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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…

Seven Issues To Watch For On 2014 International Family Planning Agenda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Christopher Purdy, executive vice president of DKT International, and Philip Harvey, executive director of DKT International, examine seven issues and trends to watch for on the international family planning agenda in 2014. Their list includes the easing of China’s family planning…

Devex Examines USAID’s ‘Extreme Poverty Agenda’

“USAID is working to align its programs with President Barack Obama’s call to help eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. But some agency staff and partners are losing their patience over the administration’s ever-expanding list of development and health initiatives and the metrics that accompany them,” Devex reports. The news service…

Voices Of Women, Youth Must Be Included In Post-2015 Development Goals

Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Politics” blog that “leaders and advocates from across the [U.S. are speaking] up to ensure that the health and…

Governance Indicator Could Help Countries Register Children

The Guardian: Invisible children: birth registration is a prerequisite for equality Matt Andrews, an associate professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School “More than a third of the world’s children born today will not have any form of identification to access the social, civic and economic systems required to…

Gender Equality Should Be Fully Integrated Into Post-2015 Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Gender equality must be enshrined in all post-2015 development goals — U.N. rights chief “The United Nations committee mandated to ensure compliance with the global treaty to end all forms of discrimination against women opened a new session today with a call for gender equality to be…

‘Grand Convergence,’ Strategic Investments In Health Are Critical For SDGs

LiveMint: Towards a single health goal K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India and a member of the Commission on Investing in Health “…The commission believes that infectious diseases, maternal and child health — which constitute the grand convergence — together with some key elements of…

Health Workers Will Play 4 Key Roles In Post-2015 Era

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at IntraHealth International, “propose[s] a new vision for the essential roles that successful health workers will play in a post-2015 world. This is a vision of a fully empowered and…