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UNAIDS Presents Online Discussion On Post-2015 AIDS Agenda

The World We Want 2015 webpage is hosting an online discussion (eDiscussion), presented by UNAIDS as part of the Post-2015 Health Thematic Consultation and running from January 21 through February 3, according to the webpage. The eDiscussion — an “open and inclusive online discussion for individuals, and members of civil…

Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation MDG Will Be Met But Inequalities In Access Remain

Reaching the Millennium Development Goal of “[r]educing by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015” likely will be reached, “but large numbers of people in the world’s least developed regions will still not benefit,” according to a report (.pdf) released Tuesday by UNICEF and the WHO, the U.N. News Centre reports (12/20). The report “found that between 1990 and 2008, the proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources increased from 77 percent to 87 percent,” which means 1.8 billion more people have drinking water access, according to Medical Daily (Daley, 12/20).

U.N. HLP Issues Communique Highlighting Key Focus Areas For Post-2015 Development Goals

“The U.N. high-level panel (HLP) working on a global development agenda for after 2015 has reached a turning point through making concrete agreements, the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said on Wednesday … after a meeting of the panel in the Indonesian resort of Bali,” The Guardian reports. “The third…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Address Global Health

“A proliferation of complex challenges to development, such as political conflict, economic austerity, and environmental degradation, all demand attention, but should not deflect from recognizing that good health is central to advancing global prosperity,” GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and…

Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…

To Reach MDGs, Citizens Must Demand More From Political Leaders, Former U.N. Secretary-General Tells U.N. Foundation Board Meeting

At a U.N. Foundation board meeting in Ghana to discuss Millennium Development Goal progress, which concluded on Saturday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “called on the citizenry to demand the attainment of these set goals from their political leaders,” the Accra Mail reports. “It is only through this that we can put pressure on the politician to work towards achieving these goals,” he said, according to the newpaper.

Opinions: MDGs; Obama’s Development Policy; PEPFAR In Uganda

MDGs Help And Hurt In a SciDev.Net editorial, David Dickson, director of SciDev.Net, examines progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, highlighting their usefulness as well as their shortcomings. “The value of the MDGs lies in the way they have acted as both a carrot and a stick to focus the efforts…

Transparency International Corruption Index Released

The nonprofit Transparency International (TI) released its annual report ranking corruption in countries across the world on Tuesday, NPR’s “The Two-Way” blog reports (Sutherland, 10/26).

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