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South-South Cooperation Can Advance Humanitarian, Development Goals, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Antalya: South-South cooperation can spur great humanitarian, development impact — U.N. relief official “With actors from the Global South increasingly among the frontline responders in fragile and protracted crises, fully leveraging the comparative advantage of South-South cooperation has the potential to have great humanitarian and development impact,…

Global Community Must Recognize Health As Fundamental Human Right

Project Syndicate: The Right to Health Is Universal Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, and Dainius Puras, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health “…Health … is a fundamental human right, encompassing both freedoms and entitlements. … Today, we call on world leaders to confront health…

UNDP Launches New Blueprint For Development In 21st Century

UNDP: A new plan for a new era: U.N. development agency charts course for development in 21st century “The U.N.’s development agency, the United Nations Development Programme, [Tuesday] launched a new and ambitious blueprint for development in the 21st century at the United Nations headquarters in New York. … The…

WASH Progress Being Made But More Education Needed To End Open Defecation

Inter Press Service: “Ambition & Action” Needed to End Open Defecation “What would life be like without access to a toilet? What if our waste was not properly disposed of? For those in the developed world, such questions are hard to fathom, but for 2.3 billion people around the world…

IBSA Fund For Poverty, Hunger Alleviation In Global South Releases Annual Report

U.N. News Centre: Antalya: U.N.-backed fund combating poverty and hunger across Global South launches annual report “Three countries at the forefront of South-South cooperation … launched [Monday] the latest report of the India, Brazil, and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation, known as the IBSA Fund, named after…

U.N. Security Council Resolution Urges More Action Against Human Trafficking, Slavery; Researchers Say Issues Should Be Treated As Global Health Problems

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. Security Council approves tougher action on human trafficking “A resolution urging tougher action to crack down on human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. The resolution called on countries to adopt anti-trafficking laws, ramp up efforts…

Global Community Should Take ‘Coordinated Action’ To Improve Food Systems

Devex: Opinion: Our food systems are perpetuating malnutrition — and stalling development John Beddington, senior adviser at the Oxford Martin School, professor of natural resource management at Oxford University, and co-chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition; and John Agyekum Kufuor, former president of Ghana…

Health Indicator Progress Slipping In Africa, Making Gains In E.U., Reports Show

Devex: Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, and Togo lead Africa on development progress “The rate of progress on human development has slowed over the past five years, according to the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released [Monday]. The report found that progress in education has ‘nearly ground to a halt’ and…

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