Blog: UN Reform and Innovation

Standing with UN Peacekeepers

By Guest Blogger on January 17, 2014

Well, this is certainly not how I wanted to start 2014: This week, Congress sent President Obama a final spending bill for the rest of the year that underfunds United Nations peacekeeping by 12 percent, cuts funds for vital missions like South Sudan, and zeroes out funding for the newest UN mission in Mali.

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6 Cool Development Innovations

By Darley Tom on December 21, 2013

Last year, on December 21st, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the significant role entrepreneurship can play in reaching sustainable development goals. The United Nations Foundation works with entrepreneurs dedicated to not only building businesses, but a better world. They are using innovative approaches and creative thinking to help solve challenges in the humanitarian and development space. Below are six cool projects that are helping improve lives around the world:

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5 Inspiring Moments From 2013

By Jenni Lee on December 19, 2013

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.'”

In a world filled with daunting challenges, these stories (in no particular order) inspired us to hope – and to act – for a better world.

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#SmartPower: Honoring American leaders committed to making the world a better place

By Peter Yeo on December 13, 2013

From Vice President Biden saying he?ll never forget a visit to a UN refugee camp in Chad, to announcing that the U.S. will be a leader in the UN’s post-2015 development process, it was clear that this administration is committed to working hand-in-hand with the UN to tackle the world?s most pressing issues ? including the Syria crisis, Iran?s nuclear agenda, and typhoon recover in the Philippines.

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