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U.N. MDG Summit Begins; UNAIDS Data Shows 22 African Countries See Drop In New HIV Infections

“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 – 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.

Opinions: Bachelet Appointment; Sanitation MDG; Women’s Education; Smallholder Farms

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…

World Water Week Urges MDG Summit To Highlight Water, Sanitation

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.

World Water Week: Urbanization, Irrigation, Global Food Security

“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.

World Water Week Kicks Off With a Focus On Pollution, Quality

A group of over 2,500 leading water experts from 130 countries gathered in Stockholm on Sunday to kick off World Water Week, where they will focus on “increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe,” Agence France-Presse reports (Larson, 9/5).