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World Will Not Reach MDG Targets Without More Intense Efforts, Money

Noting “[t]he United Nations General Assembly will meet later this month to assess progress — impressive in some areas, halting in others — toward achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], which were adopted in 2000 and are supposed to be reached by the end of 2015,” a New…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Should Address Empowerment For Girls, Women

“Since beginning my work with the U.N. Foundation in February, I’ve been struck by startling statistics showing the harsh reality of life for many of the world’s girls and women,” Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. She notes “[o]ne out of every…

To Achieve Child Health MDG, Use Technology To Better Educate Mothers

“The more educated a mother, the less likely her child is to die,” Leith Greenslade, co-chair of child health at the MDG Health Alliance, writes in a post in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, published as part of “One Story, One World,” a month-long series in partnership with Johnson…

Appeal Calls For Post-2015 Development Target On Water, Sanitation

The Stockholm International Water Institute on Friday “issued a call for a post-2015 development target on water aimed at making better use of scarce water supplies, realizing the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increasing resilience to droughts and floods by 2030,” IRIN reports. “The appeal ……

No Singular Pathway To Achieve MDGs 4, 5

In an opinion piece published as part of the Skoll World Forum and Johnson & Johnson “Debate & Series,” which, according to the series summary, examines what “we must do differently or better to achieve [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] 4, 5 and/or 6 — all focused on improving public health…

Skoll World Forum ‘Debate & Series’ Examines Health-Related MDGs

“In the lead up to the U.N. General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an online debate focused on the last 850 days before the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] expire in 2015,” the “Debate…

International Community Can Learn From Success Of MDGs In Designing SDGs

Noting “[t]he world’s governments [are to] meet at a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25 to discuss how to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], and also to agree on a timetable for a new set of Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs],” Jeffrey Sachs, director…

U.N.’s Ban Urges Countries To Commit to Sustainable Development Agenda

In a letter to members of the G20, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week “called on countries to show leadership and commitment to achieve a sustainable future,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, this week, the “G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India,…

Health Experts Call For Greater Focus On Mental Health In Africa

“As African countries strive to meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and plot a new development agenda thereafter, health experts are gathering evidence across the continent to make a case for a greater focus on its millions of mentally ill,” IRIN reports. “Experts say investing in mental…

U.S. Has ‘Unique Opportunity’ To Help Africa Implement Modern Energy Sources

“In my country, the West African nation of Liberia, living without power has become a way of life,” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. She states, “This is why I was delighted when U.S. President…