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The United Nations (UN) has said that the World Food Program faces today its worst challenge since WWII, with five top-level humanitarian crises to attempt to address. Jim Morris served as Executive Director of the UN World Food Program from 2002 to 2007, the largest humanitarian agency in the...
Sir Robert Tony Watson is a British chemist who has been described by the New York Times as "an outspoken advocate of the idea that human actions—mainly burning coal and oil—are contributing to global warming and must be changed to avert environmental upheavals." He has chaired, co-chaired or...
With support from organizations such as the Omidyar Network, Esra’a Al Shafei has become a leading internet activist in the Middle East. She is founder of Migrant-Rights, which aims to improve the quality of life for domestic workers in the Middle East. Based in Bahrain, Al Shafei grew up appalled...
Kurdish filmmakers Shara Amin and Nabaz Ahmed spent 10 years on the roads of Kurdistan speaking to women and men about the impact of female genital mutilation (FGM) on their lives, their children and their marriages. "It took a lot of time to convince them to speak to us. This was a very taboo...
Richard Mattison is the CEO of Trucost, an environmental accounting firm that works with companies, governments, and investors to quantify the economic costs and benefits of actions. Since its founding in 2000, Trucost has run hundreds of analyses using its proprietary economic models. Their data...
by Joseph Fiksel The annual Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum has changed significantly over the years. It seems that our understanding of global risks keeps evolving—they are complex, highly interdependent, and difficult to quantify. Since Swiss Re is involved in producing...
Dr. Simon A. Levin, the George M. Moffett professor of biology at Princeton University, has recently been honored with the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his work "revealing the complexity of, and relationships between, species and ecosystems." Over his long and distinguished...
Raquel Castaneda Lopez, 32, is a first-term city councilwoman from Detroit, and is an example of the many young people pushing to revitalize Detroit through a sustainable approach. Castaneda has a BA from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in social work from the University of...
Turkey’s successful overhaul of its healthcare system to include universal coverage and improved services is receiving international plaudits. Once a primarily public system plagued with long lines, inadequate training, and heavy bureaucracy, Turkey has created a hybrid public/private system that...
Juliet Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her PhD in economics at the...