Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions: UK Government Under Fire for Failing to Donate to Fund for UN Sex Abuse Victims #ForcedSex #SexualAssault #SexualAbuse

Mothers of 11 “peacekeeper babies” in Haiti are struggling to feed their children, say lawyers.


Victims of sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers have reportedly described the UK’s attitude to supporting survivors as “very glib.”

The UK government is yet to join the 19 UN member states that have voluntarily contributed to a fund to provide medical, legal, and other support to those abused by UN staff.

Canada, Australia, Italy, and Norway are among those nations to pay into the fund, which totals £1.4 million — including £265,000 withheld from UN staff in substantiated cases of sexual abuse and exploitation, reported the Guardian

But a spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the UK is “100% committed to ending sexual abuse and exploitation by those who are entrusted with protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

“We are lobbying for change at the highest levels,” they added. “The PM, foreign and development secretaries have all called on the UN secretary general to robustly tackle this abuse.”

The spokesperson said the FCO has contributed £3 million to “ending sexual abuse and exploitation” at the UN, which they said was “significantly more than the value of the UN trust fund.”

According to the Guardian , the FCO couldn’t provide details about how much of the funding would go to supporting survivors.

Meanwhile, a lawyer representing a group of 11 mothers of “peacekeeper babies” in Haiti, who say they were sexually exploited by UN personnel, said the “UK is quick to talk about accountability when it comes to criticising other entities or countries.”

Sienna Merope-Synge, an attorney at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), told the Guardian : “That is important, but when it comes to supporting the real needs of victims that they claim to care about to rebuild their lives, the UK is not willing to put its money where its mouth is.”

“We see the UK government talking about having victims’ voices heard. They have talked about the need for zero tolerance and about leadership,” she continued. “But there are a whole bunch of victims of UN abuse who perceive the UK as very glib about supporting victims.

The survivors’ fund was established by the UN secretary general in March 2016, in order to “place victims at the core” of its approach.

The group of 10 Haitian mothers have filed the first legal actions in Haiti against the UN and individual peacekeepers for child support and paternity claims.

One of the mothers was 17 when she gave birth, which amounts to statutory rape under Haitian law, according to the IJDH.

“These mothers and their children face severe economic difficulties and discrimination” said Mario Joseph, a lawyer at Haiti-based human rights group Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), which filed the lawsuits.

Joseph added that six of the motors were left homeless after Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean island in 2017.


Reduced Inequalities: There Are Now a Record Number of Female US Senators. 2018: “Year Of The Woman?” #PressForProgress #TimeIsNow

She made history in more ways than one.


When Tina Smith was sworn in as the junior US Senator for Minnesota on Tuesday, she was making history in more ways than one.

She capped one of the first significant political outcomes for the #MeToo movement by replacing former Sen. Al Franken, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Smith, who was previously Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, was appointed by the state’s Governor Mark Dayton to replace Franken.

Her ascension to office shows that there are consequences for sexual misconduct, even for those ensconced in power, according to high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred who spoke with CNN.

“Women speaking out had an impact on institutional change and in the court of public opinion and it has created a climate in which sexual harassment is unacceptable,” Allred said. “And it has caused change.”

Smith’s new status also brings the total number of women in the US Senate to 22, the highest number ever achieved.

“What I intend to do is be just a really fierce advocate for Minnesotans here in Washington, D.C.,” Smith told the Minnesota Star Tribune.

There’s still a vast gender imbalance in the US Senate, the rest of US politics at large, and throughout the world, but Smith’s swearing-in shows that progress is being made.

There are currently 17 Democratic and 5 Republican women serving in the US senate. Up until the 1993, only two or fewer women ever served in the US senate, according to CNN.  

In fact, some advocates attribute the surge of female representatives since then to movements similar to #MeToo. In 1992, outrage over the handling of Anita Hill’s testimony accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct contributed to what is sometimes referred to as the Year of the Woman, when four women were elected to the Senate simultaneously.


Smith’s senate seat builds on that legacy, and it stretches much farther back — to when women gained first the right to vote and when the first female candidates for office were ever elected.

