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Disaster Preparedness, Conflict Prevention ‘Critical’ For Sustainable Development

The Guardian: From Syria to South Sudan, the need to be prepared has never been greater Helen Clark, U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) administrator “…Despite the overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, spending on prevention and preparedness remains a small part of the global aid budget. Now the…

BRICS Nations Form New Development Bank

News outlets report on the establishment of a new development bank by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Agence France-Presse: BRICS, South American leaders seek alternative to U.S. influence “Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers will hold a summit Wednesday with South American presidents,…

SDGs Must Be Measurable For Both Developing, Developed Countries

Inter Press Service: U.N.’s New Development Goals Must Also Be Measurable for Rich “The United Nations is on the verge of releasing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — perhaps 17 or more — to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will run out by the…

World Bank Reinforces Commitment To Philippine Development With Increased Funding

Devex: Jim Kim: Healthy, educated people center to development “The World Bank reinforced on Tuesday its commitment to Philippine development with a new country partnership strategy focused on hard and soft infrastructure amounting to more than $4 billion in the next four years. And this time, the goal is to…

Faith Community Should Help Shape Post-2015 Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital? Olav Kjorven, director of the Public Partnerships Division at UNICEF “…[L]et me offer three quick snapshots to try and convince you that agreeing on shared global development goals, and then actually achieving them, depends on more than expert — or even…

Improved Water Access Would Help Lift Regions Out Of Poverty

Deseret News: Access to water is the first step in fighting poverty worldwide John Hoffmire, director of the Impact Bond Fund at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and director of the School of Business and Poverty at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison “…Each day, nearly 200 million…

U.K. Must Lead On SDG Process To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: New development goals need ambition — and the U.K. must set the agenda Jim Murphy, Labour member of parliament for East Renfrewshire and the shadow secretary of state for international development “…With the correct [Sustainable Development Goals], we can wipe out extreme poverty, secure health coverage at all…

World Must Address Reproductive Rights For Women, Girls

Devex: On World Population Day, a startling picture for women and girls Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW — Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung “…[O]n World Population Day, we must acknowledge that we are failing the 500 million girls in low- and middle-income countries. If we are to properly address the challenges…

Most People Live In Cities, U.N. Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new U.N. report on human habitation of cities and the challenges presented. New York Times: U.N. Finds Most People Now Live in Cities “More than half of humanity now lives in cities, and even more will soon. The world will have to confront how to make…

Malaria Interventions During Pregnancy Help Prevent Cases, Deaths, RBM Report Shows

News outlets discuss a new report from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership on the impact of malaria interventions on maternal and child health. The Guardian/IPP Media: Roll Back Malaria campaign averts 94,000 newborn deaths “A newly released report by the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership [shows malaria interventions during pregnancy…