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.
Gardening columnist Henry Mitchell once wrote: “No gardener needs reminding that life depends on plants. No plants, no life. Very simple.” Yet it is very easy for biodiversity and ecosystems to get lost in the debate about eliminating poverty and reducing inequity.
Today most Americans will take part in a big annual tradition, gathering with friends and family to watch the Super Bowl – and a bunch of new commercials. This year, one commercial will do more than get people talking; it will get them taking action to help fight AIDS.
Every year, UNICEF gathers global and national statistics for its State of the World’s Children report — tracking things like access to clean water, education, and vaccines — to improve children’s lives worldwide.
Young or old, male or female, Asia, the Americas, or Africa, all of these groups rank a good education as a top priority in the UN’s MY World survey (which asks people to share what issues are important to them in the future global development agenda).
Last week, leaders from around the world gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the state of the global economy and outline priorities moving forward. To talk about progress for our global economy, we have to talk about progress for women, 50% of the population.
Last year, the UN showed its ability to respond nimbly to unfolding crises around the globe, from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Hainan to the critical role that peacekeepers played -- are playing -- in containing and even reversing conflicts in some of the toughest corners of the world.
Throughout August, top bloggers are using their voices to help protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases as part of “Blogust,” a month-long digital dialogue organized by the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
As Americans begin to consider the candidates for 2016, they have already made a clear decision about how the right leader will approach the world. A new poll conducted by a bipartisan research team and released today by the Better World Campaign finds that registered voters favor a foreign policy approach that embraces a partnership […]
Today, in honor of World Health Day, we are partnering with the Pan-American Health Organization to raise awareness about the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases. Did you know that more than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, which are […]
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series on the founding of the United Nations 70 years ago. You can read the first post here, the second post here, the third post here, the fourth post here, and the fifth post here. On October 16, 1945, international delegates signed a United Nations agency into […]
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.” There is no place closer to home than a woman’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Yet today, 225 million girls and women who want to delay or avoid becoming pregnant are not using modern contraception, often […]
Five years ago, the United Nations Foundation took a leap into adolescent girls’ empowerment with the launch of Girl Up, the first-of-its-kind “for girls, by girls” campaign. Since then, Girl Up has grown exponentially and evolved from a campaign largely focused on grassroots fundraising in the United States to a global community of half a […]
Editor’s Note: Peter Yeo, UN Foundation Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, is traveling this week in South Sudan to observe the work of the United Nations in protecting civilians and their health. South Sudan remains at a critical juncture in the implementation of August’s cessation of hostilities agreement. This week, I had the […]
Did you know that 7 out of 10 women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime? That?s 7 women too many. Violence takes many forms - physical, sexual, emotional, and mental ? and the vast majority of it is perpetrated by men and boys.
As the year comes to a close, the UN Foundation wants to say thank you. Your support makes our work possible. Together we have helped the United Nations improve global health and save lives, promote the rights of girls and women, protect the planet, and much more. While our challenges are great, so are the opportunities to make a difference. We look forward to working with you in 2014.