Speech: The next global development agenda: From aspiration to delivery

Speech: The next global development agenda: From aspiration to delivery
Helen Clark, UNDP
International Growth Centre Public Lecture the London School of Economics, London, UK
21 Jan 2014

– My thanks go to the London School of Economics and the International Growth Centre for this opportunity to discuss the prospects for the post-2015 development agenda. I also commend the International Growth Centre for the role it is playing in providing independent and research-based advice to developing country governments on economic growth…
The signs are that this agenda can be bolder than the MDGs were, responding to the challenges faced by developed and developing countries alike. It will be a sustainable development agenda with poverty eradication as a central imperative…
Already the UN’s Member States have agreed that the agenda should have a “single framework and set of goals – universal in nature and applicable to all countries, while taking account of differing national circumstances and respecting national policies. It should promote peace, and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equality, and human rights for all.” Those were the words of the outcome document of the leader-level meeting on the MDGs and post-2015 last September in New York…

The Global Challenges to Sustainable Development: These encompass but go well beyond the major environmental challenges to include:
:: Persistently high income inequality, inequality of opportunity, and other non-income disparities, together with significant numbers of people still living in extreme poverty.
Equality was highlighted as a fundamental value in the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000, when world leaders acknowledged that: “in addition to our separate responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level.”
Yet little progress has been made in combating inequality in its various forms. Global income inequality stands at a very high level: eight per cent of the world’s population earns half the world’s income, with the remaining 92 per cent earning the other half. Such a distribution is rightly viewed by global civil society networks as unacceptably high, as it is both unjust and undermines development progress.
Evidence suggests that income inequality impedes long-term growth; is associated with poorer health outcomes; generates political instability; contributes to higher rates of violence, including for homicide; erodes social cohesion; and undermines the capacity for the collective decision-making necessary for effective reform. Economic exclusion compounded by political exclusion can be a toxic mix – as a number of uprisings in recent years suggest.
Beyond income inequality, gender-related discrimination, and inequalities related to geography, ethnicity, religion, age, and disability – to name just a few – plague countries in both North and South, and are detrimental to all. Using the inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, which takes into account not only the average achievements of a country on health, education, and income, but also their distribution, the 2013 Human Development Report concludes that the average loss to human development worldwide due to inequality was 23 per cent….
:: The jobs crisis: The ILO estimates that more than 34 million workers lost their jobs with the onset of the global recession of 2008, and an additional 185 million workers joined the ranks of the working poor who subsist on under US $2 dollars a day. Despite a moderate pick-up in output growth expected for 2013–14, the number of unemployed worldwide was projected to rise by 5.1 million last year to more than 202 million, and by another three million this year. Six hundred million more jobs are needed over the next fifteen years just to keep unemployment rates at their current level.
:: Environmental degradation, including to climate, ecosystems, and disasters associated with this: These threaten the health and livelihoods of people around the globe. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, issued last September, considered new evidence and painted a grim picture. It noted that: “Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.”…

The Process from here?
Since early last year, an Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, appointed by the UN General Assembly, has been meeting to formulate proposals for post-2015. It is expected to report by September this year. Parallel to that an expert group on financing for sustainable development is also meeting.
Before the end of the year the UN Secretary-General will bring a synthesis report to the General Assembly on all the inputs to date to support the Member State negotiations to be launched next September. The aim is to have world leaders agree on a new agenda at a world leader’s summit in September 2015.
To support the process, the UN development system is continuing consultations on how a new agenda might be implemented and monitored, and will work with a number of governments to test how targets and indicators might be developed in more challenging areas like governance, peace and security, and disaster risk reduction…