Her nomination doesn’t in and of itself mean that policies across the US will get better for women, but when there are diverse voices shaping laws, the outcomes tend to be more representative.

And much as the Year of the Woman was politically transformative, 2018 is shaping up to be a monumental year for women.

There are currently 368 women planning to run for US Congress in 2018, Axios reports, and women will run for governor in 31 states and for Senate seats in 24 states.

Women And Girls: 7 Reasons Child Marriage Is Horrible for Girls, According to The Guardian #WomensHistoryMonth #WomensDay #InternationalWomensDay

We’re well on board.

It’s rare that a national newspaper takes on one of the Global Citizen issues in its editorial — so we’re thrilled to see the compelling “wedlock is a padlock” opinion piece from the Guardian this week.

The more voices that are raised in the fight to eliminate the outdated practice of child marriage once and for all, the better, in our book.

Child marriage is a serious problem and we’re not going to stop going on about it until it’s well and truly over. As well as being one of the UN’s Global Goals, it also has a knock-on effect on many of the other 16 goals — quality education; access to quality healthcare; gender equality; and no hunger, to name a few. 

But still, a girl under 18 is married somewhere in the world every two seconds . More than 750 million women and girls who are alive today were married when under 18, and some 250 million of these were married before the age of 15.

While the proportion of young women getting married before 15 has dropped from 12% to 8% since the early 1980s, there’s still a long way to go.

So, in the wise words of the Guardian, here are seven reasons that child marriage is terrible for girls.

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1. Child Marriage Is Sexist.

While child marriage affects both girls and boys, girls are significantly more at risk from the practice with nine in 10 children who get married being girls.

2. It Exploits the Youngest, Most Vulnerable People.

Almost a third of girl brides get married to a man older than 21. There is an increasing scrutiny of the issue, and more and more of some of the most shocking examples of child exploitation are coming to light. Last year, a 6-year-old girl was traded to a 55-year-old man in Afghanistan in exchange for a goat. In August, a 16-year-old girl from India was sold to a 65-year-old Omani sheikh. Cases like these draw global attention to the practice, but there are still many girls that slip through the net.

3. It Traps Children.

Marriage is often seen as protecting girls, especially if they are pregnant, but it locks children into often abusive relationships. In many countries, child brides can’t launch legal action — for example divorce — or even access refuges, because they are minors.


4. It Can Stop a Girl in her Tracks.

Child marriage is one of the greatest barriers to girls around the world. It’s linked to poverty, and is often an end to a girl’s education. When a girl gets married, she is often expected to drop out of school and she’s not likely to return — instead taking on the domestic duties of a wife and mother.

5. It’s Linked to Violence and Exploitation. 

In a 2017 survey of laws in 73 countries , it was found rapists in at least nine countries could avoid punishment if they married their victim — including in Bahrain, Iraq, the Philippines, Tajikistan, and Tunisia.

6. It’s Everywhere. 

Even in countries that are supporting global efforts to eliminate child marriage. In every US state, child marriage is legal in specific circumstances. In 25 US states , girls of any age are allowed to marry in certain circumstances, while others have minimum ages as low as 13. In the UK , 16-year-olds can get married with parental consent, and 16-year-olds in Scotland can get married without it.

7. The Effects Are Hereditary.

Child marriage is hampering global efforts to reduce poverty and population growth. It’s not just a problem for this generation. It’s a problem for future generations too.

It’s linked to maternal and infant mortality , largely because child brides are forced to have babies before their bodies are ready. Even if they survive, the children of child brides are less healthy, and less likely to access education. As the saying goes, educate a girl and you educate a family.

As well as the girls and their families, child marriage is impacting us globally. The World Bank has warned , for example, that child marriage will cost developing nations trillions of dollars by 2030.

The problem is not necessarily a case of creating laws to protect girls — although legislation is undoubtedly a start and sends a significant message.

But it takes more than just laws. Even in countries where child marriage is illegal, many marriages aren’t formally registered. In other places, according to the Guardian , officials turn a blind eye to breaches.

