If you read the news every day, it's easy to become immune to the sort of stories that are splashed across the front page.
It's true that reports of environmental decay, political corruption and heinous violations of human rights don't make for cocktail-party fodder; they don't have the requisite happy endings or neat solutions that most people crave.
But that doesn't mean that they should be swept under the rug.
Here, we've made a list of some of the most pressing world issues that deserve way more attention.
Tune in to VICE on HBO this Friday, March 14 at 11pm and follow their correspondents as they cover all the stories that everyone should be talking about.