"It takes a village" has always been our family's philosophy, and so I had the good fortune of being raised with many surrogates -- equally strong and caring women -- who mentored me and filled in the missing pieces of my life puzzle.
Under UN peacekeeping, it is individuals from other countries who assume great personal risk, as evidenced by the recent kidnapping of 21 Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan and the deaths of four Russian peacekeepers in Congo. Despite these significant occupational hazards, UN peacekeepers remain central to efforts like those that advance democracy in places like Liberia and strengthen government capacity and prevent conflict in South Sudan. It is therefore crucial that our nation fully fund our peacekeeping dues.
The UN Foundation has a 15 year history of building partnerships in support of the UN. Our theory of change is based on the belief that to make lasting change, actors from the public and private sectors must be mobilized.
I have the privilege of being the UN Foundation's representative at the 4th meeting of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, taking place March 25-27 in Bali, Indonesia.
The next leg of the Global Mom Relay will highlight the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a United Nations Foundation initiative that advocates for the use of clean-burning cookstoves around the world.
Today marks the world’s first International Day of Happiness, thanks to a 2012 UN resolution declaring wellbeing a universal goal and calling for more inclusive, equitable growth to make wellbeing and happiness achievable for all.
At 15, Malala is a leader. She shows us that leadership is about vision. It's about values that endure, uncompromised. It's about sacrifice and conviction, about the resolve to take risks and persevere.
Girl Rising 9 girls from 9 countries, whose stories are written by 9 women writers from the girls' respective countries and narrated by 9 actresses including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Salma Hayek.
On Monday, June 10th, one week before the G8 Summit, you are invited to join “G-Everyone,” a day of dialogue that encourages everyone to share their ideas on how technology, innovation and entrepreneurship can address global challenges.
Two years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, I found a sense of optimism on my visit to Haiti. While many pre- and post-earthquake challenges remain for Haitians, I noticed several encouraging achievements that have happened since the last time I was there in June of 2010. In addition to progress already made, I found a sense that the best is yet to come.
We have all been put “on notice” about something big that’s coming. This is advance warning about something big that is taking place that will help people celebrate their role as people who donate their time, money, and talents to causes that help create a better world.
In today’s increasingly interconnected world, all of the world’s citizens are going to need access to broadband. Broadband already affects every sector of human activity and endeavor, and is a key driver for development – both in the developed and developing world. But new research coming out of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development this week indicates that the key to our online future may well be wireless.
As the parents of young girls and people who believe that girls can change the world, today we’re celebrating International Day of the Girl and the power of girls everywhere. One girl in the news right now embodies this strength: Malala Yousafzai.
Taking a break from Olympics coverage to plug back into the news? We’ve got just the thing for you. Welcome to In Case You Missed It, a round-up of news on the United Nations Foundation and the issues we care about. Here’s what has been happening this week:
The kids were lined up three rows deep in 115-degree heat when I arrived yesterday in Bandouki, an isolated village in northern Cameroon. But their mothers, and older sisters in some cases, knew that vaccination day was worth the wait...
While a lot of important news has been coming out of the United Nations General Assembly lately, there is one story that may not make the front pages, but should be at the front of our minds: the health of women and children around the world.
Americans overwhelmingly support the UN’s work – including destroying Syria’s chemical weapons and providing humanitarian aid to refugees – and believe we should pay our dues to the UN on time and in full.