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WHO’s Vision Of Sustainable Development In Health ‘Prioritizes Disease’

The Lancet: Offline: WHO offers a new future for sustainable development Richard Horton, The Lancet editor-in-chief “…Does WHO see health negatively: preventing, controlling, and eliminating disease? Or does WHO view health more positively: achieving a healthy life and improved wellbeing? For billions of people, the first concept still remains overwhelmingly…

U.N. Launches Campaign To Improve Access To Toilets, End Open Defecation By 2025

News outlets report on the launch of a U.N. campaign to improve access to basic sanitation and end the practice of open defecation. Inter Press Service: U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025 “…[T]he United Nations Wednesday formally launched a global campaign to help improve access to toilets for…

U.N. To Develop Sanitation Center In SE Asia By July

Devex: U.N. setting up sanitation center in Southeast Asia “The United Nations looks set to develop a sanitation and wastewater management center in Southeast Asia by July to better educate stakeholders — particularly policymakers and implementers — and boost WASH programs in the region…” (Santos, 5/28).

Setting SDG Bar Too High Might ‘Kill The Spirit To Negotiate’

Al Jazeera America: U.N’s ambitious new development goals could fall flat James Reinl, multimedia journalist “…A failure to negotiate meaningful [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will mark another failure of nations to come together on the most important global issues. Not only would that kill a useful deal, but it could…

Blogs Highlight Connections Between Climate Change, Sustainable Development

Blog posts address the connection between climate change and sustainable development, including health and food security. Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought”: Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate “The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report (.pdf) urging the U.S. government…

Blog Discusses Debate Around Potential Threat Of Population Growth On Poverty

Humanosphere: Visualizing the vicious-virtuous cycles of population growth and poverty reduction Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses the debate around the potential threat of population growth and how it might affect future progress against poverty (5/27).

Move Mental Health Up On Global Health, Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Global Health Must Include Mental Health Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free The Children “…Mental health challenges are a significant barrier to economic and social development around the world. Resources and expertise are extremely limited, creating a huge gap between the need and the ability to treat.…

Australian Government To Cut Aid Spending; Sachs Says Cuts Unacceptable

Media outlets report on the Australian government’s decision to cut aid spending. Devex: DFAT staffing cuts — brain drain (or gain) for Australian aid? “It is less than two months before the July 1 deadline set by the Abbott government in Australia to complete the integration process of the now-defunct…

Bipartisan Support Of Electrify Africa Act Reminiscent Of PEPFAR Support

The Hill: Washington is not (entirely) broken Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and Tony Fratto, a partner at Hamilton Place Strategies and a former White House deputy press secretary under President George W. Bush “…[E]very so often, something happens in Congress that brings lawmakers together from…

Focus On Realistic Goals Essential For Establishing SDGs

Business Day: Setting the right global goals Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “…The ultimate decision about which targets to set for the coming 15 years is a complex and deeply political discussion, and advice from economists will not magically resolve all…