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Saturday 21 March, 2020 World Down’s syndrome day

Dear Parents, This is fun for all the family and just what we need at the moment. Saturday 21st March is World Down’s syndrome day.  You can show your support by wearing odd s...Read more »

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled a life journey that commenced with me experiencing everything that the corporate world had to offer, and when I write everything, I mean &...Read more »

António Guterres: Read the UN Secretary-General’s Davos speech in full

Thank you very much to all of you for being here. If I had to select one sentence to describe the state of the world, I would say we are in a world in which global challenges are mo...Read more »

Get involved in your community and make the most of life in Brussels

Feeling like an insider instead of an outsider is the best thing that can happen to an expat living abroad. One way of stepping out of the bubble is by getting involved in your communit...Read more »

The Global Travel Podcast Channel

Well-travelled people who immerse themselves in the local culture, and environment and who engage with the people who live there. They have the skills to express their experiences throu...Read more »


The UN Secretary-General’s vision sets an imperative to ensure that a UN development system strongly emphasizes leadership, accountability, collaboration, efficiency and results as en...Read more »

Listening to people’s voices in Tanzania

Mobile and online surveys are inspiring a new focus on communications and advocacy for the United Nations in Tanzania, where listening to people’s voices is a priority in our efforts ...Read more »

activists making Pride Month last the whole year round

Pride Month this year has been filled with landmark moments for LGBTI rights and celebrations of inclusivity. Botswana decriminalized gay sex, Ecuador approved same-sex marriage, and...Read more »

What just happened? 5 top stories from our ASEAN summit 2018

From trade to humanitarian tragedy, nukes to unicorns, the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 covered a swathe of topics in three hazy days in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Here are some of the big...Read more »

Helen Keller – A Source of Inspiration

Helen Keller It was a cold winter afternoon in 1920. A large number of people were waiting outside an exhibition hall in the city of New York to purchase tickets. Inside the hall, the ...Read more »

5 lessons for social entrepreneurs on how to change the system

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship manages the largest network of late-stage social entrepreneurs in the world. Yet when you talk to most entrepreneurs in our community,...Read more »

World Environment Day – 5 June 2018

A Platform for Action World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in...Read more »

United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development | 21 May

Why does cultural diversity matter? Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stabi...Read more »

We’re not suffering from a lack of morality. We have too much

In this series, we have invited philosophers to write about what they consider to be the greatest moral challenge of our time, and how we should address it. It would be easy to conclude...Read more »

5 Reasons Why Diversity is Important in the 21st Century

Diversity comes in many forms: gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture, socioeconomic background, etc. All of these contribute to an individual’s unique experience o...Read more »

New technologies must create jobs, not destroy them

Every industrial revolution – even as it brings disruptions – ultimately delivers more jobs, opportunity and progress, connecting people even more closely to the world around them....Read more »

3 ways AI could help our mental health

Mental health difficulties affect around 1 in 5 adults at least once in their lifetime in the United States. But it’s not just the US. Poor mental health is a global issue, wit...Read more »

17 Goals to Transform Our World

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force...Read more »

Diaspora workers already send money home – could they send knowledge?

Written by Ronit Avni, Founder, Localized The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum. It’s a classic immigrant story: a you...Read more »

Three ways to improve trust in the digital economy

This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting The digital economy is one of the few growth certainties in an uncertain world. But the pace of this growth will not b...Read more »

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September

Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace – a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere ...Read more »

5 things you need to know about the global pension crisis

At what age are you planning to retire? Do you have enough saved up to do so? Two simple questions, but the answers are not so simple. Depending on where you live, you could have ...Read more »

Erasmus works but needs to be promoted more

By Łukasz Lewandowski | The EU’s study and work abroad programmes are a boon for the economy but more should be done to ensure equality and offer opportunities to those o...Read more »

15-hour weeks, basic income and doughnuts. Are these the big ideas that could end inequality?

At an unusually divisive time for politics in the West, there’s one thing most people can agree on: the economy is not working well enough, for enough people. Right now, just 1% of th...Read more »

Google Rolls Out ‘Fact Check’ Tool to Combat Fake News Worldwide

After “fake news” became such a popular topic during the election season, Google rolled out a fact checking program in October to verify the accuracy of American news articles. In t...Read more »

We don’t trust the internet. And it’s putting our digital future at risk

Digital technology is a defining feature of modern life. In 2016, there were 3.4 billion internet users and 3.8 billion unique mobile users. On average, people spend six hours a day onl...Read more »

1,000 global leaders just met in Buenos Aires. Here are the highlights

This article is part of the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2017 Written by Stéphanie Thomson Editor, World Economic Forum If yesterday was about analysing the challenges facing ...Read more »

Start-ups won’t save the economy. But ‘scale ups’ could

Although the notion that entrepreneurship benefits society has attained broad currency in Latin America and elsewhere, confusion reigns: Latin America’s leaders variously promote entr...Read more »

The best countries in Europe for using renewable energy

The share of renewables energy used in the EU has risen to almost 17% in 2015. That’s double the 2004 share of 8.5%, and within range of the 2020 target of 20%. Two years after the fi...Read more »


By Alison – March 15, 2016 (Updated: February 28, 2016) Belgium is a country known for its stunning architecture. Today we share our top 12 most magical castles to visit in Flande...Read more »


By Alison – February 7, 2017 (Updated: February 10, 2017) For the past year and a half, we’ve been re-discovering my home province of New Brunswick, Canada. We’ve re-visited s...Read more »

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian’s? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi...Read more »

Don’t give up on Europe

“Europe is uninvestable,” a fund manager declares, while carving a slice of roast lamb over dinner in Mayfair, London. “With Marine Le Pen in France, Brexit and populists all over...Read more »


OUR MISSION, OUR PASSION Since 1997, people have turned to the Good News Network® as an antidote to the barrage of negativity experienced in the mainstream media. Because of its long h...Read more »

Women worldwide are missing out. This is how we can make economic growth equal for all

This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 Glaring gaps in prosperity worldwide have prompted a growing consensus that economic growth must benefit all socio-e...Read more »

Imagination Club

The Imagination Club is a group dedicated to experimentation in life-long learning and training. We provide facilitators and trainers with a platform for experimenting with new ideas, n...Read more »

Homelessness in Brussels still on the rise and ‘EU should take note’

Martin Banks takes a cold, hard look at the homeless situation in Brussels December 2016. Original article can be found here> A cursory look at the streets, traffic lights and intersec...Read more »

Digital economy and Society – World Economic Forum

How can private-public collaboration realize digital technology’s potential to benefit humankind? The exponential growth in digitization and internet connectivity is the backbone of ...Read more »
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