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Obama To Meet With Ugandan UNGA President Who Defends Anti-Gay Legislation

Foreign Policy: Obama to Meet With Ugandan Defender of Harsh Anti-Gay Law at United Nations “President Barack Obama will meet with Sam Kutesa, the controversial Ugandan diplomat serving as president of the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday in a move that is sure to frustrate rights activists who say…

Sexual, Reproductive Rights Essential To Sustainable Development, UNFPA Head Says

Inter Press Service: Sexual & Reproductive Rights are Human Rights, Says UNFPA Head “Addressing a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Executive Director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said ……

Clean Water, Sanitation Critical In Post-2015 Development Planning

News outlets report on issues surrounding access to clean water and the importance of including the issue in the post-2015 development agenda. The Guardian: Expert calls for moral crusade to bring clean water and sanitation to billions “A moral crusade similar to the campaign to abolish slavery will be needed…

Campaign To Reduce Maternal Mortality Using Mobile Technology Launched

Media sources report on the launch of a new campaign, Zero Mothers Die, aimed at reducing maternal mortality by providing mothers with access to health care information through mobile phones. Newsweek: The $30 Pink Cellphone That Could Help Save the Lives of Pregnant Women “A new campaign launched Monday is…

Children Are Main Victims Of War, UNICEF Reports

VOA News: UNICEF Says Children Main Victims of War “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime…” (Schlein, 9/23).

Climate Should Not Be Top Priority Compared With Other Development Issues

National Post: Bjørn Lomborg: Global warming is hardly the world’s biggest problem Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting the world’s leaders for a climate summit today, ‘to make climate change a top priority for all…

WHO Releases Consensus Statement On Prevention Of Disrespect, Abuse During Childbirth

Maternal Health Task Force: WHO Releases First Statement on Preventing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth Katie Millar, a technical writer with the MHTF, discusses the WHO’s release of a consensus statement titled “Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth,” “the first of its kind. Besides being a violation…

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