Advancing the agenda; some key points
1.    Target setting: The MDGs were time bound, measurable, and easy to communicate. That helps an agenda get traction. But the targets have not always been a good match with national or local contexts, because they were established as global targets and on the basis of global trends. To be most relevant, targets often need to be localized to reflect what can be achieved – which may be more or less than the indicative global targets suggest.
On this basis, the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Post-2015 recommended that “all Goals in the future agenda be universal, representing the common aspirations of all countries; while almost all targets be set at national or local levels, to account for different starting points and contexts”.
This proposal has gained traction in the UN Member State’s discussions. Recently the proposals have gone further, suggesting that a core set of global goals and targets should be agreed, alongside a ‘menu’ of potential priorities. Using that menu, countries would select those priorities most relevant to them and define realistic, yet ambitious, national and local targets in these areas….
2.    Partnerships and mutual accountability: Big partnerships across governments and many non-state actors – civil society, NGOs, academia, the private sector – are needed to make a global agenda move. Should an accountability framework go beyond the usual suspects – governments – to include the non-state actors? The High Level Panel argued that as the number and importance of non-state development actors grows, including them is essential for the effectiveness of the agenda. They suggest indicative targets to incentivise businesses, for example, to adopt transparent and green accounting practices and codes of behaviour which strengthen accountability norms….

Global agendas matter. They draw attention to critical priorities; they can identify emerging issues; and they can galvanize partnerships for change.
Progress against the MDG targets at the global level has been broadly encouraging. One would not want to assume cause and effect between target setting and a benchmark being reached. Yet with respect to the health MDGs, the rate of decline in the burden of disease in targeted areas is considered to be rather greater than the pre-MDG trends would have produced. In these cases and no doubt others, the global goal-setting focused action and resources, and got results.
So, what goes into the post-2015 agenda and SDGs matters. They will set the global sustainable development agenda for the next fifteen years – years when we need decisive breakthroughs on poverty eradication in all its dimensions, on achieving greater equality, and on ensuring we live within nature’s boundaries while advancing human development.
My final message is: stay engaged. Member States need to continue to hear from their citizens on post-2015. At UNDP and our sister organisations, we will continue to advocate for the voices of the global public to be heard, and for a big, bold agenda. But your voices need to be heard by your governments, and your networks need to be heard by all governments, as they negotiate through the UN process to determine what the next agenda will be.

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Comment: From bright ideas to lives saved

Comment: From bright ideas to lives saved
Steve Davis, President and CEO, PATH. 
World Economic Forum Blog – Jan 25th 2014  http://forumblog.org/2014/01/bright-ideas-lives-saved/

We have less than two years to hold ourselves accountable to worldwide health and development goals set for 2015. As leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors convene at Davos, we must ask ourselves, “How can we do better?”

Collectively, we have made significant strides in improving health. Fewer young children are dying of preventable diseases – yet 18,000 children still die each day. We have nearly halved the number of women dying from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth – yet still, one woman dies every minute.

In the last decade, the global community has invested in one of the largest pipelines of life-saving technologies the world has ever seen. At PATH alone, the leading innovator in global health, we have more than 200 technologies in our pipeline, and we are also working with emerging-country vaccine suppliers from China and India to accelerate their innovations. From rapid diagnostic tests for malaria to affordable devices to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, many solutions exist, and others are on the horizon.

Yet, too often, the bright ideas fail to reach the people who need them most. One key approach – one that’s being discussed fervently this week at Davos – is creating partnerships that transcend sectors. To transform ideas into solutions that help millions of people, we need intentional collaboration between strange bedfellows who bring different, but complementary, resources.

In the quest for a stable supply of malaria treatments, for example, PATH gathered experts from academia, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry to develop the world’s first semisynthetic form of artemisinin for malaria treatment. Together, over nine years, we moved the product from an idea to large-scale industrial production. Our partner Sanofi is currently on track to produce enough artemisinin for approximately 150 million treatments a year. Consider the impact this will have on a disease that kills 660,000 people each year and costs Africa an estimated US$ 12 billion in lost productivity.

As conversations this week reflect, the expanded use of technology and increased civic participation around the world add exciting promise to these intentional collaborations by bringing fresh voices and new approaches to old challenges.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to solve long-standing problems by partnering with new allies, including developing countries who offer new sources for innovative solutions. So what can we do? Let’s connect the dots between the leaders convening here this week and the sectors they represent to make sure we seize this moment.

