A lit birthday candle means a lot to me, since I'm so old I remember when we invented fire. Good times. I still make a wish when I blow out my candles. Sometimes they even come true. But not everyone is that lucky.
The countdown is on: President Obama will release next year’s budget request to Congress in less than two weeks – and considering Congress recently voted to slash UN Peacekeeping funding for FY14, we’ve got some serious ground to make up.
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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is generally the first place the world turns for information on potential international health emergencies. In addition to WHO’s roster of health experts and its decades of experience with health threats, it also plays a central role in carrying out the International Health Regulations (IHR), a global framework adopted in 2005 to help improve global public health security.
In the United States, we are given a birth certificate and an official identification number when we are born. We become official citizens. When I turned 16 I got a driver's license. Many of us will travel overseas and need to apply for a passport. As we live our lives, go to school, visit a doctor, or register to vote, we are able to do these things because we have been given a number that recognizes us as a member of society.
The United Nations’ Kakuma refugee camp sits near the South Sudan border in neighboring Kenya. If that feels a world away, consider this: It is home for more than 100,000 individuals — a population roughly the total size of Charleston, South Carolina.
From Mali to Mexico, Senegal to Sri Lanka, Uganda to the UK – people from every region of the world are coming together as action/2015. action/2015 is made up of the many individuals, organizations, and diverse groups that are united by the common belief that the decisions taken in 2015 are critical for our future. Together, […]
As the week winds down, in case you missed them, we are sharing three important stories from the United Nations this week: 1. UN Calls for Greater Global Response to Ebola As the UN continues to ramp up its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa through its “UN Mission for Emergency Ebola […]
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.
What works to empower women economically, for whom, and why? How do you measure this? Last week, we attempted to answer these questions at an event co-hosted by the ExxonMobil Foundation, the Center for Global Development (CGD), the World Bank, and Plan International on measurement and evaluation for women’s economic empowerment programs. Renowned experts spoke […]
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in the Global Extrovert blog. I love airports. That might sound crazy given this time of year. Or maybe it sounds crazy simply because you are a frequent (or infrequent) flyer like me and know that airports spell delays, lines, and countless frustrations. Yet, I have never been in […]
Today’s youth need quality education to become global and financially literate citizens, and UNA-USA is now on the forefront of providing these resources. Along with our greater goal to educate and inspire Americans on the vital work of the United Nations, we firmly believe in giving students the tools to become global citizens. Because of […]
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) did something it has never done in the history of the global polio eradication effort – it declared polio a “public health emergency of international concern,” calling the international spread of polio in 2014 an “extraordinary event.” Along with this announcement, WHO recommended that ten polio-affected countries, including […]
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum’s “Agenda” blog. The world’s governments are meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia this week to establish new global ground rules for investing in people, planet, and prosperity. The occasion is the UN’s major conference on financing for development (FFD) and a formal agreement will […]
Photo credit: WHO/Christopher Black On December 2, the World Bank released a report, “Update on the Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.” The report concludes that in 2014 alone, the cost of Ebola was over $500 million, with Liberia the hardest hit. The three governments have had to cut […]