World Bank: Poverty is the Defining Moral Issue of our Time

World Bank President Jim Young Kim spoke at George Washington University last week on the eve of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings. He discussed the World Bank’s recently released strategy on ending global poverty. Kim particularly noted the importance of working with countries emerging from conflict, affected by conflict, or in a persistent state of fragility as pivotal steps towards developing peace and security worldwide, and highlighted the need for continued investments in girls and women. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Private Sector and UNFPA Join Forces to Address our World at 7 Billion

 By: Kristin Rosella, Program Associate, Strategic Partnerships, Women Deliver

Earlier this week, SAP, Churchill Club, and UNFPA co-hosted the high-level conversation “Innovating for a World of 7 Billion.” The event, which marked the official beginning of the 7-day countdown to 7 billion, gathered industry thought-leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities that population growth presents. Read more...

World Contraception Day is For Women’s Rights, But It’s For the Environment, Too

Get Involved: Add Your Own Perspectives At The Conversations For A Better World Blog Series

By: Rachel Cernansky, blogger at and winner of the Women Bloggers Deliver contest; excerpted from the original post at

The connection between increased access to family planning and greenhouse gas emissions has been covered here before, but since World Contraception Day was this week and we're still so far from where we need to be on both issues, it's worth another look. Read more...

Women and Family Planning Missing in Climate Change Talks

By Joanne Omang

WASHINGTON, June 8 – Women as the chief food producers and gatherers of the developing world are being strongly affected by climate change, but they have very little input into discussions of ways to deal with it, Women Deliver 2010 participants learned today.

Panelists considering women, population and climate change at this three-day conference agreed that greater access to family planning can help communities cope with the local impacts of planetary climate change, but that this approach is rarely – if ever – considered in international negotiations on climate change.  more...

Women Bear the Burden of Climate Change

London – A new State of World Population 2009 report released by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, shows that climate change disproportionately affects women and is also an issue of population dynamics, poverty and gender equity.


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