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If this adorable video of Ilya with the lovely Longford Rose Marie Brady doesn't put you in good spirits for the weekend, we don't know what will!
Thanks again to this year's exceptional Roses and Escorts for bringing big smiles to the children's little faces.

Rose of Tralee International Festival


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‘I’m so happy to get involved in the StreetGames and Mencap sports programme. It is so much fun to try new things and make new friends, and I’m excited to learn new skills to become a Sport Leader!' says Tom.

Mencap is proud to collaborate with StreetGames to train people with a Learning Disability to become sports leaders, and you can find out more about StreetGames via BBC One Lifeline this Sunday – presented by Olympic hero Greg J Rutherford! You can watch at 1.50pm, or catch the replay on iPlayer at the link below! https://bbc.in/2PeCDTK

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La crisis climática es la amenaza más grande de la humanidad, advierte el príncipe Carlos

“Estamos en medio de una crisis”.



Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
La crisis climática es un asunto urgente. Sus efectos se sienten a menudo en todo el mundo por medio de desastres naturales, contaminación del aire, y el aumento del nivel del mar. El objetivo global #13 se enfoca en combatir el cambio climático por medio de la educación, innovación y el compromiso. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.


Durante un panel del Foro Económico Mundial (WEF por sus siglas en inglés) en Davos en Suiza el pasado 21 de enero, el príncipe británico, Carlos, se comprometió ante los líderes mundiales a tomar acción inmediata para ayudar a combatir el cambio climático y salvar el planeta.

Refiriéndose al cambio climático como una de las amenazas más grandes de la humanidad, el Duque de Cornwall le hizo un llamado a los líderes mundiales y políticos a tomar una acción revolucionaria para crear un futuro más sostenible.

“En este momento estamos en medio de una crisis y espero que comprendamos la magnitud” dijo Carlos. “El calentamiento global, el cambio climático y la pérdida devastadora de biodiversidad son las mayores amenazas a la que la humanidad se ha enfrentado y una que ha sido principalmente creada por nosotros”.

El príncipe de Gales ha sido vocero del medio ambiente por años hablando con los líderes del mundo sobre el impacto devastador que el cambio climático ha tenido. En junio del 2019, se presentó ante los ministros de asuntos de exterior de la Mancomunidad Británica en una recepción en el Clarence House donde advirtió que los próximos 18 meses serán críticos para la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Ofreciendo algunas soluciones económicas, Carlos pidió a los líderes mundiales terminar con la evasión de impuestos por parte las industrias de combustibles fósiles y sugirió la implementación de precios de carbono y la afluencia de inversiones ecológicas.

“¿De qué sirve toda la riqueza adicional que el mundo posee si no puedes hacer nada y mirar como nuestro planeta se va quemando y se encuentra en condiciones catastróficas?” dijo Carlos durante el WEF.

También le hizo un llamado a los gobiernos y empresas a describir detalladamente cómo planean lograr el objetivo de tener cero emisiones de carbón para el 2050, un objetivo planteado por el acuerdo de París.

“¿Queremos ser recordados como la gente que no hizo absolutamente nada para recuperar a nuestro planeta cuando verdaderamente pudimos haber hecho algo?” dijo Carlos.

Durante su discurso, el príncipe presentó la iniciativa para la construcción de mercados sostenibles en la cual busca motivar a los líderes del mundo a que apuesten por una economía sin carbón con mercados sostenibles.

Carlos resaltó sus planes de negociar con los líderes durante todo el año para conversar sobre el impacto que cada industria tiene en el cambio climático y asistirá a varios eventos mundiales como lo ha hecho en la conferencia del cambio climático de las naciones unidas o la COP26 en Glasgow, Escocia.

“Todo lo que he tratado de hacer en los últimos 50 años lo he hecho pensando en nuestros hijos y nietos porque no quiero que nos acusen y piensen que no hicimos nada al respecto” dijo Carlos. “ Sin embargo,  ya nos están acusando”.

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NOV. 21, 2017



NASA Time-Lapse Video Shows Stunning Effects of Climate Change

The Earth is a living, breathing planet.

Climate change can be hard to recognize up-close, on a human scale — the storms, floods, and heat waves it causes can seem, on a year-to-year basis, like slightly more intense versions of past events

If you zoom out, however, the effects of climate change become more apparent.

That’s what NASA has been doing for decades now. Through its satellites, particularly the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), the US space agency is able to track planetary-scale events over long periods of time.

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And then through the collapsing magic of time-lapse videos, all that information becomes startlingly comprehensible to the untrained eye.

For the 20th anniversary of the SeaWiFS satellite, NASA recently released a time-lapse compilation of the global footage it gathered.

