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Opinion Pieces Address Post-2015 Development Agenda

The U.N. High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development is set to meet this week to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding global development. Paul Polman, The Guardian: “I believe that the post-2015 agenda…

Sanitation MDG Will Not Be Met At Current Rate Of Progress, U.N. Report Says

“While international targets on clean drinking water were met nearly three years ago, a joint United Nations agency report [on Monday warned] that without a major funding push, some 2.4 billion people — one-third of the world’s population — will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015,” the U.N.…

Direct References To Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Needed In Post-2015 Development Goals, European Parliament Group Hears

“Explicit references to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights must appear in any new set of development targets, and the U.N. panel producing a first draft must be bold and seek real change, a conference of [European] parliamentarians heard on Thursday,” The Guardian reports. “Baroness Glenys Kinnock, honorary co-president…

Opinion Pieces Address Post-2015 Development Agenda

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the post-2015 development agenda. John Podesta and Casey Dunning, The Guardian’s “Comment is Free”: “‘Ending extreme poverty in all its forms’ is no longer a platitude or a dream for development experts — it’s the guiding vision of the United…

20 Fragile, Conflict-Affected States Make Progress Toward MDGs, World Bank Says

“Twenty of the world’s most troubled countries have made progress in efforts that range from reducing poverty to improving the education of girls and cutting down on the deaths of women in childbirth, the World Bank said on Wednesday” in a new report (.pdf), Reuters reports. Each country has met the requirements…

Global Health Community Must Maintain Commitment To Defeat Malaria

“The Millennium Development Goals target of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria is now in sight, and 50 countries are on track to reduce their malaria burden by at least 75 percent by 2015,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog. “However, major challenges remain,”…

Opinion Pieces Address World Malaria Day

On Thursday, the international community recognized World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25. This year’s theme was “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in recognition of the day. Ray Chambers, Forbes/Skoll World Forum: “In a world where there are more…