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November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Zeina Azzam | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Zeina Azzam

Thirty years after the UN partition plan, the General Assembly passed a new resolution proclaiming an annual observation, on November 29th, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The Absence of Real Commitment to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Both leaders were engaged in empty rhetoric and slogans for domestic consumption instead of proposing new, credible and constructive initiatives to resume the negotiations that could lead to a peace agreement, which should have been the thrust of their appearances at the UNGA. That, however, was not -- and still is not -- the case.

The Cuban Trade Embargo: Step by Step

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Come the morning of October 27th of this year 2015, the UN will once again hear a speech from Bruno Rodriguez Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs. It will then hold the vote and a large screen will light up with the results. What if this year there were to be an unprecedented surprise?

#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.

Meet 10 Young Leaders Who Are Creating A Better World

Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact

Among the coming-of-age, hyper-connected generation of millennials are numerous young people driven to make a positive difference in the world. Many h...

Public Health 2.0: Planetary Health

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

This week, the United Nations unveiled 17 goals that comprise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A smart place to start: The connections between human health and planet. If we wait to focus on planet until after the SDGs sunset in 2030, it will be much too late.

Finally, Something "More Important Than Kim Kardashian's Bottom"

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Ayyan Zubair

The 2015 Social Good Summit began on Sunday, September 27th. Its purpose: to promote grassroots activism to discuss solutions to the world's greatest problems.

How The South-South Awards Celebrates Sustainable Development

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 10.19.2015 | Black Voices
Smokey Fontaine

Dubbed the "South South Awards" to describe the cooperation between the countries of the southern hemisphere to one another, September 26th was perhaps the biggest evidence of the growing power of the developing world.

Watching Russia March into Syrian Quicksand

Philip Seib | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Philip Seib

The Russians apparently learned little from their miserable years in Afghanistan and now are heading for a debilitating exercise in futility that might distract them from their efforts to undermine NATO and destabilize parts of Eastern Europe.

The East and West Must Join Together to Fight Climate Change

Kevin Rudd | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Kevin Rudd

BEIJING -- What does China actually mean by the term "eco-civilization?" It is a concept drawn from Chinese experience over the last few decades, as well as China's traditional philosophy of harmony between human beings and nature. It argues that economic and social development can be advanced in a manner that protects the natural environment rather than simply destroying it. The key to this lies in transforming both industry and the nature of the energy inputs that sustain it.

Pope Francis Should Have Taught Tolerance to UN's Kutesa, a Supporter of Uganda's anti-LGBT Law

Milton Allimadi | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Milton Allimadi

The law was voided by a Uganda court because Parliament didn't have a quorum when it passed it, meaning it can be re-introduced and some of Mr. Kutesa's fellow lawmakers have already discussed doing that.

Four Ways to Solve the Education Crisis Facing Sub-Saharan Africa

Atti Worku | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Atti Worku

The United Nations General Assembly will today meet to adopt its post-2015 development agenda, and one of the three resolutions it seeks to pass is resolution 65/1: Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve Millennial Development Goals.

How The South-South Awards Celebrate Sustainable Development

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Smokey Fontaine

The role of politician is an important and very public one. Despite the bad behavior of many of his colleagues, President Obama will likely inspire generations of young people to take on the profession to help progress our society. But, perhaps, the role of the diplomat needs to be more highly considered.

No More Déjà Vu

Alexander Sanger | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years, will be formally adopted by heads of state at the United Nations beginning today.

Before and Beyond the Syrian Calamity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

What started as a civil war in Syria nearly five years ago has now evolved into an international crisis unmatched by any other since World War II. The global community now has a solemn obligation to end this humanitarian disaster, but it cannot do so unless all the powers affected by the conflict set aside their differences.

Pope Francis' Historic Visit to the U.S. and the Chance to Spur Action on Climate Change

Bianca Jagger | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Bianca Jagger

I hope that world leaders attending COP21 will listen to Pope Francis, act with courage and conviction and emerge from the conference with an agreement that, in the words of the Pope, "protects our common home."

Cancel Nepal's Debt to Pave the Way for Recovery

Duncan Maru | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Duncan Maru

The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are coming to an end this year, only to be speedily replaced with the Sustainable Development Goals.

We the Peoples... and the United Nations 70th General Assembly

Fernando Reimers | Posted 09.15.2015 | Education
Fernando Reimers

This week, the United Nations begins its 70th general assembly, which will lead to a Summit on Sustainable Development at which a new compact to promote economic and social development will be adopted.

On climate change, poverty and ethical responsibility: The Pope's Way to September 25th

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

Pope Francis is coming to town. Literally. According to the Vatican news, the Pope soon embarks on a journey that will bring him to the United States ...

Bringing Awareness Of Poaching And Trafficking On World Elephant Day

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

It is critical that other governments, including those of China and European countries, also close their ivory markets.

The Next Phase of an American Legacy: John Kerry, Global Health and Financing for Development

Deborah Derrick | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

This week's Financing for Development (FfD) Conference - a major gathering to advance the post-2015 development agenda - will be critical in deciding how the world's governments and private sector and civil society partners will contribute to international development in the future.

HUMAN: A New Film by Yann Arthus Bertrand

Tadzio Mac Gregor | Posted 04.18.2015 | Arts
Tadzio Mac Gregor

Years after his last success, Yann Arthus Bertrand will reappear this September during the 70th United Nations General Assembly with his latest feature film, HUMAN.

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

U.N. Week -- Style Over Substance

Denise Dunning | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Our system is broken. We are failing to build a post-2015 development agenda that integrates the voices, values and priorities of the majority of the world's population. Far too few of our resources are being invested in deserving grassroots leaders and civic organizations.

Samantha Lachman

Liberal Group Channels Beyonce To Troll Netanyahu | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- A new advocacy campaign is borrowing from Beyonce to push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a two-state solution in t...