Last Friday, the Center for Global Development hosted a robust and informative discussion on U.S. leadership in the context of Sustainable Energy for All, an initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Apr 24, 2012. By
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
Apr 23, 2012. By
On April 22, more than one billion people in 192 countries will come together on Earth Day to Mobilize the Earth™ and call for a sustainable future. From Rome to Rio, London to New Orleans, Beirut to Muscat, Kolkata to Jakarta, Beijing to Melbourne, communities everywhere will voice their concerns for the planet and demand change.
During her trip to Washington D.C., Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, visited the United Nations Foundation. UN Foundation Vice President for Climate and Energy, Reid Detchon and Figueres held a media roundtable with some of D.C’s most prominent climate and energy reporters.
Hey moms and dads – check out the “Here’s to More!” Shot@Life contest on the BabyCenter Community! Help give children around the world a shot at more firsts by designing a t-shirt for Shot@Life, a new campaign from the United Nation’s Foundation that helps provide children in developing countries with life-saving vaccines.
I find the work of the United Nations inspiring. As a 23-year-old, I want my generation to understand the importance and significance of the UN and why it is a vital part of our world. Decisions made today will shape our future and I know the UN helps make all of our futures brighter. Join me and the Better World Campaign as we kick-off our new campaign - My World. My UN. We are starting a conversation about your hopes for a better world through the work of the UN.
As part of the itinerary in India this week, United Nations Foundation Board members participated in a televised conversation with one of the country’s leading journalists, NDTV’s Barkha Dutt. She interviewed UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth, and Co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Kris Gopakakrishnan on issues ranging from the evolution of philanthropy, the role of the United Nations, and how partnerships and innovation are powering a more sustainable future for India.
Mar 17, 2014. By
There are a few things in this world that are truly global: One of them is that people want to be happy. Thursday, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, and the United Nations Foundation and Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams have teamed up to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere.
Jul 07, 2014. By
Big news came out today: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations – shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty and improving lives. This didn’t happen by chance; it happened by choice. The MDGs have provided […]
Jun 05, 2014. By
By Tiffany Taylor, U.S. Youth Observer at the UN Being the Youth Observer to the United Nations has provided me with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply my experiences, passions, and interests to a global platform for change. Over the past year of my term as the second-ever Youth Observer, I have traveled throughout the United […]
Last fall, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a comprehensive and authoritative report on the science of climate change. The key takeaway: Scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is real and is caused by human activities – mostly the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas.
Sep 26, 2014. By
Throughout this week, leaders from around the world have discussed our most urgent challenges while gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Here are five speeches from the week that you should watch. 1. Emma Watson, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, delivered a powerful speech on gender equality as part of the […]
May 22, 2014. By
This week, health leaders from around the world are gathered in Geneva for the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Assembly. Here are five of the key stories coming out of Geneva: 1. Saving the Lives of Newborns: Every year, nearly 3 million newborns die within the first 28 days of life. This year’s World […]
Jun 26, 2014. By
How is a nearly 70-year-old organization keeping up with the times? The United Nations is getting innovative with some thinking that is quite literally out of the box. Late last week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill got a firsthand look at some of the most exciting new ideas coming out of UN agencies as they look […]
Mar 26, 2014. By
On March 27th, the World Health Organization (WHO) will certify the South-East Asia Region as polio-free, a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. This certification includes India, which had long been considered one of the hardest places to eliminate the disease. Last year, the UN Foundation took a group of international journalists […]
Aug 14, 2014. By
August 18, 2014 marks 500 days until the target date for the Millennium Development Goals – eight goals to improve lives around the world. We recently asked Leith Greenslade, a Vice Chair of the MDG Health Alliance in the office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs, about where we are on […]
As the Chief Operating Officer of a foundation with global focus, it is important to me that all of our employees, partners, supporters, and friends live in a world that respects and protects their human rights – regardless of whom they love. That’s why I recently joined the Free and Equal Campaign, a campaign led […]
Jun 25, 2014. By
Yesterday a bi-partisan group of political and financial leaders said that climate change will cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars a year if action isn’t taken to slow it down. They called their report Risky Business. Scientists, business leaders, and political figures are telling us that the need to deal with our changing climate […]
Independence: it’s what we all want for children everywhere. We hope they’ll have the chance to grow up healthy, go to school, and have every opportunity to reach their full potential. Above all, we want our children to count. Many of us take it for granted, but receiving a birth certificate is crucial for all […]
Oct 10, 2014. By
As the week winds down, in case you missed them, we are sharing three important stories from the United Nations this week: 1. UN Calls for Greater Global Response to Ebola As the UN continues to ramp up its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa through its “UN Mission for Emergency Ebola […]
Sep 30, 2014. By
By John McArthur, UN Foundation Senior Fellow and visiting fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and Christine Zhang, Research Analyst in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Brookings Institution’s Up Front blog here. In this blog, John […]
Sep 04, 2014. By
On Wednesday, senior leaders from the United Nations updated media on the response by the UN and its agencies to the Ebola crisis, which has caused about 1,900 deaths in West Africa. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. David Nabarro, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Disease, and Dr. Keiji […]
Right now, conflicts around the world – Syria, South Sudan, Gaza, Central African Republic, and more – have put more pressure than ever on humanitarian aid groups and the United Nations. While the news can be overwhelming, what gives me hope are the stories of individuals, both those who manage to persevere in some of […]
Aug 14, 2014. By