For the poorer world, people often assume that infectious diseases like diarrhea, tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, measles and tetanus are the biggest killers. That is no longer true.
Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.
As the record-breaking numbers of children deprived of opportunity in crisis situations continues to grow, the investment and attention to these issues has not kept pace.
Last Wednesday, July 15th, world leaders at the United Nations Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia agreed that "price and ta...
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Broken computers and wildflowers are making this week's column late, short, but swee...
Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.
Some in Congress are furious at the UN for poking its nose into American geopolitical decision-making without first waiting for Capital Hill to act. They insist that America will not be subservient to the UN when making geopolitical decisions of this nature. But this is a totally specious argument, as evidenced by recent history.
COP21 is one of our last chances to act, before climate change becomes irreversible. If we fail, our generation's legacy could become one of abiding injustice, to the voiceless of today and tomorrow. But as a transparency expert from Kenya, I know that a deal in Paris is not the end-all: it is only the beginning.
All families have the same right to protection by the State and the right to pursue happiness and live safely without discrimination, violence and hate. An individual's body is their castle, and their individual autonomy and well-being should be respected and protected.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict might get an unexpected shot in the arm as a result of the recently concluded Iran nuclear agreement. While the P5+1 talks in Vienna focused only on the issue of Iran's nuclear capability, many are looking for how this agreement will effect regional conflicts.
A year after the ebola epidemic took hold, we know that stronger, integrated community-based delivery systems are necessary to help prevent such outbreaks and support progress against the top killers of women and children -- especially malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.
With a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 in place, both supporters and opponents can agree there is a key lynchpin to its successful implementation: the IAEA. Before any sanctions can be lifted, the very large job of monitoring Iran's compliance falls to the United Nation's nuclear watchdog.
I respectfully plead that Congress debate the agreement in a balanced and historically-informed manner. Iran is a sophisticated country. The Iranians are a creative people who have lot to offer in the fields of literature, arts, religion, medicine, architecture, and commerce.
On a very wet and rainy day in Ethiopia last week, I spent an inspirational morning crowded into the Salem Health Centre. Despite the miserable weather, the Centre was overflowing with women who had, in some cases, travelled long distances to have their babies vaccinated.
Last month, UNICEF's most recent Progress for Children report provided a sobering reminder of the many challenges that remain in building a world that is safe, healthy and hopeful for the poorest children.
To go to Greenland was mind blowing, heartbreaking, painfully beautiful and terrifying, all at the same time.