This year has been anything but quiet. The world faced big challenges; at the same time, individuals, civil society groups, governments, businesses, and the United Nations took action to make a difference in millions of lives.

Throughout the year, the UN Foundation’s Global Connections blog featured stories of global problems, action, partnership, and solidarity, as well as the lifesaving work of the UN, the world’s platform for peace and progress. As this year comes to an end, we have compiled a list of 2017’s most read stories on the blog.

Here are five of the posts you loved:

10 Reasons to Keep Working to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Report from 2017 highlighted important markers of progress on the road to a more sustainable world. While there is a lot left to do, we noted 10 important reasons to keep working.

4 Global Leaders Share Why the UN Matters

Listen to four members of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors explain why global engagement with the UN is essential during a time of deep division.

5 Reasons to Care about Ending Hunger

Poverty, conflict, and climate change are causing food insecurity worldwide. The UN is working to reduce hunger, but it needs your help to raise awareness and resources. Here are five reasons we should be fighting to end hunger.

14 Quotes from UN Leaders on Humanity’s Biggest Challenges

At the 2017 World Government Summit, leaders came together to find new ways to collaborate and innovate to build a better and brighter future. Read 14 quotes from global leaders on important international challenges and solutions.

Why American Leadership Means Standing #WithRefugees

The UN Foundation’s Deputy CEO Elizabeth Cousens highlights America’s historical leadership on helping refugees, why that leadership has been important, and why the U.S. should continue to stand #WithRefugees.

As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 brings new beginnings, the UN Foundation will continue sharing stories of our common humanity, the work of the UN, and the ways we can create change. Check back on our blog to learn more about the global issues that connect us all and our shared work to build a better world.


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