The first 1,000 days of a child's life determines her mental and physical development for life. Without proper nutrition, children are more prone to infectious diseases, will struggle in school and will be less productive in her job.
On October 4-5, the world community will consider the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. This is a crucial opportunity to sustain and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
The Obama Administration should help ensure that other governments accord the same regard for civil society as we do. Until civil society can safely share its views and advocate reform, corrupt leaders will not be held accountable.
Sahr Banga used to go to a school with walls made of dung. The community mothers would re-smear them every few months. When the weather warmed to scorching temperatures, they dried, cracked and crumbled.
Africa's often-mentioned hot spots increasingly have become isolated islands of instability on an otherwise surging continent. Let us put aside the African cliché and instead focus our lens on the stars -- the MDG Trailblazers.
Changing weather patterns will inject an element of chaos into the already-fragile existences of the world's poorest people. The Millennium Development Goals are as good a framework as we have to craft a path forward.
In a special message broadcast Sunday, Sept. 12 on our nationally syndicated "Day 1" radio program, President Jimmy Carter called on members of all faiths to take action against global hunger and poverty by supporting the MDGs.