Athletes from 88 countries have gathered in Sochi to compete. As a long-time runner, triathlete, and bike racer, I appreciate the spirit of competitiveness these individuals bring with them. But the Olympics are about more than competition. They’re about building understanding between people of different cultures and countries – understanding that must be based on respect for human rights.
Gardening columnist Henry Mitchell once wrote: “No gardener needs reminding that life depends on plants. No plants, no life. Very simple.” Yet it is very easy for biodiversity and ecosystems to get lost in the debate about eliminating poverty and reducing inequity.
Every year, UNICEF gathers global and national statistics for its State of the World’s Children report — tracking things like access to clean water, education, and vaccines — to improve children’s lives worldwide.
Last year, the UN showed its ability to respond nimbly to unfolding crises around the globe, from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Hainan to the critical role that peacekeepers played -- are playing -- in containing and even reversing conflicts in some of the toughest corners of the world.
“The United Nations is the world’s platform for peace and progress.” – UN Foundation Founder & Chairman Ted Turner The United Nations serves a unique and essential role in the world, providing a platform for cooperation that transcends borders and boundaries. Simply put: The world comes to the UN to work together on urgent, important […]
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.
People often read the news and feel hopeless – but there are so many reasons to feel hopeful. Yes, the world faces big challenges. But no, they’re not unsolvable. When we mobilize, tangible, positive change can happen – and it is happening.
Congress doesn’t always do things on time, but sometimes they really do get it right. Four months into the fiscal year, our lawmakers have passed a trillion dollar budget that goes a long way toward furthering American interests in global health and development.
As we head into a new year, it is always interesting to look back at this year’s most memorable and poignant moments. Some of the events in 2016 were groundbreaking, while others were heartbreaking, yet all are important to remember as we reflect on how to build a more just world alongside the United Nations […]
Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated large parts of the Caribbean and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, leaving the region in a state of emergency and millions of people in need of critical aid and supplies. During this time of crisis, we’ve seen individuals, corporations, NGOs, and governments all come together to assist those […]
As we arrived at a Mangochi district secondary school, after driving for what seemed like hours down a dusty, bumpy red clay road in one of the most rural and beautiful parts of eastern Malawi, a group of about 40 girls greeted us enthusiastically and repeatedly sang ?well-a-come, well-a-come, you are most well-a-come.?
Note: This blog was co-authored by Ryan Kaminski, Senior Program Manager for Human Rights and Special Initiatives and Anna Mahalak, UNA-USA’s Manager of Youth Engagement. The top United Nations human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council, convened yesterday, March 6, 2017, for a high-level discussion on supporting the human rights of youth in the implementation […]
By Renuka Gadde, Vice President, Global Health, BD A health center in the Morogoro region of Tanzania is staffed by a single midwife. She is trained to refer patients early if any complications arise during labor, but the referral system is not robust. The patient – now in a complicated stage of labor – would […]
Two years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, I found a sense of optimism on my visit to Haiti. While many pre- and post-earthquake challenges remain for Haitians, I noticed several encouraging achievements that have happened since the last time I was there in June of 2010. In addition to progress already made, I found a sense that the best is yet to come.
From Vice President Biden saying he?ll never forget a visit to a UN refugee camp in Chad, to announcing that the U.S. will be a leader in the UN's post-2015 development process, it was clear that this administration is committed to working hand-in-hand with the UN to tackle the world?s most pressing issues ? including the Syria crisis, Iran?s nuclear agenda, and typhoon recover in the Philippines.
December 12 marks the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the historic global accord to combat climate change. Signed by every country on the planet, the goal of the agreement is to limit global warming to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.” Despite the U.S. Administration’s announcement that it intends to exit the accord, the Paris […]
World Pneumonia Day on November 12 is a day to raise awareness about a disease that kills more than 900,000 children each year – more than from any other infectious disease. In the countdown to World Pneumonia Day, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign is working to ensure that people understand the severity of this […]