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UN launches sanitation campaign on World Water Day

The United Nations is determined to bring sanitation to the 2.5 billion people around the world without adequate facilities and has started a global campaign to boost efforts laid out by the Millennium Development Goals. "What good does a toilet do? More than you may imagine. Adequate sanitation prevents disease or malnutrition caused by contaminated water," writes Jan Eliasson, UN deputy secretary-general. The Huffington Post (3/21), DAWN Media Group (Pakistan)/The Associated Press (3/22), Al Jazeera (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"As the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women wrapped up last week, Kathy Calvin used her position as the President and CEO of the UN Foundation to call attention to the issue of the rights of women and girls in an address on Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC."

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  • UN to probe North Korea on human rights
    The United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously voted Thursday to create a panel to investigate possible human rights abuses in North Korea. The resolution was proposed by the EU and Japan and supported by the U.S., writes Steven Erlanger. Meanwhile, North Korea's representative to the UN said there would be "serious consequences" for any investigation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21), CNN (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Donahoe: UNHRC making strides in protecting human rights
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Eileen Donahoe says she is proud of the council's work and argues that the current session shows "the dramatic improvement in the council's ability to do its job of promoting and protecting human rights." Donahoe praises the ability of technology and the Internet to connect the human rights community but cautions that governments threaten that community when they block Internet access. The InterDependent (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • Optimism in fight for clean cookstoves
    Clean cookstoves can improve the health of mothers and their children, writes United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin. She spoke with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Executive Director Radha Muthiah about the hope behind the alliance's goal to making clean cookstoves a reality for everyone. "I'm optimistic about our efforts really being able to bear fruit and pay off," Muthiah says. The Huffington Post (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Spotlight: Girl Up!
  • Queen Rania: Arab women "at a crossroads"
    "Just as the Arab world is at a crossroads, so too are Arab women," writes Queen Rania of Jordan. "This is a unique opportunity for all of us, especially men, to leverage the potential of women; to re-imagine the possibilities for our shared prosperity and to encourage positive change," she writes. She encourages readers to explore the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up! campaign, among other resources. The Huffington Post (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Climate and Energy
  • Time to create global carbon market
    The world has a real chance to tackle climate change by setting up a global carbon market, writes Graciela Chichilnisky. "A global carbon market will create a new global system of economic values. Cleaner nations will become richer and their economies grow faster than dirty nations," she argues. The Guardian (London) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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