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2010 election results for the Committee on the Rights of the Child

New York, 27 December 2010 - On 21 December 2010, 180 of the 193 States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) attended their 13th Meeting at the United Nations in New York to elect nine members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in accordance with article 43(2) of the Convention. Five members of the Committee ran for re-election, namely: Mr. Filali (Algeria) and Mr. Kotrane (Tunisia) for a third term, as well as Ms. Aidoo (Ghana), Ms. Herczog (Hungary) and Mr. Puras (Lithuania) for a second term. Mr. Citarella (Italy), Ms. El-Ashmawy (Egypt), Mr. Krappmann (Germany) and Ms. Ortiz (Paraguay) did not run for re-election. Prior to the electoral process, Burkina F...

"Transparency Helps Ensure Donors' Promises Are Met"

UNITED NATIONS,  23 December 2010 - This past September, world leaders meeting at the United Nations vowed to spend $40 billion over the next five years to save the lives of more than 16 million women and children dying of deadly diseases or lack of medical care, particularly during and after pregnancy. Known as the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, it involves commitments from 35 governments, 15 charitable institutions, seven U.N. agencies, 13 private corporations and more than 50 non- governmental organisations (NGOs). So how to track who is giving, and whether the money is getting real results? On Dec. 16, the U.N. launched a new Commission on Informati...

NGOs Respond to Cancun's 'Can-do' Communique

Cancun, 13 December 2010 - The Cancun climate talks concluded early Saturday morning with a deal that takes forward the climate negotiations. The environmental NGOs have been working 24/7 during the talks to lobby, campaign and communicate the negotiations as they were happening. Overall, NGOs have welcomed the outcomes praising the outcomes as an important step forward. This a far cry from the nashing of teeth and lamenting that took place after the disastrous Copenhagen talks in 2009. This significant step forward appears to have revitalised the community and is a welcome boost to campaigning and advocacy. Here is a round-up of some of the major groups:Paul Horsman of Tck Tck Tck commented...

Nike Harnesses ‘Girl Effect’

13 November  2010 - FIFTEEN years ago, Nike made a splash with an advertising campaign known as “If you let me play.” The ads drew considerable attention — and praise — because they advocated the benefits for girls and young women of participating in sports. Today, Nike’s foundation is taking to heart the concept of “girl power” that was embodied by the campaign, but now it is education, rather than sports, that is being celebrated for its transformative abilities. With an effort known as the Girl Effect, the Nike Foundation — supported by Nike and the NoVo Foundation — is trying to raise up adolescent girls in poverty-plagued, developing regions of the world.Helpi...

Economic growth can help end poverty. But it is not enough

Seul, 13 November 2010 - Investing in children's potential is not just right, it's smart. For the G20 to fail to do so would be an economic and moral failure I feel like I've only just got back from my last visit to South Korea in October and now I'm heading back again, to join the gathering of presidents and prime ministers, civil servants and press attachés, business leaders and NGO campaigners, as the leaders meet for the conclusion of the Korean G20.You can't help but be struck by the huge pride in South Korea as the first non-G8 member to host the G20. That pride spreads across Asia, the optimistic continent that has been my home for the last six years. In 1997 the international commu...

Pneumonia action falling short

BANGKOK, 11 November 2010 - Efforts to treat and prevent pneumonia are falling short in the 15 countries responsible for three-quarters of the world’s annual deaths from the disease, according to a “report card” issued by the US-based International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins University.Pneumonia kills more children under five every year – 1.6 million – than measles, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The report’s lead author and IVAC’s executive director, Orin Levine, said unimplemented policies were at fault. “We have safe effective proven interventions that can decrease under-five deaths by two-thirds, but the...
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