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UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

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

Ulysses Smith | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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.

Emma Watson Wants More Men To Speak Up About Global Gender Equality

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

After years of fighting evil on-screen, Hermione Granger is becoming a force for good in the muggle world. Emma Watson, who skyrocketed to stardom...

African Legislatures in African Democracies: The Need to Be Both Transformative and Transactional

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

A FEEEDS blogspot Discussions about African democracies have generally focus on good governance, leadership, and transparency of the executive branch...

Running Toward a Goal -- Margaret Kenyatta at the London Marathon

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Maternal health in Kenya needs vast improvement. Each day, 15 women and 290 children die as a result of pregnancy complications, giving birth, HIV and other curable and preventable childhood diseases.

Partnerships Are Essential to Addressing Nutrition and Post-2015 Development Goals

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

There is a great deal to learn from the experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships in food and nutrition security. My answer to the question on their role in the post MDGs is that they are essential. Governments on their own don't have the funding, skills or reach to succeed.

Human Ingenuity Is Part of Rwanda's Awakening

Tom Carver | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Tom Carver

After the genocide was over, I did not return to Rwanda for 18 years, but I have always kept an eye on what was happening from afar. Once you have been part of a seismic event in a country's history, you always feel connected.

Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

At a time when the world is focused on addressing the core MDG targets for maternal and child mortality, why did the iERG raise the issue of adolescent health? The reasons are multiple.

A Plan for Tackling Inequality: What's Needed Now

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Winnie Byanyima

Each nation and region has its own circumstances, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But we know that in countries which have successfully reduced inequality, progressive taxation has been an important tool, enabling governments to invest in good quality health care and education for their poorest citizens.