Millenium Development Goals
This weekend it's out with the old and in with the new as we welcome a new era for international development, including a target to eradicate malaria once and for all... The battle against malaria is well under way, but we have to go the distance to win the war.
This week everyone and their neighbour is an expert on overseas aid. Last week (and again today) it was top athletes allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs: but that's another story. But it really is time to stop the talking.
For the first time, a global power might need to change course and accept that it can still change the world for the better and be a force for peace and security without possessing its own weapons of mass destruction.
The outcomes of this conference will be important for laying the groundwork to agree the SDGs and the UN climate talks later this year. I urge leaders to deliver a strong and transformational agreement, which overcomes the pressure to dilute commitments for the sake of expediency. lasting impact and will truly be good news for the poor.
Will a high level meeting taking place in London today add momentum to efforts to save the world's remaining tropical forests? ... If we don't keep the forests then it's not only wildlife that will suffer, but human societies too, and not just those living in and around the forests, but right around the world.
2015 provides a unique opportunity for the world to think bigger and do better - for ourselves, our children and the world's poorest people. With the right leadership, ours is the generation that can wipe out extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.
In a little more than one month negotiations to finalise the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for eradicating poverty will begin. For this to be a meaningful process, the goals have to be credible and to focus on those priorities which can make a difference to the lives of those who reside in poor countries around the world.
2014 marks my tenth year attending the CGI. When former US President William J. Clinton first launched the initiative back in 2005, it broke down many of the silos that existed within the development community. Policy makers, academics, and private sector leaders began to have honest discussions. Relationships began, and partnerships emerged.
New global data from Unicef shows that millions of children around the world suffer physical violence every day. Around 120million girls under the age of 20 (about one in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives; boys are also at risk, although there is no global estimate due to the lack of comparable data in most countries... I hope very much that the world leaders, starting to gather in the chambers of the UN as I write, will make a commitment over the next year to champion a target to end abuse, exploitation and violence against children.
Decision makers around the world are scrambling to reach their targets as the 2015 deadline looms for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Alongside that scramble, discussions have also begun as to what the world's new aims should be - what are the next set of goals the world should aspire to reach?