Poverty and Hunger

Poverty and Hunger

Eradicating extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges. The poor are not only those with the lowest incomes but also those who suffered from hunger, disease, and the lack of adequate shelter. This blog addresses two fundamental aspects of the challenge of reducing poverty: securing the availability and affordability of food; and generating productive employment and decent...

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A message from the UN Secretary-General

A message from the UN Secretary-General

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly convened a High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2008. At the halfway point towards the target date, significant progress has been made, but urgent and increased efforts are needed by all stakeholders in order to meet the Goals by 2015. The High-level Event is a...

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Comment on Secretary-General’s 2008 Global MDG report

[ NOTE : The following comment on the Secretary-General's 2008 Global MDG report was posted to the Asia Pacific Community of Practice on Social Inclusion, Gender equality and Health Promotion in the MDGs (AP-MDG-Social), a  specialized sub-group of the Asia Pacific MDG Community of Practice launched by UNESCAP, UNDP and ADB.  (http://cop.mdgasiapacific.org/group/ap-mdg-social) The comment...

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Water and Sanitation

Side Event ‘Water and Sanitation for All’ In order to give strong political support for international efforts to address water and sanitation issues and to highlight the necessity to accelerate efforts to meet the MDG water and sanitation target, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Tajikistan have organised a side event on water and sanitation in the afternoon of 24th September 2008 at...

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Imparting ICT enabled education to empower girl child, women and youth for poverty alleviation

A project of ICT enabled Community Centric Sustainable Development in Rural India called ‘India Village Liberation’ (IViL), in association with ‘IIT for Villages’ formed by social activists and students of Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, a premier technological institute in India has been initiated for setting up ICT Kiosks for Rural Community Development and imparting...

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Involving Men in Women’s Empowerment Programmes

In developing world the control over women’s health has traditionally been in the hands of men in her family (the father, father-in-law, husband, brother, and then her son). The father’s decide whether the child – has a safe delivery, gets immunized, receives proper nutrition, is able to grow up in a healthy and hygienic environment, etc. He also decides how much education...

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