Topics: United Nations, Malaria, Sustainability Goals, Good Business
On this episode of Solutions News, we take a look at how coordinated action has been employed by the United Nations to eradicate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. While there is still a long way to go, some of the reductions have been remarkable. We also talk about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on #16: Peace and Justice and Strong Institutions. Our guest Barbara Gaughen-Muller, discusses the UN Association Peace Prize that she inaugurated in 2017, and trumpets the various achievements of this year's nominees. (produced by Kristy Jansen)
Story #1: UN’s Efforts to Reduce Malaria Cases
This week’s first story focuses on the eradication of malaria from many parts of the world through the strong efforts of the United Nations. 92 percent of malaria cases happen in Africa, killing almost 250,000 children each year. The UN knew this was a problem they needed to address by lowering the spread and deadliness of the disease through an internationally coordinated campaign. The UN, World Health Organization, and United States as well as the AMLA, a coalition of 49 African heads of state dedicating to eradicating malaria, put in immense research to impose critical changes in many areas. The movement has seen many successes over the years, and malaria cases have plummeted because of new research, vaccines, and education.
Story #2: Sustainable Development Goals of UN
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are directed at creating a better, more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. There are 17 ambitious goals including ending world hunger and poverty. The goals span both developed and developing nations, working collectively to end widespread problems and prevent more from arising.
Story #3: Using Business to do Good
The final story this week focuses on the power of businesses and corporations to do good in the world. Rinaldo Brutoco addresses and responds to an economist’s critique of the Business Roundtable revision of the Statement of Purpose for a Corporation, a statement redefining the general goals and values (including benefitting all stakeholders) that corporations should seek out which has been signed by 181 of the world’s most prominent CEOs and business leaders.
Barbara Gaughen-Muller is an internationally known peace maker.
She is President of the United Nations Association, Santa Barbara, CA Chapter, (www.unasb.org) She is an inspirational speaker: The Time for Peace is Now! For the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations, she spoke at the UN in New York and received the Spirit of the UN award. She is the co-author of the book Revolutionary Conversations: The Tools You Need for the Success You Want, and Co-CEO of Revolutionary Conversations, LLC. On their website (www.revolutionaryconversations.net) she hosts the Power of Peace Podcasts with global peacemakers.
She is a co-founder of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace, (www.rotaryeclubofworldpeace.org) following her work on the 2016 World Peace Conference, (www.peaceconference2016.org). She continues the peace work of her late husband, Dr. Robert Muller, former UN Assistant Secretary General. They co-created 7500 Ideas for a Better World, shared daily (www.goodmorningworld.org). She is the founder of the award winning Gaughen Global Public Relations, celebrating its 25th year working for a better world. In January 2019, she received the Visioneers LifeTime Achievement Award (www.thevisioneers.ca).