Economics and empowerment play crucial roles in making women's lives better, says Lakshmi Puri, acting head of UN Women. "We are deeply convinced, and evidence has shown, that where women have economic autonomy, where they are empowered, they are better able to resist violence, to leave situations where they are condemned to violent relationships," she says in this interview.
The United Nations and the U.S. are joining together successfully to fight polio, writes United Nations Foundation Vice President Peter Yeo. " In Garoua, Cameroon, I'm seeing with my own eyes how the work of the U.S. and the U.N. to expand immunizations is saving children's lives every day," he writes.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "on-site activities are essential if the United Nations is to be able to establish the facts and clear all the doubts surrounding" the claims about chemical weapons being used in Syria. Separately, UN chemical weapons expert Ake Sellstrom was in London last week to examine physical evidence.
Coca-Cola is launching a solar panel pilot project in Kenya that gives operators of Coca-Cola kiosks the ability to have lights and to charge phones and radios. "[W]e believe this project with One Degree Solar will go a long way in helping retailers and kiosk owners extend their operating hours, reduce their operating costs, and experience the numerous benefits of renewable energy," says Patrick Pech of Nairobi Bottlers.