Analysis: Strategies for Ending a Tax on Private-sector Growth [Corruption]

Analysis: Strategies for Ending a Tax on Private-sector Growth
Daniel F. Runde, Sadika Hameed Contributor: Jeremiah Magpile
JCCSIS Jan 21, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4422-2825-2 (pb); 978-1-4422-2826-9 (eBook)

Corruption remains a priority area for both the private sector and development implementers. However, there is no consensus on practical steps to address it on a global level. This issue is especially important in the context of international trade and development as the private sector plays an increasing role in development outcomes. Moreover, countries with the weakest governance structures tend to be those that most need economic development.

This report reviews the literature surrounding corruption; identifies the opportunity costs of corruption; and posits actionable steps for the private sector to effectively address corruption worldwide, as well as ways for private-sector actors to work with governments to achieve this goal.

WHO: 134th WHO Executive Board session Jan 2014

[Editor’s Note: WHO’s Executive Board session held last week in Geneva covered a broad range of issues and themes. Below, we select documentation from the full inventory here which we believe of key interest to our readers]

WHO: 134th WHO Executive Board session
Date: 20–25 January 2014
Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Selected Documentation
pdf, 281kb

Main documents
EB134/31 Access to essential medicines

EB134/35 Poliomyelitis: intensification of the global eradication initiative

EB134/54 Contributing to social and economic development: sustainable action across sectors to improve health and health equity (follow up of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion)

Conference Papers
EB134/CONF./3 Biological medicines: access to medicines and ensuring safety, quality and efficacy

EB134/CONF./8 Rev.1 Contributing to social and economic development: sustainable action across sectors to improve health and health equity (follow-up of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion)

EB134/CONF./9 Health intervention and technology assessment in support of universal health coverage

EB134/CONF./10 The role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls

EB134/CONF./14 Access to essential medicines



AMREF Appeals for Support for South Sudan
24 January 2014
It is now almost six weeks since violence broke out in South Sudan. On January 22, South Sudanese officials and rebels signed a ceasefire agreement which has been hailed as the first step towards…

…To respond to the crisis, AMREF South Sudan is focused on increasing access to emergency medical and surgical services through mobilising and facilitating surgical, anaesthetic and nursing specialists to provide emergency surgical services in various hospitals; providing physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and post-trauma counseling services as well enhancing the capacity of particular hospitals to respond to emergency and essential medical and surgical services.
Since 2011, AMREF’s Medical Services Outreach Programme has been providing essential medical, surgical, anaesthetic and nursing services to 14 hospitals in all the ten states of South Sudan via a service delivery and capacity building programme conducted in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and partners.  We have a team of committed and recognised specialist surgeons, physicians and nursing staff across the region as well as a well-established flying doctors emergencies service, radio communication networks and disaster response unit.



BRAC ‏@BRACworld Jan 21
BRAC, @MCFoundation and the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports are unleashing #youth potential! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkFdgUqRqEw&list=PL5sHBH5T4J5tvWDZuDokKx5nLT7LYGMrf&feature=share …
7:24 PM – 21 Jan 2014

BRAC ‏@BRACworld Jan 21
RT @ikrukkert Babar Kabir presents #BRACWASH #BMGF workshop. Scale (reaching 60 million plus) brings costs p/capita down
2:21 AM – 21 Jan 2014

BRAC ‏@BRACworld Jan 20
Advancing a southern voice in the #global #development discourse – See more at: http://blog.brac.net/2014/01/advancing-a-southern-voice-in-the-global-development-discourse/#sthash.i68yZV9v.dpuf …
11:10 PM – 20 Jan 2014

BRAC ‏@BRACworld Jan 20
Higher #education located in a laboratory of #socialinnovation – See more at: http://blog.brac.net/2014/01/higher-education-located-in-a-laboratory-of-social-innovation/#sthash.WDJvSaxI.dpuf …
11:09 PM – 20 Jan 2014

