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Post-2015 Development Goals Should Address Shortcomings Of Current MDGs

“Later this week, a group of 26 people will meet in Liberia to discuss how the world should tackle global development challenges over the next decade or two,” Ben Leo, global policy director of the ONE Campaign, writes in a TrustLaw opinion piece. “The so-called High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons…

Alleviation Of Global Hunger An Urgent Agenda For World Leaders In 2013

“The fact that an inexpensive and readily treatable condition that affects 868 million people, kills 2.3 million children per year, and was targeted as a Millennium Development Goal, should remain uncontrolled year after year is as shocking as it is shameful,” a Lancet editorial writes about global hunger. “Moreover, that…

Women, Girls Central To Global Health, Development Agendas

Noting the U.N. Millennium Development Goals created in 2000 and the process to determine development goals for 2030, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[W]e have seen the importance of investing in women and girls and keeping them at…

High-Level Panel On Post-2015 Development Agenda Wraps Up Second Meeting

The U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda wrapped up its second meeting on Friday in Monrovia, Liberia, with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a co-chair of the panel, “say[ing] it is possible to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide within our generation,” Liberia’s The Inquirer reports. Cameron co-chairs the panel with…

Learning From Development, Global Health Failures Critical For Program Successes

Noting that many development agencies and organizations publicly “documen[t] their triumphs and innovations,” Sam Loewenberg, a 2012 Nieman Foundation global health reporting fellow at Harvard University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it’s not unusual for them to fail…

British Development Secretary Says Growing Consensus That Women, Girls ‘Core Part’ Of Post-2015 Development Agenda

“Following meetings of the U.N. High-Level Panel (HLP) on Thursday, Britain’s international development secretary, Justine Greening, said there was growing consensus that women and girls ‘are a core part’ of the poverty alleviation framework being discussed in Monrovia,” the Guardian reports, noting the HLP concluded its meeting on February 1. “Greening added that…

Public Health, Social Policies Can Positively Affect Children’s Lives

“Specific calls for global action on health and other social issues can have a major effect on children’s life chances, concludes a report that compared data on laws and public policies affecting children in 191 countries,” BMJ reports. “Children’s Chances,” a report by Jody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School of Public Health at…

Integrating NCD Efforts Into Larger ‘Sustainability Agenda’

“The time has come for the ‘[non-communicable disease (NCD)] agenda’ to be integrated with the broader ‘sustainability agenda,’ and this was the focus of a joint meeting this week between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Lancet,” Richard Smith, director of the United Health Group’s chronic…