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    The UN’s Support of Midwifery and the Serious Gaps That Remain

    by  • December 21, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 

    The world faces a shortage of midwives, who could crucially cut the maternal death rate. Here, Cambodians training to be midwives, in an Australian financed program at the Technical School for Medical Care in Phnom Penh. CHRISTOFFE GARGIULO

    Midwifery is one of the world’s most ancient vocations, its practitioners playing a prominent role dating back to the Bible. In much of the world, midwives continue to play an important role in maintaining the health of women and newborns. It should come as no surprise, then, that investments in this occupation, according to...

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    Peace Wins a Place in Several New UN Development Goals

    by  • August 29, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Grave of Starokostiantyniv Serhiy Bondarchuk, Euromaidan, May 2104

    A key new element in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that will be adopted formally in late September at the United Nations is the inclusion of goals and targets that go beyond the traditional development objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and address social transformation more broadly. In particular, the new framework singles...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 

    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    Illegal Money Transfers From Developing Nations Nearing $1 Trillion

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Governance, News Bits, World Bank • 1 Comment

    Guinea money

    A nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., estimates that in 2011 — the latest data available — $946.7 billion flowed out of developing countries in various illegal ways, including diversions by corrupt officials and businesses as well as through tax evasion, terrorist transfers and cash moved across borders in the suitcases of traffickers....

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    The World Trade Organization: Seeking a Fair Balance of Interests

    by  • April 16, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    WTO conference in Bali 2013

    Working most of the time, far away from the attention of the world public, an international organization was recently in the limelight: the World Trade Organization. After lengthy negotiations on liberalization measures in world trade, which started in 2001 and dragged on because of considerable differences of opinion between the developed and the developing...

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    Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

    by  • January 19, 2014 • Deputy Secretary-General, Development, Peace and Security • 

    Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

    Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN...

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    World Bank, WHO and Japan Seek Full Health Coverage in All Nations

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Development, Health and Population, World Bank • 

    The World Bank is setting measurable targets for universal health care coverage for all people of the world. Here, schoolgirls play soccer in a flooded field in Bangladesh. STEPHAN BACHENHEIMER

    While Americans quarrel over the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — much of the rest of the world has established or is moving toward universal health care for all citizens, and the World Bank is taking a lead in setting measurable targets for meeting that goal as a priority in human development. “The quest...

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