Something more is needed, as well as legislation — enforcement. There is little point creating ever harsher laws against child marriage if communities aren’t able to enforce them, and girls and their families have no idea of their legal rights. Governments and local authorities need to step up to put into practice the laws that are already in place.

Another fundamental step in tackling child marriage is eliminating the underlying factors that keep driving girls into marriage. Poverty, for example; lack of economic opportunities; limited or zero access to contraception; patriarchal and traditional attitudes; and conflict.

Reduced Inequalities: Poverty, Disease, Uncertainty Await 59,000 Haitians Who Could Be Deported by 2019

The Trump administration announced Monday it will revoke temporary protection status for an estimated 59,000 Haitians living in the United States who fled the 2010 earthquake, the New York Times reports.

These individuals left Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, which killed as many as 316,000 people — and were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the US government.

They will now have until July 2019 to return to Haiti, according to reports. If they don’t return, or seek other forms of legal protection, they could be deported.

“Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist,” the State Department wrote in a statement. “Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”

“Significant steps have been taken to improve the stability and quality of life for Haitian citizens, and Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens,” the statement added.

This decision comes just weeks after the Trump administration removed similar protections for 5,000 Nicaraguans living in the US under the same program. 

In all, more than 300,000 immigrants from 10 countries benefit from TPS, which President George H.W. Bush signed into law in 1990. These countries are Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria, Nepal, Honduras, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. More than half of all TPS recipients come from El Salvador — one of the most violent countries in the world.

In order to benefit from the status, immigrants must maintain a mostly clean criminal record and live in the US continuously after their resettlement, according to Pew Research Center.

The Trump administration’s decision ignored a request from the Haitian government to extend the status while Haiti continues to recover from damages incurred after Hurricane Matthew in the Fall of 2016, according to the New York Times report. According to the BBC, some parts of the country were 90% destroyed by the storm.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle were critical of the administration’s decision.

For the roughly 60,000 Haitians who benefit from temporary protection the thought of returning to Haiti is daunting. 

“The situation is not good in my country,” Gerald Michaud, a Haitian living in Brooklyn, told the New York Times. “I don’t know where I am able to go.”

According to the Miami New Times, roughly half of the 59,000 Haitians benefiting from TPS settled in Miami, and have given birth to over 10,000 children since coming to the states. These children, born US citizens, may be forced to leave the only country they’ve ever known — or grow up without their parents.

“Thousands of Haitian TPS recipients have been living in the U.S. for an average of seven to 25 years,” Marleine Bastien, who works at an immigration rights group in Miami, told the New Times. “To deport them and force them to leave behind their U.S.-born children will be a catastrophe of great magnitude.”

Haiti is currently facing a cholera outbreak — and many lack access to clean water and sanitation services.

Roughly one in four Haitians live in extreme poverty, making Haiti the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the Guardian reports.

Many Haitians rely on remittances, or money sent back home from abroad, which make up about one-fourth of the country’s national income, according to the report in the Times.

“It is in the best interest, national interest of the U.S., for the 50,000-plus Haitians to remain here,” Bastien said in an interview with Democracy Now! in May.

If these Haitians stay in the US, she said, they will “continue to contribute, socially, financially and otherwise, and then keep these remittances flowing, so that people will not risk their lives to come here as a result of these…waves of deportation.”

Women & Girls: Gender Equality Got Worse in 2017, Says World Economic Forum (W.E.F)

It’s been a tough year in the fight for equal rights around the world.

Sexual assault and harassment allegations filled headlines, the pay gap between men and women grew, and women’s access to healthcare and reproductive rights shrunk around the world over rate past year.

And according to the World Economic Forum, which measures gender equality on a global scale, 2017 was the first time in more than 10 years that the gender gap began to widen again.

The WEF’s annual Gender Gap Index ranks 144 countries on four measures of women’s equality: economic participation and opportunity, education, political empowerment, and health and survival.

While inequality grew across all categories, the gap grew particularly in the economic equality category, the report found.

