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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Collaboration in India Proves Innovation for the Future

By Susan Myers on March 27, 2012

Much of the discussion around the UN Foundation Board meeting today focused on how the UN Foundation can most effectively support the UN during Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s second term, especially as partnerships have been identified as one of the top priorities.

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Nothing But Nets Launches Emergency Appeal for South Sudan

By Chris Helfrich on March 27, 2012

Today Nothing But Nets announced the launch of an emergency appeal to send 100,000 bed nets to refugees in the world’s newest country, South Sudan. Since last June, refugees have been fleeing into South Sudan and neighboring countries to escape fighting on the Sudan / South Sudan border, and are expected to continue doing so this year.

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