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  https://www.udemy.com/introduction-to-global-citizen-leadership/
 

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 https://www.endingsexualabuse.org/

Watch and share All In This Together: inspiring song to help us deal with the global pandemic.

 

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Featured story: Despite New START, nuclear modernization is speeding up

Other stories include:

  • The coronavirus pandemic is a global threat to human rights
  • Female child soldiers, the invisible victims of armed conflicts
  • Gender disparities and mobility
  • The U.S. need to boost global climate action

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Despite New START, nuclear modernization is speeding up

The U.S. announced the extension of the New START Treaty with Russia through February 4, 2026. Pentagon officials say it is “just the beginning of a larger discussion with Russia and China about placing further limits on nuclear weapons proliferation”. However, as InDepthNews reports, global nuclear modernization continues: “Russia is finishing its nuclear modernization program, China is in the midst of rapid modernization, and the U.S. is just starting its nuclear modernization program”.

Genocide Continues with Impunity

Genocides continue to take place across the world with impunity, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Hate speech, discrimination, and violence are frequently warning signs for genocides and other atrocity crimes. Proactively addressing these signs will help prevent horrible crimes from happening. “Genocide is the most heinous of crimes, encompassing all it touches in a tsunami of hate and destruction. It is an assault on our most fundamental shared values,” said UN Secretary-General Guterres in a message on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide.

Career Women and Veiling

More and more young, middle class and educated Muslim women are embracing veiling. For example, a recent survey reveals that more than 70 percent of Indonesian women wear a veil today than previous generations. The emergence of new economic opportunities is inspiring young women to abandon their domestic roles. Wearing a veil is a negotiation between the career traits of “autonomy, ambition, or disregard of traditional morality, which may conflict with social norms” and wanting to retain their reputation in society. “The religious headscarf could act as a liberating device that enables young women to navigate through certain gender norms while pursuing their aspiration to benefit from economic development.”

Youth Demand Fair Share from World Leaders

Ahead of November’s 2020 G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia, heads of youth movements and student unions challenged the wealthiest nations to correct their unequal global response to the COVID-19 pandemic by considering children’s plight. The 100 Million Campaign organization organized an online youth event titled A Fair Share for our Future. The organization is an initiative of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, which empowers young people and tackles child labor, poverty, access to education, and violence against children. “The richest governments have focused heavily on bailing out businesses and economies as part of the global COVID relief. While this must be done, it cannot be done at the expense of the world’s poorest and most marginalized children,” said Satyarthi.

A Billion People Lack an Identity

 
The World Bank reports that just under one billion people have no legal identity. Without a legal identity, they can’t open a bank account, vote, or get a loan. “A study of 15 developing nations identified 600 million people who have a smartphone but don’t have a bank account.” However, a new app by Joseph Thompson, the founder of AID:Tech, is working to change that. AID:Tech develops identity-focused solutions that enable people to own, control, and manage their own data. The new app, called DIDs, provides a standard way for individuals and organizations to create permanent, globally unique, cryptographically verifiable identifiers.

COVID-19 the Deadliest Weapon

The most powerful countries on earth claim that title because of their massive weapons arsenals. Those who have the most sophisticated fighter planes, drones, ballistic missiles, tanks, warships, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have the most power. However, COVID-19, the virus that has killed more than 1.8 million without firing a single shot, has proven to be a new deadly weapon. The world must now answer a long-feared question. Will firepower and WMDs “become obsolete if biological weapons, currently banned by a UN convention, are used in wars in a distant future?”

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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. 

Deepen your understanding

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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