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The Missing Ingredient in UN's 2030 Global Goals

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The United Nations recently brokered two historic agreements, applicable to every person on this planet: In September, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide the UN's work over the next 15 years, and, in December, the UN created a roadmap in Paris for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and responding to their de

The Drug Resistant Killers

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Every five minutes a child in Southeast Asia dies from an infection caused by drug-resistant bacteria -- a situation that is likely to get worse.Antimicrobial resistance, which happens when microorganisms become less susceptible to antibiotics, is making diseases more difficult to contain and harder to cure. Diseases we no longer fear, such as pneu

Climate Change This Week: Breaking Clean Energy Barriers, A Hot Year, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Forests Store Both Carbon and Biodiversity like this Asian cup moth caterpillar. Source flickriver.com When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.OO US Forests Will Store Less Carbon As Growth Is Cancelled By Losses due to pests, wildfires and dro

Climate Change This Week: One Degree Closer to Catastrophe, the Clean Surge, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Way Cool! Nematocampa Forest Caterpillar Shoots Out Tentacles when disturbed by sound - this one recently discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, but this type of caterpillar also occurs in North America. When we threaten forests, we threaten ourselves.OO Deforestation Threatens Ov

The Miracle in Bolivia: A Model for Sustainable Development

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With the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals last week, we have a clear outline for the global political ambitions for the next 15 years. Before we start the discussion about setting national strategies for how to work towards the 17 goals, ranging from hunger and poverty, to climate change and gender inequality, I would like to turn y

The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

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(Meeting the Girl Advocates in New York on the 26th September 2015)Attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit in New York is an amazing opportunity that the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have been honoured to accept for the fourth year in a row. This year's summit was especially important as it finalised the Sustainable

Glitz at the UN, But Less Than $0.01 Per Cup for SDGs

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@CAFEFORCHANGEThe Heads of State, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers from 194 countries met at the United Nations in New York last week to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs as the global agenda post 2015 but, as they, their Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, and thousands of journalists and diplomats all met and drank

The Social Good Summit Taught Us Four Important Things About Reproductive Health & Rights

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CREDIT: Joan ErakitOn a rather humid Sunday afternoon, a crowded lobby entrance at 92Y on Manhattan's upper east side leads one to the 2015 Social Good Summit. In through the heavy glass doors and a quick stop at a registration table to pick up a badge before proceeding to an old elevator, a group of attendees, speakers and journalists bustle arou

Public Health 2.0: Planetary Health

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This week, the United Nations unveiled 17 goals-- and 168 targets - that comprise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The idea of specific goals for organizing action around pressing challenges is critical. But just as important is how these challenges interconnect. By leveraging those points of connection, we can make smarter investments wit

Climate Change This Week: Drought Refugees, Solar Keeps Surging, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful Tropical Gem - toucans live in tropical forests, and will disappear with them. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Earth To Lose An India-Sized Chunk Of Its Tropical Forests By 2050 - new research suggests that tropical forests may be disappearing even faster than we

Climate Change This Week: Choking Trees, Clean Energy Jaggernaut, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Flying frogs glide through dark Asian rainforests. Source www.factzoo.com The clouded leopard is an inhabitant of Cambodian forests, which are being destroyed for timber, at an alarming rate. Source www.animalspot.netForests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Alarm Over 'Timber Grab'

Climate Change This Week: Hillary's Climate Action Plan, A Wind Power Sheet, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Disappear, So Do Beautiful Insects. Pinterest.comForests: the cheapest way to store carbon* * In June, Earth smashed warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. OO First Half Of 2015 Was Hottest Ever Recorded - feel the heat yet? * * OO

Getting Finance to Improve Women's and Children's Health Worldwide

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On a very wet and rainy day in Ethiopia last week, I spent an inspirational morning crowded into the Salem Health Centre. Despite the miserable weather, the Centre was overflowing with women who had, in some cases, travelled long distances to have their babies vaccinated. These mothers know that the vaccines will keep their children healthy, and pa

Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Macaws are just a few of the colorful unique birds found in Brazilian forests. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Brazil Announces Massive Reforestation and Renewable Energy Plan With U.S. - with both countries agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source www.infohostels.comOO Netherlands: For First Time, A Court Orders A Government To Act On Global Warming * *Moore, OK, the day after a huge tornado demolished it. Credit Major Jon Quinlan/defenseimage

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blogspot.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Peru: New Reserve Will Protect Nearly A Million Acres Of Pristine Forest * * A Preview of the Paris Talks? Credit Ed Stein, 2009.OO The World Is Of

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. In a 192-page paper Pope Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion. Source the Daily ClimateOO Encyclical Reveals Pope's Deep Dive Into Climate Science @@ Rick Santorum's "Pick N Choose" Faith: Argues With Pope on Climate Change - saying we shou

Elisabeth Epstein: We Can't Have A Post-2015 Agenda Without Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights

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In 2000, the creators of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) completely overlooked sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), a mistake that, if repeated, would cripple the dreams of millions of young girls and women for years and generations to come.Access to SRHR enables individuals to choose whether, when and with whom to engage in se

Mary Ellen Harte: Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking abov

Girls' Globe: Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

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By the Edna Adan Hospital FoundationLast week, the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) convened in New York City to examine 20 years of actions taken by governments to improve people's lives and address population issues. The Head of State reaffirmed "their commitments to place people at the center of development." Africa has 12 percen
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