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East African Community States Behind In Reaching MDGs 4, 5, Forum Chair Says

Xinhua News: East Africa lagging in MDGs 4 and 5: regional assembly “The East African Parliament on Thursday said that the East African Community (EAC) partner states are lagging behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five on child and maternal health. The East African Inter-Parliamentary Forum…

Water Essential Element To Global Peace, Development Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Water central to global peace, development, U.N. deputy chief tells London summit “The most basic of all human rights — water — is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the deputy secretary-general [Jan Eliasson]…

Revitalized Global Partnership Can Ensure That Women Live Violence-Free

Inter Press Service: Ending Violence Against Women — A Global Responsibility Lakshmi Puri, assistant secretary general of the United Nations and deputy executive director of U.N. Women “Addressing violence against women, in all of its forms, is a global imperative and should be one of the international community’s top priorities,…

Devex #HealthyMeans Opinion Pieces Address Global Health Challenges, Opportunities

Devex: How to help us live longer — and better — lives Catherine Cheney, special projects editor at NationSwell Devex: Good for health, good for business Claire Hitchcock, director for community partnerships in GSK’s global health programs team, and Peter Muchiri Ngatia, director of capacity building at AMREF Health Africa…

Ebola To Worsen Economies Of West African Nations, Experts Fear

News outlets report on the economic damage expected to occur in West Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries “The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the…

Shift Toward Sustainability, Better Nutrition Makes Economic Sense

Project Syndicate: Rethinking Hunger Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director-general and coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization “The world has a nutrition problem. Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries,…

Post-2015 Agenda Should Focus On Sustainable Development

Huffington Post: For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development Ulysses Smith, chair of the New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee “Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan’s East Side, it is time…

Tanzania Should Implement Plan To Cut Child Marriage Rates

Inter Press Service: Keeping All Girls in School is One Way to Curb Child Marriage in Tanzania Agnes Odhiambo, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch covering sub-Saharan Africa “…A new HRW report, ‘No Way Out: Child Marriage and Human Rights Abuses in Tanzania,’ takes a hard look at…

Blog Post Underscores Importance Of Addressing Maternal Morbidity In Addition To Mortality

Humanosphere: Visualizing maternal morbidity In this guest post, Amy VanderZanden, a communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), notes that while progress has been made on reducing maternal mortality, similar progress has not been realized for maternal morbidity, particularly for women in…