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Why global decision-makers should not forget about children

Children can help adults think in ways that help create a better world, UNESCO Special Envoy Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands tells the United Nations Foundation's Elizabeth Gore. "I'm most proud of the projects I'm doing to harness the thinking power of children and bring it together with our world of grown ups. Whether it is with companies or with governments, we must not separate the worlds of children and adults," Princess Laurentien says. The Huffington Post (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Urgent call from @GirlUp teens to #endchildmarriage leads to action #VAWA"


"The Falklands present an interesting case around the issue of self-determination. Indeed, while the international community has often stood up and been vocal about the right to self-determination in other parts of the world, it has been conspicuously silent on the Falklands."

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    Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is steadfast in her belief that the U.S. and UN are working together to improve conditions for the world's people. "[T]he international community appreciates this renewed U.S. commitment to multilateral diplomacy and leadership at the United Nations, and the American people can see that our engagement has yielded real results for them," Rice says. The InterDependent (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How resilient are health systems in Africa?
    The influx of aid to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa has buoyed underfunded health systems in many countries, writes Kanya Ndaki, but have these systems been made more resilient through these donations? What happens when the funding stops? Ndaki explores these questions and finds "[m]ajor challenges remain -- particularly for countries that are over-reliant on international funding and that still don't spend enough of their domestic budgets on health." (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Laws in South Sudan are changing to give women equal rights, but cultural and societal views haven't budged, writes IRIN. Women and their advocates continue to fight against gender-based violence and discrimination, "[a]nd I think the more women who are educated and are in school and know that this is against the law, that’s when you’ll start seeing change," says Jenny Becker of International Rescue Committee in Lakes State, South Sudan. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The UN Foundation is raising awareness of global health threats through the Global Good Challenge game that can be played on smartphones. Players increase their understanding of health challenges and the UN programs that address them, and can show their support through social media. The Chronicle of Philanthropy (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lebanon asks for global help with Syrian refugees
    Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is appealing for global support of the Syrian refugees that are pouring in. Lebanon is already home to many Palestinian refugees. "It's not just a matter of material help and relief -- the geographic and demographic capacity is saturated and the problems resulting from this massive number affect us socially, economically and on security," Suleiman says. Reuters (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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