“The U.S. Senate Monday approved a bill intended to help 100 million people around the world gain access to clean water and sanitation,” United Press International reports (9/20).
Water and Sanitation
Secretary-General Opens U.N. Summit On MDGs With Appeal For World Leaders To Maintain Target Commitments
On the first of the three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed “to the assembled presidents, prime ministers and kings to use their power to meet U.N. goals to help the world’s poorest by 2015,” the Associated Press reports.
“Ten years after world leaders set the most ambitious goals ever to tackle global poverty, they are meeting again to try to spur action to meet the targets by the 2015 deadline â€“ which the U.N. says will be difficult, if not impossible, in some cases,” the Associated Press reports. More than 140 world leaders are scheduled to participate in the three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which kicks off Monday.
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…
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Participants at the first meeting of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) â€“ which wrapped up recently in Accra, Ghana â€“ drew up a “Green Revolution” action plan aimed at ensuring food security in Africa, SciDev.Net reports.
The 20th World Water Week Friday issued a statement calling on the forthcoming High Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals to pay more attention to water and sanitation at its concluding session,” Xinhua reports.
Inter Press Service reports on the ongoing talks at World Water Week over “the widespread devastation caused to humans by polluted water.”
“Global efforts to improve access to drinking water have been hampered by rapid urbanisation, with the proportion of people in urban areas with access actually declining, according to U.N. figures presented” at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Agence France-Presse reports.
Focusing On Most Disadvantaged Children More Cost-Effective Than Current Strategies, UNICEF Reports Say
UNICEF on Tuesday said that by “comparing the effectiveness of different strategies for aid delivery, targeting the poorest and neediest children could save more lives per $1 million spent than the current path,” Reuters reports (Charbonneau, 9/7).