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Of the 17.2 million refugees that the UN Refugee Agency seeks to protect, roughly half are school-age children. But while conflict and violence is robbing them of their childhoods, many are also being denied a future, largely as a result of the international community's unfulfilled commitments to funding education for the displaced, writes Filippo Grandi.

This month, leaders from all 193 UN member states are gathering in New York City to try to assess progress on addressing some of the world’s thorniest development challenges, including ensuring quality education for all. Success will require significant new investment in local leadership, write Wendy Kopp and Dzingai Mutumbuka.

Tougher controls have already delivered results. For example, the drugs used in forced lethal injections and devices for administering electrical shocks have become much harder to obtain and more expensive. Still, there is a clear limit to what individual countries can achieve on their own.

Debts in arrears for the rent of office spaces and residence quarters are more common than the domestic help abuse and rapes in such city like Addis Ababa, home to one of the largest diplomatic representatives in the world.

Malnutrition receives less attention than most of the world’s other major challenges, yet it is one area where a relatively small investment can make the biggest difference. 

Just prior to the Brexit referendum, then-UK justice secretary Michael Gove dismissed dire warnings of an economic meltdown following a "Leave" vote by stating, "The people of this country have had enough of experts." And, indeed, the experts seemed to have been proved wrong – until now, writes Barry Eichengreen.