The global goals world leaders are agreeing to this month are not only for children living in poverty. The results they are trying to achieve will not only benefit people in need. They are universal goals -- reflecting universal rights, shared values and global challenges that affect every one of us.
As the last 15 years show, breaking this cycle of poor health and poverty is within our reach. Our task now is to identify, develop and scale up the next wave of health innovations -- new solutions that are affordable, accessible and effective in low-resource settings and that empower families and communities to transform their own health and economic futures.
Investing in smallholder farmers not only helps eradicate the poverty in which they predominantly live; the benefits spill over into the health and wellbeing of the rest of the world's population. Yet smallholder farmers face a myriad of barriers preventing them from closing what we call "the gap" and achieving dignified livelihoods.
From the beginning, it was clear that a medical response alone was not going to stop Ebola. And while doctors were rightly lauded for their incredibly heroic work, community mobilizers like Mariam were in the background laboring in the hot zones, changing minds almost one Guinean at a time, all the while exposing themselves to potential infection and violence.
Bucovina is a dreaming land situated in the North-East of Romania, between mountains, green amazing hills and rivers. It has little secret villages, small towns, beautiful houses, centuries of culture and traditions, welcoming people and a divine silence. Bucovina is famous for her churches and monasteries, for gastronomy, traditional guest houses, ski slopes and secluded forests on top of mountains.
From money laundering to terrorist financing to tax evasion, opaque businesses and corporate vehicles have become a useful tool for international criminals. For governments and regulators attempting to battle these financial crimes, it has become vitally important to establish the true identity of a business's ultimate owner or beneficiary.
Flooding my Twitter trail and buzzing in my ears is all this noise about Iran. From celebratory photos of Tehran's streets following the news of a historic nuclear deal to fearful anti-Iran speech to cultural icebreakers like Shahs of Sunset -there is an effort to show the world the "real" image of Iran.
Why are police in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia not arresting child sex traffickers if they are so easy to find? The simplest explanation is law enforcement complicity in such crimes. Agreeing to cooperate with OUR is a win-win: local cops get to keep an eye on what's happening and ensure OUR doesn't stray into their turf; they also gain international kudos for taking on the traffickers.
One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.
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.