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Global Development's Latest Challenge: Conference Fatigue

Adam Lewis | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Adam Lewis

They say those who can't do, teach. But those who can do neither? They attend conferences.

U.N. Week -- Style Over Substance

Denise Dunning | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Our system is broken. We are failing to build a post-2015 development agenda that integrates the voices, values and priorities of the majority of the world's population. Far too few of our resources are being invested in deserving grassroots leaders and civic organizations.

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Almost all maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. Millions of lives can be saved if women have access to skilled and trained midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.

Brazil's Inventive Solution To Save Newborns: Breast Milk Banks

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

Every year, one million babies die on the day they are born. Brazil is on the fast track to ending this trend with one simple solution: breast milk.

Newborn Health: How Do We Care For The Most Vulnerable In Our Society?

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Newborn health is inextricably connected to maternal health. Similarly to maternal mortality, preventable diseases are the major causes of under-five deaths. Inadequate nutrition, limited access to clean water and poor healthcare infrastructures lead to the spread of preventable infectious diseases.

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.

7 Secrets Within Obama's UN Address

Peter Paskale | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Powerful speeches contain powerful content. For that content to shine though, it must be mounted into a powerful structure. Barack Obama's speech today at the UN General Assembly contained both.

Are You #UpForSchool?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Nothing will change for the most vulnerable in our world without pressure. This is clearly true for education as well, because though we have made progress, here we are with just over a year to go and 58 million children around the world are still denied even a basic education.

UN Chief Welcomes Airstrikes In Syria

AP | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he said pose "an immediate threat to...

Maternal Health: More Than Just Survival!

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

For me, that morning when I saw a positive sign on the pregnancy test, I was filled with excitement, expectations and a sense of craziness. The thought of survival never crossed my mind. I didn't have to worry about affording care or being able to access a midwife, and I knew that this privilege was due to where I lived.

What's Possible If We #Commit2Deliver

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

As we look forward and position issues for the post-2015 development agenda, it is important to reflect on what is possible if we accelerate action, target resources and embrace accountability in the remaining time of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Giving Young Women a Fair -- and Healthy -- Chance

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

In the end, it is education and health that will determine if an adolescent girl becomes a woman with equal opportunity. And now we have data to help us to shift to a holistic approach to bring the two together in development programs.

Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-2015 Dialogue

Ward Cates | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development.

Right Cause, Wrong People

Brigid McConville | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Brigid McConville

These are the people with the power to bring deep and lasting change in their own countries, rather than short-term fixes determined in London or New York.

New Website Promotes Supply Chain Transparency

Rani Hong | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Rani Hong

Modern-day slavery is a human rights violation hidden in the shadows of our globalized markets. Today, it is estimated that tens of millions of adults and children are living in conditions of modern-day slavery around the world.

With Iran, Diplomacy Will Be a Marathon, Not a Sprint

David Shams | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
David Shams

While neither side can afford to dither in getting the ball rolling, neither side should expect to sprint to the finish line. After all, we have nearly 35 years of entrenched misinformation, distrust, and virtual cold war.

Biden, Iraqi VP Discuss Recent Wave Of Bloodshed

AP | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The White House says Vice President Joe Biden has told Iraqi Vice President Khudeir al-Khuzaie that the U.S. is committed to a shared figh...

Will 'Safe From the Start' Bring Needed Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Crisis?

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

This week at the U.N. General Assembly, amid critical talks about peace and security in Syria and across the Middle East, another narrative is taking its rightful place in New York -- the health and human rights of women and girls globally.

Like Landmines and Cluster Bombs, Rape Is a Weapon of War and Must Be Outlawed

Patrick Davies | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Patrick Davies

Today at the UN General Assembly the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, with support from dozens of countries including the United States, will be calling for all countries to support a new Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Making Women And Girls A Priority At The UN General Assembly

Betsy McCallon | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.

War on Gaza Without Political Horizon Futile

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Once again we are witnessing a sharp escalation of violence without any pretense of looking for a political horizon. Israel is shelling Gaza from land, sea and air without even thinking about a political perspective.

Why the UN Still Matters on Climate Change

Evan Juska | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green
Evan Juska

Despite its flaws, we still need the UN to address climate change. The danger of the prevailing cynicism around the UN process is that it becomes self-fulfilling, because any future cooperation on climate change will depend first on the good faith of the countries involved.

No Drama at Turtle Bay

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

At the United Nations General Assembly meeting, the world will be watching -- though with markedly less intensity than last year -- to see what the Palestinians will do.

Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

Carole Presern | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Carole Presern

Working together through the Global Strategy, we have seen how sound planning, sufficient resources and political will, can make a significant difference in the lives of millions. But the global community can still do much better.

Foreign Leaders Live It Up In New York While Their Citizens Starve

Posted 09.05.2012 | World

By Lili Holzer-Glier, 100Reporters Beneath the 193 fluttering flags representing the United Nations’ member states cruises a glossy Mercedes ...