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Innovative Data Collection, Analysis Helping Improve U.N. Humanitarian Projects

U.N. News Centre: U.N. bodies present projects showing how ‘Big Data’ can save lives, fight hunger “…The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) and U.N. Global Pulse — an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General — have teamed up on research projects exploring the link between mobile phone usage and hunger and…

Cambodia Falls Short Of Maternal Mortality MDG Target

VOA News: Too Many Cambodian Women Dying During Childbirth “Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. The number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped in recent years. But it is still far short of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals…” (Kimseng, 4/9).

WHO Calls For Cesarean Sections To Be Performed Only When Medically Required

World Health Organization: Cesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary “Cesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. Although it can save lives, cesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women…

WHO Launches Global Registry Of Medical Response Teams For Humanitarian Crises

Agence France-Presse: WHO sets up emergency rapid response network “The World Health Organization launched a new network of rapid response medical teams Wednesday to react to humanitarian crises across the globe…” (4/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises…

Funding From Public, Private Sector Crucial For Successful Post-2015 Development Agenda, U.N.’s Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: At thematic debate, U.N. chief urges efficient private sector funding for post-2015 development “…Delivering the opening remarks to the U.N. General Assembly’s Informal Interactive Hearing for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development [Wednesday], the Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] told the gathering of delegates and private sector…

U.N. Calls For $111M To Fund Humanitarian Activities In North Korea

U.N. News Centre: U.N. calls for $111 million to address urgent humanitarian priorities in DPR Korea “The United Nations [Wednesday] called for some $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) in 2015, covering activities in food and agriculture, health and nutrition, and water…

Though ‘Fine-Tuning’ Warranted, SDG Development Process Should Be Lauded

The Economist: Worthy of support Amar Bhattacharya, senior fellow at the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and Homi Kharas, senior fellow and deputy director of the program “…The question is whether the 17 goals and 169 targets in the draft [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] are an…

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