Kathy CalvinPresident and CEO, the United Nations Foundation
When she was 9 years old, Jordan Freer swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco to raise money to send more than 300 anti-malaria bed nets to families in Africa. Teenager Martha Zuniga has been an advocate to protect the rights of adolescent girls worldwide, even hosting a fashion show to raise money for the cause. And Maryland high school student Jack Andraka devotes his time (when he's not in school) to finding ways to use mobile phones to diagnose diseases.
September 24, 2014 5:15 PM
Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton has announced a $600 million effort to help girls around the world enroll in secondary schools.
She unveiled the plan Wednesday at theClinton Global Initiative'sannual meeting in New York. She said that when girls have equal access to quality education in primary and secondary schools, they help break the cycle of poverty and spur economic growth.
Most are from preventable causes such as diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and complications in labour, but new research highlights success in Rwanda
More than six million children under five died last year, mostly from preventable causes and almost half in the first month of life, according to the latest UN estimates.