United Nations

Your food’s dirty little secret

Soil is the foundation for life on Earth, but more often than not it gets treated like dirt. Ninety-five percent of our food comes from...

Here’s how the U.N. and Facebook empower the world’s largest minority

More than 1 billion people have some form of disability. The U.N.'s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) has always been a good time...
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Message to men: Standing up for women is your issue too

When “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson spoke at the United Nations to promote the #HeForShe campaign, her message to men and boys was simple....

20 million enslaved: Here’s how you can help

Think slavery is a relic of the past? Think again. The International Labour Organization estimates that nearly 21 million people today are enslaved. That...
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Can a Beyoncé song change the world?

Can a song change the world? A group of Iraqis in Baghdad thinks so, and proves it with acts of kindness. On World Humanitarian Day...
Ethnic Uighur boy rescued from Thailand (AP Images)

Don’t look away. Human trafficking is everywhere, but you can help

Slavery is not a relic of the distant past. Human trafficking today fuels the modern slave trade. Right now, at least 20 million people are...
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Even at 69, the United Nations identifies with the younger generation

The United Nations fills the calendar with days to observe everything from progress on human rights to jazz greats. But October 24 marks perhaps the...
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It’s World Food Day. How can we feed everyone?…on this day

On this October 16, World Food Day, over 800 million people will go to bed hungry. But that’s 200 million fewer than just two...
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Celebrities join in the fight against climate change [video]

"One day we will wake up to find we have literally changed the face of the Earth," actor Morgan Freeman says in this video,...