Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University
The Hilton Stadtpark hotel, in Vienna, Austria, was buzzing with interfaith dialogue for a full week from November 18. The year-old KAICIID -- King King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue - held a global forum, followed immediately by the Global Assembly of Religions for Peace, the ninth in a series of such events over its 43-year history. Each meeting gathered hundreds of people, from far corners of the world, and costs were clearly well in the millions of dollars. Many basked in the chance to meet and hear interesting and sometimes inspiring people and to test out ideas and dreams. Many also wrestled with questions about what could truly be achieved through such gatherings.
UNITED NATIONS December 11, 2013 (AP)
By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press
Nearly 230 million children under the age of five around the world have never had their birth registered, which often means they will be barred from education, health care and social security, the U.N. children's agency said.
A report by UNICEF to mark its 67th birthday on Wednesday said globally that amounts to one in three children under five.
November 29, 2013
GENEVA — The United Nations warned Friday that many Syrian children are suffering from psychological stress, are not in school, and are living separately from parents as a result of the nearly three year-long crisis.
5 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the millions of young volunteers around the world who are acting globally for social change, marking this year's International Volunteer Day.
SEOUL: North Korea has increased food production for a third straight year, but malnutrition remains widespread, UN agencies say, voicing particular concern over stunting in children.
Failures in the state distribution system means families increasingly rely on unofficial markets and bartering to feed themselves, according to a nationwide assessment published yesterday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme.