How is the United Nations working to solve some of today’s largest global issues? Learn from the experts! This UN Day, October 24, we are bringing together experts from the UN and our own leaders here at the Foundation to talk about the issues facing our planet and how together we can create the future we want. Join us, rock your UN blue and help celebrate UN Day!
Oct 17, 2012. By
My name is Dennis Ogbe and this past summer I represented the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I am also a polio survivor. I contracted polio at the age of three when I was taken to a health clinic to be treated for malaria in Nigeria. Today, polio still exists in Nigeria and is still killing and disabling children...
Oct 16, 2012. By
Houston Dynamo forward Macoumba “Mac” Kandji, 27, is excited to be part of Nothing But Nets night at this Saturday’s Major League Soccer game between the Dynamo and the Philadelphia Union. The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has joined forces with athletes from the very beginning, partnering with MLS W.O.R.K.S. and NBA Cares to reach new audiences in the fight against malaria.
We are down to the final days of this election and these last two debates count. According to our national poll of likely voters released today, 3 out of 4 Americans say foreign policy impacts their vote. Yet nearly half say the presidential candidates are not discussing international issues enough.
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.
Imagine life without electricity or modern fuels – no light at night, only fuelwood to cook with. Imagine life as a woman without electricity or modern fuels – driven by culture and necessity to spend your days gathering fuel and water and living in a smoky environment that is dangerous to your family and your health.
Oct 10, 2012. By
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 […]
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 […]
Sep 04, 2014. By
On Wednesday, senior leaders from the United Nations updated media on the response by the UN and its agencies to the Ebola crisis, which has caused about 1,900 deaths in West Africa. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. David Nabarro, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Disease, and Dr. Keiji […]
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 […]