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Buddhist Reflection on Interfaith: In Observance of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

Doyeon Park | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Doyeon Park

With today's rapid pace of technological advancement, the world is getting more and more connected. Using the Internet, we can easily search what's ha...

Uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Corporations Leverage Multiple Abilities in Their Workforce

Debra Ruh | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Debra Ruh

Happy New Year. People with disabilities are gaining recognition as a significant and growing market for products and services. This will only strengthen as we turn the corner.

2016: It's Time for Citizens to Make Their Voices Heard

Michael Green | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Michael Green

Economic growth will help achieve the Global Goals but it is not enough. It needs to be inclusive and sustainable growth that tackles the injustices and inequalities in our societies head on and makes the protection of our planet a real priority.

Paris Delivered Purpose. Now We Need Policy and People to Follow

Richard Gillies | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
Richard Gillies

For the first time in history, every country in the world has agreed on the need for a common climate goal. All 196 nations have bought into its overarching purpose - that we must all take action to prevent our planet's temperature from increasing to a point that would result in dangerous climate change.

Senate Passed Bill Expediting Fossil Fuel Extraction on Native American Land Two Days Before Paris Agreement

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Indigenous Environmental Network Indigenous peoples' rights nearly did not make it into the global deal...

General Wesley Clark: West Should Arm Ukraine

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

(Reuters) Retired US Army General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, has campaigned since 2014 to convince Western gover...

Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

The UAE and Qatar Wage a Proxy War in Libya

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

When the Qaddafi regime fell in 2011, centralized power quickly dissipated and Libya fell into chaos. A wide range of armed groups asserted control ov...

Giving With One Hand and Taking With the Other: How Fossil Fuel Subsidies Undermine "Climate Finance" Fund Donations Pledged in Run-up to Paris UN Negotiation

Todd Eisenstadt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Todd Eisenstadt

Let us congratulate nations like Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Morocco, which have ended fossil fuel subsidies, and hope the Paris agreement encourages other nations to phase in such policies, and to construct transparent and binding mechanisms of enforcing these and all Individual Nationally-Determined Commitments (INDCs).

UN, Partners Seek $20 Billion, Record Amount Of Humanitarian Aid

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. agencies and their partners are seeking over $20 billion in funding next year — their largest humanitarian appeal in h...

Washington Post: Iran-Held Reporter Is In 'Immediate Danger'

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post reported Wednesday that its journalist detained in Iran is in "immediate danger" as his health deteriorates...

The Next Frontier of Climate Change Resilience

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

In this increasingly interconnected world, only real and lasting resilience -- achieved by way of innovative, systems-deep approaches -- will allow us to solve for multiple problems at once, both now and on into the future. Here are seven potentially game-changing trends we believe will be the next frontier of climate resilience

theSkimm's Guide to the Paris Climate Change Conference

theSkimm | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

You might have heard global warming is a thing. So have world leaders. They're getting together to agree on a plan to do something about it. This meeting is a very long time coming.

Listen Up: the Key to 'Speeding Up and Scaling Up' Business and Human Rights Reforms

Amol Mehra | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Two phrases were consistently heard at the Fourth Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva from November 16 to November 18.

Research Shows Women Far From Equality With Men In The Media

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Media

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New research supported by the United Nations agency promoting women's rights has found that women make up only 24 percent...

How an App Helps You Feed a Child

U.N. World Food Programme | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
U.N. World Food Programme

If the global community is to be successful in marshalling new resources for humanitarian aid, we must embrace technology as an ally, now more than ever before.

Who Is the International Community?

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Amanda Botfeld

Americans need to stop looking at foreign policy the way they look at baseball. Baseball's greatest championship may be called be the World Series, but everyone knows it's really American. Likewise, when we think of the "international community," we imagine people that think like us.

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.

From "Freedom Fries" to "We are all French." The Republicans' History of Vilifying the French

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

One hopes that the recent events in Paris (at a time when ISISphobia has replaced Francophobia) will begin the process of forging a new trans-Atlantic sense of solidarity with America's historic enemy and perhaps remove some of the allure of French-bashing among the American Right.

Mass Grave Of Yazidis Unearthed Near Iraq's Sinjar

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.14.2015 | World

DUHOK, Iraq, Nov 14 (Reuters) - A mass grave believed to contain the remains of more than 70 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority was discovered east of...

Rapidly Intensifying Cyclone Heading Toward Tumultuous Yemen

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says a rare and rapidly intensifying cyclone is poised to hit Yemen in the coming days, possibly dumping ...

Investing in Peacekeeping For Today and Beyond

Hervé Ladsous | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Hervé Ladsous

UN Peacekeeping is currently operating 16 missions across four continents serving a total population of over 125 million people. But peacekeepers have been increasingly targeted by armed groups including terrorist elements.

How Not to Select the Best UN Secretary-General

Alvaro de Soto | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alvaro de Soto

On 11 September, the five permanent members (P5) of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, under pressure from the broader membership of the 193-member Organization, accepted an intrusive role for the General Assembly, in which all members are represented, in the selection of the Secretary-General (SG), heretofore handled in zealous secrecy by the Security Council.

All Children Count, But Not All Children Are Counted

Gillian Huebner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Gillian Huebner

The world's most vulnerable children - those living in institutions, on the street, trafficked or separated from their families as a result of conflict, disaster, forced labor, or disability have literally fallen off the world's statistical map.

UN Turns 70

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Ban Ki-moon

National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.