“These are incredibly evocative visualizations of our living planet,” said Gene Carl Feldman, an oceanographer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in a press release. “That’s the Earth, that is it breathing every single day, changing with the seasons, responding to the Sun, to the changing winds, ocean currents and temperatures."

The short video shows continental and ocean-wide changes occurring, visible as shifting concentrations of color. Some of the changes are of the seasonal variety, such as plants coming back to life in the spring. Others are stoked by accumulating carbon in the atmosphere.


Read More: These Are 5 Conflicts That Were Made Worse By Climate Change

As the ocean warms and absorbs more carbon, for example, the bedrock of the marine food chain is being threatened — microscopic phytoplankton.

“As the surface waters warm, it creates a stronger boundary between the deep, cold, nutrient-rich waters and the sunlit, generally nutrient-poor surface waters,” Feldman said in the press release.

As a result, phytoplankton are often unable to receive nutrients and “biological deserts” form.

“It’s not just the amount of food, it’s the location and timing that are just as critical,” Feldman added. “Spring bloom is coming earlier, and that’s going to impact the ecosystem in ways we don’t yet understand.”

These changes are expected to cause reactions across marine ecosystems, according to NASA.

On land, one of the most visually striking sequence of images took place in Alaska. Some of the state’s biggest forest fires in history occurred in 2004 and 2015, NASA notes.

Read More: The Climate Catastrophe in Alaska Nobody Is Talking About

“These fires were amazing in the amount of forest area they burned and how hot they burned, ”said Chris Potter, a research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the press release. “When the air temperature hits 90 degrees Fahrenheit in late May up there, and all these lightning strikes occurred, the forest burned very extensively — close to rivers, close to villages — and nothing could stop it.”

Ultimately, the 20 years worth of images distill the slow-moving, sometimes irrevocable, changes that are happening to the planet and they could serve as a wake-up call, especially in the US, where climate action remains a stubbornly partisan issue.

Earlier in the year, the US was battered by three powerful hurricanes that gave a glimpse of the future of climate change — more extreme storms — and prompted enormous relief efforts.

Read More: 15,372 Scientists Just Signed a Letter Calling Climate Change Impact ‘Catastrophic’

Real-time disasters can serve as catalysts for policy change. But taking the long-view, as NASA does, provides more solid footing for action.

Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals, which call on countries to mitigate climate change. You can take action on this issue here.

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‘She has brought so much joy and laughter into our lives and has grown into a gorgeous, funny young woman with the world at her feet.’

Kennedy had proven those doctors wrong big style! She has a fantastic life with plenty of successes, a wonderful boyfriend and so many friends. 
Nothing will stop her from achieving. 👊


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Kenyan health app catches UNICEF's eye and is set to reap $250k to go towards empowering African school girls

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Kenyan health app caughts UNICEF's eye and is set to reap $250k to go towards empowering African girls. (Unicef USA)Kenyan health app caughts UNICEF's eye and is set to reap $250k to go towards empowering African girls. (Unicef USA)

  • On Monday, Duke University and UNICEF announced that Lily health has been awarded a spot in the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator.
  •  The accelerator program aims to support social enterprises tackling the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world. 
  • Lily health is a digital health startup that gives over 120,000 women in Kenya their own personal health advisor via Whatsapp and Messenger.

On Monday, Duke University and UNICEF announced that Lily health, a digital health startup that gives over 120,000 women in Kenya their own personal health advisor via Whatsapp and Messenger, has been awarded a spot in the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator.

Among many other things, the accelerator program aims to support social enterprises tackling the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world.

Lily health will join five other social enterprises in the Innovation Accelerator program to develop and scale innovations that are addressing menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) in East Africa and beyond.

We are thrilled to be part of the Duke Unicef Innovation Accelerator. We see it both as a confirmation of our hard work thus far and an opportunity to leverage world class expertise to scale Lily to millions of women,” said MacGregor, Co-Founder of Lily Health.


MacGregor, Co-Founder of Lily Health. (George Tubei)MacGregor, Co-Founder of Lily Health. (George Tubei)

As one of the nominees, UNICEF will pump $50-250K (Sh25 million) on expert resources for Lily health app. Through the Innovation Accelerator’s two-year program, the entrepreneurs will have access to a multitude of resources, including UNICEF subject matter experts, mentorship opportunities, Duke University faculty and students, monthly capacity building webinars, and a week-long residency at the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E).


