Monday, November 15, 2010 ONE Artist Took A Stand - Stephen Michael Apatow

Earlier this week, Artist H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow, founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative opened a background discussion associated with global economic emergency that has impacted humanitarian operations in every UN member country. Utilizing the Humanitarian University Consortium networks, the target audience was the grassroots level in every UN member country and included members of the (1) International Bar Association (Human Rights Institute), (2) International Association of University Presidents and (3) leaders from corporate, intergovernmental, non-governmental, United Nations, community action, interfaith organizations, newspaper, radio and television networks.

Related Information:

* G20 communique: the text in full: The Guardian UK. Url:

The HRI:UNArts objective is empowerment that includes the provision of tools and resources to facilitate change in real time. This includes leadership development on the grassroots level and ability to (1) outline a focus initiative, (2) coordinate a background discussion group of experts, (3) peer reviewed compilation of supporting materials and investigative journalism and (4) direct communications to the decision making level for real time consensus building and response. This can all be accomplished at the speed of an email, with supporting communications (web sites/blogs, voice/video, telecommunications). -- H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow

The Background Discussion
Wed, 10 November 2010

Current food/energy hyperinflation is being viewed as nothing short of catastrophic, crushing the household, small business and nonprofit organization levels across the United States and in G-20 countries. For the remaining 172 UN member countries that exist in a deeper state of emergency, the international community has turned their back on their plight, functioning in a state of denial and disregard for the humanitarian impact of speculative trading of infrastructure critical food/energy commodities. Omission of food/energy from statistical analysis of inflation, to justify currency devaluation and speculative trading, have contributed to loss of life and a humanitarian emergency [1] that needs to be addressed under the legal umbrella of international human rights.

In response to this international humanitarian emergency, human rights attorneys and advocates in every UN member country are being asked to begin evidence collection and publication of materials that document the devastation associated with central bank support support of imbalances caused international financial crimes, [2] verses international relief operations, stabilization and recovery.

Country Music Association Artist H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow, founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative is frequently asked what H-II stands for. The short answer is the Humanitarian Intervention Initiative: [3]

"Non Lethal Fires" hearts and minds encompasses the new international strategic focus for Humanitarian Intervention with an objective of ending or reducing the suffering that is the result of civil war, humanitarian crisis, or crimes of genocide. The goal of humanitarian intervention is minimization of the suffering of civilians in a particular state in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). [4]

The Declaration was explicitly adopted for the purpose of defining the meaning of the words "fundamental freedoms" and "human rights" appearing in the United Nations Charter, which is binding on all member states. For this reason, the Universal Declaration is a fundamental constitutive document of the United Nations. The 1968 United Nations International Conference on Human Rights advised that it "constitutes an obligation for the members of the international community" to all persons. The declaration has served as the foundation for two binding UN human rights covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [5]and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [6]and the principles of the Declaration are elaborated in international treaties such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and many more.

The focus of the Humanitarian Intervention Initiative is global exposure, strategic planning, development, engagement and stabilization of humanitarian emergencies. This spotlight targets the vulnerable in efforts to engage an immediate international response.

Arts Integration Into Education through the United Nations Arts Initiative has opened the doors for every member of the arts and entertainment industry to utilize their connection with the grassroots level, while engaging the worlds top scientific experts, physicians, veterinarians and attorneys. As a result, the global advocacy focus has transitioned from lobbying to emergency management based action, peer reviewed analysis , strategic planning and development.

Six weeks out of surgery and and two weeks into chemotherapy/radiation for tonsillar cancer, H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow recorded and produced the soundtrack "The American Way," thanks to the extraordinary care of the physicians and staff at the Yale Cancer Center. On The Wire:

-- Top40 Charts - Nominate "The American Way" 2010 Country Music Song of the Year: Top40 Charts, 1 November 2010. Url:
-- Listen to the soundtrack "The American Way" on AirPlay Direct. Url:
-- Email your nomination request to


1. ReliefWeb: Countries and Emergencies. Url:
2. Timeline: The Decade from Hell: Humanitarian Resource Institute, 17 October 2010. Url:
3. Humanitarian Intervention Initiative: Humanitarian Resource Institute, United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:
4. Universal Declaration of Human Rights: United Nations. Url:
5. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: United Nations. Url:
6. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: United Nations. Url:

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