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Devex Examines Private Sector Involvement In Post-2015 Planning Process

“Planning for the post-2015 development agenda — which will officially kick off [this] week in New York during the U.N. General Assembly meetings — is expected to feature an aspect the expiring Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] did not in their infancy: vocal leadership from the private sector,” Devex reports. “Still,…

Integrate Technology Solutions Into Future Development Goals, Sachs Says

“Access to, and the use of, technology should not be a standalone goal in any future development agenda because it will be the tool by which the targets will be achieved, according to Jeffrey Sachs,” director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, who spoke “at a roundtable event at…

Efforts Must Intensify To Reduce Child Mortality, Study Says

According to a study published on Thursday in The Lancet, there will still be 5.4 million deaths among children under age five in 2035 if historical trends of successful interventions continue, HealthDay News reports (Preidt, 9/19). Researchers, led by Neff Walker of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “project[ed] rates of child…

Special Issue Of The Lancet Looks At Progress Toward MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda

“Ahead of the September 25 United Nations General Assembly, which will evaluate the efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], and look ahead to the post-2015 development agenda,” The Lancet on Friday published a special issue focusing on the “Countdown to 2015.” According to the executive summary, “A…

Huffington Post Opinion Pieces Address Child Mortality Issues Ahead Of U.N. General Assembly Session

Ahead of the U.N. General Assembly’s 68th session and its general debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage” (September 24-October 2, 2013) — the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” and “Impact” blogs posted separate series of opinion pieces addressing child health. The following is…

U.N. Report Gives Mixed Review Of MDG 8 On Partnerships, Trade

“The international community must live up to the commitments it made in support of achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets, [U.N.] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on Thursday] said launching a new report [.pdf] which finds that despite significant successes, the global economic slowdown continues to hinder progress on the Millennium Development Goals…

Cross-Sector Partnerships Essential To Reaching Health-Related Development Goals

The race to meet the health-related U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda “requires new thinking and fresh commitments from across all sectors — including industry, governments, multilaterals, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], and other organizations — to cross-sector partnerships that drive systemwide change,” Eduardo Pisani, director general of…

U.N. Must Involve Communities To Form Post-2015 Global Health Agenda

In a Project Syndicate column, Kent Buse, chief of political affairs and strategy at UNAIDS, and Sarah Hawkes, a Wellcome Trust senior fellow in international public engagement at the Institute for Global Health at University College London, examine the post-2015 development agenda discussions surrounding global health issues, particularly non-communicable diseases,…

Melinda Gates Examines Global Progress Toward Achieving MDGs

Noting “[w]e are nearing the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], a report card first agreed upon in 2000,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “I know we still have a lot of work to do. But…