I was impressed that Malala Yousafzai decided to stay in school last Friday -- the day that she and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
That famous old observation -- "Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it" -- has reminded me of the ongoing discussions about protecting children from violence.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the sixth annual Millennium Campus Network Conference at Lynn University as a delegate.
If we're going to make progress on obesity, the approach to tracking success must be collaborative, thoughtful, ongoing and included in the planning process.
In the face of climate change, our basic food systems have to be reimagined so that the world is producing nutritious food in a more sustainable way that increases livelihoods.
In just a few months, the new year will usher in the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- a series of eight goals created by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 intended to aid international growth and improvement.
As girls are critical to successful education outcomes -- we especially need to ensure we collect gender-sensitive, disaggregated data. Girls' access to schooling, their progress through school and learning outcomes will tell us a lot about what works, and what doesn't.
As we mark International Literacy Day, it is an opportune time to highlight the importance of literacy and the challenges ahead in promoting global literacy.
I find it almost impossible to imagine life without literacy. But not being able to read is the day to day reality for billions of people.
The challenge of providing health care and education to 1.8 billion youth, of teaching 175 million people to read a sentence, might seem daunting or even impossible. But look how far we've come.
This progress is remarkable and worth celebrating. Yet it is only a taste of what we can accomplish, and with less than 500 days until the deadline, we have a lot of work ahead of us.
We can eliminate malnutrition. And, I believe that it's possible to do so by 2030. Ambitious targets and a common vision are a great start. But, to fix the food system we need a framework that drives stakeholders to work together, regardless of their differences.
Despite significant progress allowing tens of millions of children to enroll into school at the start of the millennium, a recent estimate suggested that at the current rate we must wait until 2086 for the last girl to have a primary education in Africa.
Let's approach the remaining 500 days fully aware of how our hard work can add up to millions of precious lives, and bring our ambitious goals closer than ever to the finish line.
The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.
The progress of the Millennium Development Goals in pictures - An essay, in pictures from Brazil. This April we went to Brazil for a reporting trip ...