BRAC ‏@BRACworld Jan 20
RT @MHTF #Maternalhealth targets need to be hard and heard, but realistic: http://bit.ly/1apbrUX  says Kaosar Afsana of @BRACworld #MDGs
1:58 AM – 20 Jan 2014



ECPAT-USA ‏@ecpatusa 4h
Tomorrow, ECPAT-USA Exec Director Carol Smolenski testifies at a Congressional Hearing about #SuperBowl! Watch live > http://ow.ly/sXxgU 
8:40 AM – 26 Jan 2014

ECPAT International ‏@ECPAT Jan 24
Check out highlights from the 2013 Beyond Borders ECPAT #Canada Media Awards. http://buff.ly/1eJCD4S  @Beyond_Borders
6:41 AM – 24 Jan 2014

Recap of #SCOTUS arguments today abt #paroline http://tinyurl.com/ko2zjst  Hope judges decide for restitution ECPAT brief: http://tinyurl.com/l3c7u3w 
1:56 PM – 22 Jan 2014

ECPAT-USA ‏@ecpatusa Jan 17
We’re in it to #ENDIT! ECPAT-USA is proud to be joining the @enditmovement as an official coalition partner! http://ow.ly/sGGWA 
12:10 PM – 17 Jan 2014

Handicap International

Handicap International

New study shows the Syrian conflict’s terrible legacy of disability
January 21, 2014
With the Geneva II Middle East peace conference poised to begin, Handicap International has published a study into the causes and types of injuries observed by its teams working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria. Out of the interviewed people who had new injuries due to the crisis, 60% were victims of explosive weapons and were suffering from serious physical injuries. Handicap International calls on the international community to bring an end to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to ensure that civilian populations can access humanitarian aid and health care. The association wishes to draw the international community’s attention to the terrible legacy the Syrian conflict will leave in terms of the number of people left disabled and who will require extensive, long-term care management.

From November 2012 to October 2013, Handicap International conducted 1,847 interviews with displaced persons in Syria, in the areas where the association works to provide them with better psychological and physical care. Almost half (913) of those interviewed had sustained injuries related to the current conflict. One in five of these people were under the age of 17.

It is particularly disturbing to note that 60% of these victims had been injured by explosive weapons, while 31% had sustained gunshot wounds. The people harmed by explosive weapons were often suffering from severe physical injuries: more than 60% had fractures or complex fractures, 25% had undergone an amputation, 21% were suffering from peripheral nerve injury, and 7% had irreversible spinal cord injuries.
“These devastating injuries require immediate and adequate care to avoid permanent disabilities or even putting the victim’s life in danger,” said Elizabeth MacNairn, Executive Director of Handicap International U.S. In addition, 88.49% of all respondents with new injuries related to the crisis reported they had not had satisfactory access to rehabilitation services prior to Handicap International’s intervention. Victims of explosive weapons need to access appropriate health services urgently, thus avoiding complications and in some cases death…

Handicap Int’l-US ‏@HI_UnitedStates Jan 20
Great @CBSNews photo gallery featuring our work in #Cambodia helping #landmine victims get prosthetic legs. http://cbsn.ws/1cMuc4B 
8:07 AM – 20 Jan 2014

Handicap Intl UK ‏@HI_UK Jan 24
Looking for quality and up-to-date information resources on disability? Check out the latest update on Source http://bit.ly/1d0O5Fe 
9:45 AM – 24 Jan 2014

Handicap Intl UK ‏@HI_UK Jan 23
VIDEO: “I feel much safer now” – Film about our Disaster Risk Management project in South Asia http://bit.ly/KL4iaA  #DRR #humanitarian
6:31 AM – 23 Jan 2014

Handicap Intl UK ‏@HI_UK Jan 21
Our Director, Aleema, giving evidence to the @CommonsIDC #Disability and #Development session right now- Watch here > http://bit.ly/1cPqzel 
2:10 AM – 21 Jan 2014

