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The Promise of #SocialGood…and why it lives in Rio this year

By Aaron Sherinian on March 14, 2012

The promise of social media is that people and communities around the planet can unite, express and engage in ways never possible before. Why not take this promise to some of the most important gatherings happening in our world today? This year, a meeting of historic proportions will take place in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio+20 Summit will bring together world leaders as the UN tackles some of the biggest issues of our time.

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Reflections from an Aspiring Balabusta

By Maureen Greenwood-Basken on March 8, 2012

I knew I had reached an important milestone in my mother’s eyes about six years ago when I was preparing the Passover seder meal and she called me a balabusta. According to my mother, this is a Yiddish expression that means being a good homemaker, the family glue, or the one that holds everything together.

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What We’re Reading

By Maureen McNally on March 8, 2012

Busy week? Don’t worry, Global Connections is here to keep you updated on world news. Check out some of our favorite stories from this week. If you notice something we missed, leave a comment below so we can add it. Happy Reading!

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Power of a Mom

By Amy DiElsi on March 6, 2012

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the UN Foundation is asking you – our supporters – to share with us a woman who inspires you. Many people have responded that their mothers inspire them most. This makes perfect sense to me because our moms are often our first bosses, role models, and friends.

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A Week of Celebrations

By Maureen McNally on March 2, 2012

This week has been a week full of celebrations — from milestones to birthday’s. We started the week off with Leap Year, celebrated a milestone on Wednesday when the World Health Organization officially removed India from the polio endemic list, and ended the week with the birthday celebration for the VP of Public Affairs, Aaron Sherinian. As the week wraps up, we can look back at our daily photos of the day and realize that all in all, it was a week worth leaping in excitement for!

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Leap Into Action This Leap Year

By Maureen McNally on February 29, 2012

2012 is a leap year. This means we have an “extra” day to support the work of the United Nations to create a better world. Day after day, UN agencies leap into action, playing a key role in solving the most challenging global problems. Check out the great work the UN does every single day to create a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world for everyone!Tell us what you’re doing today to support the UN.

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One (extra)ordinary girl’s story

By Andrea Austin on February 28, 2012

Yesterday I went up to New York to film Kumbukani – or Kumba, as her friends call her – a Girl Guide from Malawi who came to attend the Commission on the Status of Women.

When I saw her she appeared…well, ordinary.

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