Meet 10 Young Leaders Who Are Creating A Better World

By: Johnson & Johnson; Originally posted on: Huffington Post 

Among the coming-of-age, hyper-connected generation of millennials are numerous young people driven to make a positive difference in the world. Many have even harnessed their social voices to speak out against the problems facing their communities. Proving that we can all contribute to making the world a better place, no matter our age, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson to recognize 10 young leaders in sustainable development who are dedicated to achieving big goals for a better future for women and children. Read More...

Girls and Women at the Heart of the Discussion Throughout UNGA and CGI

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver 
Looking back at 11 intense days of the United Nations General Assembly and The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, one thing is very apparent: The health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women was at the center of more discussions than ever before.

Women Deliver and many valued partners carried the torch and made sure that one message was heard – and seen - loud and clear at countless events throughout the week: Girls and women are drivers of change and need to be placed at the center of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This past week, Women Deliver representatives and some Young Leaders made their way from UN Assembly Halls to high-level receptions, all to ensure that girl’s, women’s, and young people’s voices were part of the conversation during these these pivotal two weeks of discussions. Read More... 

Placing Girls and Women at the Center of Development - Women Deliver Gears up for UNGA & CGI

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Girls and Women are at the heart of development, and if we want to see progress, their health, rights, and wellbeing need to be at the center of discussions. That is the key message from Women Deliver as we move into the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which both kick into high gear this coming week. This year’s UNGA is especially relevant for us as 193 world leaders commit to the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 Global Goals that aim to accelerate progress and transform development policy, program, and financing through 2030. If the SDGs are going to truly transform our world, it is critical that the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women are at the heart of implementation strategies. Read More...

Women Deliver’s UNGA Recap

Last week, we gathered together at strategy sessions, coffee shops, UN Assembly halls, high-level receptions and meetings to amp up the volume regarding development and the future of development for girls and women. From exciting announcements to campaigns and calls to action, there is a growing momentum for ensuring that the health, rights and well-being of girls and women are prioritized within the post-2015 framework and beyond. Women Deliver was on hand all week, participated in more than 50 events, and shared the message loud and clear that when we invest in girls and women, everybody wins!  Read more...

What are #YouthVoices Saying at UNGA? Nothing About Us Without Us!

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Why is this phrase still so revolutionary? It was coined from within disability rights activism in the 1990s, and has since been used by AIDS activists, the women’s movement, and the youth movement, particularly as the post-2015 development framework takes shape. Read more...

“Taking Care” of Business: Investing in Girls and Women Makes More Than Cents

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

Most of us working in the global health and development space know that the world is not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on girls and women. While many countries have made progress, it’s not enough, and gender inequity remains a grave issue for half the world’s population. As government representatives, corporate executives, and NGO leaders meet in Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and CGI annual meeting, the expiration of the MDGs and the questions of what targets will be included on the sustainable development agenda, as well as who will be responsible for hitting those targets, loom large. Read more...

Invest in New Media for Better Health of Young People

By Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver

How can we connect for good, connect for all, and build a better world by 2030? To answer this question, global leaders and advocates from around the world convened at the 2014 Social Good Summit this week and to discuss key social issues shaping the future of our world today, like climate change, peace, gender inequality, and health crises like Ebola. Held in conjunction with the 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the summit was an opportunity for young people to not only take part in the conversation, but to lead them.

With conversations conducted in 42 languages from 150 countries, the summit – held on Sunday and Monday – amplified the voice of young people and the future of new media technologies. Many shared stories about how new media technologies like mobile phones are changing the lives of many in the developing world. Through the use of technologies like short message service (SMS), mobile phones, text messaging and social media, young people are accessing information like sexual and reproductive health education and services in ways never that were never before possible. Read more...

Delivering for Girls and Women Through UN General Assembly Week

As world leaders, international agency heads, government officials, civil society representatives, corporate executives, and youth advocates begin to gather in New York City for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Women Deliver is poised to call for greater awareness of and investments for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Read more...

Let #MDG456Live Keep You Posted During UNGA Week

With side events, announcements, presentations and discussions happening all throughout next week, it can be difficult to keep track of all the news and updates. With that in mind, Women Deliver has partnered with Johnson & Johnson, FHI 360 and Girls Globe, in support of Every Woman Every Child, to provide live coverage of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through #MDG456Live’s website and Daily Delivery emails. Read more...

Post-2015 Development Framework: What’s In It For Young People?

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver, and Julie A. Cornell, Johnson & Johnson

On Thursday, September 26th a group of young activists from around the world gathered at the UN Church Center to discuss ways in which young people can contribute meaningfully to the post-2015 development framework, particularly related to HIV and access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Each speaker underscored the importance of ensuring that young people have a seat at the table where global development decisions are made and a stake in the post-2015 development agenda.

Dr. Luiz Loures, Deputy Director of UNAIDS, opened the session by reminding the audience of a stark statistic: There are 1.8 billion young people around the world and 3 billion people under the age of 30. The majority of policy makers deciding the post-2015 framework will be far advanced in age, or indeed no long around, by the time most of these young people have matured into adulthood.

So where are the young people in this discussion about the future of development? Read more...

Five Global Health Events on the Same Day? How to Stay Connected at the UN General Assembly

By: Nicole Schiegg, Former USAID Senior Advisor; Strategic Comms Consultant; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Next week is the annual gathering of a "who's who" of political, private sector and civil society leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City. It is the culmination of several months of careful planning, especially for global health advocates who pack the week with side events that feature progress and hold the world accountable to do more for the world's most vulnerable. Read more...

#MDG456Live: Follow the Conversations During UNGA Week

During UNGA Week, Women Deliver, FHI360 and Johnson & Johnson, in support of Every Woman Every Child, created a social media hub and daily newsletters that curated conversations taking place on MDGs 4, 5 and 6.  This initiative used the hashtag #MDG456Live to draw content from several social media outlets. In addition, the initiative pulled from other hashtags such as #EWECProgress in order to cover the best of the conversations and events taking place during the week. Read more...

Delivering for Girls and Women throughout UNGA Week

This past week, political leaders and civil society advocates from around the world gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), high-level side events, the Social Good Summit, and the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. Shared commitments across sectors and countries resulted in a landslide of exciting announcements and events in support of girls and women. Here are a few of the ways Women Deliver worked throughout the week to deliver the message that investing in women pays. Read more...

UN Week- Style Over Substance

By: Denise Dunning, Founder and Executive Director, Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change, and the Youth Champions Iniative; Originally posted by Huffington Post

'Fashion week' just ended for the global development community, where thousands of international leaders convened in New York for the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA). Presidents, ministers, donors, U.N. leaders and CEOs celebrated the newest designs in global development: stylish poverty reduction plans, glamorous partnerships to end world hunger and beautiful spokespeople for the latest hot issues like climate change and child trafficking. Read more...


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