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UNDP Opens Ministerial Meeting Marking 50th Anniversary; Head Says Including Military Spending In ODA Could Hurt Poorest Nations

Devex: UNDP marks 50th anniversary with ministerial meeting
“Representatives from more than 120 countries will gather Wednesday in New York for the United Nations Development Programme’s ministerial, a meeting that’s part commemoration of the agency’s 50th anniversary and part discussion about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals…” (Saldinger, 2/24).

The Guardian: Redefining aid could undermine fragile nations, says U.N. development chief
“The decision to redefine overseas aid to include some military spending in fragile countries will hinder international efforts to help the poorest nations and could even undermine their stability, the U.N.’s development chief has warned. Last week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revised the rules on what can be counted as foreign aid — technically known as official development assistance (ODA) — following lobbying from the U.K. and other member countries…” (Jones, 2/24).

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