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Opinion Pieces Address Post-2015 Development Agenda

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the post-2015 development agenda. John Podesta and Casey Dunning, The Guardian’s “Comment is Free”: “‘Ending extreme poverty in all its forms’ is no longer a platitude or a dream for development experts — it’s the guiding vision of the United…

Direct References To Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Needed In Post-2015 Development Goals, European Parliament Group Hears

“Explicit references to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights must appear in any new set of development targets, and the U.N. panel producing a first draft must be bold and seek real change, a conference of [European] parliamentarians heard on Thursday,” The Guardian reports. “Baroness Glenys Kinnock, honorary co-president…

Sanitation MDG Will Not Be Met At Current Rate Of Progress, U.N. Report Says

“While international targets on clean drinking water were met nearly three years ago, a joint United Nations agency report [on Monday warned] that without a major funding push, some 2.4 billion people — one-third of the world’s population — will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015,” the U.N.…

Opinion Pieces Address Post-2015 Development Agenda

The U.N. High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development is set to meet this week to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding global development. Paul Polman, The Guardian: “I believe that the post-2015 agenda…

U.N. To Develop Sanitation Center In SE Asia By July

Devex: U.N. setting up sanitation center in Southeast Asia “The United Nations looks set to develop a sanitation and wastewater management center in Southeast Asia by July to better educate stakeholders — particularly policymakers and implementers — and boost WASH programs in the region…” (Santos, 5/28).

Canada Should Continue Efforts To Reduce Preventable Maternal, Child Mortality

Globe and Mail: These women and children don’t have to die Rosemary McCarney, president and CEO of Plan Canada, and Dorothy Shaw, vice president of medical affairs at B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver; both co-chairs of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health “…Major progress has been made…

WHO’s Vision Of Sustainable Development In Health ‘Prioritizes Disease’

The Lancet: Offline: WHO offers a new future for sustainable development Richard Horton, The Lancet editor-in-chief “…Does WHO see health negatively: preventing, controlling, and eliminating disease? Or does WHO view health more positively: achieving a healthy life and improved wellbeing? For billions of people, the first concept still remains overwhelmingly…

IMF, African Governments Agree Economic Growth Should Spur ‘Structural Transformation’

Agence France-Presse: African nations agree need for economic ‘transformation’ “African governments and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday agreed on the urgent need to harness the continent’s rapid economic growth, as unrest and a plethora of challenges temper exuberance about the continent’s rise. At a major meeting in Maputo,…

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