Helping the Planet 

Examples of our efforts to address global challenges.

Climate Scorecard

Climate Scorecard’s Global Spotlight Report #15 looks at the ways in which leading greenhouse gas emitting countries collect climate change data. Support our effort to help the Paris Agreement reach its goals. Learn more

Now open: Introduction to Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course

Our acclaimed Introduction to Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course is now available as an online course at a very affordable price. The course is designed for young professionals active or interested in international development. It strengthens the ability of its participants to address global issues such as human rights, climate, change, poverty, and global peace and justice. You can take the course by registering at

Ending child sexual abuse in Liberia

TGCI is working to enable Liberian citizens and government to work together to prevent and address the problem of child sexual abuse. We make use of simple cell phone based technology that enables citizens to report an incidence of abuse and government to apprehend perpetrators and address the needs of victims. Learn more at

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Featured story: The First Global Fund for Coral Reefs

Other stories include:

  • The RGB’s of the World: 6 Amazing Women
  • Twitter is Failing Women
  • The World’s Most Innovative Economies
  • The Meaning of Covid-19 for the Planet

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The First Global Fund for Coral Reefs

For the first time, a coalition of partners convened to mobilize resources to make coral reefs more resilient. The result is the Global Fund for Coral Reefs, which seeks to raise and invest $500 million in coral reef conservation for the next decade. This first-of-its-kind fund comes during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and will support “businesses and finance mechanisms that improve the health and sustainability of coral reefs and associated ecosystems while empowering local communities and enterprises.” The post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) recognize coral reefs as critical ecosystems.”

The RGB’s of the World: 6 Amazing Women

RGB’s passing on September 18th was a loss for the world, but her legacy will transcend generations. As tributes continue to pour in, the world is reminded of other amazing women who fought and continue to fight for gender equality and human rights. This article puts a spotlight on six incredible women who have left a mark in the courtroom. Read about Gisèle Halimi (Tunisia/France), Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat (Malaysia), Lady Brenda Hale (UK), Sudha Bharadwaj (India), Joênia Wapixana (Brazil), and Arwa Al-Hujaili (Saudia Arabia).

Twitter is Failing Women

According to a new analysis by Amnesty International, Twitter is “still not doing enough to protect women from online violence and abuse,” despite Twitter’s promises to take action. In 2018, Amnesty sounded the alarm in their Toxic Twitter report called the Twitter Score Card. This card grades the social media company’s record on “implementing a series of recommendations to tackle abuse against women on the platform.” Out of the stated recommendations, Twitter has only implemented just one of ten. That is slight progress, but more needs to be done.

The World's Most Innovative Economies

 Every year the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) publishes the Global Innovation Index, which ranks 131 economies on their innovation performance. The index looks at various factors, including R&D, ICT, and knowledge and technology outputs. For the 10th consecutive year, Switzerland takes the top spot. Sweden and then the US complete the top three. Switzerland scores well across all the seven measured areas with a strong R & D expenditure performance and an innovative business sector.

The Meaning of Covid-19 for the Planet

Experts agree that the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-lasting ramifications even after the immediate threat ends. In this article, seven experts weigh in on what the pandemic means for the planet. One perspective is that COVID-19 may have reduced air pollution levels, but that doesn’t mean the climate change crisis is resolved. Another is that single-use plastics are on the rise, as the role of plastics becomes increasingly important to keeping people safe.  Another perspective is that millions of people will be driven into poverty because of COVID-19’s economic fallout.

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The Global Perspective Series

The series, written by TGCI Director Ron Israel, examples different global issues from the perspective of  What would the whole world do?  In other words, how could this issue best be addressed if we take the interest of the entire planet into account.

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Global Citizen Blog

A monthly blog on global citizenship and collaboration written by experts in different fields.

Country Global Citizenship Report Card

See the status of your country’s ability to collaborate with others. 

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What you need to know about the events, activities, and ideas that are shaping our world.

Different Ways of Looking at the World

Connectivity Atlas

Infrastructure connects us and defines us. The roads, pipelines and Internet cables that deliver our services also shape our opportunities, our vulnerabilities, and our identities. Political and geographic maps abound – yet there are few useful, elegant maps of the complex infrastructure that ties us. The Connectivity Atlas invites you to explore the shapes and lines that advance our global connectedness. We believe that great insight lies in these maps.

Population Cartogram

Our World in Data developed this cartogram for the world population in 2018 to show how living conditions around the world are changing. The cartogram is made up of squares, each of which represents half a million people of a country’s population. The 11.5 million Belgians are represented by 23 squares; the 49.5 million Colombians are represented by 99 squares; the 1.415 billion people in China are represented by 2830 squares; and this year’s entire world population of 7.633 billion people is represented by the total sum of 15,266 squares. Visit the site to learn more about how global living conditions are changing.

Quote of the month

The coronavirus pandemic is “just a fire drill” for what is likely to follow from the climate crisis, and the protests over racial injustice around the world show the need to tie together social equality, environmental sustainability and health, the UN’s sustainable business chief has said. “The overall problem is that we are not sustainable in the ways we are living and producing on the planet today,” said Lise Kingo, the executive director of the UN Global Compact. “The only way forward is to create a world that leaves no one behind.”


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