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Part II: Reflections on COP 21- Inspired for 2016 by Business and Finance

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Catherine Cunningham

A Deeper Reflection on Why The World Reached an International Agreement at this COP 21 The year 2016 marks a new era of global cooperation on clim...

Work Helps People Escape Poverty

Helen Clark | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Helen Clark

Work provides the means to tackle poverty, empower minorities by being inclusive, and protect our environment -- if jobs are green in a green economy. The challenge is to design policy responses to the changing world of work which will ensure that human development benefits from that change.

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days of Activism

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities.

Meet the Real Climate Warriors Going to Paris

Louis Belanger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Louis Belanger

As world leaders, diplomats, climate activists and journalists are set to meet in Paris at the end of November for a crucial conference to tackle climate change, a group of leading indigenous peoples groups are also making their way to the French capital.

Sustainable Development Needs Public Participation

Helen Clark | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Helen Clark

The transformation of our world is a tall order. The good news is that our generation has more wealth, more knowledge, and more technologies at our disposal than ever before. We have what it takes to achieve sustainable development for all.

Global Dignity Day 2015: My Stroll with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Ebenezar Wikina

Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, is the heir apparent to the Throne of Norway. In 2003 he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals,

Glitz at the UN, But Less Than $0.01 Per Cup for SDGs

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Sara loves coffee. She is Italian. Sara wants to change the world! Photo Credit: @CAFEFORCHANGE by Diego Mazzarese The Heads of State, Preside...

#UN70: My Stroll with Noella Richard, UNDP Youth Policy Specialist

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Ebenezar Wikina

Noëlla Richard leads UNDP's global work on Youth in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, in charge of the coordination of UNDP's work on Youth, and the co-chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development for 2015-2016.

Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter

Helen Clark | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Helen Clark

If the global community collectively is prepared to step up to the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then there's a chance of achieving sustainable development -- and with it better prospects for people and our planet.

Why Iran Matters to South Korea -- and Why South Korea's Middle East Posture Should Matter to the United States

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

n 2009, North Korea declared that it had developed a nuclear weapon. As the country most gravely threatened is the democratic Republic of Korea to Pyongyang's south, I sat down this week with Oh Joon, the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and asked for his perspective on Lausanne.

New Law Spurs Action, Bringing Protection to Many

UN Women | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
UN Women

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.

Clean Energy Powers The Roof Of The World

Man Bahadur Gurung | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Man Bahadur Gurung

My people, the Gurung tribe, are used to our remoteness. Heavy monsoon rains, flash floods and frequent landslides make it impossible to build roads or power grids. But we refuse to live in the dark. So we have learned to make the most of what we have: water and gravity.

The Ocean Is Taking Away My Island

Ursula Ravoka | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Ursula Ravoka

I don't know much about science. What I know is that our shores are being eaten away. And nothing can stop the erosion. We are climate refugees. And we are fighting for our lives.

Empowering Young Women In Upper Egypt: ENID's Work In Qena

UN Women | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Without a proper education, young women become one of the most disadvantaged groups in rural Egypt. They are more likely to continue to work in poorly paid farms, to be married off early and to face greater risks in nutrition, health and overall well-being.

Women Are Key to Building Peace in Afghanistan

Quhramaana Kakar | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Quhramaana Kakar

It is important that we understand the connections between women's identities, priorities and contributions in facilitating conflict resolution, reintegration, reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan.

A Sole Woman at the Negotiating Table for Peace

Shadia Marhaban | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Shadia Marhaban

I was part of such a peace process that produced an agreement to end a 30 year bloody conflict between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). That was almost ten years ago.

Building a Culture of Peace in the Philippines and Beyond

Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman

All of us have our own nightmares and dark stories to tell. Mine goes way back when I was seven years old, living in Saudi Arabia, and I witnessed war.

Why Women Matter for Peace

Radhika Behuria | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Radhika Behuria

What is often disregarded is how much women know about conflict, and therefore how much they can contribute to peace.

Haiyan Six Months On: A Promising Start on the Long Road to Recovery

Helen Clark | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Helen Clark

Six months after one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded on earth slammed into the Philippines last November, the physical signs of recovery are increasingly visible.

The Syria Crisis at Three Years

Sima Bahous | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Sima Bahous

This week the Syria crisis reached another ominous milestone, passing the three-year mark with no clear sign of an end to the death, destruction and suffering that have plagued the Syrian people since 2011.

International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: An Urgent Priority

Helen Clark | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Helen Clark

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women -- a day which reminds us that violence against women continues to be destructive and pervasive. Ranging from domestic violence and child marriages to the use of rape as a tactic of war, violence against women kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer, is a grave assault on many more women and girls and imposes high economic and social costs on societies.

Lebanese Journalists Trained to Cover/Uncover Corruption

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.

Somalia's Best Bet?

The Huffington Post | Clare Richardson | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

After 21 years of civil war and a 2011 drought that triggered what was called the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world" at the time, Somalia at l...

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.