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Bringing Sustainable Energy To More Than 1B People Will Improve Health, Development

Huffington Post: An Overlooked Health Challenge — and Opportunity Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “Parents everywhere want their children to grow up safe and healthy — but more than one billion people face health risks simply because they don’t have modern energy services. … We…

U.S. Launches ‘Beyond The Grid’ Energy Investment Framework In Africa

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement of its “Beyond the Grid” investment framework to bring power to Africa. Agence France-Presse: U.S. launches $1 billion push for off-grid Africa power “U.S. companies have promised $1 billion for off-grid power projects in Africa, putting a growing focus on…

U.N. Releases Draft Sustainable Development Goals

News outlets report on the U.N.’s release of draft (.pdf) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will take the place of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. Devex: Sustainable development goals revealed “A long-awaited set of Sustainable Development Goals were released on Tuesday. They are meant to…

Devex Interviews PSI Head About ‘Unconventional Financing’ For Health Outcomes

Devex: How innovative finance can pay for global health ‘best buys’ “…Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz sat down with PSI President and CEO Karl Hofmann to learn how his organization is exploring ‘unconventional financing’ options to sustain funding for health outcomes in the developing world…” (Igoe, 6/4).

Development Challenges Could Be Reframed As Investment Opportunities

Huffington Post: International Development Is Changing and So Is What Makes Good Business Gib Bulloch, founder and managing director of Accenture Development Partnerships “…When Accenture and the U.N. Global Compact studied the views of 1,000 top CEOs last year, 78 percent of them told us that partnerships across sectors would…

Kofi Annan, Michel Sidibé Discuss Future Of U.N., Global Health

UNAIDS: A conversation with Kofi Annan and Michel Sidibé “To mark the launch of his new book of speeches, ‘We the Peoples: A U.N. for the 21st Century,’ former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan invited the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé to hold a…

U.N.’s ‘Decade Of Sustainable Energy For All’ Focuses First On Women, Children

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. sustainable energy campaign focuses on women and children’s health “The United Nations launched its Decade of Sustainable Energy for All campaign on Thursday and announced that the focus of the first two years will be the impacts of access to clean and affordable energy on the…

G7 Leaders Reach Consensus On Global Development Priorities

Devex: G7 leaders ‘keep the ball rolling’ on global development “Leaders of seven of the world’s major industrialized nations — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada — gathered on Wednesday and Thursday for a two-day G7 summit, hosted for the first time by the European…

Achieving SDGs Requires Private Sector Involvement

Foreign Policy: Make Money, End Poverty Johan Bergenas, deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center “…[U]nless governments strategically leverage the private sector, the simple fact is that the world likely will not achieve the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the goal of eradicating extreme…

New Global Development Agenda Must Be Human-Rights Based, U.N. Officials Say

U.N. News Centre: At high-level event, U.N. officials call for human rights-backed development agenda “A new global development agenda based on human rights and the rule of law is the surest pathway to balancing the needs of people and the planet, while eradicating extreme poverty and closing socio-economic gaps, senior…

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