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Global Network For NTDs Special Envoys Urge U.N. To Include NTDs In Post-2015 Development Goals

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Special Envoys Urge the Inclusion of NTDs within the Sustainable Development Goals “…Even though NTDs were included in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in 2014, they are not specifically mentioned in [U.N. Secretary-General…

Health, Development Goals In Gates Annual Letter More Realistic Than Draft U.N. SDGs

Bloomberg Businessweek: Bill and Melinda Gates Want the U.N. to Get Real Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…The bets in the Gates [annual] letter are far more likely to happen than the U.N. [Sustainable Development Goals] draft’s targets. … The Gateses’ annual letter is a…

7 ‘Achievable But Ambitious’ NTD Goals For 2015

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: A Wish List for 2015: 7 Achievable Victories in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases Mirta Roses Periago, former director of the Pan American Health Organization, outlines her “wish list” for 2015, which “includes seven achievable yet ambitious victories for the…

U.N. Declares 2015 As International Year Of Light

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: 2015 is the U.N. International Year of Light Paul T. Mungai, the science officer in the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the State Department, notes the U.N. has declared this year as the International Year of Light, writing, “Light technologies provide solutions to global challenges…

Redouble Efforts To Reach MDGs In Final Year To ‘Make Good On Our Promise’

Huffington Post: Let’s Build on Our Success Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children International “…The MDGs stand out as one of the resonant and unifying political agreements ever achieved. There are 90 million people living today whose lives would have otherwise been cut short. We’ve proven we can…

U.N.’s Ban Appoints Eric Goosby As New TB Special Envoy

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief appoints new Special Envoy in move to end Tuberculosis “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Eric Goosby of the United States as his new Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), the U.N. Spokesperson’s office announced [Tuesday]. According to a press release, Dr. Goosby will work…

Investment In TB, Malaria, HIV Treatment And Prevention, Health Systems Saves Lives

The Guardian: Ebola kills far fewer than AIDS, TB, and malaria. What should we prioritize? Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “…It may sound cold-hearted to set health priorities based on cost-effectiveness, but it’s actually the best way to do the…