Heifer International

Heifer International

January 22, 2014
Pete Kappelman Named to Heifer International Board of Directors
Pete Kappelman, a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, has been elected to an at-large position of the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty.
Full Press Release

January 22, 2014
Arlene Falk Withers Named Chair of Heifer International Board of Directors
Arlene Falk Withers has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.
Full Press Release

January 22, 2014
Esther Cohen Named to Heifer International Board of Directors
Esther Cohen, the chief operating officer for Episcopal Relief & Development, the international humanitarian agency of the Episcopal Church, was recently named to the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty.
Full Press Release

January 22, 2014
Andrew Kang Bartlett Named to Heifer International Board of Directors
Andrew Kang Bartlett of Louisville, Ky. has been elected to the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty. Kang Bartlett will serve the volunteer board as a Covenant Agency Director representing the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Full Press Release

January 22, 2014
Jerry Jones Named to Heifer International Board of Directors
Jerry C. Jones, Chief Ethics and Legal Officer, Executive Vice President for Acxiom Corporation, has been elected to an at-large position of the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty.
Full Press Release

January 22, 2014
Nikolaus Hutter Named to Heifer International Board of Directors
Nikolaus Hutter, of Toniic Europe, has been elected to an at-large position to the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty.
Full Press Release

January 22, 2014
Susan Grant Named Vice Chair of Heifer International Board of Directors
Susan Grant, Executive Vice President of CNN News Services, has been named Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Heifer International, an international development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Grant was elected to the Heifer Board in 2011.
Full Press Release

Pierre Ferrari ‏@HeiferCEO Jan 22
ICYMI: MT @Heifer: Heifer awarded $25.5M grant from the @GatesFoundation to build upon existing work in Africa: http://hefr.in/1kUfwun 
11:56 AM – 22 Jan 2014

Pierre Ferrari ‏@HeiferCEO Jan 20

.@Heifer VP, @mayangelango talks making dairy program “model of success” in Africa http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/blog/2014/January/heifer-vp-talks-eadd-continuation.html …
9:14 AM – 20 Jan 2014

HelpAge International

HelpAge International

Toby Porter ‏@tobyhporter Jan 25
Going home. Gr8 #davos & discussions on ageing but more attention needed on implications 4 developing world pic.twitter.com/KFrIFtgq8T
Retweeted by HelpAge
2:22 AM – 25 Jan 2014

HelpAge ‏@helpage Jan 24
Older people main victims of Japanese earthquake and tsunami: Our new study http://shar.es/UxGX3  via @sharethis
2:21 AM – 24 Jan 2014

Toby Porter ‏@tobyhporter Jan 22
For inclusive growth, need more ageing data, spec Africa, Middle East & Caribbean. Shown by our ageing index http://bit.ly/V8d7t  #WEF2014
Retweeted by HelpAge
7:36 AM – 22 Jan 2014

HelpAge ‏@helpage Jan 20
Age Helps is out! http://paper.li/helpage/1360751304 … Stories via @Aging_Society @ILCUK @HelpAge_USA
2:30 AM – 20 Jan 2014

International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee

IRC Blog
On the ground in northern Ethiopia
Posted by The IRC on January 25, 2014
New blog post from IRC president David Miliband, in Ethiopia: “I am here to get a ground-level view of what the policy papers and the headlines can only hint at: the human reality of conflict, demographic change, religious fear and climate change.” more »

Syrian children in Lebanon warmer this winter, but needs are great
Posted by Ned Colt on January 24, 2014
With two months of cold winter nights to come, the IRC and UNICEF have been working together to provide coats, sweaters and other clothing to protect refugee children from the elements. “Our priority for winter is to make sure children are warm,” says the IRC’s Marwan Lahoud. more »

