International Women’s Day on March 8 celebrates the achievements of girls and women – it’s also a call to action to continue our work to empower girls and women worldwide. Throughout March, the United Nations Foundation will be taking action and raising awareness to support the United Nations and our partners around the world who are champions for girls and women.
Last week, leaders from around the world gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the state of the global economy and outline priorities moving forward. To talk about progress for our global economy, we have to talk about progress for women, 50% of the population.
When girls and women are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered, they can generate a positive ripple effect – helping to lift their families out of poverty, improving global health, and growing economies. Simply put: Supporting the rights of girls and women is a matter of justice; it’s also smart policy.
You may be hearing a lot of talk about budget numbers as Congress and the Executive Branch have reached an agreement on a final spending bill for fiscal year 2014. For the international family planning community, there is good news.
October 1 is the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons. It is important to mark this event for several reasons, not the least among these being the large rises in the absolute and the relative numbers of the old – however one defines this category: those aged above 65 or 70 or 75. Even […]
The opening of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, an annual gathering of world leaders to discuss key global issues, will mark two milestones in our collective work to ensure better lives for everyone, everywhere. First, this General Assembly is the first since world leaders gaveled in the Sustainable Development Goals one […]
This year’s opening session of the United Nations General Assembly will be the last for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his present role. Over the past 10 years as the 8th UN Secretary-General, he has helped to catalyze global progress on issues including climate change, LGBT rights, women’s and children’s health, and sustainable development. The Secretary-General […]
As the seemingly intractable problem of violence against women and girls continues to hit the headlines in new and increasingly brutal ways (for example, in conflict zones in the Middle East), our attention is rightly drawn once again to the perpetrators of the violence and the motives and beliefs of those who “commit” gender based […]
On the first-ever “One Health Day” on November 3, global health and development organizations are asking people around the world to learn more and help spread the word about “One Health,” a public health approach that emphasizes the health connections between humans, animals, and ecosystems. Read more to find out why. Animals, the Environment, and […]
Solving global challenges requires knowledge of the issues and an exchange of ideas on how progress can be made. A number of reports have been released recently on issues from how climate change affects children to the economic opportunities of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Here are seven key reports we’re reading right now. Human […]
College, groceries, relationships, job hunting, house hunting, urging your leaders to support the UN. Real talk: One of those things is clearly not like the others. If you were to walk down the street and ask other millennials to rank the importance of each of those things, the last one probably wouldn’t be the first […]