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Focus On Realistic Goals Essential For Establishing SDGs

Business Day: Setting the right global goals Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “…The ultimate decision about which targets to set for the coming 15 years is a complex and deeply political discussion, and advice from economists will not magically resolve all…

Global Community Must Reevaluate Humanitarian Goals

The Guardian: David Miliband: the humanitarian response must be fit for new crises David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “…Humanitarian goals (HuGos) could help tackle four fundamental issues. First, they could focus attention and resources on what the humanitarian system is trying…

Gates, Sachs Debate Millennium Villages Project In Opinion Pieces

Humanosphere: Jeff Sachs bets Bill Gates he can reduce child mortality anywhere Development blogger Tom Murphy writes about two recently published opinion pieces by Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the…

Forum Launches SDG Tool; U.N. Official Stresses Cooperation On Goals’ Formation

News outlets report on progress to shape the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. SciDev.Net: Tool built to help pick Sustainable Development Goals “A tool designed to help policymakers choose the best Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals when they expire next year has been launched by…

Global Community Must Address Stillbirths In Development Goals

The Guardian: Time to target the shocking neglect of stillbirths Sarah Boseley, health editor at The Guardian “…Every year 2.6 million babies are stillborn. But, says [Joy Lawn, professor of maternal, reproductive and child health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine], these babies, whose loss is a…

Empowerment Of Women Can Be ‘Global Game-Changer’

Inter Press Service: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It! Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “…A billion women will enter the world economy in the next decade. With equal opportunities, their impact on our future prosperity will be a global game-changer. We can and must turn this picture to…

European Parliament Needs Strong Development Committee To Deliver E.U. Policies

EurActiv: Sound development policies need a strong parliamentary committee Matt Foster, director of strategy and program effectiveness for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) “…It is absolutely essential that the upcoming European Parliament elections on the 22-25th of May deliver a group of strong [members of the European Parliament (MEPs)] who, through…

World Bank Report On Women ‘Breaks New Ground’

Center for Foreign Relation’s “Development Channel”: World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground Isobel Coleman, CFR senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, states the new World Bank report, titled “Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared…

Women Continue To Face Obstacles To Education, Development, World Bank Report Says

News outlets discuss a new World Bank report on gender and development. Australian Associated Press/SBS: World Bank: 700 million women subject to domestic violence “More than 700 million women worldwide are subject to physical or sexual violence from their husbands or partners, many with little right to protection, the World…