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Rep. Lee Reflects On Her Attendance At U.N. General Assembly

In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) reflects on her attendance at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. “Every year since the early days of the United Nations, two representatives have been sent from Congress to participate in the U.N. General Assembly,” she notes,…

Eliminating Violence Against Women Must Be Included As Development Goal, Leaders Say

“Violence against women and girls is so pervasive that the next set of United Nations development objectives must include it as a priority when the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] expire in 2015, panelists at a U.N. ministerial meeting on gender violence and the post-2015 agenda said on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation…

Leaders At U.N. Adopt Outcome Document On MDGs

“World leaders meeting at United Nations Headquarters today agreed to take bolder action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and called for a summit to take place in 2015 to adopt the next set of anti-poverty goals, which will heavily focus on achieving sustainable development,” the U.N. News Centre reports.…

Leaders At U.N. Urge Continued Action To Meet MDGs

“With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) looming, United Nations officials [on Tuesday] called on countries to accelerate action to meet the global targets that have spurred the fastest reduction of poverty in human history,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Leaders, including U.N. Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark…

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be Recognized In Post-2015 Development Framework

“[T]here’s a truth that needs to be spoken as discussions over the next generation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the so-called post-2015 framework — have gotten underway this week,” Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, writes in a CNN opinion piece. “Sexual and reproductive health…

U.N. Holds First-Ever High-Level General Assembly Session On Disability And Development

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic U.N. meeting of world leaders Monday ‘to break barriers and open doors’ for the more than one billion disabled people around the world,” the Associated Press/Huffington Post reports, noting, “The goal of the first-ever high-level General Assembly meeting was to spur international action to…

Global Partnerships Must Be Defined In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“The record of the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] is generally a good one. … [But o]ne of its weakest points was, however, MDG 8, on the global partnership for development,” José Antonio Ocampo, a professor at Columbia University and former finance minister of Colombia, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters…

USAID, DfID Event Highlights Involvement Of Girls, Women In Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Alex Thier, assistant to the USAID administrator for policy, planning, and learning, writes about an event held in New York this week hosted by USAID and the U.K.’s Department for International Development, titled “MDG Countdown 2013: Girls and Women Transforming Societies.” He says, “Elevating…

New Report Explores Equity And Universal Health Coverage

“Together with UNICEF, WHO, and Save the Children, the Rockefeller Foundation is formally launching ‘Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap,’ a report [.pdf] that serves to reframe the focus of universal health coverage (UHC) so that equity is the lens through which all future efforts towards achieving…

Global Health Innovation Needs U.N. Support

Noting the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) this week is discussing the post-2015 development agenda, Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) Coalition Director Kaitlin Christenson writes in the GHTC’s “Breakthroughs” blog, “[T]here is a strong need for greater recognition about the need for new medical innovations to carry us through this next…