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Rethinking the way the world deals with refugees

A year ago, masses of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began to stream through the  western Balkans on their way to northern Europe. Like anyone following the news closely, I was deeply moved by the chaotic scenes of crowded fields and train stations. A year on, these images...

  • Solution to the world's problems: Choose humanity

    Solution to the world's problems: Choose humanity

    These are desperate times. We are witnessing the highest level of humanitarian needs since World War II. The numbers are staggering, with 125 million in dire need of assistance. Over 60 million people have been forcibly displaced, and in the last two decades 218 million people were affected by...

  • No place for rapists in peacekeeping

    No place for rapists in peacekeeping

    There is a “cancer” within the United Nations—a term employed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself—and it must be cut out. I don’t repeat this lightly, especially not as one of the organization’s chief advocates. Despite Ban’s commitment to a “zero- tolerance policy against sexual exploitation”...

  • Will the world's next wars be fought over water?

    Will the world's next wars be fought over water?

    California’s ongoing drought is one sign that we have entered some uncharted and uncomfortable territory. Of the fears that have risen alongside a warming planet, perhaps none have attracted more attention than the "water wars" hypothesis. This hypothesis says that increased water shortages around...

  • El Niño: Preparing now for disasters later

    El Niño: Preparing now for disasters later

    For much of this year, some of the world’s most vulnerable people have found themselves in the grip of El Niño, a profound and confounding natural disaster that brings with it severe floods, severe drought and, potentially, more intense and more frequent cyclones. Arriving every three to seven...

  • The sustainable development goals and surgery: Is a 'moon shot' the answer?

    The sustainable development goals and surgery: Is a 'moon shot' the answer?

    One pleasant weekend in September more than 150 world leaders converged on the United Nations to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs -- the world’s new 17-point agenda to “end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health...

  • The business of peace in Africa

    The business of peace in Africa

    The 19th century Republican Sen. Mark Hanna famously remarked that two things were important in politics: The first was money, and he couldn’t remember what the second one was. Hanna would be at home in the mercenary politics of peace in Africa and the Middle East today, where political parties,...

  • Improving the lives of girls and women: An opportunity to transform the future of humanity

    Improving the lives of girls and women: An opportunity to transform the future of humanity

    Education, equality and an honest and responsive government – two years ago, a group of residents in Los Angeles told us these were some of their top priorities for a better world. Facilitated by the United Nations, similar conversations took place among governments, businesses, civil society groups...

  • Exxon's damaging denial on climate change

    Exxon's damaging denial on climate change

    Before most Americans were even aware of global warming, Exxon was investing in high-quality research on the subject. According to reports in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere, the oil company's scientists concluded in the 1970s, '80s and '90s that climate change was real, would transform the...

  • A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares

    A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares

    My great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Sr., created the Standard Oil Company and I inherited shares in the companies it spun off, including Exxon Mobil. But this year I donated those shares to the nonprofit Rockefeller Family Fund's Environmental program, which sold them and is using the $400,000...

  • How to raise happy, healthy transgender kids

    How to raise happy, healthy transgender kids

    John, if you ask him, is 8 and 3/4 years old. He plays baseball, argues with his little brother and loves quesadillas. He was a vampire for Halloween. If you saw him at school, he wouldn't stick out.Unlike the other boys in his class, however, when John was born his parents and his doctors said...

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