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It is worth taking a moment to cheer the United Nations for its outstanding successes this past week. The UN is the global home of diplomacy, the art of maintaining peace and co-operation in a world all too ready to head to war. Sometimes it succeeds; often it is brushed aside, by great and small powers alike. [...]

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By John Maurice Efforts to meet the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals have reduced poverty and hunger. A new set of goals to complete the work is about to be unveiled. John Maurice reports. Poverty has stalked the world throughout the ages, bearing out the Bible’s ominous pronouncement that “there will always be poor [...]

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In a recent paper, Howard Friedman (2013) asks whether the Millennium Development Goals accelerated progress in the reduction of poverty. [1]  With respect to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the world’s poorest region, the answer is certainly yes.  It is perhaps less true in some other regions where progress was already rapid before 2000.  Each region should [...]

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The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like. With less than 1,000 days until the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, efforts to design a new framework to replace them in September 2015 are gathering pace. What targets to include in these Sustainable Development [...]

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By Annie Lowrey WASHINGTON — A World Bank report shows a broad reduction in extreme poverty — and indicates that the global recession, contrary to economists’ expectations, did not increase poverty in the developing world. The report shows that for the first time the proportion of people living in extreme poverty — on less than [...]

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