Ahead of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migration, several key people in the refugee rights field met at the Social Good Summit in New York to talk about the crisis at hand. The commentary highlights how dire the situation...
"We have pretty ironclad evidence that social media can help people take down bad governments," said Tomicah Tilleman, US State Department senior adviser for civil society and emerging democracies. "But can social media help replace those regimes with better governments?"
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and developer of microfinance and microcredit, spoke about the power of technology and innovation to lift people out of poverty at the Social Good Summit on Saturday.
In the midst of World War II, Polish Underground member Jan Karski was traveling throughout Europe and to the U.S., trying to convince with political leaders like President Franklin D. Roosevelt to intervene on behalf of Jews being slaughtered in the Holocaust. No one wanted to help.
The African diaspora has had an enormous impact on the continent in recent years. As doctors, nurses, lawyers and engineers have left their home countries, their skills have gone with them. But although those emigrants may have moved thousands of miles away, they are still very much tied to their homelands.
The UN Dispatch team is covering a host of conferences in New York City this week, including the Social Good Summit which kicked off today. If you are in New York, come by to the 92Y and say 'hi.' If you are anywhere else in the world, you can follow the conversation online.