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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.




Enhancing Private Investment in Clean Energy in Developing Countries

On September 21, 2009, GLCA member and former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, chaired a roundtable discussion on Financing Low Carbon Energy in Developing Countries that brought together private sector investors and public policy experts...

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Senator John Kerry and UN Foundation President Timothy Wirth Discuss Climate

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry joins UN Foundation President Timothy Wirth to discuss what needs to be done domestically, and internationally, to secure legislation and a new treaty to combat climate change.

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Sizing the Business Potential of mHealth in the Global South: A Practical Approach

Sustainable business strategies are essential to the successful scaling of mHealth projects everywhere, yet only a vanguard of companies have begun making significant investments in mHealth. This report identifies critical success factors for...

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New Priorities For Our Energy Future

Renewable energy and clean-burning natural gas are the basis of a new strategy the world needs to create a cleaner and more secure future. And the global transformation to a clean-energy economy may be the greatest economic opportunity of the 21st...

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Practical Strategies for Immediate Progress on Climate Change: Building Blocks for a Global Agreement

Forging an effective response to climate change is one of the international community???s highest priorities. Governments have pledged to conclude a global agreement under UN auspices by the end of 2009 in Copenhagen. Fortunately, the most urgent...

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Nothing But Nets 2008 Report

In 2008, supporters of the Nothing But Nets campaign have saved millions of lives. With the funds raised, the life-saving bed nets distributed, the number of supporters reached, and the raised profile of malaria, 2008 proved to be a successful...

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Climate and Natural Gas: The Opportunity

Remarks by the Honorable Timothy E. Wirth to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Strategy Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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The Economics Underlying U.S. Climate Policy Choices

Under the most reasonable assumptions, the costs and risks of not acting to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at safe levels will greatly exceed the costs of doing so. Government policies should insure against the uncertain...

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The Tale of the Fat Tail

We have tough choices ahead, but are the tools adequate? Typical cost-benefit analysis of global warming scenarios only concerns itself with the likeliest outcomes, but possible extreme events still have a good chance of occurring, swamping the...

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Win-Win Climate Negotiations

Crucial but difficult international negotiations, culminating in Copenhagen in December 2009, will establish the framework for the period following the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

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