You can learn more about the FWD public awareness campaign at FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa and by visiting FWD.
Archives for UNGA
Every year, USAID plays an important role in the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. This year is the 66th session of the Assembly and our USAID Impact blog is dedicated to giving you updates.
This week from September 19-23, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and other Agency leaders will participate in several events. This year’s Assembly has a special focus on non-communicable diseases, a major cause of death in both the developing and non-developing world. USAID recognizes that non-communicable diseases represent an urgent and growing global public health concern, and works with host countries and other donors to build sustainable health systems responsive to the full range of health issues.
“Held at the heart of UN week, the Summit is where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. It ignites conversations between a live audience in New York City and thousands around the world participating via Livestream.” We will be live streaming his participation on Impact. To find out the agenda of the Social Good Summit, click here.
Administrator Shah’s appearance at the Social Good Summit will highlight USAID’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa and will present new ways to get informed, connected, and engaged with the crisis using new media tools. You can watch his appearance live at 3:45 PM right here on the Impact blog.
The Agency will also be hosting two marquee events. On Tuesday September 20, we will highlight the innovative ways sport is being used to accomplish a wide range of development goals in an event to feature baseball legend Pedro Martinez and basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo. The following day, in conjunction with UK development agency DFID, USAID will highlight several game-changing programs, policies, and partnerships of countries that have made progress towards achieving the poverty-reduction MillenniumDevelopmentGoals, which were hashed out by world leaders before the UN General Assembly in 2000.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube as we will also be providing real-time updates of events! We look forward to creating a conversation with you all on social media! If you are tweeting about the UN General Assembly, please use the hashtag #UNGA and if you are tweeting about the Social Good Summit, please use #SocialGood.
I spoke today at the International Water Forum held at the United Nations. The Forum was organized by the Energy and Waer Institute of New York and The Chronicles Group in cooperation with The World Water Organization (WWO), and WaterAid America.
The International Water Forum at the United Nations convened policy makers, academics, non-governmental organizations, and private sector representatives toward organizing a worldwide education and awareness campaign on the global water crisis.
I outlined such key challenges as: by 2025, as much as two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stress – conditions where water has become an impediment to socio-economic development. Over 800 million people around the world lack access to an improved water source, and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. The lack of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene causes an estimated 2.1 million deaths every year. The worst drought in over half a century in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia has left over 12.7 million people in need of emergency assistance.
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