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UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

17 Ways to Support Grassroots Change Led by Women and Girls

Diane Fender | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Diane Fender

In honor of the women and girls I have worked with over the past ten years, I want to share 17 ways we can continue to support grassroots change and ensure women, girls and communities are supported. Let's call these HER goals.

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'.

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.

How Trump and Jesus Got Crossways with Refugees

Mark Moore | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

With more refugees on the move on our globe than anytime since WWII, it's getting harder to ignore them. We all know what Donald Trump would do. Send them back! Build a wall. He's made that pretty clear.

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.

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.

Fighting Child Mortality with the Kindness of Others

Breanna DiGiammarino | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Breanna DiGiammarino

Two years ago in California, Nikki Miller's boys, Carson and Chase, were both diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Thousands of miles away, Phedia, a 4 year-old in Haiti, was fighting for oxygen due to the congenital heart disease she had faced since birth. What do the two have in common?

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.

On the Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Ayyan Zubair

Delegates poured in from around the world into the iconic General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air.

The New UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Fresh Water

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

While the major overarching objective is the eradication of poverty, the SDGs cover a lot of ground, including changing unsustainable (and promoting sustainable) patterns of consumption and production, and protecting and managing the natural resource base.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Consensus reached on ambitious new Sustainable Development Agenda to end poverty by 2030 and universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection.

New Report Shows That Investing in Community Health Workers Is Essential for Improving Health, Strengthening Economy, and Preventing the Next Ebola

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

A year after the ebola epidemic took hold, we know that stronger, integrated community-based delivery systems are necessary to help prevent such outbreaks and support progress against the top killers of women and children -- especially malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.

Can We Finance Sustainable Development?

Chris W. Williams | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.

Transformative Leadership -- A Clear Path to Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Jane Wales | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

Disruptive change happens when government officials, business executives and social activists embrace a shared goal and collaborate with the mantel of leadership passing from one to the other according to the task at hand.

Sustainable Peace for Sustainable Development: Scrutinizing the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 16 in Question

Ajarat Bada | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Ajarat Bada

My name is Ajarat Bada and I am the Director for The Missing Millennium Development Goal Initiative. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to these efforts. Transformative shift number 4 in the High Level panel's report particularly inspires us.

A Chance to Make a Change

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

The Youth Assembly was not the first time that I visited the United Nations, but it was the first time that I felt truly united with a group of young people like me who, together, radiated the kind of dynamic energy that will change the world.

Why Millennials Can and Will Revolutionize International Development

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

The importance of young people engaging with the MDGs, SDGs, and the international development community more broadly stems from the fact that these initiatives will impact our generation and the world that future generations will inherit.

Gates Annual Letter's Big 2030 Health Goals: How Do We Get Them Done?

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We see the most effective way to reach these goals is to put authentic, humble, and proactive cause-based collaboration at the center of how we work. We've seen this work well in the case of malaria.

If You Could Imagine a Better World, What Would it Look Like?

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

For me, it's a world where no one goes hungry and everyone has the means to provide for themselves and their families. It's a world where we can be confident the environment will be clean and healthy for future generations.

Reversing Malaria And TB, Other Huge UN Goals Will Be Met In 2015

UN Dispatch | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact

Years that shake up the international system do not come around that often. Think: 1945, 1968, 1989, 2000 and 2001. 2015 may be one of those years....

Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity

Ulysses Smith | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Ulysses Smith

A noble exhortation to be sure, one that, it is safe to say, absolutely no one can argue with. But unfortunately the report falls short of making a valuable contribution to the wider discussion around the new development agenda, particularly when it comes to navigating the difficult road ahead.

Why We Can't Ignore The Outliers

Muthi Nhlema | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Muthi Nhlema

Ultimately, it's an important step in the vision to ensure access to clean, continuous water for everyone.. not just today, but forever.

The Education Drive for the Girl Child in Nigeria

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

November marks seven months after the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. Despite the widely received global #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign, the girls remain under the control of the extremist group.

It's Time To Fulfill The Promise To End Violence Against Women

UN Women | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Globally, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life. The World Health Organization has declared violence against women to be a global health problem of epidemic proportions.

When Going to School Does Not Mean Learning

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Obadias Ndaba

The second target of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000 by world leaders and set to expire next year, is to "ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling." So, how far are we now?