In a resource-constrained world, partnerships and innovation are essential to scaling up creative solutions in the global fight against deadly diseases. In the past decade, we have seen the value that strong global health partnerships can create.
I’ve spent the past two days in Abu Dhabi for the Global Vaccine Summit, a gathering of leaders to highlight the importance of life-saving vaccines to the health of children. Hosted by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the summit brought together people from across sectors and around the world...
Girl Rising 9 girls from 9 countries, whose stories are written by 9 women writers from the girls' respective countries and narrated by 9 actresses including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Salma Hayek.
Happy New Year! Thanks to your support, the United Nations Foundation has been helping the United Nations change lives by improving global health, promoting sustainable energy, empowering women and girls, and advocating for a better world for the past 15 years.
Imagine a life where you live on less than two dollars a day. You have been saving for months to afford a trip to the health clinic. With your payment in hand, you walk three hours to get to the nearest clinic, carrying your young children with you. When you finally arrive, you want to be able to receive information and testing for HIV and also pick up contraception to prevent pregnancy, but you’re told that the clinic does not provide both services. You can get tested for HIV, but you’ll have to walk an additional 20 miles to a separate clinic to obtain contraceptives. Unable to cover the distance, you are forced to return home without the contraception that you want and need.
Just a few years ago, we all witnessed the birth of a new day that changed the way people think about holiday shopping: Cyber Monday. Today I am writing about something I think can be an even bigger game changer, #GivingTuesday.
Across the world today, teenage girls are making their voices heard and promoting a transformational idea: empower adolescent girls everywhere. As part of the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign, girls and other supporters are holding more than 50 events in nine countries to celebrate the "International Day of the Girl Child," a day to recognize the power of girls across the world and to advocate for their rights.