Hillary Rodham Clinton's announcement for entering the race to become the first female President of the United States has seen increasing calls to address a critical gender imbalance in world leadership.
Each disaster carries its own unique challenges and the way in which the humanitarian system responds must be specifically tailored to the context. The April 25 and May 12 Nepal earthquakes is a salient reminder of this.
In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.
2015 is a year filled with tremendous opportunity to lift children, communities, and families out of extreme poverty and to make great strides in tackling climate change. It's also a year marked by a temporal rarity -- a leap second.
This week, the Sierra Club is participating in the second annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York, a forum bringing together key world actors advocating for sustainably to address the problem of energy poverty worldwide.
There has been a tremendous amount of support from the international community, with USAID working to bring close to 50 tons of supplies, and Chinese and Indian disaster response teams mobilizing only a day after the quake.
The UN will officially announce the SDGs in September--that timeline is set. It is clear from the most recent round of discussions, however, that a host of problems and differences of opinion remain.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming Carbon Dioxide Levels Tick Past 400 ppm Reversing CO2 ...
An institutionalized, transparent and coordinated approach to human rights monitoring and implementation, that takes into account a human rights-centered macroeconomic and financial policy, is urgently needed.
While in some areas, like LGBT rights and freedom of speech, the United States' human rights record fares far better than that of other parts of the world, in many areas -- including national security, criminal justice, social and economic rights, and immigration policy -- the U.S. has an abysmal record compared to other liberal democracies.
The United Nations, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, was the idee fixe of an American president, Franklin Roosevelt.
We have learned that political leadership, from heads of state and government, heads of regional and international organizations, to local and community leaders, is key to keeping development issues high enough on agendas to attract enough resources that can make a difference.
Despite his experiences of skepticism and false promises over the past 15 years, Sachs still believes that the world can put an end to extreme poverty. Echoing one of his earlier speeches, the reality is "either you decide to leave people to die or you decide to do something about it."
New York City's Times Square - with its throngs of visitors, office workers, hawkers of fake designer wear and life-sized Elmos and Buzz Lightyears - today serves as the unusual setting for a United Nations video launch.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
There are compelling reasons for updating and tightening the Action Plan, most notably the need to halt nuclear weapons modernization, adopt metrics to gauge progress, and improve cooperation between parties.