Buenos Aires vegan restaurants has said, “Veganism is on the rise. Each year more and more people are starting to see animals differently.”
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-05-27   7786 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-05-27

Noble Governments, Noble Citizens: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda

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Noble Governments, Noble Citizens: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda

In recent years, in God’s love and through unprecedented blessings from Heaven, people are becoming more open; governments are enacting benevolent new measures. In 2018 Andorra opened its arms and welcomed its first Syrian families, joining bigger European countries in a life-saving humanitarian corridors project. In 2002 Angola signed a peace agreement that ended three long decades of sorrow. In 2016 Antigua and Barbuda the government worked with all the countries supermarkets to ban plastic bags. Now, both humans and animals enjoy a much cleaner, healthier environment! And so blessed are we to have a good government that is also committed to ensuring the health of its people.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-04-22   5291 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-04-22

Loving Governments, Loving Citizens: Afghanistan, Albania, and Algeria

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Loving Governments, Loving Citizens: Afghanistan, Albania, and Algeria

In recent years, Afghanistan has made remarkable progress in peace and stability. The President, His Excellency Ashraf Ghani, offered an unprecedented, unconditional peace to the Taliban in 2018. Albania is seeing positive changes at its borders with Kosovo. Albania's prime minister, His Excellency Edi Rama, and the prime minister of Kosovo, His Excellency Ramush Haradinaj, signed a number of cooperation agreements in November 2018 to remove barriers between the two neighboring countries. Algeria has been recently building brotherly relations with many countries.
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-03-25   5788 Views
Positive Changes in Countries
2019-03-25
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