What We’re Reading

By Aaron Sherinian on April 5, 2012

Have you been keeping up with world news this week? Check out some of our favorite stories in this week’s “What We’re Reading” post.

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Conversations about India, Philanthropy, and the United Nations

By Aaron Sherinian on April 5, 2012

As part of the itinerary in India this week, United Nations Foundation Board members participated in a televised conversation with one of the country’s leading journalists, NDTV’s Barkha Dutt. She interviewed UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth, and Co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Kris Gopakakrishnan on issues ranging from the evolution of philanthropy, the role of the United Nations, and how partnerships and innovation are powering a more sustainable future for India.

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Why Contraception? Why Now?

By Melinda Gates on April 5, 2012

More than 1 billion people currently use birth control. For the most part, they do it without hesitation. They do it because they want the power to plan their own lives—and to raise healthy, happy families when they are ready to do so.

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Answering a Call to Action from Melinda Gates

By Kathy Calvin on April 4, 2012

Today’s speech by Melinda Gates at TedXChange is a bold and timely call-to-action on family planning. As Melinda rightly points out, there is no controversy about building better lives for our children.

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Results in India – Reasons to Invest in Humanity

By Rick Parnell on April 3, 2012

As we prepare to return from India and the semi-annual UN Foundation Board meeting, I am struck by one of the themes that emerged from discussions this past week: the need for long-term investments in humanity. This is more than just a lofty phrase. It is a call for a fundamental shift in the way people think about philanthropy, partnership, and working with the United Nations.

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Melinda Gates on TEDXChange: Looking ahead to a Stellar Line-Up

By Melinda Gates on April 2, 2012

With only a few days to go, I’m eagerly anticipating TEDxChange: The Big Picture and putting the finishing touches on my talk. The TEDx speakers I have watched online this year have certainly set a high bar.

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Stopping polio: Lessons from India

By Kathy Calvin on March 29, 2012

I’m in India this week with the United Nations Foundation’s Board of Directors – some of the smartest minds I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with – to discuss how we can help the UN solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

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MDGs and lessons learned for post-2015

By Susan Myers on March 29, 2012

Today our Board had a rich discussion with India’s United Nations team and civil society leaders on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and lessons learned for the next phase post-2015.

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Finding Hope in India

By Peter Yeo on March 28, 2012

As the father of two boys, visiting hospitals and health clinics in the developing world, and seeing kids struggling to make it to the next day, is always difficult. But when I met with Dr. Julius and Dr. Asha at Hrudayalaya Hospital as part of the UN Foundaton Board meeting in Bangalore, I was instead filled with hope.

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In West Africa, We Were Welcomed

By Sean Bartlett on March 27, 2012

From the conference rooms of Abuja to the communities in and around Accra, I consistently heard the phrase ‘you are welcome’ during my recent trip to Nigeria and Ghana.

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