The past year has been a big one for girls’ education: from the tragic shooting and inspiring recovery of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai to the release of Girl Rising by famed documentary filmmaker Richard Robbins...
Power Africa builds on the great leadership shown by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative two years ago, with the objective of ensuring universal access to modern energy services – not just electricity, but clean fuels for cooking and heating – by 2030.
When the world mobilizes, incredible progress is possible. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty goals set by governments and the United Nations in 2000, have improved the lives of millions of people.
A recent polio outbreak in Somalia and Kenya serves as a reminder that this crippling disease still exists and is actively threatening children. While there is no cure for polio, vaccines protect children from the disease for life.
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Social Good Summit! From September 22-24, we will join our partners to host a global conversation with leading experts, advocates and innovators about how social media and technology can help address some of our world's biggest challenges.
Last year, a person had to flee his or her home due to conflict or persecution every four seconds on average. Worldwide, more than 45 million people have been forced from their homes – the highest number in nearly two decades.
Today, there are more than 45 million people around the world who have fled their homes due to war or persecution. Behind this sobering statistic lie the stories of real people – mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents and infants whose political and social safety nets have suddenly disappeared and who have been forced to leave their homes...
With less than 900 days to go until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the world’s “to-do list” to fight extreme poverty, it’s time for all of us to step up our efforts – especially when it comes to the health MDGs (MDGs 4, 5, and 6).
Fall, my favorite season, is officially here (at least in my hometown of D.C.). I love the crispness in the air, the colorful leaves, and cozy sweaters. Most of all, I love the feeling of "change" everywhere. This fall, the United Nations Foundation is embracing the season of change with three exciting initiatives to give everyone, everywhere the chance to make a difference in their community and around the world.
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.
As I was preparing my remarks for our annual International Women’s Day Luncheon held yesterday in Washington, I could not help but reflect on the story of a young girl in Malawi named Kumbukani, who despite all odds turned a seemingly shattered life into a powerful journey.
Yesterday I did what I almost always do on Sundays–play with my two young sons, go for a long run, and generally just enjoy being at home with my family. I also spent a considerable amount of time packing for my first trip to Rwanda. I'm headed there today with the Nothing But Nets campaign and our friends at WWE to visit refugee camps with our partners at the UN Refugee Agency.
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.
Just a few years ago, we all witnessed the birth of a new day that changed the way people think about holiday shopping: Cyber Monday. Today I am writing about something I think can be an even bigger game changer, #GivingTuesday.
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.
The Social Good Summit continues today with exciting speakers and thought-provoking sessions. A particular highlight is Malala Yousafzai, participating in a panel about leading girls forward past adversity.