“Action now will save lives, build a solid foundation for sustainable development far beyond 2015 and help lay the groundwork for lasting peace and human dignity,” the Secretary-General said at a special event at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Child marriage among Syrian refugees in Jordan has more than doubled since the start of the conflict, leaving girls vulnerable to health problems, domestic abuse and poverty, the U.N. said.
Every year, hundreds of women from China, Hong Kong and Australia arrive in Bangkok to undergo a particular type of IVF – In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer – which allows them to choose the sex of their unborn child.
On many occasions at the start of his pontificate, Pope Francis has talked about how God’s mercy touched him at a very young age. Often understood merely as God’s compassion, mercy is more than that. Aside from its capacity to heal one’s brokenness, it has the power to transform a person, and to cultivate a spirit of zeal and mission that enables one to share this wonderful and concrete expression of God’s love.
First came Italy’s singing nun. Now a band of priests in France is having their own moment in the spiritual spotlight as they embark on a year-long concert tour to promote their latest album.
A notice board on the wall of the prosthetic department at Mae Tao Clinic’s prosthetic department shows the names of 54 patients who have visited the department since February – 52 of them have lost limbs to landmines.
An election is always a good sign in every democratic society. Amid the fanfare and the mudslinging, the result ultimately boils down to a matter of choice, as expressed by the society’s people. But for India, the world’s largest democracy, the selection process for their representatives in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, may not be a simple exercise.
Apple plans to cease using conflict minerals by the end of 2014, the company has announced in its annual supplier responsibility report.
An independent research team has prepared a report for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which states that approximately 250,000,000 children around the world are not being properly educated and are functionally illiterate, and incapable of doing basic math. This is approximately 1/3 of the world’s children. The impact of this lack of education is estimated to cost about $129 billion annually.
Hundreds of elderly Koreans from both sides of the border reunited at a North Korean mountain resort, embracing each other in tears after 60 years of separation.