As world leaders gathered in New York late last month for the United Nations General Assembly, top journalists gathered in the city for the UN Foundation’s 2013 Global Issues Press Fellowship.  The program provided the fellows with the latest information on pressing global issues, while also offering first-person access to high-level experts and policymakers.

As the media landscape changes, one thing remains the same: Nothing can replace the insight and understanding that takes place when journalists get into the room with key global decision-makers. This is certainly true with these fellows, who have written interesting and important stories on issues from maternal health to climate change to how UN agencies are supporting Syrian refugees.

Check out some of their stories we are reading.

What global stories are you reading this week?  Tweet @UNFoundation and let us know by using hashtag #ReadingGlobal. You can also read more from our fellows by following them on Twitter.