The United Nations Security Council this week adopted a statement aimed at increasing the number of young people included in developing global peace processes, noting that youth are bearing the brunt of the impact of violent conflicts around the world. The council urged UN member states to "develop measures to create opportunities for the inclusive representation of youth to facilitate their full and meaningful participation in peace processes and at all decision-making levels, and include young women in those processes."
The number of cases of Ebola in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has increased dramatically following an attack by armed militants on a camp housing health workers, the World Health Organization warns. Dr Michel Yao, WHO incident manager, says insecurity in the area is currently the chief obstacle to fighting the virus.
Authorities in Sierra Leone must immediately overturn a discriminatory rule that bars girls from continuing to attend school when they become pregnant and must also establish supports to help pregnant girls continue their education, the Economic Community of West African States court ordered this week. Close to one-third of girls in Sierra Leone become pregnant and 40% are married before they turn 18.
Financial assistance for low-income countries seeking support to develop early disaster warning systems, weather-related insurance programs or more resilient infrastructure will increase in the coming years, says Green Climate Fund executive director Yannick Glemarec. Representatives from climate-vulnerable countries have warned that funding is often difficult to access and insufficient to address their needs.
At least 424 protest participants have been killed and a further 8,758 injured since protests began in October, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq reports. The UN is urging authorities in Iraq to identify groups responsible for targeting protesters and bring them to justice.
CCXP audience members were treated to a panel headlined by director Patty Jenkins and actor Gal Gadot, who were both on hand to tease "Wonder Woman 1984" with the official trailer. The film, which also stars actor Kristen Wiig, will make its debut in June 2020.
Time has named 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg as its 2019 Person of the Year for galvanizing the world's youth into action on climate change. Thunberg is the youngest person to have been given the honor.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has donated $10 million to Invest Detroit to continue its work improving Detroit's neighborhoods by building green space, improving high schools and investing in other community initiatives. Invest Detroit has raised 85% of the almost $60 million needed for its strategic neighborhood fund, says President Dave Blaszkiewicz.
United Way Worldwide ranked first on the Forbes Top Charities list once again in 2019, raising $3.3 billion in its fiscal year that ended in June. The 100 organizations raised a total of $51.5 billion in private contributions in their most recent fiscal years.
Scale, systems change and sustainability are important metrics for nonprofit leaders and donors, but they shouldn't come at the expense of the organization's mission, write Ryan Glasgo and Sandhya Nakhasi of the Community Credit Lab. They explain how the Community Credit Lab decided to offer 0% interest loans because its mission is to help underserved people, even if it doesn't contribute to revenue generation and long-term sustainability.