From Vice President Biden saying he?ll never forget a visit to a UN refugee camp in Chad, to announcing that the U.S. will be a leader in the UN's post-2015 development process, it was clear that this administration is committed to working hand-in-hand with the UN to tackle the world?s most pressing issues ? including the Syria crisis, Iran?s nuclear agenda, and typhoon recover in the Philippines.
I am writing this post following the inaugural session in Paris of Social Good Week 2013. The auditorium at the Gaite Lyrique in downtown Paris was filled to capacity with people who define themselves as leaders and innovators in the French Social Good movement.
The fifth annual mHealth Summit kicks off this week at the National Harbor in Maryland. This four-day conference will convene more than 5,000 participants from all over the world to spark new ideas and dialogue about advancing the use of mobile technology to improve health outcomes.
Madiba dedicated his life to freedom and equality. He helped bring peace to his nation, and hope to the entire world. His legacy lives on in the people he has inspired. Because of him our world is better.
The world lost a true champion for peace. Nelson Mandela?s contributions to freedom, equality, and human rights will never be forgotten. We strive to follow his example of service to build a better world.
Did you know that 222 million women and girls globally want to delay pregnancy but don?t have access to quality contraceptives? This unmet need has devastating impacts on women?s health, and impedes progress on our global development goals.
A new report from the ONE campaign says it?s time to retire the phrase ?AIDS in Africa.? Sixteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have already reached the beginning of the end of AIDS, according to the ONE report, but others lag far behind.
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.
In many communities, girls are forced to marry young, without access to voluntary family planning services. This means they often have children as children themselves. They’re unable to go to school and are at a high risk of medical complications from pregnancy.
The public chorus to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 now includes US President Barack Obama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Bono. The backdrop is extremely promising since the developing world has already cut the share of people living below US$1.25 a day by half since 1990. At a consistent rate of progress, the other half could well cross the line in another 20 years too...
When you picture a United Nations conference, you probably don’t imagine 600 young people dancing in the aisles. But from the beginning, it was clear that the ICPD Global Youth Forum was not your typical conference. The forum – led by young people, for young people – brought together youth leaders, and representatives from civil society, the private-sector and government, from around the world to learn, deliberate, and make recommendations around five key issue areas: staying healthy, comprehensive education, employment, family and youth rights (including sexuality) and leadership.
This past May, a global community of innovators, social entrepreneurs, and thought leaders united around a shared vision: That today's connected generation can leverage technology and new media to help create a better world. Here is a look at the highlights of +Social Good’s first year:
Following the devastating destruction by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) that hit the Philippines on November 8, the United Nations, the Government of the Philippines, and other humanitarian organizations are mounting a massive coordinated humanitarian response to provide families with immediate lifesaving aid.
By Dr. Paul Bunje, Principal and Senior Scientist at the XPRIZE Foundation What do a team of mechanical engineers from Missoula, Montana know about ocean acidification? Turns out, a whole lot. This summer, as I was standing on the deck of the R/V Kilo Moana in the North Pacific for the deep sea trials of […]
Ambassador Power spoke passionately about the importance of the UN Disability Treaty at UNA?s Global Leadership Dinner on November 6 and thanked UNA for our support to date. However, just this week she reached out to us again to ask us to use our network of grassroots UN supporters to spread the word on the importance of this vital treaty.
Today the world is 1,000 days out from the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals embraced by governments and the UN to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, including poverty, hunger, access to education, and child and maternal deaths.