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With Unprecedented Simultaneous Crises, Time To Reassess Humanitarian Aid Goals

The Guardian: It’s time to reassess the goals of humanitarian aid David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “For the first time the U.N. has declared three simultaneous crises — in South Sudan, Syria and the Philippines — as level 3, the highest…

Health Systems Struggle To Keep Pace With Niger’s Progress In Reducing Child Deaths

IRIN: Niger’s ‘remarkable’ progress in reducing child deaths “Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing infant mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth, and low…

Poverty Eradication At Core Of Post-2015 Development Agenda, Chinese U.N. Envoy Says

Xinhua News: Chinese U.N. envoy stresses poverty eradication in post-2015 development agenda “A Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday said that poverty eradication should remain the core of the post-2015 development agenda. Wang Min, China’s deputy permanent representative to the U.N., made the remarks at a meeting of…

Political Will, Funding Necessary To End Newborn Deaths

The Hill: Honoring every newborn Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) “…[T]here are existing interventions that, if scaled up, have the potential to reduce newborn deaths by as much as 75 percent. What’s lacking is the political will and funding to deliver…

U.N., Businesses Collaborate On Post-2015 Development Agenda

VOA News: U.N., Businesses Collaborate on Long-Term Plan to Help Developing Nations “The United Nations has begun laying the groundwork for initiatives that will help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people after its 15-year plan, called Millennium Development Goals, ends in 2015. … Government, businesses,…

More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf). ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth “The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report…

U.K. House Of Lords Debates Scale Up Of NTD Response Strategy

Vaccine News Daily: U.K. House of Lords debates NTD response plan “Vice-chair of the [U.K.’s] All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropic Diseases Baroness Helene Valerie Hayman chaired a debate of the United Kingdom House of Lords that addressed health initiatives regarding neglected tropical diseases. The debate looked at…

U.N. Releases Results From MyWorld2015 Survey

Washington Post: The illuminating — and perhaps alarming — results of a huge survey answered by 1.4 million people around the world “Thursday, the United Nations is releasing some of the results of what is thought to be its largest global survey ever, part of a worldwide initiative called MyWorld2015.…

Scientists Must Play Greater Role In Post-2015 Development Talks, Experts Say

SciDev.Net: Scientists ‘need to step up’ to development goal talks “Scientists need greater access to discussions on a new sustainable development agenda if the final post-2015 framework is to accurately reflect their priorities, say experts close to the process. Shifting decision-makers’ behavior from merely acknowledging relevant scientific evidence to acting…