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Debate Remains Over Whether SDGs Can ‘Push Development Forward’

New York Times: At the U.N., a Free-for-All on Setting Global Goals Eduardo Porter, New York Times columnist “…[F]or all the good intentions, the breathtakingly ambitious enterprise [of international agreement on post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals] might have a hard time overcoming not just the narrower priorities of the world’s nation-states…

Global Development Lab Aims To Foster Innovative Solutions To End Poverty

IRIN: Can innovation end global poverty? “Can the seemingly intractable problems of global poverty be addressed by the latest wonders of science and technology? … [With the launch of the Global Development Lab,] USAID is attempting to ‘foster science- and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030’…” (5/7).

Rights Groups Protest Lack Of Reference To Human Right To Water In SDG Agenda

Inter Press Service: U.N.’s Post-2015 Agenda Skips the Right to Water and Sanitation “A U.N. working group mandated to formulate a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 development agenda is being accused of bypassing water and sanitation as a basic human right: a right long affirmed in…

Blog Examines Country-Level Income, Qualifications For Health Aid

In a post on the Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog,” Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at CGD, examines new estimates on purchasing power parity and how countries qualify to receive health aid. “…Disease burden is concentrated in countries now classified as…

Silo-Based Approach To Development Will Undermine Food Security, Nutrition Goals

The Guardian: People first: green goals should not override ending hunger Shenggen Fan, director general at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Continuing a silo-based approach to sustainable development will undermine the food security and nutrition of poor people and vulnerable groups. … The post-2015 development agenda must work to…

CGD Analysts Examine New Data On Purchasing Power Parity

Sarah Dykstra, Charles Kenny, and Justin Sandefur of the Center for Global Development (CGD) examine the International Comparison Project’s recently released purchasing power parity numbers for the world’s economies in the CGD’s “Views from the Center” blog. “[T]he new numbers still suggest the size and distribution of world income looks…

U.N. Calls For Accountability Mechanism To Assess Post-2015 Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: Accountability key to ensuring development progress beyond 2015 — U.N. officials “As Member States continue work on a new post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials today stressed the need for a robust yet flexible accountability framework to assess progress and achieve results, as well as ensure that…

Devex Interviews UNFPA Director On Development Challenges, Gender Equality

Devex: UNFPA chief: What is gender parity, when you can’t exercise your rights? “How can parliamentarians push population issues more prominently in the international development agenda?” Devex interviews U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin about the challenges of development cooperation and including gender equality in the post-2015 framework…

Investing In WASH Will Lead To Improved Maternal, Child Health

The Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat” blog discusses links between maternal health and WASH, referencing a meta-analysis that concludes “women living in poor sanitation environments are three times as likely to die from maternal health-related issues compared to women who do not, while women living under poor…