Happy New Year from the UN Foundation! As 2014 gets underway, we’re sharing a few news highlights that came out over the holidays. Check out the stories we’re following, and let us know what you’re reading by tweeting us at @unfoundation using the hashtag #globalreads.
- “In 2014, it’s unacceptable for girls in Malawi to be unable to go to school,” by Jill Filipovic, The Guardian: Filipovic, a UN Foundation press fellow, writes about the challenges to getting an education for girls in Malawi.
- “How Nigeria is helping stop polio for good,” by Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Huffington Post: Frieden discusses the steps Nigeria – one of the three remaining countries where the transmission of polio has never been stopped – is taking to eradicate the crippling disease.
- “Improving child health in Malawi, one text message at a time,” by Jennifer Yang, the Toronto Star: Yang, a UN Foundation press fellow, writes about how Malawi is using mobile phones and text messages to quickly identify and treat malnourished children.
- “Numbers fleeing violence set to hit record – UN refugee agency,” by Emma Batha, Thomson Reuters Foundation: According to the UN Refugee Agency, data shows that 2013 will likely be one of the worst years in terms of the number of refugees and people displaced within their countries.
- “Doing Good by Doing Well: Private Sector Gets Behind UN Disabilities Treaty,” by Ryan Kaminski, The Interdependent: Kaminski highlights private sector support for U.S. ratification of the UN Disabilities Treaty, which supporters say would bring economic benefits to the U.S. in addition to recognizing the rights of people with disabilities.
What interesting stories have you read recently? Let us know on Twitter using hashtag #globalreads.