In just a few days, the main halls of the United Nations headquarters will be filled with the lovely faces and vibrant energies of young people from all over the world, who will take part in the 2016 Winter Youth Assembly
We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.
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Not only must the world's youth play a critical role in shaping their own future and the future of the planet, but the current challenges to sustainable development all too frequently impact children and youth disproportionately today.
Currently, at least 56 groups in 15 conflicts recruit and use child soldiers, and some of these groups increasingly employ tactics of extreme violence in their recruitment strategies, as well as their methods and means of warfare.
The court, in a 5-4 decision split along party lines, put a stay on enforcement of the Clean Power Plan, which is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
It's clear that another generation of young women remains outside the reach of what should be their full economic and self-empowerment potential.
Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.
The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence.
Syrian civilians under siege from a civil war are trying to survive eating leaves and grass. They are pleading for the international community for help. But the war and hunger goes on.
Is anyone else fed up with how "the news" is dominated by stories that provoke fear, panic and paranoia?
The reality of climate change begs another urgent question: how do we convince everyone to care enough to do something about it? That's where the media comes in. And the answer is framing climate change and environmental protections as what they are -- human rights.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a considerable, sustained, financial and political commitment from every country in the world. The SDGs have set a remarkably inclusive and holistic agenda for the international community, unlike any we have seen before.
It is not a double standard to criticize Israel, and it is most certainly not anti-Semitic. In fact, the overreaction to criticism harms our political discourse, damages the effort to combat real anti-Semitism, and because it serves to enable destructive Israeli policies, it makes a just peace a near unattainable goal.
Innovation was the buzzword of the World Economic Forum. Not only was it used by political and business leaders alike. But, also pivotal leaders in the development sector as well.
Much has been made over the years of the United Nation's bias against the State of Israel. This one-sided view that routinely condemns all actions of...