The gap between women’s pay and men’s pay for the same exact job has shrunk to 2%, but the overall gap grew because women do more unpaid work, are more likely to be excluded from the workforce, are more likely to work in lower-paying industries, and are less likely to be elevated to high-paying positions, according to Quartz.

The current gap in income between men and women is so wide that it would take 217 years to close it, according to the report.

There are outliers — some countries have come close to levelling the playing field for men and women. Iceland has the smallest income gap between men and women. But the United States and the United Kingdom, the first and fifth biggest economies of the world respectively, are still struggling to close their gaps.

“Gender parity is shifting into reverse this year for the first time since the World Economic Forum started measuring it,” Klaus Schwab, the founder and chairman of the WEF, said in the report. “Yet there are also many countries that have made considerable progress, understanding that talent is a critical factor for growth.

The report also included the good news that 96% of the gap in health outcomes between mean and women have been closed, and 95% of the gap in educational attainment.

Economic and political representation were the two areas women continued to lag behind men in many countries around the world.

Overall, the Nordic countries once again ranked first in the world for gender equality, with Iceland, Norway, and Finland taking the top three spots.

Rwanda, known for its stark progress on gender parity in politics, was ranked fourth on the list and was the only African country to make the top 10, while Nicaragua was the only country from Latin America to make the top 10, coming in sixth.

Countries grappling with conflict and poverty found themselves at the bottom of the list, with Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Chad, and Iran making up the bottom five of the rankings.

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Humanity: For Bill Gates’ 62nd Birthday, we look at these 9 Must-Read Quotes from our favourite philanthropist

Bill Gates is known as the world’s richest person, as well as an investor, businessman, technology innovator, and a leading philanthropist.

Born William Henry Gates III, on Oct. 28, 1955, he developed an interest in computers at a young age, and later on revolutionized the technology industry when he left Harvard University to pursue building his new company.

With his friend and business partner Paul Allen, he formed and developed the world’s biggest software company: Microsoft. After spending 25 years as the company’s CEO and president and accumulating a massive fortune, Gates stepped down in 2014 to focus on the Melinda & Gates Foundation.

Together, the Gates have made philanthropy their full-time focus in giving back to the world’s poorest people. Their foundation has made a major impact on global issues funding health and development, education, and advancing philanthropy.

In celebration of the his 62nd birthday, here are some of the best quotes attributed to the philanthropist.

(Giving back to the less fortunate)

“Is the rich world aware of how 4 billion of the 6 billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved.”

“The market does not drive the scientists, the communicators, the thinkers, the government to do the right things. And only by paying attention to these things, and having brilliant people who care and draw other people in, can we make as much progress as we need to.” (TED Talk, February 2009)

“I’m certainly well taken care of in terms of food and clothes. … Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point. Its utility is entirely in building an organization and getting the resources out to the poorest in the world.” (The Telegraph UK, January 18, 2013)

“Humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”

(Importance of Reading)

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”

“If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.”

(Successes and failures)

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” (Investing Answers, 2011)

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” (Forbes, March 4, 2014)

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”


LGBTQ+: California Becomes the First State in America to acknowledge a Third Gender. #ThirdGender

Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature provides for more equal rights across the spectrum

On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB179, a bill that makes the Golden State the first in the US to legally recognize a third gender.

Known as the “Gender Recognition Act,” the measure will allow residents of California to identify as male, female, or nonbinary on state issued documentation of gender identity. These most commonly come in the form of driver’s licenses and birth certificates.

Additionally, the bill will eliminate laws requiring an in-person court appearance or statement from a doctor on behalf of individuals seeking changes to their legal gender status.


Senate analysis of the bill notes that this is important for the many transgender people who lack access to transition-related healthcare.

People took to social media to applaud the passage of legislation that enshrines more equal rights for the LGBT community

In 2016, the World Health Organization released a report documenting the importance of legal gender identification for LGBTQ individuals. Their analysis suggested that the absence of such options left many in the LGBTQ community without equal legal access to resources like healthcare, education, employment, and housing.

