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Access To Toilets Can Help Girls Stay In School, Avoid Child Marriage, TRF Reports

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to keep a girl from skipping school, marrying? Give her a toilet “…Only about three in five Zambians have access to toilets including pit latrines or public toilets, according to the United Nations. Only 45 percent of schools have toilets. … For schoolgirls, a lack of…

Innovative Financing Required To Reduce Preventable Child Deaths

Devex: Development impact bonds could be part of the solution to financing child survival Andrew Wainer, director of policy research for Save the Children “…This summer, the U.S. Senate took an initial step toward tapping into new development funding through the introduction of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act…

SDG Supporters Launch Worldwide Publicity Campaign At U.N.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Celebrities, artists launch campaign backing U.N. development goals “Supporters of global goals to end poverty and promote human rights, an agenda that goes before the United Nations this month, kicked off a massive campaign this week, saying publicity is key to winning the backing of world leaders.…

People With Disabilities Must Be Engaged With SDGs To Encourage Global Equality

The Guardian: Sustainable Development Goals could signal a sea change for disabled people Polly Meeks, deputy director of policy and influencing at ADD International, and Rachele Tardi, Light for the World representative to the U.N. and a trustee of AbleChildAfrica “…As the world’s attention shifts to the implementation of the…

Opinion Pieces Address SDGs’ Commitment To Ending Hunger

Huffington Post: Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime Greg Barrow, World Food Programme’s global media coordinator “…[T]he new Sustainable Development Goals demonstrate that addressing global hunger is everyone’s problem, and if we are really going to banish it, then everyone needs to play a role. … [I]f we really believe in…

U.N. Must Include Mental Health Indicators In SDGs

The Guardian: The United Nations must acknowledge that mental health is a development goal Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of the Kennedy Forum and former U.S. representative to Rhode Island, and Kathleen M. Pike, professor of psychology and director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University “…The United Nations…

Ending Hepatitis Requires Galvanizing Global Efforts To Control Disease

Devex: Putting an end to global health’s ‘silent killer’ Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department and the Global Hepatitis Program “…[T]o make a real difference [in reducing infections and deaths from hepatitis], it will be critical to establish the sort of global political commitment that has built up…

Sustainable Development Goals To Include Targets On Justice, Good Governance

Open Society Foundations’ “Voices”: Agenda 2030: Recognition for the Role of Justice and Governance in Sustainable Development Aidan Harris, a program officer for the Open Society Justice Initiative, discusses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Open Society Foundations’ call “for the new development agenda to include…

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