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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Nuclear free?

September 24th, 2009
05:43 PM ET


(CNN) - The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament - a move hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as significant step.

Obama, the first U.S. President to chair a Security Council meeting, has said that the United States will play a key role in disarmament, seeking an arms reduction treaty with Russia.

"We harbor no illusions about the difficulty of bringing about a world without nuclear weapons," Obama said.

The U.N. resolution comes at a time of growing concern among Western nations over nuclear proliferation, particularly among countries such as Iran and North Korea.

On Thursday's Connect The World, we will look at why nuclear power is back on the agenda. Tell us what you think about the move: Do you think it is a step forward? Is it realistic?


Filed under:  General

Six Degrees: Justine Henin to Sarah Palin

September 24th, 2009
04:57 PM ET
What links Justine Henin to Sarah Palin? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
What links Justine Henin to Sarah Palin? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

LONDON, England - It’s time for “Six Degrees” — our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users.

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

In this week’s challenge we want to connect tennis star Justine Henin, who made her return to the sport this week, to U.S. former vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, who made her debut in Hong Kong.

You need to come up with five other people between those two for a total of six links.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

Need some inspiration? Check out last week’s winner Troy Barrett, who managed to link fashionista Victoria Beckham with “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown.

Here’s how he did it…

Victoria Beckham is married to…

David Beckham, who, upon moving to Los Angeles with his family, was thrown a welcoming party in 2007 which was attended by…

Tom Cruise, who is a Scientologist, along with…

John Travolta, who starred in “Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D,” a documentary that also featured a role voiced by…

Rita Wilson, who is married to…

Tom Hanks, who starred in “The Da Vinci Code,” a book written by…

Dan Brown.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

Connector of the day: Wangari Maathai

September 24th, 2009
03:11 PM ET

She introduced the Green Belt Movemment to Kenya and in the process became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize - astonishing achievements for one woman, but there is far more to Wangari Maathai than accolades and awards.

Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

A champion of peace and democracy in Africa her opinions and advice are sought by world leaders, but it is her work with young people that drives her on.

She served in the Kenyan parliament from 2003-2005 while continuing to pursue, and persaude others to join, her green agenda.

As comfortable in the forests of Kenya as she is on the ice covered peaks of the Arctic, Wangari Maathai is an inspirational character.