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Former BMJ Editor Discusses Lancet Commission’s ‘Grand Convergence’ Proposal

In a post in the BMJ Group Blogs, Richard Smith, former BMJ editor and director of the United Health Group’s chronic disease initiative, summarizes a recent report from the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health that proposes a “grand convergence” to bring the global health community together to prevent 10…

Opinion Pieces Address Global Development Agenda

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the global development agenda. Paul Callan and colleagues, Devex: “With about 750 days remaining until the Millennium Development Goals expire,” Callan, a global operating partner at Dalberg, and colleagues examine whether the MDGs can be considered successful. “Our analysis presents…

U.N. Women Official Says Renewed Efforts Needed For Women’s Empowerment

“Despite significant progress in meeting international development goals for women’s empowerment, gaps in key areas remain, which require a renewed effort from all partners to better integrate gender issues into the overall quest for sustainable development, a United Nations gender equality official said today,” the U.N. News Centre reports. On…

IPS Examines International Efforts To Create SDGs

Inter Press Service examines international efforts to formulate new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire in 2015. “[C]ivil society activists and U.N. officials agree their success will hinge on policies that address the nexus of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation,” the news service…

New Development Goals Must Address Poverty In MICs, OECD Report Says

“New development goals need to address the increasingly large numbers of poor people living in middle-income countries, including the rising economies of India and China, and should focus on empowering people, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says in a report on Thursday,” The Guardian reports. “The ‘Development…

NEJM Article Examines Global Efforts To Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health

In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, Zulfiqar Bhutta of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and Robert Black of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, examine global efforts to improve…

Global Community Must Integrate Post-2015 Development Goals, Focus On Long-Term Goals

Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “are nearing their expiration date in 2015,” Yael Velleman, senior policy analyst for health and sanitation at WaterAid, writes in a Devex opinion piece, “We need to better coordinate our health response post-2015. Setting separate targets on nutrition, water and sanitation have fragmented our…

Guardian Examines Inclusion Of Gender Equality In Global Development Agenda

The Guardian examines the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment with respect to the global development agenda. “The Millennium Development Goal on gender set out to promote gender equality and empower women, with a target of eliminating gender disparity in all levels of education no later than 2015,” the…

U.K. Must Lead On SDG Process To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: New development goals need ambition — and the U.K. must set the agenda Jim Murphy, Labour member of parliament for East Renfrewshire and the shadow secretary of state for international development “…With the correct [Sustainable Development Goals], we can wipe out extreme poverty, secure health coverage at all…

World Must Address Reproductive Rights For Women, Girls

Devex: On World Population Day, a startling picture for women and girls Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW — Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung “…[O]n World Population Day, we must acknowledge that we are failing the 500 million girls in low- and middle-income countries. If we are to properly address the challenges…

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