Caught in crisis [Video]
Posted by The IRC on January 22, 2014
From Syria to the Central African Republic, the IRC is reaching millions of men, women and children caught in crisis. Hear their stories. more »

The IRC rebuilds after devastating fires roar through Thailand refugee camps
Posted by Peter Biro on January 21, 2014
The International Rescue Committee has started to reconstruct destroyed water pipes, bathing facilities and latrines after a fire whipped through the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border on Dec. 28. more »

David Miliband ‏@DMiliband 6h
In Eastern Ethiopia, Abdulahi Muhamud told me, “Water is life and IRC gave me life.” pic.twitter.com/DX7sSka1iF
6:41 AM – 26 Jan 2014

Intl Rescue Comm IRC ‏@theIRC 3h
IRC is one of the longest standing agencies active in #Ethiopia. Here’s a first-hand account from @DMiliband>> http://bit.ly/1aVnzR3 
9:37 AM – 26 Jan 2014

Intl Rescue Comm IRC ‏@theIRC Jan 21
Kids being kids, wherever they are- part2. This time, at an IRC #CARcrisis distribution camp. http://bit.ly/1eHniAj  pic.twitter.com/lawq9mjKR2
11:52 AM – 21 Jan 2014



Concerns over possible intelligence activities by the Mexican state targeting human rights defenders
21 January 2014

Iraqi torture rehabilitation organisation joins IRCT movement
20 January 2014
A new torture rehabilitation organisation, offering support to thousands of torture victims in northern Iraq, has joined the IRCT.
The Kirkuk Centre for Torture Victims has an extensive network of rehabilitation centres in the north of the country, operating through six branches in the Kurdish region of Iraq and in the Domiz refugee camp.
It is the second IRCT member based in Iraq and already treats around 2,000 torture survivors a year, half of whom are women and children.
The centre offers a range of services catering for the needs of all victims of torture and is a particularly important resource in the region, especially with a rise in Syrian refugees entering the country seeking physical and psychological assistance…

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières

January 21, 2014
South Africa: Stand Strong Against Aggressive Pharma Campaign
MSF urges the South African government to continue to stand strong against a broad, multinational pharmaceutical industry effort to undermine and delay the efforts to reform patent laws and improve access to affordable medicines. Read more »

MSF Access Campaign ‏@MSF_access Jan 23
Non profitable diseases are neglected. Poor patients are out of the picture. @Bayer it doesn’t have to be this way: http://ow.ly/sSbZF 
Retweeted by Doctors w/o Borders
7:11 AM – 23 Jan 2014

MSF UK Press Office ‏@MSF_Press Jan 22
@marktran #MSF In Bangui: violence is ‘relentless’ http://www.msf.org.uk/article/central-african-republic-%E2%80%9C-violence-relentless … … Spokespeople available #CARcrisis pic.twitter.com/N08rjEF7OK
6:15 AM – 22 Jan 2014

Partners In Health

Partners In Health

January 21, 2014
Ophelia Dahl: Progress in Rural Rwanda
Ophelia Dahl, co-founder and executive director of Partners In Health, reflects on progress PIH has made bringing high-quality health care to rural Rwanda in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. To learn more about our work in Rwanda, click here.

Jan 21, 2014
Finding Work and a Second Chance at University Hospital
Barnaby Riche got a second chance, with the help of Partners In Health. Read More ▸

Partners In Health ‏@PIH Jan 22
Paul Farmer joins @BillGates, @MelindaGates, and others to discuss misconceptions about the US and the world: http://ow.ly/sNRf9 
8:51 AM – 22 Jan 2014

SOS-Kinderdorf International

SOS-Kinderdorf International

South Sudan: Providing safe haven
22.01.2014 – The month-long conflict has displaced half a million people across South Sudan. SOS Children’s Villages is there in the turbulent town of Malakal, doing everything possible to assist affected families and children who are in desperate need of food, water, shelter…and a place to call home. More…

