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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Receives Preliminary Support For Second Term

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “has received preliminary pledges of support for a second five-year term … from the United States and other key members of the Security Council, U.N. diplomats said,” Reuters reports in an article that examines Ban’s first term at the U.N., set to end on Dec. 31.…

Opinions: Using Taxes To Reduce Poverty; Fighting TB; Meeting Global Food Demands

Increased Tax Revenues Can Create ‘In-Roads Into Poverty Reduction’ “To improve living standards and create jobs,” African governments “need to provide their citizens with better health care, better education, more infrastructure. … How to pay for this – in a way that is both fair and efficient – is a question…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Main Take-Aways From GHME: Reflections on last week’s Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference in Seattle, Washington appeared in several blogs and a Lancet column: Lancet: Offline: Where was Europe? (Horton, 3/26) Karen Grepin’s “Global Health Blog”: A trip to the inside of the Global Health Sausage Factory (3/22)…

Daily Report Global Health Conversations: National Security And Global Health

Lawmakers who are pushing for foreign aid budget cuts and placing global health and food security programs outside the realm of national security are focused on “very short-term financial gains” and, in turn, are discounting the long-term benefits of helping societies cut their disease burdens, Julie Fischer, head of the Stimson Center’s Global Health Security project, said in an interview Tuesday with the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report’s Jaclyn Schiff.

U.S., World Bank Sign MOU To Enhance Efforts To Bring Clean Water, Sanitation To World’s Poor

Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).

Facing Possible Cuts, International Aid Advocates Attempt To Drum Up Support For Foreign Assistance

International aid groups are “scrambling to engage members of Congress and the American public in a dialogue about the need to secure U.S. foreign assistance funding” as the “next deadline for the U.S. Congress to pass a full fiscal year 2011 budget or another short-term continuing resolution is fast approaching” and discussions on the FY12 budget need to begin, the Devex blog “Obama’s Foreign Aid Reform” reports.

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