Bachelet Appointment To U.N. Women Lends ‘Star Power’ To Gender Equality Agenda The appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to head U.N. Women is an “excellent choice” that “adds stature and star power to the agenda for gender equality,” according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. The editorial cites…
The number of children who die before age 5 has declined by one-third since 1990, Reuters reports.
Financial Times Analyzes Increasing Pressures On Aid Groups To Demonstrate Accomplishments With Donor Money
Ahead of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit, the Financial Times’ Alan Beattie analyzes the effects of tightening aid budgets on development program funding, emphasizing how such changes are resulting in a push for increased measures to assess the effectiveness of aid.
Blog: Chan, Shah Stress Importance Of Country Ownership Ministerial Leadership Initiative’s “Leading Global Health” blog has an ongoing series: “In the Driver’s Seat: A Series on Country Ownership of Health Programs.” The first post in the series is an interview with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who said “If countries don’t…
Media Outlets Examine How Maternal Health, Efforts To Reduce Global Poverty Will Be Central To Next Week’s MDG Summit
Media outlets continued to look ahead to next week’s U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit, with a focus on two of the central themes to be addressed at the meeting â€“ maternal health and poverty.
Also In Global Health News: Food Security In Africa’s Sahel Region; Jailed TB Patients In Kenya; Pneumococcal Vaccination Efforts; HIV/AIDS In China
Rain In Chad Could Ease Food Shortages, Famine Threat To Sahel Region Subsiding “Abundant rains in Chad have raised hopes for an end to severe food shortages but the effects will linger and lead to new difficulties across Africa’s Sahel region in 2011, aid workers predict,” Reuters reports. “With signs…
Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, “sought to highlight Washington’s aid efforts Wednesday during his first visit” to the country since the severe floods hit, the Associated Press reports. “Holbrooke stressed that U.S. support is focused on saving lives, rather than winning hearts and minds or pushing Pakistan to step up operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.”
The U.N. General Assembly opened its 65th session on Tuesday in New York with the new Assembly President Joseph Deiss, former Swiss foreign minister, calling for the focus of the upcoming year to be prioritizing efforts to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reaffirming the role of the U.N. in global governance and promoting sustainable development, Xinhua reports (9/15).
Maternal mortality has declined by more than one-third since 1990, according to a report (.pdf) from U.N. agencies released on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
“Michelle Bachelet, famous for breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman elected president of Chile, will head the new global United Nations agency created to advance womenâ€™s rights, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.