Worldwide, 2.5 billion people don?t have access to basic sanitation like toilets and latrines. As UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, a leading advocate for clean water and sanitation, points out, ?More people have cell phones than toilets in today's world.?
At age five, Kakenya was engaged to a boy from her neighborhood, and she considered herself lucky. Her new fianc?e was around her age, and most girls in her community met their husbands ? much older men ? on their wedding day.
When the sun sets tonight around the world, more than 400 maternity clinics that long labored in darkness will have light. Reliable, robust, and easy to use ?Solar Suitcases? will provide light and power for midwives and doctors to deliver babies, conduct c/sections, treat pregnancy complications, and care for newborn babies in 25 countries. For many mothers and babies, that light may mean life.
Last month, I spent 10 days zigzagging across India, stopping in six cities on an unforgettable journey to visit the sites of several projects that the mHealth Alliance supports through our Innovation Working Group catalytic grant program. Through this program, which is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, we provide funding and technical assistance for mobile health (mHealth) projects that aim to improve maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries. This trip gave us the chance to see some of their work in action.
This week, thousands of researchers, development experts, policymakers, and others are gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss one of the most important global issues: family planning. Around the world, more than 220 million women want, but don’t have access to, modern contraception – which means they aren’t able to decide the timing and spacing of their families. Denying them this basic human right has far-reaching effects for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries.
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.
The U.S. made history yesterday – but not in a way that’ll make you proud. For the first time ever, we lost our vote in a United Nations organization for failing to pay our dues. And the agency we just walked away from is none other than the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose programs are clearly and directly in the interests of Americans.
On Wednesday evening, big names and bold voices like Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Her Majesty Queen Rania, and Priyanka Chopra joined UN Foundation board members, UN supporters, diplomats, and business leaders at our Global Leadership Awards Dinner.
As we count down the final days until 2014, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on everything the United Nations accomplished this year. Here’s a little hint: It was a big year for the UN. From Syria to Iran, it made major progress in making the world a more peaceful and prosperous place […]
2012 is a leap year. This means we have an "extra" day to support the work of the United Nations to create a better world. Day after day, UN agencies leap into action, playing a key role in solving the most challenging global problems. Check out the great work the UN does every single day to create a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world for everyone!Tell us what you're doing today to support the UN.
When Eleanor Roosevelt walked across United Nations Plaza and made a surprise visit to the offices of the American Association for the United Nations in 1953, she did so for a reason. As a principal architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she knew U.S. grassroots support would be key to the success of the UN.
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.
Today, humanitarians and health experts are gathering in Abu Dhabi for the first-ever Global Vaccines Summit. We already know that vaccines work, now let’s help make sure every child has a healthy shot at life by telling world leaders that increasing access to global vaccines is important to us.
Since the birth of the United Nations 68 years ago, its mandate has been to address the world?s most pressing issues in order to maintain international peace and security.To help solve these challenges, the UN is increasing its task force -- but not in the way you might think.
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has joined forces with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon to call us to attention this World Malaria Day. Why? Because Malaria still kills a child every minute. Every minute of every day.
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented, with over 14,000 cases so far and a mortality rate up to 70%. While we are making some progress, we have a lot of work to do. Bringing the outbreak under control depends on quickly finding people with Ebola and isolating them during treatment so they cannot infect others.
Access to reproductive health care and contraception shapes our lives. Think about it. Maybe having access to contraception meant you were able to attend college and pursue a career of your dream. Perhaps, having access to contraception meant you were able to accomplish the goals you set for yourself before becoming a parent until you […]