The U.N. General Assembly opened its 65th session on Tuesday in New York with the new Assembly President Joseph Deiss, former Swiss foreign minister, calling for the focus of the upcoming year to be prioritizing efforts to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reaffirming the role of the U.N. in global governance and promoting sustainable development, Xinhua reports (9/15).
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“Michelle Bachelet, famous for breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman elected president of Chile, will head the new global United Nations agency created to advance womenâ€™s rights, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.
Reuters examines a program providing cash incentives to “more than 2.6 million Colombians, mostly women with young children living in extreme poverty” in exchange for their participation in “health workshops” and their commitment to ensuring their children receive “regular medical check-ups,” receive immunizations and “attend school at least 80 percent of the time.”
Ahead Of MDG Summit, U.N. Secretary-General Calls For Additional Funds, Strategy For Tackling Women’s And Children’s Health Issues
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced that “nearly 140” world leaders are planning to attend next week’s U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit in New York, where they will discuss ways to help countries reach the targets by 2015, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 9/13).
“Reduced worker productivity, poor health and lost education caused by malnourishment” is costing poor nations $450 billion a year, according to a report by the aid agency ActionAid, Agence France-Presse reports (9/13).
The Guardian on Tuesday launched a new website that will cover global development issues, such as hunger and infant mortality, according to an introductory note on the site (Bunting, 9/14).
News Outlets Examine MDGs Challenges: Communicating To Public, NGOs Charge Draft Declaration Falls Short
AllAfrica.com reports on a “fellowship hosted by the U.N. Foundation” last week “to educate the media about progress that has been made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) thus far and what still needs to be done before the 2015 target date for achieving them.”
Tony Blair’s ‘Commission For Africa’ Issues New Report: Africa Experiences Economic Growth, Donors Need To Honor Commitments
The Commission for Africa, a panel set up by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, issued a report (.pdf) Monday which says international donors must follow up on aid commitments to Africa and help the continent address new challenges, Agence France-Presse reports (9/12).
“World powers have reached an accord, after weeks of tough talks, on a document to be adopted at a Millennium Development summit this month for which [U.N.] Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is seeking billions of dollars of new funding,” Agence France-Presse reports.
The 20th World Water Week Friday issued a statement calling on the forthcoming High Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals to pay more attention to water and sanitation at its concluding session,” Xinhua reports.