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.
Jul 07, 2014. By
Big news came out today: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations – shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty and improving lives. This didn’t happen by chance; it happened by choice. The MDGs have provided […]
Jun 05, 2014. By
By Tiffany Taylor, U.S. Youth Observer at the UN Being the Youth Observer to the United Nations has provided me with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply my experiences, passions, and interests to a global platform for change. Over the past year of my term as the second-ever Youth Observer, I have traveled throughout the United […]
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.
May 22, 2014. By
This week, health leaders from around the world are gathered in Geneva for the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Assembly. Here are five of the key stories coming out of Geneva: 1. Saving the Lives of Newborns: Every year, nearly 3 million newborns die within the first 28 days of life. This year’s World […]
Jun 26, 2014. By
How is a nearly 70-year-old organization keeping up with the times? The United Nations is getting innovative with some thinking that is quite literally out of the box. Late last week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill got a firsthand look at some of the most exciting new ideas coming out of UN agencies as they look […]
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 […]
Feb 20, 2014. By
Everybody’s talking about the crazy weather. The polar vortex walloped the Eastern United States with ice and snow while the West suffers through extreme drought. Big parts of Britain were hit by record-breaking floods. January 7 was the hottest day in Australian history, with an average high temperature of 105°F over the entire country.
Aug 14, 2014. By
August 18, 2014 marks 500 days until the target date for the Millennium Development Goals – eight goals to improve lives around the world. We recently asked Leith Greenslade, a Vice Chair of the MDG Health Alliance in the office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs, about where we are on […]
As the Chief Operating Officer of a foundation with global focus, it is important to me that all of our employees, partners, supporters, and friends live in a world that respects and protects their human rights – regardless of whom they love. That’s why I recently joined the Free and Equal Campaign, a campaign led […]
Jun 25, 2014. By
Yesterday a bi-partisan group of political and financial leaders said that climate change will cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars a year if action isn’t taken to slow it down. They called their report Risky Business. Scientists, business leaders, and political figures are telling us that the need to deal with our changing climate […]
Right now, conflicts around the world – Syria, South Sudan, Gaza, Central African Republic, and more – have put more pressure than ever on humanitarian aid groups and the United Nations. While the news can be overwhelming, what gives me hope are the stories of individuals, both those who manage to persevere in some of […]
Aug 14, 2014. By
Aug 12, 2014. By
Did you know that half the world’s population is under 30, making today’s youth generation the largest in history? Today’s young people have inherited pressing challenges, from climate change to human rights abuses to unstable economies. Despite unprecedented challenges, they’ve displayed unprecedented skills. They are informed, connected via social media, and savvy, looking for global […]
Aug 11, 2014. By
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller Today, we wrap up our MDG Monday series with a look at Millennium Development Goal 8, which aims to promote cooperation among countries and among sectors to advance development. Here are the targets it sets: Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop […]
Aug 07, 2014. By
The United Nations Foundation is committed to working with our colleagues in the media to share information and build understanding about some our generation’s most pressing issues. Part of that commitment is a series of media fellowships that connect with our partners, their stories, and journalists around the world. There is tremendous vale in bringing […]
Aug 07, 2014. By
Photo credit: Foundation Rural Energy Services Despite the prevalence of cell phones today across the African continent, one in every two young Africans still does not have access to modern energy services. While the lack of electricity represents a significant challenge given the social, educational, and economic opportunities that come with reliable power, developing innovative […]