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Publications & Speeches

To meet this millennium’s tough global challenges we must be armed with good ideas. As such, the UN Foundation frequently enlists both internal experts and external thought leaders to produce publications that better illuminate the challenges we face and present fresh ideas for meeting those challenges.  Our publications, ranging from the seminal Sigma-Xi report on climate change to our survey of the use of mobile technology among NGOs, can be found below.




Scaling Up Low-Carbon Infrastructure Investments in Developing Countries

The Critical Mass Initiative was created in early 2010 to catalyze private investment for low-carbon infrastructure in developing countries. This initiative convened a community of institutional investors, asset managers, development banks, donor...

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Celebrate, Innovate and Sustain: Toward 2015 and Beyond - The United States' Strategy for Meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals

Obama Administration officials unveiled the U.S. Government's strategy for advancing the Millennium Development Goals on July 30, 2010, with an emphasis on innovative and sustainable approaches to the world's most urgent challenges, during a...

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Timothy E. Wirth's Remarks at the Energy Efficiency Forum

In a June 16 speech to United States Energy Association/Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Forum, United Nations Foundation President Tim Wirth emphasized five crucial components that should form the cornerstones of a new energy policy for the...

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Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development

Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development shows that girls' insights in development increase impact and effectiveness. These five actions will help make the unheard heard.

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Helping the UN Help Haiti

The UN Foundation continues to focus on helping the UN help Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake. We appreciate the generosity of the thousands of people who have joined us in helping Haitians rebuild.

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Timothy E. Wirth Addresses Colorado Oil and Gas Association

UN Foundation President Tim Wirth addressed the annual conference of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association on Thursday, July 8, focusing on the crucial role that natural gas can play in the new energy economy. He challenged the industry to...

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Barriers and Gaps Affecting mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries

Commissioned by the mHealth Alliance and written by The Earth Institute at Columbia University, the policy paper "Barriers and Gaps Affecting mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries" provides an in-depth analysis of the current challenges and...

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UN Report: Energy for a Sustainable Future

This year, in September, world leaders will meet at the United Nations to assess progress on the Millennium Development Goals and to chart a course of action for the period leading up to the agreed MDG deadline of 2015. Later in the year,...

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Economic Impacts of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The UN climate change negotiations have shown that unless the United States commits to the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed in order to limit global warming, other nations will not do so. Without this international cooperation, all...

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Government should defend climate science

The status quo has many guardians, but the future is an orphan. From our out-of-control health care system to lax banking regulation, vested financial interests are having a field day distorting the facts in service of another year's or decade's...

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