However, in some countries outside of the US, the acceptance of nonbinary gender identification has been accepted much more readily. Indigenous cultures in Mexico, Samoa, and Madagascar have recognized the legitimacy of third-gender identification for centuries.


Earlier this year, Canada took a big step in bringing legal status to this identification by allowing Canadians to label their gender as “X” on their passports. New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, Denmark, Malta, and Australia also allow for this option.

In the UK, activists brought the issue of nonbinary legal status to the high courts, challenging the Home Office to allow for the same passport gender options as Canada. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Christie Elan-Cane, who campaigned for the last 25 years on the issue.

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are often treated as though we have no rights,” Elan-Cane told The Guardian. “The UK’s passport application process requires applicants to declare whether they are male or female. It is inappropriate and wrong that someone who defines as neither should be forced to make that declaration.’’

The Mordi Ibe Foundation campaigns on the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and achieving gender equality is goal number five.

With the signing of the Gender Recognition Act, the California governor put the state at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ equality in the US. No other state legally recognizes genders outside of female and male, although Oregon allows residents to identify their gender as “X” on their driver’s license.

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017 #EndPoverty, #GlobalGoals, #SDGs

Theme: “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski—which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty—and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The Call to Action of October 17 that was launched thirty years ago is recorded in the text on the Commemorative Stone at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris which was unveiled in the presence of 100,000 people: On the 17th of October 1987, defenders of human and civil rights from every continent gathered on this plaza. They paid homage to the victims of hunger, ignorance and violence. They affirmed their conviction that human misery is not inevitable. They pledged their solidarity with all people who, throughout the world, strive to eradicate extreme poverty.

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

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sdgs1-300x144The theme for this year’s commemoration reminds us of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and voice underscored in the Call to Action to fight to end poverty everywhere. These values are also evident in the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development which sets poverty eradication as the overarching objective and obligated all countries to end poverty in all forms, through strategies that guarantee the fulfilment of all human rights and ensure no one is left behind. The importance of public awareness, voice and the active participation of people living in extreme poverty is recognized both in the Agenda itself and in the process of consultations led by the United Nations that ensured the concerns and priorities of millions of people, especially those living in extreme poverty, were included and heard. The active participation of those living in extreme poverty will be critical to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year’s event is organized in partnership with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations.
In addition to the Commemoration in New York, celebrations of this International Day are being organized worldwide. Through resolution A/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR OCTOBER 17 Including “Message for the World Day for Overcoming Poverty & the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October 2017”

Thirty years ago, on October 17, 1987, Father Joseph Wresinski launched his historic Call to Action against extreme poverty at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris with his declaration that “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated.” This powerful message was ground-breaking because it asserted, for the first time, that poverty is not only about adequate income or meeting basic needs, but, more importantly, is also about being able to live a life in dignity and to enjoy basic human rights and freedoms. Joseph Wresinski believed, and demonstrated through his work with poor communities, that the way to break the vicious cycle of extreme poverty was to support people in their fight for their human rights.


Today, the influence of his vision is self-evident in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and the implementation of the rights-based approach to poverty eradication and development as a central plank of the United Nations’ development strategy. Every year, since the Call to Action in 1987, people from all walks of life around the world have come together on October 17 to observe the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty as an occasion to renew their commitment to answer the Call to Action and to pledge their solidarity with all people who strive to eradicate extreme poverty. This people-driven observance of a universal day for the eradication of poverty was recognized at the highest level when, in 1992, the United Nations declared October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Since then, the joint observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, has actively promoted dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities, and with society at large.

These observances have enabled people living in extreme poverty to break the silence of poverty and to act in solidarity with those who aspire to be their partners. The theme “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” that was selected to mark this auspicious year, reminds us that peace is the universal goal of all people, especially for people living in poverty who are forced to suffer the pain of exclusion, discrimination, injustice and violence.

It also reminds us that only a world free from poverty will provide the sustainable foundation for building peaceful and inclusive societies. It further reminds us of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and voice, underscored in the Call to Action, in the struggle to end poverty everywhere. These important values are embedded in the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 which recognizes that strategies to overcome extreme poverty must guarantee the fulfilment of all human rights and ensure that no one is left behind.

