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MDGs Summit Coverage Continues

Reuters AlertNet examines reactions by development experts and advocates to the U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which wrapped up Wednesday, after world leaders adopted a declaration that “promised intensified efforts by the 192 U.N. member states to achieve the eight goals by 2015.”

Over $6B Pledged As CGI Annual Meeting Wraps Up

Donors made 291 commitments worth more than $6 billion at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, which wrapped up on Thursday, Reuters reports. “The value of [CGI] pledges for economic empowerment, education, environment, energy and health was $3 billion less than 2009, but the organization said that in previous years one or two big commitments represented a disproportionate share of the whole,” the news service writes. “Since 2005, nearly 2,000 commitments have been made valued at $63 billion” (Nichols, 9/23).

U.N. MDGs Summit Concludes With ‘Outcome Document’

The three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended Wednesday with world leaders “adopting a declaration agreed [to] earlier this month, which promised intensified efforts by the 192 U.N. member states to achieve the world body’s so-called Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” Reuters reports (Worsnip/Wroughton, 9/22).

Opinions: Financial Transaction Tax; Reframing Antipoverty Efforts; MDGs

‘Tiny Tax’ On Wholesale Currency Transactions Could Help Reach MDGs, Finance Global Fund In a Financial Times opinion piece, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) observes that “the global recession has made reaching [the Millennium Development Goals] and financing the Global Fund more difficult.” According to Stark, “a new approach” is needed.…

Pres. Obama Unveils New U.S. Global Development Policy At U.N. MDGs Summit

During a U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) address in New York on Wednesday, President Barack Obama outlined “changes in how the United States will pursue international development” and “urged wealthy countries … to maintain development assistance to poor nations,” the Washington Post reports.

Also In Global Health News: Transparency In Pakistan; Malaria Origin; Health Workers In Zimbabwe

USAID, Transparency International Sign Agreement To ‘Ensure Transparency’ Funds To Pakistan USAID and Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) signed an agreement Wednesday to “ensure transparency and prevention of corruption in the utilisation of [a] $7.5 billion grant to be provided to Pakistan under the Kerry Lugar Bill,” according to Daily Times.…

CGI Summit Looks At Businesses’ Involvement In Philanthropy

A growing number of companies are putting more emphasis on philanthropic investments, former President Bill Clinton and business leaders said on Wednesday during the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in New York, Reuters reports.