The news doesn’t slow down for the summer, and July has been no exception. Here are some of the stories we are reading this week:

  • Polio from 1950 Virginia to 2013 India: Amy Jeter, a staff writer for The Virginian-Pilot and a UN Foundation press fellow, draws thought-provoking connections between ongoing polio eradication efforts in Moradabad, India, and a polio outbreak that struck the town of Wytheville, Virginia, in 1950.  To help end polio for good, visit
  • Preparing Girls for the Working World: The Guardian covers a new report by the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (AGALI) on what factors make vocational training programs for girls successful, such as matching training programs to the needs of employers.  Learn more at
  • A Superhero for Education: A fictional TV character named Burka Avenger is spreading the message in Pakistan about the importance of girls’ education. AP has the scoop.  Join to support girls’ education around the world.
  • FP2020, looking back and looking forward: One year after the creation of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) at the London Summit on Family Planning, FP2020 Director Valerie DeFillipo reflects on both the progress that has been made and the work that lies ahead in FP2020’s efforts to help 120 million more women gain access to voluntary family planning services and information.  For more information visit,

What global stories are you reading this week?  Tweet @UNFoundation and let us know by using hashtag #ReadingGlobal.