Making Damascus child-friendly
20.01.2014 – Fear and trauma is preventing many children in Syria from attending school. As the conflict enters its fourth year, what can be done now to ensure that they will not become a lost generation? It is a race against time – led by SOS Children’s Villages More…

Children’s Villages ‏@sos4children Jan 21
Update from CAR: Despite continued violence, SOS Villages remain safe http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/news/update-from-car-despite-continued-violence-sos-villages-remain-safe … #CentralAfricanRepublic
12:35 PM – 21 Jan 2014

St. Christopher’s Hospice

St. Christopher’s Hospice

St Christopher’s announces New Joint Chief Executives
St Christopher’s is delighted to announce the appointment of Heather Richardson and Shaun O’Leary as new Joint Chief Executives
Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Heather has a background in nursing and has held a variety of senior positions, including most recently Strategy Adviser and Clinical Director at St Joseph’s Hospice and National Clinical Lead for Help the Hospices.  In the latter role she provided executive leadership for the Commission on the Future of Hospice Care in which she observed and reported on innovation and developments in hospices across the UK, gaining significant strategic understanding and capacity.  She has a PhD and a rich history in education, training and research.  In the past she has served as Project Director responsible for setting up Richard House Children’s Hospice and prior to that worked as a general manager and clinical nurse specialist in the NHS.

Shaun has been Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, for the last eight years, responsible for major growth and change management, increasing income, diversifying services and expanding the area of operation, all the while enhancing the profile and reputation of the hospice.  Prior to this he worked as Director of Operations for the Prostate Cancer Charity and earlier for HIV organisations including Terrence Higgins Trust and The Landmark.  Shaun was a Trustee of Help the Hospices for four years working closely with Heather both during and since that time.

Heather and Shaun have been appointed as Joint Chief Executives as a job share, each working three days a week.  They have a clear model of how they will work together.  Each will have some discrete areas of responsibility however both will be able to respond across the full range of St Christopher’s activities.  They will commence their roles in the summer, but will attend some significant meetings before then.  Dame Barbara Monroe will to continue as CEO until Heather and Shaun start.

The recruitment process was provided by Saxton Bampfylde alongside a committee made up of St Christopher’s trustees, led by Richard Saunders.

Read the full press release



January 20, 2014
New study examines whether legislation is an effective tool to end the practice of female genital cutting
A newly published article Legislating Change? Responses to Criminalizing Female Genital Cutting in Senegal by Bettina Shell-Duncan, Katherine Wander, Ylva Hernlund and Amadou …

Skoll World Forum ‏@SkollWorldForum Jan 24
VIDEO: #wef14 voices of entrepreneurship: Molly Melching of @tostan talks social transformation and human rights. http://bit.ly/1hpzgAt 
Retweeted by Tostan
2:17 PM – 24 Jan 2014

Tostan ‏@Tostan Jan 23
This weekend, 74 communities in #Guinea will publicly abandon female genital cutting & #childmarriage. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/vUB4paFj84
6:27 AM – 23 Jan 2014 ·

Tostan ‏@Tostan Jan 22
Find out how regular @Tostan #radio shows help maximize diffusion of the themes discussed in our program! http://bit.ly/KGL0mR 
7:27 AM – 22 Jan 2014

United Nations – Meetings Coverage and Press Releases [selected] [to 25 Janaury 2014]

United Nations – Meetings Coverage and Press Releases [selected] [to 25 Janaury 2014]

Secretary-General, at World Economic Forum in Davos, Says Addressing Climate Change, Sustainable Development ‘Mutually Supporting’ (24 January 2014)

Secretary-General Invites Participants at World Economic Forum’s World Food Programme Dinner to Join Him in Signing Zero Hunger Declaration (23 January 2014)

Secretary-General, at Global Compact Event in Switzerland, Urges Businesses to Align Sustainability Principles with Corporate Policy (23 January 2014)

Secretary-General, Awarding Girls ‘Gold Rating’ at World Economic Forum, Says Investing in Them Guarantees Results that Multiply across Society (23 January 2014)