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    A New Network to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 9th, 2009

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    New network to combat noncommunicable diseases
    Noncommunicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers, diabetes, respiratory diseases and common injuries account for the vast majority of all global deaths, but because they are not yet included as priorities in the global development agenda, donors and international organizations have yet to pledge […]

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    Brazil’s Poor Advance Less in Health MDGs / Pobres avançam menos em ODM de saúde

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    In a prior post I discussed how a new web portal (Portal ODM) has been created in Brazil, with help from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, that would allow anyone who wishes to track (and perhaps influence) Brazil’s progress at the municipal level toward achieving the the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).*
    I […]

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    Making the Millennium Goals Concrete at the Local Level

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    It is fascinating to watch how technology is transforming development policy in developing countries, how it is shaped, influenced and tracked, and how it is used to heighten the involvement of local communities and community actors in the process.  Here’s one example: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will unveil […]

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    Progress Towards the Health MDGs in LAC / Progreso hacia los ODM relacionado con la salud en ALC

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently 14 United Nations (UN) agencies* released a report (English, Spanish) reviewing the status of efforts of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations toward meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    The report addresses the following health-specific MDGs:

    reducing the under-five mortality rate by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015;
    reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 3/4 between 1990 […]

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    Finding More Funds for Global Health During Tough Economic Times

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    World Leaders Call for More Investment in Global Health
    A new high-level taskforce* set up to find new ways to finance better health results in poor countries has held its inaugural meeting in Doha at the UN Financing For Development Summit in Qatar.
    “This is a unique moment for us all. These are extraordinary, […]

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    Recyclables for Electricity Program Catches On

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

    When the 10 winners for 2008 of the biennial World Business and Development Awards were announced a few weeks back, the Spanish energy conglomerate Endesa was one of the recipients for a program its subsidiaries run in two Brazilian states.  The program helps people pay for their power bills while promoting recycling.  While an interesting […]

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    Nueva estrategia regional sobre la salud del recién nacido

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Health Ministers of the Americas, at the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body, agreed to a new regional strategy and plan of action regrading newborn health. The Ministers are concerned that, while great strides have been made in the region in reducing the mortality of young […]

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    World Tourism Day Event in Lima Tackles Climate Change / Evento del Día Mundial del Turismo afronta el reto del cambio climático

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    From the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
    Tourism will Grow Smartly – World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank
    Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics, local community involvement as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank held on the theme ”Tourism Responding […]

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    Consensus on Principles for Sustainable Foresty and Climate Change?

    Thursday, September 25th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Forest Leaders Meet, Agree on Principles for Sustainable Forestry Management to Address Climate Change
    International efforts to combat climate change received a boost today with consensus amongst a diverse group of global forest leaders on a new set of principles dealing with sustainable forestry.
    A two-day meeting in Washington, organized by The Forests Dialogue […]

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    The Economics of Climate Change in the Caribbean / La economía del cambio climático en el Caribe

    Sunday, September 14th, 2008

    From the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):
    ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE CARIBBEAN
    ECLAC study to review policy and provide country-by-country assessments of its impacts.
    A review of the economics of climate change in the Caribbean will be the subject of a study to be undertaken by ECLAC Sub-regional Headquarters for […]

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