We are in an era of fiscal constraints marked by significant geo-economic and geopolitical challenges. This makes it increasingly difficult for nation states to reach international agreement on any long-term global issues.
This week I was joined by over 500 youth advocates for education and education activists to launch the #UpForSchool petition in New York. World leaders including the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, have backed the petition. So, too have major faith-based organizations, including the World Evangelical Alliance and Sojourners -- both members of Global Faith Coalition on Education.
This week, as world leaders gather in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly where they will discuss a new set of development targets for a Post MDG world we will be encouraging them to stay focused and committed on actions to improve maternal and newborn health.
We are living in the year 2014 and we are still fighting for equality between men and women. We are still fighting for equal rights and equal pay. Women should not have to feel afraid to walk alone at night. Women should not be afraid to speak their voices loud and clear. Women should not be afraid to want a higher education, to want to learn.
The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference titled "Beyond 2015: An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations...
Today, it is interests of the fossil fuel industries -- not technology nor economics -- which are the only obstacle to securing a safe future for us and our children on this planet.
In the end, it is education and health that will determine if an adolescent girl becomes a woman with equal opportunity. And now we have data to help us to shift to a holistic approach to bring the two together in development programs.
Even if population growth had no impact on the level of greenhouse gas emissions, the case for incorporating family planning into climate change discussions would still be compelling. That's because preventing unintended pregnancies helps women and families adapt to climate change.
For me, that morning when I saw a positive sign on the pregnancy test, I was filled with excitement, expectations and a sense of craziness. The thought of survival never crossed my mind. I didn't have to worry about affording care or being able to access a midwife, and I knew that this privilege was due to where I lived.
With 2013 breaking historical records regarding greenhouse gas emissions, we have little time to act. Investors get it. It's risky business to continue to invest in fossil fuels. Now it's time for policymakers, prime ministers and presidents to get it as well.
The world often tells us we do not have enough, we are not enough. No matter how fast we run, there isn't enough time, pleasure, accomplishment, or peace to be had. Later this fall on Wednesday, October 29th, the center will examine 'What's Enough Success' at the NYC location.
Shouting, "What solution? Revolution," protestors started in front of Brussels' Palais de Justice and marched to Sablon to the beat of drums and brass band music.
It's time to shift the paradigm on urban development. But this is only truly possible through strong leadership and real commitments to make the change a reality. Let's hope leaders seize the opportunities today to shape more sustainable, prosperous cities of the future.
Every September, world leaders convene in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings and discuss the most pressing global issues.
Undoubtedly, America wants to get India's support for its Russian sanctions. But it is very unlikely that America can get India to abandon it's long term Russian ally.
Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.