To Reform Foreign Aid Institutions, ‘Rewrite’ The Rules To change the U.S. foreign aid system, we must “[d]o what the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) did: break the rules and then rewrite them,” Mark Dybul, former U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece…
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G20 Preview: Obama To Propose Phasing Out Of Fossil Fuel Subsidies; HIV/AIDS Protesters Take To Streets In Pittsburgh
During the G20 summit opening Thursday in Pittsburgh, President Obama will propose countries around the world phase out government subsidies that promote the production and use of fossil fuels “that spew carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas,” the Associated Press reports (Borenstein, 9/23). “The plan is part of efforts to combat climate change, enhance energy security, improve public health and the environment, promote faster economic growth and support more effective targeting of government resources for the poor, [White House] officials said,” AP reports in a second story.
On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., U.S. agriculture companies Deere & Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co., DuPont Co. and Monsanto Co. met with lawmakers, hunger experts and other officials at a Global Harvest Initiative symposium to address “sustainable” food production, Reuters reports. The Global Harvest Inititiative was founded to achieve “the goal of doubling agricultural output by 2050 to meet rising world demand,” according to the news service.
Malawi Gets $30M World Bank Grant For HIV/AIDS Tim Gilbo, the World Bank’sÂ directorÂ in Malawi,Â announced on Tuesday that theÂ organization will grant the countryÂ $30 million, which will be usedÂ to “increase access to prevention, treatment and mitigation services with a focus on behavioural change,”Â SAPA/News24.com reports.Â Gilbo also said the countryÂ should “identify and promote those…
During opening remarks of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, former President Bill Clinton said, “[W]e have more attending this meeting than ever before,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports. “Despite record attendance and commitments made, Clinton addressed the reduction in global wealth upfront, urging leaders who have not yet identified which causes to support to instead support multi-year pledges already under way that have been restructured due to lack of funding,” according to the news service. After Clinton, President Barack Obama addressed the summit, “[f]ollowing” a theme that encouraged meeting participants to take action (Banjo, 9/22).
Also In Global Health News: Combating Sleeping Sickness In Eastern Africa; China Commits To Developing Countries; Latin America Development
African Development Bank Gives $70M To Help Fight Sleeping Sickness In Eastern Africa The African Development Bank on Tuesday announced it will award eastern African countries $70 million to help fight the neglected tropical disease, trypanasomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness, over six years, the Monitor/allAfrica.com reports (Pacutho, 9/22). China…
To begin an “improved” U.S.-Africa relationship “of shared ideas, vision and investments that increase … mutual prosperities” both the U.S. and Africa “must accept urgent and substantial changes in the nature of our bond,” Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.
During the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday is scheduled to announce that Britain is teaming up with Norway, the Netherlands and Australia to invest $1 billion to strengthen the health systems in developing countries, the Financial Times/NineMSN reports.
The Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) 2009 meeting, which begins Tuesday in New York, has added a new theme to its agenda â€“ “investing in women and girls to narrow the gender gap,” Bloomberg reports in an article examining the conference. “In all the world there is only one strategy which clearly slows population growth, raises income and promotes more social stability that is supported across all religious and cultural lines,” former President Clinton said. “And that is putting all the girls in school and giving all the young women access to the labor market.”
Despite Signs Of Economic Growth, World’s Poorest ‘Still Not Out Of the Woods,’ U.N. Secretary-General Says
During a news conference Thursday, U.N. secretary Ban Ki-moon highlighted the need to focus on the poorest people in the world even as “economists in developed nations are cautiously pointing to the first signs of renewed economic growth,” the New York Times reports.