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Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

by Rachel Vogelstein
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks during a closing ceremony of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2012. Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks during a closing ceremony of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2012. Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters

This year—2015—is an auspicious moment for global development. In September, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, UN member states will adopt a new framework that will guide international development over the next fifteen years. In advance of the fall summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—as well as the upcoming Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—I hosted Thomas Gass, assistant secretary-general for policy coordination and inter-agency affairs at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, deputy chief executive officer at the United Nations Foundation and former U.S. chief negotiator on the SDGs, to discuss gender equality and the future of the international development agenda.

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Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Strengthening Health Systems for Sustainability

by Guest Blogger for Shannon K. O'Neil
A man walks by a mural with health instructions on treating the Ebola virus, in Monrovia, November 18, 2014. (James Giahyue/Reuters) A man walks by a mural with health instructions on treating the Ebola virus, in Monrovia, November 18, 2014. (James Giahyue/Reuters)

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Amit Chandra, an emergency physician and global health consultant based in Washington, DC.

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This Week in Markets and Democracy: FIFA Corruption, Chronic Hunger, and Poverty Reduction

by Shannon K. O'Neil
FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the media after meeting the presidents of the soccer federations of Israel and Palestine at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich September 3, 2013. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters) FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the media after meeting the presidents of the soccer federations of Israel and Palestine at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich September 3, 2013. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

This post marks the launch of a new feature on the Development Channel, “This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, will highlight the week’s noteworthy events and articles.

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Moving Beyond Utopia to What’s Possible for 2030: Setting Realistic Sustainable Development Goals

by Guest Blogger for Shannon K. O'Neil
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the plenary of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2012 (Reuters/Paulo Whitaker). Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the plenary of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2012 (Reuters/Paulo Whitaker).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Deirdre White, chief executive officer of PYXERA Global.

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World Toilet Day and the Need for Clean Water

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A woman carries water from the polluted Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India, May 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave). A woman carries water from the polluted Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India, May 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave).

The fact that a global water crisis is underway is likely unfathomable to many people living in developed countries, where getting clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But for those living in developing countries, water insecurity is a very real threat.

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Eliminating Poverty and Hunger By Empowering Women

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A woman farmer in Khokana, Nepal, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Navesh Chitraka). A woman farmer in Khokana, Nepal, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Navesh Chitraka).

Food security and hunger eradication are international priorities because of their indisputable positive impact on development goals, local and regional economies, and social stability. Yet despite global attention, nearly 870 million people around the world still do not know where their next meal is coming from. Although this number has fallen by 130 million people since 1990, the decline plateaued after 2008, making clear that new and refined strategies to eliminate world hunger are needed.

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Thoughts on the UN High-Level Panel’s Post-2015 Report

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) speaks to Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (AU) Rhoda Peace Tumusiime during a meeting on water, a prelude to a High Level Panel (HLP) for world development set up by the U.N. Secretary General, at City Hall in Monrovia January 30, 2013. Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) speaks to Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, commissioner for rural economy and agriculture at the African Union (AU), during a meeting on water, a prelude to a High Level Panel (HLP), at City Hall in Monrovia, Liberia on January 30, 2013.

Last week the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released its long anticipated report: A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development. I’ve finally had time to give the long report a good read. It is an aspirational manifesto, reflecting a “new mainstream” in development thinking that departs substantially from the development thinking of the 80s, 90s, or even the 2000s.

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Post-2015 Development Issues: Conclusions

by Terra Lawson-Remer
High rise buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai on April 28, 2009 (Arko Datta/Courtesy Reuters). High rise buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai on April 28, 2009 (Arko Datta/Courtesy Reuters).

This series has argued that human rights and good governance are critical aspects of global development, as both an end in themselves and as a means to an end. The examination of potential human rights and governance goals, targets, and indicators for the emerging post-2015 global development framework reveals three main insights.

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New From CFR: Foreign Affairs on the Millennium Development Goals

by Development Channel Staff
A man pushes his bicycle loaded with harvested grass in Mchinji, Malawi on April 21, 2008 (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters). A man pushes his bicycle loaded with harvested grass in Mchinji, Malawi on April 21, 2008 (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters).

In the March/April 2013 issue of Foreign Affairs, development scholar John McArthur, a former manager of the UN Millennium Project, reviews the history of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and takes stock of their progress. Read more »

Post-2015 Development Issues: Personal Security

by Terra Lawson-Remer
A girl stands in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on the outskirts of Belet Weyne, about 315 km (196 miles) from Somalia's capital Mogadishu on February 20, 2013, in this picture provided by the African Union-United Nations Information Support (AU-UN IST) team (Tobin Jones/Courtesy Reuters). A girl stands in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on the outskirts of Belet Weyne, about 315 km (196 miles) from Somalia's capital Mogadishu on February 20, 2013, in this picture provided by the African Union-United Nations Information Support (AU-UN IST) team (Tobin Jones/Courtesy Reuters).

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are central aspects of global development. Fundamental to human freedom, these objectives are both an end in themselves and a means to an end, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda. In this regard, guaranteeing personal security is a critical development goal.

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