Saturday, July 26, 2014
  1. One Hundred Days of Servitude

    Gordon Brown

    One Hundred Days of Servitude


     on the global movement for girls' rights that has emerged since the abductions in Nigeria in April.

    Girls Education Erik Törner/IM Individuell Människohjälp

    Education campaigners and activists for girls’ rights held vigils around the world this week to mark the 100th day since more than 200 Nigerian girls were abducted from their school in Chibok. The “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign has spurred a global movement for recognition of girls’ rights – a movement led by girls themselves. READ MORE

  2. The Fertility Conundrum

    Karen Buch

    The Fertility Conundrum

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    &  say that contraception advocates should mind their reasons.

    Condom m kasahara/Flickr

    It is perhaps inevitable that contraception and population growth are controversial topics, given the many perspectives – economic, social, political, and epidemiological – brought to bear on them. Striking the right balance among these different viewpoints is no easy task – but much depends on getting it right. READ MORE

  3. West Africa’s Misguided War on Drugs

    Kofi A. Annan

    West Africa’s Misguided War on Drugs


     urges a new approach to combating the trade in illicit narcotics.

    West Africa’s Misguided War on Drugs Rodrigo/Flickr

    West Africa finds itself increasingly enmeshed in the global drug trade. Governments in countries that are the principal producers and consumers of illegal drugs should fund prevention, treatment, and harm reduction initiatives, rather than only investing in interdiction and law enforcement. READ MORE

  4. The Unity of Water

    Mikhail Gorbachev

    The Unity of Water


     urges the international community to get serious about governing cross-border riparian flows.

    mikhail-gorbachev fresh water scarcity Christian Ostrosky/flickr

    By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions stricken with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population will face water-stress conditions, meaning a scarcity of renewable freshwater. Will the international community muster the political will to act? READ MORE

  5. Growing Green Cities

    Michael Heise

    Growing Green Cities


     proposes a mechanism for boosting private investment in urban infrastructure.

    Michael Heise green cities and infrastructure Sacha Fernandez/flickr

    Urban areas already account for up to 70% of global CO2 emissions, and that share is likely to increase in the coming decades, as more people – billions more – move to cities, and as urbanization drives global economic growth. From the standpoint of both climate change and growth, this represents a challenge and an opportunity. READ MORE

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