When disaster strikes, the world turns to one organization for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: the United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilize peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as global warming, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation. The United Nations is the one international organization with the reach and vision capable of solving global problems.
The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, children’s health, peace and security, and poverty eradication.
INNOVATIVE HEALTH CAMPAIGNS
ELIMINATING MALARIA DEATHS
Malaria can be prevented. A single long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net can protect a family of four. Malaria can be treated. Medicine exists to help people recover from the infection. Malaria deaths can be eliminated. Diverse partnerships—in coordination with key UN agencies—are looking at different strategies to do this by the next generation. We combat malaria through:
-Nothing But Nets Campaign
-Roll Back Malaria
-UN Foundation Malaria Partnership
REDUCING MEASLES MORTALITY
Despite recent outbreaks in the United States and the United Kingdom, measles has all but been eliminated in parts of the world. But it still kills more than 242,000 people globally each year, mainly children under 5. One solution is integrated, countrywide measles campaigns carried out by country governments with support from the Measles Initiative. These large-scale, coordinated efforts, organized by the Measles Initiative, are aimed at reducing measles deaths by 90 percent.
Polio can be eradicated; less than 1,500 new cases are reported each year. As we get closer to wiping this disease off the map, literally, the work only gets harder. Most of the children who are infected aren’t located in one place but instead are spread across dozens of remote communities in India and Nigeria. It takes a global effort to end this disease forever, which is why we support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
TACKLING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHALLENGE
The Copenhagen climate change negotiations provide a new basis for countries to collectively tackle climate change. We are working with the UN Secretary-General and his Climate Team, government, business, and non-profit leaders to carry forward the progress made in Copenhagen.
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest and smartest strategy available for saving money and resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. The UN Foundation is building support among UN, government and business leaders for a strategy to double the annual rate of global energy efficiency improvement.
ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL ENERGY ACCESS
Access to clean and affordable modern energy is critical to fostering lasting social and economic development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. We are working with UN-Energy on a campaign to achieve universal energy access by 2030.
CONSERVATION & LIVELIHOODS
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Tourism is the world’s largest industry, and constantly growing. One in every 12 jobs is tourism related, and tourism-related activities generate more than $3.6 trillion a year. Yet, all the impacts of tourism aren’t positive. Blatant disregard for the environmental and cultural impacts of travel on World Heritage sites has led to site degradation, and unless we act quickly many of the sites will not recover. Promoting sustainable travel is a way to encourage responsible travel and help protect World Heritage sites.
Fostering small, local businesses and helping them better promote their goods and services is a tangible way to have a positive impact on the communities around World Heritage sites. By doing this, we have helped ensure that local customs and cultures are maintained, jobs are created and communities grow, sustainably.
PROMOTING MARKET ACCESS
Local producers and manufacturers are an important source of products for businesses around World Heritage sites. Working with governments, corporations and other partners, we have explored how these local-based entrepreneurs are ensured fair and equal access to the global marketplace.
DISASTER RELIEF COMMUNICATIONS
Natural and humanitarian disasters are increasingly occurring around the world. Through our partnerships with Télécoms Sans Frontières and the World Food Programme, we have supported many emergency deployments to help reestablish communications, provide equipment and help support humanitarian response.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION
Technology in the developing world is helping to close the digital divide, creating unprecedented opportunities to meet long-standing challenges to international development goals. We commission rigorous research analyzing how technology—especially mobile technology—helps support efforts to improve well-being and save lives in the developing world.
MOBILE HEALTH FOR DEVELOPMENT
The rapid expansion of mobile technologies in the developing world can radically improve health systems and the delivery of healthcare in those countries that need it most. We are working with the World Health Organization, national governments, and DataDyne.org to strengthen public health in the developing world.
WOMEN’S HEALTH & RIGHTS
PROMOTING SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Every minute, in the developing world, a woman dies in childbirth. Twenty or more women experience serious complications and many are left with infections and severe disabilities. Every day, 6,800 people are newly infected with HIV/AIDS—half are under the age of 25 and 60 percent of those are women or girls. Helping provide family planning information, consistent sexual and reproductive health services and access to quality maternal health care will help save millions of lives each year.
INVESTING IN ADOLESCENT GIRLS
The situation of adolescent girls is particularly complex. Deep-rooted traditions of patriarchy and the subordination of women and girls make it difficult for adolescent girls to realize their rights in many parts of the world. But by redirecting investments to programs specific to adolescent girls and young women, we can make a real difference. Numerous studies show that investments in adolescent girls’ development translate into significant, long-term benefits for entire societies. For example, a year of schooling increases a woman’s income by 10 to 20 percent during her lifetime.
STRENGTHENING UN CAPACITY
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) are two of the UN’s key agencies that help promote gender equality, empower women and improve maternal health care (Millennium Development Goals #3 and #5). We work with them on a number of key campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of the work that the agencies are doing to combat violence against women, provide better maternal health care and promote education and literacy.
U.S. FUNDING FOR THE UN
The U.S. is the largest contributor to the UN and is responsible for 22 percent of the UN’s regular budget and 26 percent of the UN’s peacekeeping budget. As of March 2008, the U.S. was $1.6 billion behind in its treaty obligations to the United Nations. The U.S.’s failure to pay its bills on time and in full could have a negative impact on key UN operations, including jeopardizing the 19 peacekeeping missions around the world.
BUILDING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE UN
Through our sister organization, the Better World Campaign, we educate the public on the role the UN plays in addressing key global challenges so that no country has to pay all the bills or take all the risks in promoting global peace and progress.
SUPPORTING UN COMMUNICATIONS
We work closely with the UN to communicate effectively with governments about the UN’s work and challenges the organization faces. Our work supports UN crisis communications and adoption of new information strategies that help to better tell the UN story.
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