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Opinions: U.S. Aid To Pakistan; MDGs; GHI And Global Fund

U.S. Aid Mostly ‘Invisible To Pakistanis’ “The U.S. military has been working hard to provide flood assistance, but most of that is invisible to Pakistanis,” David Ignatius writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. The article examines the views of Pakistani flood victims, including criticism of their own government’s response: “And…

Politico Examines Reactions To Obama’s Development Policy

“The U.S. development community is pronouncing itself ‘thrilled’ with the Obama administration’s recently unveiled new development policy,” Politico’s Laura Rozen reports on her blog, which examines reaction to President Barack Obama’s speech at the U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “While the [Presidential Policy Directive] PPD, as an internal White House document, has not been publicly released, officials and development community sources say it closely tracks with this White House fact sheet on the policy,” released last week, the blog writes.

Also In Global Health News: Church On Contraceptives In Philippines; Russia’s HIV Epidemic; Floods In Nigeria; Niger Cash Payment Program; Aid To China

Catholic Church Critical Of Filipino President’s Stance On Contraception Catholic Church representatives have criticized Filipino President Benigno Aquino’s support for contraception, the Associated Press reports. The Reverend Deogracias Yniguez of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told AP, “The whole church is against it,” and Reverend Melvin Castro “said church officials…

Over $6B Pledged As CGI Annual Meeting Wraps Up

Donors made 291 commitments worth more than $6 billion at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, which wrapped up on Thursday, Reuters reports. “The value of [CGI] pledges for economic empowerment, education, environment, energy and health was $3 billion less than 2009, but the organization said that in previous years one or two big commitments represented a disproportionate share of the whole,” the news service writes. “Since 2005, nearly 2,000 commitments have been made valued at $63 billion” (Nichols, 9/23).

U.N. MDGs Summit Concludes With ‘Outcome Document’

The three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended Wednesday with world leaders “adopting a declaration agreed [to] earlier this month, which promised intensified efforts by the 192 U.N. member states to achieve the world body’s so-called Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” Reuters reports (Worsnip/Wroughton, 9/22).

Opinions: Financial Transaction Tax; Reframing Antipoverty Efforts; MDGs

‘Tiny Tax’ On Wholesale Currency Transactions Could Help Reach MDGs, Finance Global Fund In a Financial Times opinion piece, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) observes that “the global recession has made reaching [the Millennium Development Goals] and financing the Global Fund more difficult.” According to Stark, “a new approach” is needed.…

Pres. Obama Unveils New U.S. Global Development Policy At U.N. MDGs Summit

During a U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) address in New York on Wednesday, President Barack Obama outlined “changes in how the United States will pursue international development” and “urged wealthy countries … to maintain development assistance to poor nations,” the Washington Post reports.