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    On this day 67 years ago, December 10 1948, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a common standard for all peoples and all nations. The Declaration states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and it set out, for the first time, fundamental human….

    Imagine a United Nations forum with some 2,300 people attending from all over the world to discuss complex yet urgent business and human rights issues. It seemed almost too good to be true – to find such focus on such a crucial area. But it is, in fact, a reality, and this year, for the….

    It isn’t often that my morning starts with a speech from a President. And by often I mean never. So when Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize winner, kicked off the 2015 International Conference on Sustainable Development (IC-SD) at Columbia University in New York City with….

    Last week I represented Ericsson at the UN’s Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa. Among other things, I was able to participate in the African Development Bank’s Financial Inclusion event, be one of six business representatives at one of the official UN Round Tables, and be a panelist at the Business Forum session….

    Editor’s note: Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is attending the UN’s Financing for Development (FFD) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa. Today she writes from an official side event, Advancing Financial Inclusion in Africa through Digital Financial Services. Yesterday I participated in a super interesting panel organized by the African Development Bank about mobile financial services for the poor…..

    Editor’s note: Today we are proud to feature a dispatch from Ericsson Response volunteer Daniel Figueiredo. He writes from the Vanuatu archipelago, which was devastated by Cyclone Pam in early March. I’m writing this from Tanna Island in the Vanuatu archipelago. I arrived in Port Vila on April 14, where I met my colleague Mike….

    On approach to the airport last night, you would never suspect that anything in particular had recently happened in Kathmandu. Electricity has been restored throughout most of the city as was demonstrated by the well-lit streets and buildings. Once on the ground however, the frenzy of activity was more apparent. Flights full of relief goods,….

    Next year in Quito, Ecuador, the United Nations will hold its third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, also known as Habitat III. Habitat II was held 19 years ago, in 1996, in Istanbul, and Habitat I was held 1976.

    2015 is an important year for global sustainability. As the Millennium Development Goals conclude, the Post 2015 Development Agenda will include ambitious global Sustainable Development Goals, and negotiations on a new international climate agreement will hopefully make serious progress in Paris. Over the years I have attended, and continue to participate in, a number of….