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PEPFAR Pledges Support For ‘Saving Mothers, Giving Life’

Huffington Post: Saving Mothers, Giving Life: New Year, New Results for Maternal Health Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting U.S global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa…

Women, Nutrition Keys To Sustainable Development

“Undernutrition creates a cycle of poverty that is difficult to escape. It plagues more than one in three children in most developing countries and impacts not only an individual’s ability to learn and grow, but also the economy of an entire country. Without a fit and healthy workforce, countries cannot…

Millennium Villages Project ‘Expanding Rapidly,’ Sachs Says In Devex Interview

Devex: ‘In 23 countries in Africa and expanding rapidly’ Raj Kumar, president of Devex, writes about his conversation with Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). Sachs says, “[Y]ou’ve got to appreciate that [MVP] is in 23 countries in Africa and…

Investments In Women’s, Children’s Health Yield Success; Youth Should Drive Post-2015 Agenda

Devex: Large returns from small investments in women’s, children’s health Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund “…The Global Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s Health — supported by the U.N. Population Fund, the World Health Organization and other partners — shows that small investments in women’s and…

U.N. Says Syrian Crisis Threatening MDG Progress In Arab Region

Inter Press Service: Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World “The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and…

Private Sector Leaders Say Business Must Engage In SDG Development

The Guardian: Sustainable development goals could be at risk by political squabbling “The corporate sector is at risk of betraying both people and planet if it fails to engage in the political process behind the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the hidden message behind a clarion…

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

World Bank’s Kim Advocates For Universal Health Coverage

The Center for Global Health Policy “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event in which World Bank President Jim Kim advocated for universal health coverage, saying increased access to HIV treatments has helped show it is possible to achieve. “The successes and lessons from…

Humanosphere Offers Annual Letter To Bill And Melinda Gates

Writing in Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Paulson offers an annual letter in response to Bill and Melinda Gates’s recently published annual letter. “…By all means, let’s celebrate progress. But let’s not forget all those millions, if not billions, of people out there who don’t yet see cause to celebrate” (1/21).