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Iceland Announces Male-Only U.N. Conference On Women, Gender Equality

Associated Press: Iceland announces men-only U.N. meeting on women “Iceland is announcing a U.N. conference on women and gender equality — and only men and boys are invited. The country’s foreign affairs minister told the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Monday that the January ‘barbershop’ conference will be…

Obama Signs Executive Order To Strengthen Climate Resilience In U.S. Development Efforts, Announces New Partnerships

Media sources report on the U.N. Climate Summit, President Obama’s executive order requiring federal agencies to address climate resilience in all U.S. development projects, and the U.S. announcement of its participation in new climate change partnerships. Inter Press Service: Obama Mandates Climate Resilience in All U.S. Development Projects “All international development…

Sexual, Reproductive Rights Essential To Sustainable Development, UNFPA Head Says

Inter Press Service: Sexual & Reproductive Rights are Human Rights, Says UNFPA Head “Addressing a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Executive Director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said ……

USAID Asking ‘Right Questions’ To Reach Goal Of Ending Extreme Poverty

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: USAID’s Frontiers in Development Asks More Questions than It Answers … and That’s a Good Thing CGD Senior Policy Analyst Casey Dunning discusses her experience at USAID’s Frontiers in Development conference, “a two-day smorgasbord of keynotes, panels, roundtables, and an Innovation Marketplace…

Climate Change Must Be At Center Of Development Agenda

The following opinion pieces discuss the role of climate change in public health and global development. Huffington Post: To End Poverty, Act on Climate Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “Climate change threatens to undermine the United Nations’ progress in both of its critical missions –…

U.N. Security Council To Hold Emergency Ebola Meeting

U.N. News Centre: U.N. Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis “The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa, the president of the 15-member body announced [Monday]…” (9/15).

WHO To Announce Global Health Initiative On Needle Safety

TIME: WHO to Start New Global Health Initiative For Needle Safety “At the TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that the organization will announce its third-ever global health initiative and policy in October. The initiative this time is…

WHO Convenes Meeting To Discuss Ebola Treatments

News outlets report on the WHO’s two-day meeting in Geneva to review possible drug treatments for Ebola. Agence France-Presse: World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs “World health experts will meet in Geneva on Friday for the second day of urgent talks on fast-tracking experimental Ebola drugs as doctors…

World Water Week To Bring Water Efficiency Into Spotlight

The Guardian: ‘Water efficiency should be our goal,’ says head of World Water Week “[Head of the Stockholm International Water Institute and World Water Week] Torgny Holmgren explains why the 2014 [World Water Week] theme is energy and water and what impact he hopes this year’s conference will have…” (Young,…