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Birth Registration Key To Achieving MDGs

With “less than 1,000 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the world’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) …, [t]he international community is busy examining the progress we’ve made and all the work remaining if we are to realize the vision that was laid out 12 years ago,” Nigel Chapman,…

Focus On Early Childhood Critical To New Development Framework

“UNICEF’s latest report [.pdf] on child nutrition, launched at the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation and Irish Government, revealed that every year 2.3 million children under the age of five still die of malnutrition and 165 million children are stunted as a result…

U.N. Secretary General Calls For Renewed Focus On MDGs As Deadline Nears

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday “rallied the United Nations community in a Call to Action, capping off a week of activities to spur accelerated progress in the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 — the target date for achieving the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” the U.N.…

Post-2015 Must Address Poverty, Food Security

Mark Suzman, managing director for international policy, programs and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Last week saw two key events related to the Millennium Development Goals: the kickoff on April 5 of an ambitious global campaign focused on accelerating progress over the…

Religious Leaders Call For Heads Of Government To Renew Efforts To Meet MDGs

“With fewer than 1,000 days left to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], religious leaders from the G8 countries are pushing heads of government to renew their efforts to meet the anti-poverty benchmarks by 2015,” the Washington Post reports. “In an April 5 letter to the Financial Times,…

OECD DAC Chair Says Wealthy Countries Becoming ‘Risk Averse’ In Aid Spending

“Aid to the poorest countries is dropping because donors are becoming more ‘risk averse,’ according to a senior official from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),” The Guardian reports, noting that “OECD figures last week showed that official development assistance (ODA) from rich countries fell by four percent in…

Ending Extreme Poverty By 2030 Is Possible, World Bank President Says

“World Bank President Jim Kim has unveiled a series of new institutional goals aimed at ending extreme poverty by 2030 and focusing on the promotion of ‘shared prosperity’ — increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent in each country while placing increased focus on dealing with climate change,” Inter Press…

Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…