Human Development Report 2014

Since 1990, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been publishing an annual Human Development Report. The latest report from July 2014, “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, focuses on the question of today’s precariousness. Although an improvement of human development in most countries can be observed – due to advanced technology, education or income – “a widespread sense …

2014 MDG Report

July 7, 2014 – NYC – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the 2014 MDG Report today at the opening of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) under the auspices of ECOSOC. He pointed out that the MDGs had served to “unite, inspire and transform” the world, and that more of the MDG goals were still in reach with a …

Need help designing seed-related assistance?

Seed System is a collaboration among diverse national and international organizations aiming to improve seed security in high stress and vulnerable areas across the world. Their new website seedsystem.org provides practical (‘how- to”) guidance and strategic thinking to help professionals design seed-related assistance.  pro provides practical (‘how-to’) guidance and strategic thinking to help professionals design seed-related assistance. Seed system website …

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Olivier De Schutter, a United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has recently presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council. The Rapporteur called for the world’s food system to be radically and democratically redesigned. (SRFOOD.ORG, 2014). In the final report, Olivier De Schutter presents his main conclusions and a summary of recommendations issued over the …

New Freshwater Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Integration Guidelines by Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG)

Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) published Freshwater Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Integration Guidelines : A Framework for Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa in December 2013 to guide the integration of Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and  Freshwater Conservation programs. The integration guidelines document highlights the benefits, the approaches, the principles and the rationale for the integration of the WASH and freshwater conservation …

State of the World’s Children 2014

NEW YORK, 30 January 2014 – Declaring that ‘every child counts’, UNICEF today urged greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world’s 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights. The children’s agency, in a report released today, highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the …

Child malaria cut in half

The good news: In its 2013 Malaria Report, WHO reports that “Worldwide, between 2000 and 2012, estimated malaria mortality rates fell by 45% in all age groups and by 51% in children under 5 years of age. If the annual rate of decrease that has occurred over the past 12 years is maintained, then malaria mortality rates are projected to decrease …

2013 Corruption Perception Index

Each year, Transparency International conducts surveys of how citizens perceive corruption in the public sector of their countries. It ranks countries from 1 (Denmark, cleanest) to 175 (Afghanistan, perceived as most corrupt – there are 177 countries but a few are tied). You can see the results for all countries by clicking here, where you can also link to all …