MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 19: General view of action between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Troy Trojans during the first quarter of the college football game at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Not every college football game is enticing to fans. Count Wisconsin’s contest against Rutgers as one that fans aren’t wanting to be a part of on Saturday afternoon.The Badgers, who started the season as a popular dark horse candidate for the College Football Playoff discussion, have seen that suggestion quickly disappear. With three losses on the season already, Wisconsin is just hoping to keep it together at this point.A battle with the lowly Scarlet Knights might be just what the doctor ordered. Although the game might be what Wisconsin needs, it’s not what the fans want.A few minutes before kickoff, the crowd was…scarce.Didn’t expect a great crowd today but this is pretty rough five minutes before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/daGyaMjfuq— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) November 3, 2018Wisconsin didn’t wait long to take advantage of the matchup. The Badgers already have a touchdown and the game isn’t even three minutes old yet.Rutgers’ terrible season, which included a loss to Kansas, just keeps getting worse. At least there aren’t many in the stands to witness the game.
The UN chief was speaking to journalists in Norway, where he is attending an annual retreat for international conflict mediators and other high-level decision makers.Mr. Guterres gave compelling reasons why the international community must do everything to prevent and solve conflict.“The number of countries with violent conflicts is the highest in the last 30 years. If we compare with 2007 and consider the number of violent situations that can be qualified as war according to the number of casualties, they have tripled,” he said.Prevention is more necessary than ever, and the more difficult conflict resolution is, the more important prevention becomes – UN Chief António Guterres“At the same time, taking as a reference 2005, when we had the lowest number of people being killed in battle, we have now tenfold that level, which means that the situation is indeed deteriorating in the world. That means that prevention is more necessary than ever, and the more difficult conflict resolution is, the more important prevention becomes.”For Mr. Guterres, mediation is “an absolutely fundamental instrument” in this regard.This includes formal interventions but also what he called “backdoor mediation”, as well as initiatives that involve affected communities.The Secretary-General is among more than 100 participants taking part in the two-day Oslo Forum, which wraps up in the Norwegian capital on Wednesday.Attendance is by invitation only, and the informal discussions will cover peacemaking issues and challenges, including the situations in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Mali.Mr. Guterres has made conflict prevention a cornerstone of his tenure and has consistently pushed for “a surge in diplomacy for peace,” even before taking office in January 2017.His establishment of a High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation later that year underlines this priority.The Board’s 18 members—nine women and nine men—include former global leaders, renowned experts and internationally recognized personalities will support the UN in working more effectively with regional organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.Mediation meeting in FinlandThe Secretary-General joined members at their second meeting, held in Finland’s capital, Helsinki, on Monday.Mr. Guterres also delivered an address at Kulturanta, the summer residence of the country’s President, where he again highlighted his concerns about conflict, including its relation to global terrorism.He also touched on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation and the use of chemical weapons in Syria.Turning to climate change, Mr. Guterres described it as “a main accelerator of many other problems around the world.”He reported that the level of greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2017: the first time in recent years.“It is clear that we are far from doing enough in relation to the risks that we face due to climate change,” he said.