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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.

No Foreign Diplomats Should Get Away With Rape

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Two Nepalese women, working as maids in Gurgaon, India, were raped and sodomised repeatedly by their employer. This came to light when a third woman, who was also working as a cook in the same household, reached out to Maiti, a local NGO, for help.

UN Secretary General Calls For Calm On Visit To Jerusalem

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm during a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Israeli a...

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

The Case for Humanity

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
José Ramos-Horta

In a world so divided by mounting political tensions and a vicious cycle of violence, we need the United Nations more than ever, and can no longer arrogantly push it aside for partisan interests. The consequences of trying to do so will eventually affect us all.

Political Impotence and International Arousal: Get Up!

Shahar Azani | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

When it comes to international crises, one should not rely on the "world" to come to their rescue. The "world" is busy. It is up to the parties themselves and those directly affected by the situation to take the lead and find a solution to the problems at hand.

Hellenic Fund Launching to Help Kids, including Refugees, in Hellas

Jim Luce | Posted 10.29.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

I am pleased to announce that our Foundation will launch our Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece at a reception on November 4 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We can no longer watch children wash up on the shore and not respond.

United Nations Praises U.S. Plan To Release Thousands Of Prisoners

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The United Nations secretary-general welcomed on Wednesday a U.S. decision to release some 6,000 federal prisoners ...

A Somber Message on World Teachers' Day 2015: Our Teachers Are at Risk

The Conversation US | Posted 10.05.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or "disappear" teachers.

What World Leaders Said At The U.N. About The Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

As 169 world leaders poured into New York City for the United Nations' 70th General Assembly, the migrant and refugee crisis was at the forefront of m...

I Was Invited to See the Pope at the White House

Susan Shaer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

Of course I would go. The White House itself is a draw on a beautiful fall day. I finally arrived on the south lawn with the green grass expanse between the White House rear balconies and the Washington monument. Magical.

Ban Ki-moon: Leading By Example

John Lewis | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

According to Ban, "I ... learned to speak out when I realized that people's lives are at stake. It is that simple."

Pope Francis Delivers the Naturally Intelligent (Human+Nature) Moral Agenda to the UN General Council as World Leaders Sign the Global Goals for 2030

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Catherine Cunningham

All world leaders recognize that it will be impossible to overcome social disparity, lack of access to food-water-home, climate change, extreme poverty, biodiversity loss. If we do not each one of us become channels of peace, no one institution, government, company, organization can realize the aims of the Global Goals alone.

Creating Real Change for Women and Children in the World's Poorest Communities Requires Innovative Partnerships

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

In Kenya, one of the countries where my organization, World Health Partners, works, an average of 17 women die every day from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.