Several dozen of the world's most prominent scientists sprang from their seats and left the Vatican hall where they were holding a conference on the environment in May 2014. They were bound for a meet-and-greet with Pope Francis at the modest Vatican hotel where he lives, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Read more ...

Josh Levs, CNN
Updated 11:55 AM ET, Mon April 13, 2015

Malala Yousafzai, reading her open letter to kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls to mark the anniversary of their abudction.
(CNN)On the eve of the one-year mark since nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Malala Yousafzai released an "open letter" to the girls Monday.

"Like you, I was a target of militants who did not want girls to go to school," she writes in the letter. The 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner survived an attack by the Taliban, which had singled her out for blogging from Pakistan about the importance of staying in school.

Read more ...

Unicef report finds number of children entering poverty during global recession is 2.6 million greater than number lifted out of it.

Child poverty has increased in 23 countries in the developed world since the start of the global recession in 2008, potentially trapping a generation in a life of material deprivation and reduced prospects.

A report by Unicef says the number of children entering poverty during the recession is 2.6 million greater than the number who have been lifted out of it. “The longer these children remain trapped in the cycle of poverty, the harder it will be for them to escape,” it says in Children of Recession: the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Child Wellbeing in Rich Countries.

Read more ...

Last updated on: October 13, 2014 

BENTIU— Women and children in South Sudan have been the victims of horrific sexual violence since the country plunged into conflict 10 months ago, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said after a week-long visit.

Read more ...

Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 peace prize on Friday to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. The award joined a teenage Pakistani known around the world with an Indian veteran of campaigns to end child labor and free children from trafficking.

The award was announced in Oslo by Thorbjorn Jagland, the committee’s chairman, who said: “The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”

Read more ...

The tragedy of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa extends beyond the immediate lives lost to the disease; it has impacts on a generation of youth living through the crisis — young people who in the case of Guinea are being trained to help stem the disease.

Read more ...

6 October 2014 – Urgent action is needed to refocus urban planning and to provide safe, affordable housing that is appropriate and adequate for our citizens' growing needs, senior United Nations officials said marking World Habitat Day, which is observed annually on the first Monday of October.

Read more ...

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS to reduce child mortality for the under fives by as much as two-thirds look likely to be missed in most countries, researchers have said.

The warning comes as a new report, published in The Lancet, found that the leading causes of death in this age group are preterm birth complications and pneumonia.

A US-led study of 6.3 million deaths found these two causes each accounted for 15%.

Read more ...

Page 2 of 26