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Ahead Of U.N. Summit, Opinion Pieces Continue To Address Various Aspects Of SDGs

The following opinion pieces address various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the U.N. is expected to adopt. Huffington Post: New Paradigm for Partnerships Caitlin Burton, manager of institutional relations at the Grameen Foundation (9/24). Huffington Post: Stories of Progress Are Stories of Partnership Kathy Calvin, president and…

World Bank Cash Transfer Program Aims To Address Malnutrition In Togo

World Bank: Using Social Safety Nets to Combat Child Malnutrition This World Bank feature story discusses a cash transfer program in northern Togo that provides financial assistance to households that are vulnerable to malnutrition. “…In exchange for monthly financial assistance, parents are encouraged to obtain birth certificates for their children,…

CFR Backgrounder Explores SDGs, MDGs

Council on Foreign Relations: Sustainable Development Goals In this CFR Backgrounder, Danielle Renwick, a copy editor and writer at CFR, outlines the SDGs, examines the differences between the SDGs and MDGs, and discusses MDG successes, SDG financing, goal monitoring, and SDG critiques (9/24).

AP Examines U.N. At 70, Debate Over Future Structure, Mission

Associated Press: Syria, Ebola Failures Highlight U.N. Shortcomings “The worsening war in Syria, allegations of child sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and the mishandling of the Ebola epidemic cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations in a globalized world, operating with a power structure that hasn’t changed…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Pharmaceutical Research, Drug Pricing

The Guardian: Drug-price hikes don’t lead to better cures. We must find another way forward Philipp du Cros, infectious diseases specialist and head of the Manson Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) U.K. “…We must move beyond the idea that high prices are the only way to make…

Weaker Global Economic Growth Challenges Efforts To Meet SDGs, IMF’s Lagarde Says

Reuters: IMF’s Lagarde: weaker global growth complicates development goals “Downside risks to global growth have increased and the weak economic outlook will make achieving world development goals more difficult than in the past, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. … ‘It would be a lot easier…