Global Issues Links
American Red Cross
Learn about the work of the Red Cross in disaster relief, first aid, humanitarian issues, violence and abuse prevention, and more. Contact your local Red Cross chapter to become part of the Junior Red Cross.
Brings emergency relief to people living in poor conditions and supports and implements development projects and relief efforts around the world in hopes of overcoming poverty. There are a number of projects for volunteers to get involved in.
Dedicated to holding corporations accountable on a global scale. Search the site for information on a company you are researching and check out the hands-on Corporate Research Guide for further tips. While you’re there, peruse the latest campaigns and actions.
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières
Learn how doctors all over the world are volunteering their services in emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and disasters. Read stories from the field and learn about their latest campaigns.
Global Citizens for Change
Aims to better inform, educate and prepare educators, their students and prospective volunteers, through virtual means, about global education issues and volunteering in developing countries. Check out the web links and resources on a variety of topics, including human rights, the environment, peace and volunteering overseas.
Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They welcome all people to join them to build simple, decent and affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. To get involved, search their site to find a local habitat affiliate near you.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
This policy research website is a great place to access information about a range of sustainability issues. Check out the SD-Cite Research Library or Publications Centre to conduct research on the environment, security, trade, natural resources and more.
Read the latest New Internationalist magazine online and peruse back issues through an extensive topic index. Click onto “country profiles” for further information and be sure to check out NI actions to find out how you can help.
Action Without Borders, or Idealist.org, connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed. Their work is guided by the common desire of their members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.
Connect with an online network of individuals and organizations from around the world consolidating information, campaigns and solidarity.
www.oxfam.org and www.maketradefair.com
An international development agency committed to social and economic justice. These excellent websites feature information and campaigns about food security, sweatshops, education and much more, accompanied by ready-to-use workshop kits, pamphlets and campaigns. Check out the “Make Trade Fair” site and join the “Big Noise.”
People and Planet
At this site, you can meet other student activists working on world poverty, human rights and the environment.
Focuses on peace, social change and the environment in the context of democracy and voting. The Portal section has some neat information. Learn to participate in democracy in order to keep it working.
United Nations Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The main goal of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication. One way to help out is by becoming a member of a UNESCO club in the United States or joining a UNESCO project.
United Nations: Cyberschoolbus
The online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project. The website educates youth on the various concerns and activities of the United Nations. There are fantastic sections on peace education, poverty, human rights and other global issues.
United Nations Homepage
Visit the main UN homepage for background information on this global institution and UN Millennium Development Goals. Click on Peace and Security to learn about the UN’s important contributions to a culture of peace.
United Nations Development Program
An excellent resource for research on global issues. Check out the latest Human Development Report for statistical indicators indexed by country on life expectancy, health, education, and more (listed at the end of each report). Compare your findings to other countries and earlier reports.
World Health Organization
This information hub for global health-related issues is an excellent source of research. This site features an extensive index of issues organized under health topics and country profiles. Check out the “World Report on Violence and Health” to explore the connection between these domains.
World Savvy Monitor
The World Savvy Monitor is designed and written for educators, but is a universal tool for deepening content knowledge of world issues. It provides background, context, and perspectives to help understand the conversation in the global community.
Visit this humanitarian organization’s website and check out their links for Youth under “Get involved,” which includes how to become part of the international youth movement to fight hunger.
Home to State of the World publications and leading research on global issues, this site provides volumes of well-researched, practical, up-to-date information related to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society. Topics include: sustainable economies, health, urbanization, water, biodiversity, consumption, security, alternative energy sources, transportation and much more.
Provides information for youth about the global issues that matter to them. Check out the research, knowledge and experience gathered by World Bank experts on various global issues such as AIDS, globalization, health, the environment, the Millennium Development Goals, and more.
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