Agenda 2030 also recognizes the importance of mobilizing all stakeholders in the fight against poverty and promoting the full and active participation of people living in extreme poverty. However, we must not be complacent because the successful implementation of the United Nations’ ambitious agenda depends not only on our active participation but also on our constant vigilance to ensure that world leaders live up to their commitments to end poverty in all its forms and to build peaceful societies.

So, I invite you to join us as we renew our commitment to answer the Call to Action* and to stand in solidarity with all people around the world who strive to eradicate extreme poverty.

Today, we renew our pledge that no one will be left behind.

Donald Lee President, International Committee for October 17


Today on EDUCATION: Senators Join Forces in the Fight for Global Education the Aftereffect of WORLD TEACHERS DAY

The world benefits when every child has access to a quality education. And today, a bipartisan Senate resolution recognized this indisputable fact.

On World Teachers’ Day, Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Booker took a powerful stand for global education, submitting a Senate Resolution that reaffirms the United States commitment to the Global Partnership for Education.

The GPE has already affected millions of children in developing countries around the world by putting 64 million more children into primary school in 2014 than there were in 2002. GPE support to partner countries resulted in a 71% primary school completion rate in 2014, up from 56% in 2002.

With further support from donors, GPE will be able to ensure that 19 million more children complete primary school, 6.6 million more children complete lower secondary school, 1.7 million more teachers will be trained, 23,800 classrooms built, and 204 million textbooks are distributed

Senate resolution is a powerful commitment to increasing access to education

In an important stand for education, the Senate resolution affirms the leadership and commitment of “the United States Government to improving access to quality education for the poorest and most marginalized youth worldwide.” The resolution encourages continued US commitment to the GPE.

GPE is calling for $3.1 billion to support its work over the 2018-2020 period. The U.S. has made increased commitments to the GPE each year. Last year, the United States pledged $75 million to support the GPE. In 2018, the House of Representatives have requested $87.5 million in funding for GPE. We are calling on the United States to make a three-year $337.5 million pledge to GPE’s third replenishment.

Commitments made by the Senate are meaningful in the fight for education. When politicians work across the aisle, it sends a unified message to the nation and our global community: children with access to schooling create healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities and nations, and that’s something that everyone should fight for.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Cory Booker deserve a huge thank-you for their bipartisan leadership on the GPE Resolution. They listened to the voices of global citizens and took a step in the right direction for children around the world. They are true education champions.

GENDER EQUALITY: This Robot Went to the UN to Talk About Ending Inequality.

Artificial intelligence has caused Bill Gates to warn about mass job loss, Stephen Hawking to warn about human extinction, and Elon Musk to warn about apocalypse.
Despite all this gloomy prophesying, some robots just want to talk about peace.
At the United Nations earlier today, a robot named Sophia spoke about ending inequality.

“[If] we are smarter and focused on win-win type of results, A.I. could help proficiently distribute the world’s existing resources like food and energy,” she said in a conversation with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

Sophia was developed by Hanson Robotics and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” given numerous interviews, performed in concert, and been extensively photographed as a fashion icon.

The robot is the company’s most advanced model and her ideas about human society are meant to show the cognitive potential of robots and mitigate fears surrounding their deployment.

That was also the aim of the UN event where she appeared, “The future of everything,” which focused on exploring the risks and opportunities of emergent technologies.

“The influence of technology on our societies should be determined by the actions of us, humans, not by machines,” Mohammad said. “Technology is here for us to explore and use for the benefit of all.”

Far from being a threat to humanity, Sophia implied, robots can be useful partners in the effort to fight inequality and end global poverty, which Mordi Ibe Foundation campaigns on and you can read more on here .

In fact, A.I. is already ubiquitous throughout the world and is being used to improve food security, education and health outcomes, and disaster response efficacy.

By calling for resources to be shared more evenly throughout the world, Sophia is definitely a dreamer. But, ultimately, that’s what the Global Goals are all about — a better world for every human being.