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On World Toilet Day Reality More Offensive Than Words

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.

Tapping into the Power of the Toilet

Chris W. Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

Every day, an estimated 1,500 children die from diarrhea largely caused by a lack of access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene -- more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.

The New UN's Sustainable Development Goals: My Experience at the Youth Assembly

Radouan Torkmani | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Radouan Torkmani

On September 27, the 193 States Members of the United Nations adopted a new set of global goals for sustainable development intended to empower and guide the world's efforts to eradicate poverty, end hunger and address climate change by 2030.

What Johnny Cash Taught Me About People We Are Leaving Behind

Weh Yeoh | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

Ultimately, there is a mismatch between the global agenda and what's needed on the ground. As Johnny Cash intimated, we're often not doing what people really want us to do, or what they really need.

The Future We Need: A Reflection on the Sustainable Development Goals

Hung Vo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Hung Vo

The tardiness of the SDGs should stimulate increased urgency for accelerated commitments and investments towards the attainment of these goals, and in the meantime makes me contemplate on a criticism I hear quite often about the UN being "all talk".

The East and West Must Join Together to Fight Climate Change

Kevin Rudd | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Kevin Rudd

BEIJING -- What does China actually mean by the term "eco-civilization?" It is a concept drawn from Chinese experience over the last few decades, as well as China's traditional philosophy of harmony between human beings and nature. It argues that economic and social development can be advanced in a manner that protects the natural environment rather than simply destroying it. The key to this lies in transforming both industry and the nature of the energy inputs that sustain it.

Here's Why Episcopalians Like the Sustainable Development Goals

Rob Radtke | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Rob Radtke

First and foremost, is the objective to "End poverty in all its forms everywhere." The universality of this goal is something that Jesus surely would have embraced.

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Renewed Fight Against Poverty

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The new Sustainable Development Goals are historic, ambitious and achievable, but not if it is 'business as usual'.

Make the SDGs Famous

Laurent Huber | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Laurent Huber

Now that the SDGs have been adopted, it's our job to make them known and to hold global leaders accountable for financing and implementing these life-saving global goals.

Why Every Dollar Counts for Global Health

Deborah Derrick | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

Every dollar in the 2016 replenishment will count in the Global Fund's efforts to create a healthy environment, which in turn will serve as a building block for so many other improvements to our society.

They Did Not Know How to Spell Their Names

Zaheen Fatima | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Zaheen Fatima

When I finished writing, I motioned for them to do the same. They all looked down, but made no move to follow suit. It was only after some time had passed that one of them spoke: "We don't know how to." For the first time in my life, I was left speechless.

The Millennium Development Goals Were Bullsh*t. And That's Okay

Michael Hobbes | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Michael Hobbes

Yes, they were bullshit. And yes, they were probably worthwhile. In other words, the MDGs may -- may -- have been the right development initiative for the world of the late 1990s, but they are increasingly irrelevant to the one we have now.

Child Mortality Rates Have Dropped By 53% Since 1990: UN

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact

More children than ever before are living to celebrate their 5th birthdays. But health advocates are disappointed that figures have fallen short of t...

What We Can Achieve When Women Raise Their Voices

Bineta Diop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Bineta Diop

With an estimated seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, it has also become easier to reach almost every household on earth with important information to influence their lifestyle and their choices. The pursuit of the SDGs will no longer stay the purview of the polity or parliaments but is in all of our hands. We must use our access to technology as a tool to shape our common journey.

Faced With Past Mistakes in Education, It's Time for the World to Get It Right

Camilla Croso | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Camilla Croso

If the world is to have a chance of achieving this ambitious education goal, we know that domestic and donor funding needs to be in place; that it is state systems -- not private systems -- which ensure equitable access to quality education; that there is no quality education without trained teachers; and that targeted interventions to support the most disadvantaged across our societies are vital to ensure no-one is left behind.

4 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the 2030 UN Agenda

Bill Reese | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Bill Reese

If you are concerned, as I am, about the well-being of today's young people, and wonder what it will take to create a better future for them and their children, then here's some positive news.

Progress on Health, but Not Fast Enough

Melinda Gates | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Melinda Gates

By continuing to invest in these and other proven interventions -- especially those aimed at saving newborns during their vulnerable first month -- we can use the next 15 years to cut the child-mortality rate by half again. But let's face it: What we really want for children -- for our own children, for anyone's children -- is not simply to survive, but to thrive.

We're on the Verge of Ending Child and Maternal Deaths -- Everywhere

Suprotik Basu | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Suprotik Basu

While our efforts in the health sector clearly meet the bar of "what's working," we cannot shy away from the most difficult challenges. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa demonstrated how weak health systems, and a lack of community health workers, can devastate economies and place the whole world at risk. We were all grotesquely unprepared and disorganized, and cannot allow this to happen again.

There Are No Silver Bullets: The Way We Can Achieve 169 SDG Targets

Annie Duflo | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Annie Duflo

In roughly the last 15 years, the same time period as the MDGs, we've also seen the growth of the biggest advances in the fight against poverty, the power of good science. A year after a microloan program starts in a village, are the people there making more money than a similar village without the program? (Not as expected it turns out). Does giving cash grants which don't have to be repaid improve food security in Kenya? (Yes, significantly).

Youth as Catalysts of Change

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

We are crossing a path of crucial moment as youth, and it is our duty as young leaders to continue working for social welfare, where there are opportunities of success for all and where poverty, marginalization, inequality, or any form of discrimination doesn't exist.

The Migrant Crisis in Europe Does Have a Long Term Solution

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Every day, for more than two years now, the world's poorest people risk their lives to escape from horror and reach the "paradise" of Europe. Many of them die on the way, in Africa, in the Mediterranean, or in the Channel Tunnel where they are crushed by the wheels of trucks.

Why We Must Invest In Youth For A Sustainable Future

Arancha González | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

It is no coincidence that in the wake of the Arab Spring, investment in youth-related initiatives, especially related to employment, has increased sharply.

Good News: African Governments Are Seriously Stepping Up Their Fight Against Malnutrition

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The latest State of Food Insecurity in the World report shows that a total of 72 developing countries out of 129 have reached the MDG 1c hunger target and, for the developing regions as a whole, the prevalence of undernourishment have declined.

The SDGs Are Our Opportunity to Tip the Scale on Poverty

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

This month the journal Science published the first-ever randomized controlled trial of 21,000 cases of poverty reduction efforts around the globe. This landmark study by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor proves the effectiveness of a multi-pronged, multiyear approach that can help end global poverty by 2030.

Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too

Arancha González | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

This year, governments will make decisions that will shape sustainable development possibilities for generations to come. In September, world leaders will gather in New York to agree on a new set of international development goals.