Usually one searches for all the good proposals that were deleted or changed in the annual UN women's conference that helps set the agenda for the world body. This year the end result was relatively positive.
What unites them is their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. They're all role models. They are blazing trails. I couldn't be prouder of them. So, the "baton" that I pass to all of you is their stories, their example.
Violence against women and girls has impeded progress on nearly every MDG. This includes efforts to reach the MDG 6 target of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS--an epidemic that still disproportionally affects women and girls in many countries.
Today -- and on any other day -- millions of women around the world fall short from realizing their full potential.
We are fortified by evidence that equality for women is progress for all.
The 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) generated unprecedented political will and funding for girls' and women's health and rights. Unfortunately though, the MDGs are quickly coming to an end just when we are beginning to gain momentum.
I present you with a wish list of global good headlines. The list, in no particular order, is a starting point for a dialogue and by no means complete.
At a time when the world is focused on addressing the core MDG targets for maternal and child mortality, why did the iERG raise the issue of adolescent health? The reasons are multiple.
It's all too easy to believe the worst about the world. In fact, research shows that our minds are wired to be much more sensitive to bad news than good -- it's called negativity bias.
Goals as ambitious as the Millennium Development Goals stay relevant only when inspiring leaders champion them. You might be surprised to learn that one of the most important MDG champions has been Norway.
Learning generates the skills, confidence and adaptability necessary to seize future opportunities -- things we can't predict yet -- and to adapt and change.
With the UN Climate Change negotiations underway, and as the United Nations designs its flagship Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, business needs to engage.
As the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs approaches, the tremendous strides made through 'Saving Mothers, Giving Life' in just one year give me -- and all those who work with and support PEPFAR -- great hope for our collective ability to improve maternal health.
I joined the UN High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Development to help make sure sexual and reproductive rights are specifically addressed in the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda, and that the rights of women and young people receive the priority they deserve.
Emerging powers are well positioned to have an enormous impact on the regions in which they reside as well as on the global stage. They should maximize this impact in positive and mutually beneficial ways, helping to lead and support strategies for global and regional growth.
The U.S. government stands to reap substantial benefits from launching an American development bank that could invest directly and without current constraints in entrepreneurs in some of the world's toughest economies.