World Population Day – July 11th

The United Nations says culturally appropriate youth education is needed to combat high teenage pregnancy rates across the globe.

About 16 million girls under 18 years of age give birth each year across the world and 3.2 million have unsafe abortions, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dr Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Pacific director and representative, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat it is a lost opportunity when girls have babies “before their time”.

“They’re unable to fulfill their full potential in terms of education…, their contribution to their families and to themselves, and to the economy,” she said.

The UNFPA is using World Population Day on July 11 to urge nations to help in “breaking the cycle” of teenage pregnancy with targeted education and reproductive health services. More than 500 million of the world’s 600 million girls are in developing countries, according to the UNFPA.

Girls are staying …

New Chief for UN Women

South African politician Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka will replace Chilean presidential candidate Michele Bachelet as head of U.N. Women, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday.

Mlambo-Nguka, former deputy president under Thabo Mbeki (2005-2008), is a known advocate for womens rights and pushed for the government’s anti-AIDS policies to expand treatment, testing and prevention programs at a time when South Africa was still struggling to admit it had a problem with the disease.She was the first African woman to hold that post. She  has also served as Deputy minister i n the department of  Trade and Industry and minister of Trade and Industry.

 

The 57-year-old “has proven to be a ground breaker and a formidable champion for women and girls,” United Nations Foundation president and CEO Kathy Calvin said in a statement.

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Address Climate Change to end Poverty

 

Ending Poverty Includes Tackling Climate Change

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

July 10, 2013

Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp.

But poverty reduction and climate change are linked. We have powerful new evidence that even if  climate change falls short of the much-discussed 4°C warmer world, we could witness the rolling back of decades of development gains and force tens of millions more to live in poverty.

If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end poverty.

To help our clients prepare for the risks of a warming planet, we asked the scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytic in Germany to examine the impacts of climate change on three …

Need to re-imagine growth

 

“Addressing climate change requires addressing the unsustainable consumption and production patterns of rich countries,” wrote Amina Mohammed, special advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General on post-2015 development planning. For example, while energy is wasted in many places, there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity, she noted. Food waste is another huge problem, panelists said.

The discussion asked whether a new global development framework – being crafted to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 – can drive action to tackle climate change.

The recent report from the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, led by the presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and the British prime minister, also identified “an urgent need for developed countries to re-imagine their growth models”.…

MMS &UN news -June

 

Violence is Costly! ; Global Peace Index (GPI) was launched and at a related press conference at the UN experts said “The world had become less peaceful in the past year, Syria being the “biggest ever faller”. We take a key definition of peace as the absence of violence or the absence of fear of violence,” Michelle Breslauer, Director, United States Operations, Institute for Economics and Peace, said of the Index, which comprised 22 indicators measuring internal and external levels of peacefulness in society, including levels of militarization, safety, security and organized conflict. Iceland maintained its position as the most peaceful nation, followed by Denmark, New Zealand and Austria. Afghanistan had always been in the bottom 10 since the Index started in 2007.For 2012, the cost of violence to the global economy was $9.4 trillion, about 11 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Population

MMS and the UN news letter -May

 

Tackling Inequality, the greatest challenge in UN discussions: Tackling inequality is the greatest growing development challenge for the UN panel discussions on Development agenda. We cannot eradicate poverty by 2030 without tackling inequality. If we simply rely on optimistic growth patterns, 400 million people will still be living in extreme poverty by that deadline. Civil society is  pushing the topic to be in the priority list among many other challenges. The people of Bhutan see that money and hyper-consumption aren’t what contribute to happiness and well-being; they are a model for the rest of the world. Read more on  “Tiny Bhutan redefines progress”  at  wwwdavidsuzuki.org

Role of NGOs commended at the UN: A recent UN report says that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) play a crucial role in reaching the MDGs( Millennium Development Goals) and in designing Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) as well as a post-2015 development agenda. They advise on …