Blog: UN Reform and Innovation

Shocking Statistic of the Day

By Jenni Lee on November 18, 2013

Worldwide, 2.5 billion people don?t have access to basic sanitation like toilets and latrines. As UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, a leading advocate for clean water and sanitation, points out, ?More people have cell phones than toilets in today’s world.?

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Mobile and Global Development

By Guest Blogger on October 28, 2013

Last week we celebrated United Nations Day, a day that marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. It was also a day to reflect on the UN’s invaluable contribution to peace and common progress and to assess what we have accomplished and where we are headed.

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A Letter to My Son on World Polio Day

By Guest Blogger on October 24, 2013

Every baby should have the same opportunities to good health. Fear of diseases that have proven to be preventable by vaccines just shouldn’t exist. It isn’t right that in village where I was born children are still to this very day getting polio, the disease that paralyzed my left leg. As a father, I now fear even more for those children and their parents.

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United Nations Day: Partnering for the Future

By Chris Whatley on October 24, 2013

When Franklin Roosevelt called on Americans to celebrate the first UN Day, the term “United Nations” had just been coined to describe the alliance that stood against fascism’s march. But for a dedicated group of internationalists, it was more than a slogan, more even than an alliance, it was the embodiment of an idea that would come to final fruition with the signing of the UN Charter on October 24, 1945.

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