Today, 1.3 billion people in the world don’t have access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency, more than four-fifths of these people live in rural areas and more than 95 percent live in sub-Saharan African or developing areas in Asia.
The UN Foundation is excited to partner with the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) because entrepreneurs serve as a great catalyst for social change. Last week, our Resident Entrepreneur Elizabeth Gore joined 24 enterprising millennials for MTP’s inaugural 10-day transcontinental train journey from San Francisco to Washington D.C. These 24 entrepreneurs are currently traveling across the country, stopping in seven cities along the way, to advance projects that benefit local communities.
When I think of the United Nations, the first images in my mind are often the iconic UN headquarters building in New York, or news photos of heads of state. But the UN is so much more than that, as I was reminded in Tanzania recently. For many people, the UN is a very present and very important part of their lives.
Imagine being forced to leave your home and everything you know to seek protection in a refugee camp. Now imagine having to start over in a new country where the language, the people and the culture are foreign to you. A group of awesome refugee girls who came to the United States from several different countries will be discussing some of these challenges and more with our Teen Advisors tomorrow, June 27 from 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET.
What I love about this Shot@Life campaign is the fact that anyone with a computer can save a life through leaving a simple comment that spreads the word. So today, I’m writing about a few of the many female leaders who I have admired over the years for their dedication to philanthropy and efforts to empower people who don’t have a voice. Despite their success, each of these women strongly believe that anyone can make a difference - money, age, or social status are not necessary for impactful giving.
It’s not every day someone is bold enough to give away one-third of their net worth to help make the world a better place. But when Ted Turner donated $1 billion 15 years ago to help the United Nations tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, it inspired a new wave of philanthropy.
When the world mobilizes, incredible progress is possible. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty goals set by governments and the United Nations in 2000, have improved the lives of millions of people.
On July 18th, United Nations Volunteers started their “25 Days Equals 25 Ways to Take Action” campaign. The campaign, which connects Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18) to International Youth Day (August 12), encourages you to commit to at least one voluntary act during the next 25 days. We figured we’d help you out by sharing this list of five easy ways to make the world a better place:
This year, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, the UN Foundation has joined a host of great partners who are helping to launch a new movement called #GivingTuesday – a day to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the Holiday Season.
What issues should be discussed to advance the development agenda? Skoll World Forum, partnering with the United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Huffington Post, asked a group of experts for their ideas.