Morality, in the American political context, is almost universally thought of as consisting principally of the range of sexual issues. In contrast, morality, for Pope Francis, is much more encompassing. It includes the ways in which strangers are welcomed, the climate is repaired, and money, markets, and capital are put in proper perspective.
These children don't just fail to thrive physically; they also fall behind better-fed ones in developing cognitive skills. This lack of development has real long-term consequences. Stunted children do less well at school and lead poorer adult lives.
Remarkably, climate change and the movement toward an international agreement to combat it did not make the list. Assuming the agreement is achieved and short of nuclear war, it is hard to imagine a more consequential development.
Substantial media attention has been given to the plight of women and girls as it relates to slavery and trafficking internationally. Here too it is corruption that is a critical factor. This massive crime succeeds in part as gangsters bribe border officials, police and other public servants.
New data, with help from Google, illustrate unprecedented -- and until now, largely overlooked -- forest loss in Southeast Asia and West Africa, among other hotspots.
Perhaps what feeds this genius, this champion of communication and understanding among us, is that he comprehends the power of one. It is a power we often forget -- I know I do -- the ability to change the world, one small, tiny, at times seemingly insignificant action at a time.
On September 25-27, the international humanitarian community convene in New York City to announce the post-2015 Development agenda. The so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new set of global aims designed to follow up the Millennium Development Goals.
LONDON -- The refugee crisis that dominates Europe's TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war.
While United Nations types and human rights advocates argue that such ethical initiatives are justified to help people, fight pernicious inequalities and are 'the right thing to do', there is also a strong business and economic case to be made for investment in people.
It's time for leaders to put the burden of migration in its full context and take on the opportunity to provide hope and opportunity before families are without options and forced into dangerous and desperate attempts to migrate.
The world has already warmed up by 0.8 C--nearly half the 2 C target--and, according to CAT, is on track for 2.9-3.1 C of warming by 2100.
The Minsk protocols seemed tenuous at best and the future of the region uncertain. Yet as autumn rolls around, the conflict has been largely contained and its outcome is being decided around a negotiating table instead of on a battle field.
Yes, they were bullshit. And yes, they were probably worthwhile. In other words, the MDGs may -- may -- have been the right development initiative for the world of the late 1990s, but they are increasingly irrelevant to the one we have now.
We still face the reality that more than 2.3 billion people around the world lack access to improved sanitation facilities. That's one in three people. Progress has been very unequal, and for most of the world's most vulnerable and marginalized people, very little has changed.
In a world where there are so many worthwhile targets demanding our attention, we need to focus on those for which we have the best chance of doing the most good. How about saving more than 14 million newborns by 2030?
There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's emerging superpower status, fell a little flat.