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

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

Rouhani's Electoral Honeymoon Won't Last Long

Ryan Costello | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Ryan Costello

If Rouhani fails to deliver results in the form of sanctions relief, hardliners within Iran who distrust his conciliatory approach will move to block chances for a nuclear deal. That is why Rouhani has insisted that the time for resolving the nuclear impasse is limited.

Have We Heard This Song Before?

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Reza Pahlavi

As much as I would like believing the Iranian Islamist regime is on a moderating course that seeks to resolve its challenges diplomatically, as opposed to using proxy violence, regionally and against its own citizenry, history teaches us that this is not the real case.

Hassan Rouhani's Moment

Amir Handjani | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Amir Handjani

When President Rouhani takes the podium for his speech he could possibly see something that was unthinkable just a few months ago -- senior members of President Obama's foreign policy team listening to him politely.

The World Needs You to Come Alive

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

I think of all my passionate, socially conscious peers who are doing data entry in a cubicle or working at a bank, and wonder what happened to their passion to change the world, to help others. I'll go ahead and take a guess: fear.

To Rebuild the Social Contract, Start by Ending Hunger

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

As political leaders gather at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, we mark the fifth anniversary of the extraordinary events of 2008 and afte...

The Region That Showed The Most Significant Increase In Happiness...

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.10.2013 | Latino Voices

The happiest country in the world may not be in Latin America, but the region’s future is looking very bright. Northern Europe houses the glo...

The Happiest Countries In The World (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Looking for the happiest place on Earth? No, it's not in Anaheim, California. The world's reserves of joy and well-being seem to be concentrated in No...

Happy International Friendship Day!

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

Social media users are filling the Twittersphere with a cascade of kindhearted posts today -- but we're hoping it lasts the whole year. July 30th m...

Distrust and the Reality of Coexistence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Genuine efforts can and must be made to mitigate distrust through a peace process based on reciprocal and reinforced provisions, to which both Israelis and Palestinians must commit to reach a lasting peace agreement.

Netanyahu's Brazen And Perilous Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are several central reasons why I feel that further delay in resuming the negotiations for tactical or strategic reasons by either side will erode the last vestiges of a mutually accepted agreement, with dire consequences for both.

Palestinians Certain To Win U.N. Recognition As A State

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a victory decades in the making for the Pale...

Netanyahu Is the Loser at the End-Game

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Although Obama will not be vindictive against Israel, Netanyahu's alienation of Israel's most important ally was a colossal mistake and Obama is not likely to forget his arrogance going forward.