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Gender Equality, Reproductive Health Essential For Sustainable Development, Asian-Pacific Conference Participants Agree

“Gender equality and reproductive health are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development agenda, participants said at” the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) in Bangkok, supported by the U.N. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP),…

Kaiser Family Foundation, UNAIDS Release Annual Funding Analysis On Global AIDS Response

“As world leaders prepare to meet to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and [UNAIDS] evaluates international efforts to finance the response to the AIDS epidemic,” a joint press release from the organizations states. “The annual funding analysis finds donor governments disbursed…

Report Presents Ideas Essential To U.N. Development Discussions

The New York University Center on International Cooperation recently published a study, titled “United Nations Development at a Crossroads,” which includes several case studies on development issues. “Any effort to improve the impact of the U.N. development system, and make it relevant to today’s challenges, must have as a starting…

U.N.’s Ban Gives Final Push For Meeting MDGs; Leaders Set To Discuss Post-2015 Agenda

“With just over 800 days left to achieve the most ambitious anti-poverty program the world has ever seen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gathered [on Monday] at U.N. headquarters heads of state and representatives of business, civil society and philanthropic organizations to fuel a final push to propel the Millennium…

Donor Funding For AIDS Response In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Plateaued, Report Says

“Global financing to fight AIDS has remained essentially flat since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and [UNAIDS],” the New York Times reports. In 2012, donors gave nearly $7.9 billion to low- and middle-income countries, about the same amount provided over the past…

U.N., Partners Launch New Comprehensive Malaria Approach

“The United Nations and a coalition of partners [on Tuesday] launched a comprehensive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which — despite tremendous advances — still kills an estimated 660,000 people each year and poses a major challenge to development,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “With the participation of world…

U.N. Holds First-Ever High-Level General Assembly Session On Disability And Development

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic U.N. meeting of world leaders Monday ‘to break barriers and open doors’ for the more than one billion disabled people around the world,” the Associated Press/Huffington Post reports, noting, “The goal of the first-ever high-level General Assembly meeting was to spur international action to…

Leaders At U.N. Urge Continued Action To Meet MDGs

“With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) looming, United Nations officials [on Tuesday] called on countries to accelerate action to meet the global targets that have spurred the fastest reduction of poverty in human history,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Leaders, including U.N. Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark…

USAID Blog Summarizes Events At U.N. General Assembly Meeting

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” includes daily highlights from the U.N. General Assembly meeting. In the first day’s summary, the blog includes links to an interview with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and a press release announcing a $1.15 billion commitment from the World Bank, UNICEF, the Government of Norway, and USAID for maternal…