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U.N. Marks International Day For Eradication Of Poverty

U.N. News Centre: On international Day, Ban declares eradication of poverty a ‘most fundamental obligation’ “Amid pronounced increases in global inequality, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [on Friday] with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms…” (10/17).

Post-2015 Nutrition Target Should Be More Ambitious

The Guardian: Getting a nutrition goal is great, but we need a more ambitious target Glen Tarman, international advocacy director for Action Against Hunger “Nutrition did not feature strongly enough in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Persistently high levels of hunger and undernutrition in many countries mean that these issues…

Cross-Sector Services, Integrated Policies Needed To Address Global Health Issues

Huffington Post: The “Celebrity Couples” of Global Health and Development Leith Greenslade, co-chair of child health at the MDG Health Alliance “Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls’ education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women’s incomes and violence — these are just some of the most powerful…

Clean Energy Targets Should Be Part Of Development Goals

TIME: How Indoor Stoves Can Help Solve Global Poverty Bjørn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “Clean cooking and better sources of energy can have a domino effect on health and education. Last week world leaders at the U.N. began a year-long conversation on global goals for the next…

Women’s Reproductive Rights At Risk Of Being De-Emphasized As U.N. Drafts SDGs

The Nation: Will the U.N.’s New Development Goals Downplay the Need for Gender Equality? “As the 193 member countries of the United Nations struggle to agree on development priorities to be adopted next year, the rights of women and sexual minorities have again become a contentious issue. … [A]s the…

Recurrent Floods Putting Pressure On India As Nation Tries To Reach MDG Targets

Inter Press Service: Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress “…Now, the long-term impacts of such natural disasters [as flooding] are proving to be a thorn in the side of [the Indian] government that is racing against time to meet its commitments under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of…

Global Population Growth Will Outpace Wars, Pandemics, Report Says

The Guardian: Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters, and disease’ “The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics, or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study. Rather than…

Global Leaders Pledge $8B To Spur Development In Horn Of Africa

News outlets report on new commitments to help spur development in the Horn of Africa. U.N. News Centre: U.N.’s Ban, global leaders join forces in multi-billion dollar Horn of Africa pledge “Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in a visit to the Horn of Africa, United Nations…

Private Finance, Policy Shifts Needed For Sustainable Development

The Guardian: $2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries Paul Hohnen, independent consultant, associate fellow of Chatham House, and participant of the 2014 World Investment Forum “At the level of international agenda-setting for the rest of the century, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. Possibly the…

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