After weeks of speculation, President Donald Trump today said he plans to formally declare a state of national emergency along the southern US border in order to free up funds for construction of a border wall. The announcement comes after the administration failed to secure a $5.7 billion appropriation for the project from Congress.
The number of measles cases around the world jumped by approximately 50% last year, and progress previously made against the disease is being lost, warns the World Health Organization. A growing reluctance to vaccinate against the disease is driving the increase in cases, says WHO director of immunization and vaccines Katherine O'Brien.
Radio plays a vital role in creating communities and promoting tolerance and peace in areas marred by violent conflicts, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking World Radio Day. UNESCO invited radio stations around the world to participate in a discussion about this year's theme of "dialogue, tolerance and peace."
The global unemployment rate dropped from 5.1% in 2017 to 5% in 2018, but many people remain in poverty despite holding one or more jobs, according to the International Labour Organization. More than half of the world's workers have "informal employment" and new technologies that create temporary jobs could drive that number up, says ILO Deputy Director-general Deborah Greenfield.
Brutal, premeditated sexual violence remains rampant in the northern region of South Sudan, according to a report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the UN Human Rights Office. At least 134 women and girls were raped in the last four months of 2018, and 90% of victims were assaulted by more than one perpetrator and often over several hours, the report says.
Climate change affects women disproportionately, and the global community must consider gender roles and elevate the influence of women as part of the effort to mitigate climate risks, says United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin. "I've come to realize you can't be a feminist if you're not an environmentalist," Calvin says.
The United Nations Security Council expressed its condolences for victims of a deadly suicide attack on a bus carrying Revolutionary Guard soldiers in southeastern Iran, calling the attack "heinous and cowardly." "Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed," the council said.
Nonprofits are interwoven with many aspects of their communities, and must understand the importance of their role, say Michelle Debelak of the Cleveland State University Foundation, Michelle Fritz of the Cleveland Foundation and Rachel Lappen of the Cleveland Orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra, for example, encourages tourism and community education, while the university's foundation offers scholarships for low-income youth and creates future workers.
An approach to problem solving that focuses disproportionately on the data behind global health issues might not be as successful as it could be, writes Sema Sgaier, co-founder and executive director of the Surgo Foundation. Organizations should also use new and existing data to understand "why" situations occur and how they can be resolved, Sgaier writes.
Student reporters from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., The Trace and the Miami Herald launched a new site for gun-violence reporting on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shootings. Since the shootings, students have also created March For Our Lives and other advocacy platforms to combat gun violence.
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