Child Rights for 25 years, ‘better or worse’ today?

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani in a makeshift classroom at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc on November 18, 2014. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS Twenty-five years since the United Nations ratified its Convention on the Rights of the Child, have the lives of the world’s children improved? A new report tried to answer that question and found some gains among ongoing and long-standing challenges. Examining the quality of life for children in 190 countries, the report … [Read more...]

Ebola Outbreak, YOU Can Help!

The Ebola outbreak in three West African nations continues to claim lives: There have now been more than 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths, and it has been called "the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times." A crisis on this scale demands a global response, and the United Nations has stepped up to lead the world's efforts to stop Ebola. But the UN cannot do it alone. Help the UN stop the Ebola outbreak by donating now to the Ebola Response Fund. The UN Mission for … [Read more...]

Celebrating World Food Day, October 16

World Food Day was first held on 16 Oct 1981. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. HISTORY BY YEAR Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014 Program at Head Quarters, Oct. 16, 2014, NYC The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder … [Read more...]

Anti-Slavery Day celebrated, creating awareness OCT 18

People with slaves? They don't know how to behave, so let's demonstrate ... Anti Slavery Day 18 October 2014 What do you think when you hear Anti Slavery Day? That slavery is something of the past? It should be, yet it's still rife in many parts of the world. Slavery has existed almost as long as human beings themselves, having been recorded as far back as the fifth century BC. Many people were treated as dogs - locked in chains around their hands, feet and even their necks. … [Read more...]

MDG momentum – Post 2015

Providing key information for MDG momentum UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals while speaking at a high-level event convened by the MDG Advocacy Group on 25 September. Organized by UN DESA in collaboration with a number of partners, the event featured the launch of a new publication as well as a data tool visualizing 14 years’ worth of MDG data from UN DESA’s Statistics Division. Gathering 300 global leaders, … [Read more...]

EMMA WATSON launches ‘he for she’, celebrating True Gender Equality

Emma Watson's moving speech about gender equality and the he for she campaign Actress Emma Watson’s U.N. speech on gender equality is all the buzz online, but for the wrong reasons. Many in the media have spotlighted her focus on the word “feminist” and the negative connotations associated with it–which was just a minor part in the beginning of her speech. There were two items that most media neglected to cover. The first was Watson’s heavy emphasis on the importance of men, as … [Read more...]

Jane Goodhall speaks out loud, World Peace Day 2014

As a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall makes it a priority each and every year to observe and celebrate the annual International Day of Peace on September 21. Dr. Goodall always helps us see how important it is that we strive to create a more peaceful world for all people, as well as the natural world which we share. With this year's theme, "Right of People's to Peace," Dr. Goodall wrote the following message. A Celebration of Women™, in Toronto, Canada is celebrating live on … [Read more...]

Confrontation 9, Dr. Dilshad Dayani

Why I wrote this book? The content of the book "Confrontation 9" came as an inspiration when I decided to launch a Youth Initiative for Women Leadership program to mentor and create powerful voices of our youth, especially young women, as legacies. Two years ago, after founding "World Women Global Council," a global platform for women working for advocacy to action-based initiatives, my mentor motivated me to narrate my long journey of work, lessons learnt, experiences shared, and best … [Read more...]

Desmond Tutu’s daughter, 10 Tips for Peace

Mpho Tutu was careful to mention her mother several times when she was speaking on stage at Greenbelt festival in August, "I have a mother. Her name is Leah." This remark always brought forth laughter and cheers, but it is Mpho Tutu's father who most of us will be familiar with. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a key part of the struggle against Apartheid. Denounced for 'bringing politics into the Church', repeatedly censored and arrested and suffering all the indignities and violence that … [Read more...]

UN Foundation, Elizabeth Gore

Can becoming an entrepreneur help a refugee live a better life? I recently had the opportunity to join the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for a visit to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, where I met seven incredible women entrepreneurs who have formed the Twitezimbere tailoring group. And through them, I learned the answer is yes. Despite the challenges they’ve faced, these women have been able to create and grow a business serving their neighbors in the eighth largest … [Read more...]

The Works of Mother Teresa, a dedication

Synopsis Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her 1946 "call within a call" to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. She was summoned to Rome in 1968, and in 1979 received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. September 21, 2014, we are hosting our GLOBAL WOMEN’S PEACE SUMMIT 2014. This very … [Read more...]

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