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Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of its “She Builds” campaign. Devex: Much has been done, but far from enough Jan Mattsson, executive director of UNOPS “Sustainable development and gender equality are two sides of the same coin. The international community cannot reach its 2015 Millennium Development Goals, nor…

Bill Gates, Hans Rosling Debate Ending Extreme Poverty

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog highlights a video debate on the end of extreme poverty between Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Hans Rosling, professor of international health and public educator at Gapminder Foundation. The debate took place on…

African Parliamentarians Commit To Advancing AIDS Response Now, Beyond 2015

Earlier this week, parliamentarians met during a roundtable at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa to discuss advancing the AIDS response now and post-2015. According to a UNAIDS press release, “[t]he aim of the dialogue was to create awareness and build the capacity of parliamentarians on the agreed 2013 Abuja…

Expert Panel Discusses Sustainable Sanitation In Guardian Forum

The Guardian: 14 ways to make sanitation sustainable “What has more impact, new technology or behavioral change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts…” (Young, 3/26).

Global Community Must Agree On Common Goal, Targets To Eliminate Poverty, Hunger

As leaders prepare to gather in New York next week at a meeting of the Open Working Group, Pamela Anderson, director of the agricultural development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the foundation, write in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog…

Women’s Rights Activists Applaud Outcome Of U.N. Commission On Women

Huffington Post: United Nations Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Promote Gender Equality Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender…

U.N. Commission On Women Approves Declaration Promoting Gender Equality

News outlets report on the final declaration approved on Saturday by the 45-member Commission on the Status of Women. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N. document promotes equality for women “After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries early Saturday approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that…

Financing The MDGs Continues To Prove Challenging

Seton Hall University’s “Global Health Governance” blog examines progress made on the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and points out how “funding continues to be a major challenge in attaining the MDG targets…” (Page/Huang, 3/20).

UNICEF Marks World Water Day

In a press release observing World Water Day, which takes place every year on March 22, UNICEF notes, “The MDG target for drinking water was met and passed in 2010, when 89 per cent of the global population had access to improved sources of drinking water — such as piped…

Ending Violence Against Women, Girls Is Key To Advancing Progress Toward MDGs

Huffington Post: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of…