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Women Deliver Conference Concludes

The Women Deliver conference concluded on Wednesday, as attendees “celebrated benchmark achievements in reducing maternal and infant mortality and faced stubborn failures at the same time,” Womens eNews reports. Advocates were “able to savor success stories in countries such as Sri Lanka and Malawi … But the Women Deliver conference also offered a forum for tales of women still dying [from] preventable childbirth deaths and of inadequate access to family planning services for 215 million women worldwide,” the news service writes (Kramer, 6/10).

U.N. Economic And Social Council Meeting Focuses On MDGs, Empowering Women

“The world’s anti-poverty gains achieved over the past years are being eroded by the presence of multiple crises, including an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, increased food [in]security, oil prices volatility and climate change,” according to a report released Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of an annual high-level segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bermana reports.

USAID Administrator Shares Vision For Agency Reform

During a speech at the National Press Club on Friday, USAID Administrator Rajiv spoke about ongoing efforts to reform the agency he oversees, noting the importance of improving development strategies targeting women, among other things, All Headline News reports (6/20).

Media Examine Women Deliver Conference

New outlets continued to report on the Women Deliver conference, which wrapped up last week. As the conference closed, Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield said advocates would address the economic dimensions of maternal mortality, the BBC reports. “Finance ministers are on our list – and they’re not going to stay safe,” she said. “They don’t always see this as a critical issue. Our economic arguments for investing in women’s health are pretty dramatic.”

MDG Targets Still Attainable Despite Setbacks From Global Economic Situation, U.N. Report Says

Efforts to curb poverty worldwide have been slowed by the global economic situation, but the developing world is still on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living on less than $1 per day by 2015 – according to an annual U.N. report (.pdf) on the MDGs, which this year shows a “mixed picture” on reaching all eight targets – the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 6/23).

Mixed Progress On MDGs, Additional Advancement Still Possible, Report Says

Poverty rates in 10 African countries have been halved over the last two decades, while child mortality rates have gone up in six sub-Saharan African countries, according to a report (.pdf) from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the U.N. Millennium Campaign, which emphasized that progess towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is possible, the Associated Press/St. Petersburg Times reports (Straziuso, 6/22).

UNDP Releases 8-Pronged Strategy To Help Developing Countries Meet MDGs

The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).