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UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Transformative Leadership -- A Clear Path to Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Jane Wales | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

Disruptive change happens when government officials, business executives and social activists embrace a shared goal and collaborate with the mantel of leadership passing from one to the other according to the task at hand.

Sustainable Peace for Sustainable Development: Scrutinizing the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 16 in Question

Ajarat Bada | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Ajarat Bada

My name is Ajarat Bada and I am the Director for The Missing Millennium Development Goal Initiative. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to these efforts. Transformative shift number 4 in the High Level panel's report particularly inspires us.

A Chance to Make a Change

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

The Youth Assembly was not the first time that I visited the United Nations, but it was the first time that I felt truly united with a group of young people like me who, together, radiated the kind of dynamic energy that will change the world.

Why Millennials Can and Will Revolutionize International Development

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

The importance of young people engaging with the MDGs, SDGs, and the international development community more broadly stems from the fact that these initiatives will impact our generation and the world that future generations will inherit.

Gates Annual Letter's Big 2030 Health Goals: How Do We Get Them Done?

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We see the most effective way to reach these goals is to put authentic, humble, and proactive cause-based collaboration at the center of how we work. We've seen this work well in the case of malaria.

If You Could Imagine a Better World, What Would it Look Like?

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

For me, it's a world where no one goes hungry and everyone has the means to provide for themselves and their families. It's a world where we can be confident the environment will be clean and healthy for future generations.

Reversing Malaria And TB, Other Huge UN Goals Will Be Met In 2015

UN Dispatch | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact

Years that shake up the international system do not come around that often. Think: 1945, 1968, 1989, 2000 and 2001. 2015 may be one of those years....

Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity

Ulysses Smith | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Ulysses Smith

A noble exhortation to be sure, one that, it is safe to say, absolutely no one can argue with. But unfortunately the report falls short of making a valuable contribution to the wider discussion around the new development agenda, particularly when it comes to navigating the difficult road ahead.

Why We Can't Ignore The Outliers

Muthi Nhlema | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Muthi Nhlema

Ultimately, it's an important step in the vision to ensure access to clean, continuous water for everyone.. not just today, but forever.

The Education Drive for the Girl Child in Nigeria

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

November marks seven months after the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. Despite the widely received global #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign, the girls remain under the control of the extremist group.

It's Time To Fulfill The Promise To End Violence Against Women

UN Women | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Globally, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life. The World Health Organization has declared violence against women to be a global health problem of epidemic proportions.

When Going to School Does Not Mean Learning

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Obadias Ndaba

The second target of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000 by world leaders and set to expire next year, is to "ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling." So, how far are we now?

David vs. Goliath?

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

We hope that we can all fully recognize and support the hard work by citizen and civil society leaders which is still very much needed to ensure these promises truly make a difference.

Biodiversity: What's Worth Saving?

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

New economic analysis shows it's a great deal to reduce coral losses -- but likely not to make more protected areas.

For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development

Ulysses Smith | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Ulysses Smith

It is time for the international community to roll up its sleeves and get to the business of deciding the world's new development agenda, known as the Post-2015 Agenda, the successor to the Millennium Development Goals which expire at the end of next year.

For Children of War, We Must Provide Education

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Damascus was a beautiful city full of generous people who seemed charmed by my attempts at Arabic and eager to show me their city and country. Then came the Iraq war. I had to leave in March 2003 and I never made it back.

We Can't Have A Post-2015 Agenda Without Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

When the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 is pregnancy and childbirth; when two-thirds of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among adolescent girls; and when 200 million women want to use family planning methods but lack access, the young girls and women of the world do not have a promiscuity problem -- they have a human rights problem.

Commitments For Women Take Center Stage At 69th U.N. General Assembly

Casey Santiago | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Casey Santiago

Nearly 90 percent of maternal deaths are preventable with access to appropriate care, all of which can be provided for as little as $250 per woman.

We Know It Works, So Let's Keep Women's Health Central in Global Development

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Ann M. Starrs

As the governments of the world convene this week to discuss them, they need to look at the evidence. But they also need to listen to the voices of the millions of girls and women around the world for whom access to contraception and safe abortion is integral to their survival, to their health and to their well-being.

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There is no time for complacency when 800 women and girls continue to die each day of pregnancy and childbirth complications, and more than 220 million women who want to plan their births continue to lack modern contraception.

How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days?

Ray Chambers | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Let's approach the remaining 500 days fully aware of how our hard work can add up to millions of precious lives, and bring our ambitious goals closer than ever to the finish line.

Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Calcium, protein, vitamin B-12 and iron are essential to human health. Animal-based foods are an important source of these micronutrients, and where we at Heifer work, they're sometimes the only source readily available.

What the World Food Programme, Hillary Clinton, Women and Nutrition Have in Common

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

I got the chance to be in an inspiring place where you can actually breathe knowledge and engagement for social-economic and human causes, namely poverty eradication and food access ( or accessibility) to all.

The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict.