Can deserts be turned back into arable land? Yes, according to the Sahara Forest Project. Their solution uses what we have enough of, like deserts, saltwater and CO2, to produce what we need more of: sustainably produced food, freshwater and energy.
World Press Freedom Day is a celebration and evaluation of international press freedom, a defense of media from attacks on their independence and a tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the profession.
Can there be a world without malaria? It will require an expansion of current strategies and innovative solutions, such as the Rapid Assessment of Malaria device, which uses refrigerator strength magnets and a laser point to diagnose malaria, and Malaria Consortium’s use of mobile technology and village health groups to support community health care.
In 2014 the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs created the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Designed to facilitate the free sharing of data between UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups and local actors, this platform represents a step forward in the quest for open data in humanitarian work.
For much of my life, International Women’s Day has been an honourable but distant commemoration. The UN established the day in 1975 to promote women’s rights globally, but from my comfortable Canadian vantage point the problems facing women in the rest of world lacked the substance of reality.
The second annual Zero Discrimination Day fights to remove stigma and prejudice for any reason, including race, gender, age, sex, and health status. This year’s event focuses on eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS to make it easier for them to seek fast and effective treatment.
To celebrate International Mother Language Day, we look at Never Alone, a new video game featuring the language and traditional stories of the northern Iñupiat people. Tribal elders relate important stories that are beautifully illustrated into an interactive journey.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20 February the World Day of Social Justice. Member states were invited to devote the day to promoting national activities to eradicate poverty, support full employment and decent work, gender equity and universal access to social well-being and justice.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision — is widely consider to be a human rights violation against girls and women, and the rights of children, as it is often carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of their infancy and fifteen.