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UN: 15-year push ends extreme poverty for a billion people

The millennium development goals (MDGs) have driven “the most successful anti-poverty movement in history” and brought more than a billion people out of extreme penury, but their achievements have been mixed and the world remains deeply riven by inequality, the UN’s final report on the goals has concluded.

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No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief

There is “no plan B” if the Paris climate conference ends in failure, Europe’s climate chief has warned, urging world leaders to intervene to force their ministers to agree a landmark deal this December.

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Better to be looked over, than overlooked: Eight essentials for media advocacy

Here are some very worthwhile 'golden rules' for better interaction with the media from Simon Chapman, Professor of Public Health at University of Sydney, who has given several thousand interviews over his long career. 

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All eyes on Addis

This issue of the DACnews, on the eve of the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, looks at several components – from tax to aid for trade, from financing humanitarian assistance to enhancing the effectiveness of multilateralism. It also takes a look at how developing countries see the evolving role of DAC members in helping them meet their development needs and priorities.

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More school time slashes HIV infection in Botswana

Increasing secondary school attendance in Botswana slashed HIV infection rates of adults, with the greatest drop among women, according to a study in The Lancet.

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CID: A conversation with Helen Clark

While she was in Auckland for the Pacific Regional Consultation meeting in the lead up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the United Nations Development Group, took the time to address the Faculty of Arts about the intersection between humanitarian response and development outcomes in the context of the post-2015 agenda and its implications for the Pacific.

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Pacific nations struggling with deforestation and malnourishment

The UN’s final millennium development report shows progress has been slow in Oceania, prompting calls for increased foreign aid funding.

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Can the world’s newest nation survive its complex humanitarian crisis?

South Sudan recently celebrated its fourth year of independence, but the country is still in the midst of conflict. In this article, reporter Andrew Green, describes some of the many problems facing the world's newest nation.

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Q&A: “If We Don’t Close the Poverty Gap, the 21st Century Will End in Extreme Violence”

In an interview with IPS, Philippe Douste-Blazy, U.N. Under-Secretary-General in charge of Innovative Financing for Development, chair and founder of UNITAID and former French foreign minister, shares his insights on the FTT and innovative finance mechanisms shortly ahead of the upcoming Conference on Financing for Development and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) later this year.

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Billions of dollars of Pacific infrastructure at risk from climate

It would cost billions to replace buildings like houses, schools, airports and power stations, which are currently at risk in the South Pacific from rising seas and other climate-change related events, say researchers.

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