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South Korean, U.N. Officials Meet To Discuss Post-2015 Development Agenda

“South Korea’s foreign ministry launched a local forum on Monday to discuss new international aid agendas to replace the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015,” Yonhap/GlobalPost reports. “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se attended the … Post-2015 Korea Forum, with about 200…

Bringing New Voices Into Development Discussion

“At a 2012 TEDxChange conference in Berlin, African Women’s Development Fund CEO Theo Sowa turned the spotlight on an uncomfortable truth: African women may be the focus of many development campaigns, but they are rarely represented as drivers of the discussion,” Andrew Quinn, director of the New Voices Fellowship at…

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For African Countries, Partners To Increase Efforts To Achieve MDGs

“Now is the time for African countries, development partners and the international community to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to shape a shared vision for a universal sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared” on Friday in Seoul,…

Post-2015 Development Responsibilities Should Be Clearly Defined

If the post-2015 development goals “are to be as effective as realistically possible, the debate must push well beyond the report of the U.N.’s High-Level Panel on the subject,” as “[t]he 12 goals proposed suffer from the same key defects as the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)]: they are general wishes…

Examining Benefits Of Replacing Millennium Declaration For Post-2015 Development

“Recent thinking around the post-2015 development agenda has focused on the goals and targets of a follow-on set of Millennium Development Goals for the period 2010-2030,” but “another approach to the post-2015 agenda is to think about what would replace the Millennium Declaration itself,” Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at…

Improving Status Of Women Central To Achieving Sustainable Growth

“Improving the status of women is central to achieving sustainable growth,” Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, writes in the Huffington Post “World” blog, adding, “From ensuring families have proper health care, to making certain children receive an education; from contributing to economic growth to achieving…

U.N. Secretary General Expresses Concern Over Drop In Official Development Assistance

“There is an urgent need to reverse the fall in official development assistance (ODA), [U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said] as he set out key elements for a development agenda beyond 2015” in a progress report (.pdf) to the U.N. general assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), The Guardian reports.…

Progress Made On WASH Standards, But Additional Commitments Needed, Report Says

“Political leadership and concrete action have led to good progress on creating universal and sustainable access to decent sanitation and drinking water, but additional efforts are needed to fulfill commitments by the 2014 deadline, a United Nations-backed partnership reported” on Wednesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “The 15 developing countries…

To Address Malnutrition, Improve Global Access To Clean Water, Sanitation

“There have been so many attempts to fix the water quality crisis, the public seems to have grown tired of it, and its impacts — especially malnutrition — have been swept under the proverbial rug,” Amanda Sperber, a communications fellow at mWater, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Water” blog. “This…