Better harvests and improved diets are two of the benefits of the Great Green Wall initiative launched to support the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, writes Kyle Benjamin Schneps. The reforestation project will stretch across 11 African countries when completed.
Companies can make a difference when it comes to funding global development. "Private sector investment is key to global development. Foreign assistance shouldn't be a permanent station in life," said former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking Monday at the United Nations Foundation-hosted 2013 Forum on Global Development meeting.
UNICEF is proactively stepping up its measles immunization program for children in Syria and neighboring countries, especially those in refugee camps. "These are conditions that are conducive to the spread of disease and things are not getting any better for the Syrians either inside of the country or outside," says UNICEF's Marixie Mercado.
The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has declared that trafficking in wildlife and timber is a criminal activity. "This is a breakthrough resolution in terms of recognizing the serious nature of wildlife crimes, encouraging governments to view this not just as an environmental issue but as a crime akin to human or arms trafficking," says Wendy Elliott of the World Wildlife Fund.
The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, is setting a goal of delivering 10 million clean cookstoves to homes and institutions in Nigeria by 2020. The groups are raising public awareness about the need to use cleaner cooking equipment.