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One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

U.N. Week -- Style Over Substance

Denise Dunning | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Our system is broken. We are failing to build a post-2015 development agenda that integrates the voices, values and priorities of the majority of the world's population. Far too few of our resources are being invested in deserving grassroots leaders and civic organizations.

Samantha Lachman

Liberal Group Channels Beyonce To Troll Netanyahu

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- A new advocacy campaign is borrowing from Beyonce to push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a two-state solution in t...

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Almost all maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. Millions of lives can be saved if women have access to skilled and trained midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.

We Can't Have A Post-2015 Agenda Without Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

When the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 is pregnancy and childbirth; when two-thirds of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among adolescent girls; and when 200 million women want to use family planning methods but lack access, the young girls and women of the world do not have a promiscuity problem -- they have a human rights problem.

Commitments For Women Take Center Stage At 69th U.N. General Assembly

Casey Santiago | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Casey Santiago

Nearly 90 percent of maternal deaths are preventable with access to appropriate care, all of which can be provided for as little as $250 per woman.

Ukraine Prime Minister: Russians 'Want Us To Freeze'

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The prime minister of the Kiev government accused Russia on Thursday of attem...

Brazil's Inventive Solution To Save Newborns: Breast Milk Banks

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

Every year, one million babies die on the day they are born. Brazil is on the fast track to ending this trend with one simple solution: breast milk.

Newborn Health: How Do We Care For The Most Vulnerable In Our Society?

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Newborn health is inextricably connected to maternal health. Similarly to maternal mortality, preventable diseases are the major causes of under-five deaths. Inadequate nutrition, limited access to clean water and poor healthcare infrastructures lead to the spread of preventable infectious diseases.

7 Secrets Within Obama's UN Address

Peter Paskale | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Powerful speeches contain powerful content. For that content to shine though, it must be mounted into a powerful structure. Barack Obama's speech today at the UN General Assembly contained both.

Kate Sheppard

Obama To Tout U.S. Action On Climate At U.N. Summit

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration plans to emphasize strongly its climate change efforts at next week's United Nations climate summit in New Yo...

Reckless Policies, Dire Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu-led government's announcement of its decision to annex nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank between the Etzion settlement block and Jerusalem amounts to nothing less than a reckless and offensive act that only further undermines Israel's moral international standing and has dire future consequences.

Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

Woman Who Relied On Sister To Carry Her To School Wants More For Kids With Disabilities

The Better India | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact

At first glance Rekha Kumari seems to be just another young woman with special needs. But this 22-year-old possesses unique powers. She may have been ...

New Website Promotes Supply Chain Transparency

Rani Hong | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Rani Hong

Modern-day slavery is a human rights violation hidden in the shadows of our globalized markets. Today, it is estimated that tens of millions of adults and children are living in conditions of modern-day slavery around the world.

USAID Co-hosts LGBT Global Initiatives Meeting During UN General Assembly

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

With much of the recent debate on LGBT rights (or the lack thereof) focused on the Russian anti-gay laws and how they will impact the Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, it was encouraging to see the UN General Assembly include a positive focus on LGBT rights.

Abbas at the UN -- Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 12.04.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Each September, Mahmoud Abbas stands before the UN General Assembly and in fiery, confrontational language, gives a speech almost fully comprised of allegations of Israel's crimes and misdeeds against the Palestinian people.

Rouhani: A Breath of Fresh Air

Ali Delforoush | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ali Delforoush

By next year this time we should have a better picture into his intentions. Till then, Rouhani is certainly a breath of fresh in the Islamic Republic's repertoire of failed Presidents.

5 Reasons Why Protesting at the UN Is Useless... Seriously

Benish Shah | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Benish Shah

We want Buzzfeed to tell us what personality type we are and Fox to give us dramatics instead of news so we can poke fun. Because all of that is easier than actually doing something about the things that bother us.

The UN Needs a Larger 'War on Poverty'

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Ralph Nader

Whether it is the debate about intervention in the civil war in Syria or the signing of an arms trade treaty, the role of the UN on the world stage is far too often reduced to that of the intermediary between world powers -- or it is ridiculed or maligned by grand-standing American politicians.

Syria in 3D: Street Art in Front of UN Calls for Peace Talks

Louis Belanger | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Louis Belanger

While leaders were at the negotiating table inside the UN building, Oxfam campaigners took to the streets outside to remind them that real people, both in Syria and around the world, are waiting and watching for their leadership on Syria.

Guatemalan President Praises Colorado and Washington for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Daniel Robelo

Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.

Kerry Says Israel, Palestine Aim For Deal

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

UNITED NATIONS — Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to intensify peace talks aimed at reaching a final agreement, not an interim accord, U.S....

Can The Success Of Empowering Women Be Measured With A Yardstick?: Seven Questions For Helene Gayle

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

A few years ago in Nairobi, Kenya, I met Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE. Helene's vision and passion for improving the lives of women and girls were evident. Each woman that we encountered told a personal story of creating a better life for her family as a result of CARE's work. It was clear that Helene is leading the charge of "Defending Dignity. Fighting Poverty."

A Little Less Luck and a Lot More Toilets

Willice Onyango | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Willice Onyango

As I sit here writing this, I can't help but think about how lucky I am: lucky to have a good education; lucky to be able to travel extensively; lucky, in fact, to be alive.