On April 3rd this year, Duke will host a global conference of social entrepreneurs, academics, philanthropists, business leaders, activists, and students. (duke university)On April 3rd this year, Duke will host a global conference of social entrepreneurs, academics, philanthropists, business leaders, activists, and students. (duke university)

On April 3rd this year, Duke will host a global conference of social entrepreneurs, academics, philanthropists, business leaders, activists, and students. This summit will spotlight the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator entrepreneurs in conversation with other experts and practitioners on the front lines of social innovation and international development.

“We look forward to hosting this extraordinary group of entrepreneurs on the Duke campus for an intensive residency where we will connect them into expertise, resources, and mentorship across the Duke innovation system,” said Jon Fjeld, director of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E). “Duke has a long history of educating and supporting social entrepreneurs, and we are proud to partner with UNICEF to maximize the impact of these important social enterprises.”


Lily health Kenya. (courtesy)Lily health Kenya. (courtesy)

The innovators’ solutions – which range from digital apps, to reusable and disposable pads, to community health models – all aim to strengthen menstrual health, hygiene, and management while tackling pervasive cultural taboos and educational barriers surrounding menstruation.

As adolescent girls enter puberty and begin to menstruate, many face challenges at school and at home that can lead to stress, shame, embarrassment, confusion, and fear. These challenges may include a lack of knowledge about menstruation, insufficient access to menstrual hygiene materials, and inadequate WASH facilities for girls so they can change in a private space and discreetly dispose of used menstrual materials.

By emphasizing local solutions and putting girls at the fore, the Innovation Accelerator cohort will collectively bring much-needed MHH solutions to girls and in turn, help empower the next generation of women to be healthy, happy, and educated.

Source: Pulse Live Kenya

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Good global health can help us end extreme poverty

19 February 2020 4:07PM UTC | By: ROBYN DETORO


Tell world leaders to invest in life-saving vaccines

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Globally, rates of extreme poverty are declining. But, that positive progress isn’t reflected when we examine poverty rates at a regional level. 70% of the world’s poorest live in Africa and forecasts indicate that “by 2030, nearly 9 in 10 extremely poor people will live in sub-Saharan Africa.”

So, how can we change this? One key way to stem poverty is to invest in key interventions that will enable people to live healthy and productive lives, like vaccines.

The power of vaccines

Vaccines are tiny, cost-effective interventions that take just moments to administer and provide a child with lifelong immunity against some of the world’s most infectious diseases. But more broadly, vaccinations can help prevent people from slipping into poverty.

Studies report that vaccines administered between 2016 and 2030 will help prevent 24 million people in 41 of the world’s poorest countries from falling into poverty. How? It’s pretty straightforward.


Why does this ⬇️⬇️ matter? Quite simply, it’s because vaccines are a tiny intervention with a mighty impact. How mighty? In the world’s poorest countries, vaccines help prevent people from slipping into poverty. ❤️🙌🏾#VaccinesWork

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Here's how it works: 🧒🏽 vaccinating kids = ❤️ healthier kids = 🎓 more time in school = 👩🏾‍🚀 better jobs = 💰 more income = 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 stronger communities = 💪🏾 less poverty. #VaccinesWork



Ultimately, the less time kids spend at home sick, the more time they can spend in school and the more time parents have to go to work and earn an income. Let’s explore this a bit more.

Being healthy is economical for everyone

At a community level, healthier kids help economies grow by increasing a family’s ability to save income and spend at local businesses. For families living in low- and middle-income countries, the time spent generating income instead of taking care of sick children could result in additional income to spend or save.

A study in 2011 predicted that increased rates of vaccination against pneumonia, meningitis, rotavirus, pertussis, measles, and malaria would save $6.2 billion in treatment costs. That’s money that could be put towards things like education, healthy food, and savings. Thanks to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the study’s prediction is becoming a reality.

Besides the economic benefits, the effect of healthier children is undeniable. Children who get sick less often attend school more frequently and achieve better test results. Ultimately, this helps prepare kids to enter adulthood with better employment and earning prospects. Vaccination is a key part of the cycle we need to perpetuate to end extreme poverty.

How we can make sure kids get immunised

If we want to raise a healthier generation of kids, we need to ensure they’re able to access vaccinations no matter where they live. That’s why we’re supporting Gavi this year.

Gavi has already helped to protect an entire generation of kids. In just two decades, they’ve immunised over 760 million kids. If they are fully funded this year, they can help immunise another 300 million kids by 2023.

To make sure they can continue their incredible work, we need you to tell your world leaders to take action. Join us now.

Tell world leaders to invest in life-saving vaccines

Every child deserves protection against killer diseases like pneumonia, measles, and polio. This only takes one simple tool – immunisation.Please play your part to support this life-saving work by fully funding Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With a $7.4 billion replenishment, we can help give another 300 million children a better start in life.

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