UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the UN Refugee Agency announced in June. And progress seems painfully slow. More than 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related causes, and almost all of those deaths are preventable. Millions of girls are trapped in a cycle of extreme poverty, child marriage and teen pregnancy – misfortunes that perpetuate themselves across generations.
It is easy to feel resigned. But change is possible.
UNFPA has seen thousands of examples of smart, courageous, effective and positive change, from girls saving their peers from child marriage to young people dreaming up wildly new solutions to age-old problems.
Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions inspired by real people who are working every day to change the world.