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Why World Population Day Matters

Originally posted on National Geographic In case you hadn’t heard, today is World Population Day and there are now about 7,058,000,000 of us. Another 200,000 will be added tomorrow. Last October, when the world hit the 7 billion mark, Population Action International developed an online … Continue reading »

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Perspectives on the London Family Planning Summit 2012: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Originally posted on RH Reality Check Albert Einstein once said, “Never memorize something that you can look up.” As we head into the July 11th London Summit on Family Planning, we can focus more on concepts than numbers, because we … Continue reading »

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Friends Like These

Cross-posted to Ms. Magazine Like many, I went to Rio full of expectations.  I had been feeding off of the hype around Rio for months: “This UN conference will be a seminal moment in history!” “The outcomes from Rio +20 … Continue reading »

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Why women’s needs must be part of the conversation at Rio

Originally published on Grist The outcome document for this week’s Rio+20 summit is 49 pages long. Some 23,917 words. Women were mentioned in less than 0.01 percent of the text. And only two of the 283 sections addressed women’s needs … Continue reading »

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A Sustainable Samba: Sex, Rights, and Health at Rio+20

There’s an African proverb which says “when you’re dancing in the village square, it’s the onlookers who can judge whether you’re dancing well or not.” As the UN negotiations at Rio+20 unfold this week, youth advocates will be watching the … Continue reading »

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The Future I Want for My Great Grandchildren

Achieving global sustainability: The Elders in conversation with young global leaders Nelson Mandela once said that, ‘‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.” The world has been discussing sustainable development way before I was born. Now we have a chance … Continue reading »

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Bringing Up Baby

I’m not one for platitudes. That’s why the onslaught of promotional emails for Mother’s Day is irritating me. Sure, send flowers as a token of your love and appreciation. Splurge on a spa package for that hard-working wife of yours … Continue reading »

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Everything I Needed to Know About The UN I Learned in Kindergarten

As I predicted last week, the quality of input determines the quality of outcome. My blog in advance of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development, Teens in the Tinderbox, didn’t turn out to be true in the literal sense. … Continue reading »

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Beyond Condoms: A Broader Choice for an AIDS-Free Generation

The U.S. government’s international HIV/AIDS program, PEPFAR, has a pipeline problem:  $1.5 billion of its funds have remained unspent for more than a year and a half.   Ask any lottery winner how they would spend $1.5 million – let alone … Continue reading »

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Teens in the Tinderbox

Here’s a paragraph that might lose you for a second: Next week, I head to the United Nations to attend the 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The Commission’s work is to “monitor, review and assess … Continue reading »

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