Focus first on education, especially for girls, say leaders at Davos

Focus first on education, especially for girls, say leaders at Davos

Lys Anzia – WNN Breaking Commentary (WNN) Davos, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: With almost 700 days left before the deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon brought global advocacy for girls into the discussion at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday during an MDG Advocacy Group event. […]

When violence against South African women ‘seems normal’, crisis is at hand

When violence against South African women ‘seems normal’, crisis is at hand

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA:  Johannesburg’s glitzy shopping arcades, restaurants and leafy suburbs have come to represent the confident, successful face of South Africa. But there is also a violence here, underlined by the country’s rape statistics, that unites both the townships of the have-nots and the gated communities of the wealthy. South […]

Is internal corruption slowing progress in developing countries?

Is internal corruption slowing progress in developing countries?

Philippa Garson for IRIN – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: With the realization that corruption is undermining development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), experts are lobbying the UN to adopt goals and targets on good governance and transparency in the post-2015 development agenda. A high-level […]

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

Megan Rowling for TRF – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF-Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: The Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world is “within reach” but only if considerable extra effort is made immediately, U.N. food agencies said on Tuesday. The number of people suffering from chronic hunger – […]

Global peace & stability is key to reaching all 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

Global peace & stability is key to reaching all 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

Helen Clark – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, N.Y., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Every minute, someone dies from armed violence somewhere in the world (pdf), according to human rights groups and peace campaigners. Though the number of international conflicts has decreased in recent decades, achieving lasting global peace remains an elusive goal. Next week, […]

Prevention & control: It’s the new mantra for malaria treatment worldwide

Prevention & control: It’s the new mantra for malaria treatment worldwide

Misha Hussain for TRF – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, Great Britain, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis (SMC) and work on developing a malaria vaccine are bringing new hope in the battle against the disease that claims over 600,000 lives every year. What other discoveries have had a major impact on the prevention […]

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Rene Kiamba – WNN Science and Health (WNN/USAID) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: At the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, one thing was clear. In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing infant mortality by two thirds before 2015, birth […]

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Thalif Deen – Thomson Reuters Foundaton – AlertNet via  IPS – Inter Press Service – Friday 7 June, 2013 UNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2013 (IPS) – When the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in 2001, two of its primary objectives were to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 and promote […]

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