This week, thousands of researchers, development experts, policymakers, and others are gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss one of the most important global issues: family planning. Around the world, more than 220 million women want, but don’t have access to, modern contraception – which means they aren’t able to decide the timing and spacing of their families. Denying them this basic human right has far-reaching effects for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries.
Mar 17, 2014. By
There are a few things in this world that are truly global: One of them is that people want to be happy. Thursday, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, and the United Nations Foundation and Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams have teamed up to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere.
Last fall, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a comprehensive and authoritative report on the science of climate change. The key takeaway: Scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is real and is caused by human activities – mostly the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas.
Mar 26, 2014. By
On March 27th, the World Health Organization (WHO) will certify the South-East Asia Region as polio-free, a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. This certification includes India, which had long been considered one of the hardest places to eliminate the disease. Last year, the UN Foundation took a group of international journalists […]
Jan 10, 2014. By
Hyderabad, India serves as the headquarters of the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), a non-profit supported by the state government that uses village-based women’s self-help groups as part of its strategy to alleviate poverty. One dimension of SERP’s strategy entails community managed work on health and nutrition, which is aided by mobile technology.
Mar 04, 2014. By
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.
Jan 23, 2014. By
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.
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“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 […]
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Apr 16, 2014. By
By Rocio Ortega, Girl Up Teen Advisor Her parents left their native country hoping for a better future. So did my parents. She is the first in her family to attain a higher education. So am I. As children of immigrants, it was difficult learning English as a second language, but hard work and dedication […]
Apr 11, 2014. By
Our photo of the week comes from the World Health Organization (WHO), which is working with partners in the Central African Republic (CAR) to strengthen basic health services. Conflict in the country has pushed the health system to the brink of collapse, and more than 1 million people in CAR have fled their homes. WHO […]
Apr 10, 2014. By
By Audrey Ok, Intern for UN Foundation Public Affairs The Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest countries, has been engulfed in months of intense violence, described as “ethno-religious cleansing,” which has plunged the country into crisis. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), thousands of civilians […]
Apr 08, 2014. By
What does success for the United Nations look like in Afghanistan? The White House put it best during a press briefing last week forecasting Saturday’s primary elections: “This election process is Afghan-owned… The Afghan security forces are in the lead country-wide. The leaders and staff of the electoral institutions are all Afghan. And the campaign […]
Apr 03, 2014. By
Spring in Washington means more than our iconic Cherry Blossoms and tourists on the Metro. It’s also the beginning of budget season for lawmakers, and that means big decisions about our international affairs priorities. If you haven’t been following the Better World Campaign’s calls to action, here’s what you need to know: The U.S. is […]
Apr 01, 2014. By
“You see the sense of hope despite the hunger and the horrors,” said James Elder, who has been on the ground in South Sudan as part of the humanitarian response effort of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Since conflict erupted in December, more than 1 million people have fled their homes, including more than […]
Mar 28, 2014. By
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Hoff, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Syria. WHO leads the health sector response to issues arising from the conflict, which entered its fourth year this month. Though she is no stranger to conflict situations, having previously worked in Somalia and Afghanistan, Hoff says her […]
Mar 12, 2014. By
Editor’s Note: To find out how you can get involved, read “How You Can Help” at the end of the post. Three years of conflict in Syria have devastated children throughout the country. More than 1 million Syrian children now live as refugees in surrounding countries, and more than 4 million children in Syria are […]
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.