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Land Matters for Food and Nutrition Security

The House Hunger Caucus, in collaboration with InterAction and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, hosted the third event in an international food and nutrition security briefing series, “What’s Food Got to Do with It?” on Monday, September 28, 2015 with a panel discussion entitled, “A Field of One’s Own: Land Rights as a Driver of Productivity and Improved Nutrition.”

In Addition to Aid, Syrian Refugees Need Livelihoods

Khadija arrived in Jordan two years ago at 29 years old with her infant son.  She came to meet her husband who had defected from the Syrian government early in the war. Colleagues at work warned her that she was in danger from the authorities, so she packed up and left overnight. Now living in Zarqa, a poor Jordanian city teeming with factories and crumbling apartment blocks, she is looking for work.

The Time Is Now: Delivering on the SDG Agenda

There's no way around feelings of euphoria today.

World Leaders at the United Nations are ringing in a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that promise to end extreme poverty and the scourge of hunger and preventable deaths of infants and children around the world.

At the same time, the Pope is calling for solidarity with the most deprived and those displaced by conflict and climate change.

We're Not Done Yet: The Road to Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Less than a decade ago, HIV positive women like Martha Cameron from Kitwe, Zambia, had little hope of having healthy children. Today, Martha and others like her are not only staying healthy, but also having healthy babies.

Instability and assault on the poor require us to respond

In his clarion call to action on climate change, Pope Francis echoes the statements and sentiments of many religious leaders and church bodies.

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

This month, leaders from 193 countries will gather in New York City to formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs, it’s critical to acknowledge how they differ. The MDGs rest on an older model of development – richer nations provide development assistance to poorer countries.

“Today, I am going to die” — A Syrian refugee's story

Ahmed’s hands hovered over the tea cups and he paused, sucking in his breath. When he spoke, it was barely above a whisper. “That’s when I surrendered myself,” he said. “To this certainty: today, I am going to die.”

Ahmed, 32, is a Syrian refugee living in northern Lebanon with his family. Just a few years ago, he was working at a prominent job and living in his own home with his wife and two children, busy, successful, and satisfied.