Breastfeeding and work – Let’s make it work!

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which runs from 1-7 August, 2015, focuses this year on the importance of supporting women to combine breastfeeding and work. This includes women working in paid employment, self-employment, seasonal and contract work to unpaid home and care work.

Working with global nutrition data

Assessing trends in malnutrition rates and country progress towards global nutrition targets can be tricky. Global numbers often paint a gloomy picture when many countries are making great strides in improving nutrition. National averages mask the granularity that comes with sub-national data at the state and district levels. Aggregating up to the global level is another challenge. The data tell us that childhood malnutrition is decreasing in many countries, but that adult obesity is rising everywhere.

Our common future under climate change

As the scientific community geared up for the 'Our Common Future Under Climate Change' conference in Paris (7-10 July 2015) we presented a series of articles reflecting on some of the key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change.  The Paris conference was seen as a final opportunity before COP21 in December to take stock of existing knowledge, and explore innovative solutions as part of preparing for a post-2015 climate governance structure. The highlighted blogs focus on three complex areas that were discussed at the event and beyond: cross cutting nature of wa

Are the SDGs up to scratch?

Jason Hickel makes the case that in order to solve poverty and ecological crisis we need to tackle endless growth head on.

The international development community has been building up to this moment for years. The final Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 agenda will be adopted during a United Nations Summit from 25-27 September 2015.

Is it make-or-break time for gender equality?

The Commission on the Status of Women is over for another year and feminists are demanding stronger political commitment.

“The year 2015 is the start of a make-or-break period for gender equality and women’s empowerment. We have to complete the work of the last 20 years. There is a great deal of unfinished business.

These were the words of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59).

Undervalued and unrecognised: the importance of women’s unpaid care work for the post-2015 agenda

International advocacy workshop opens up possibilities for collaboration on human rights, gender equality and unpaid care

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Across the world, unpaid care work is an obstacle for gender equality. These responsibilities, such as childcare and housework, fall disproportionately on women and girls.

The 68th World Health Assembly

The 68th session of the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) was opened in Geneva yesterday, May 18th, and will be taking place until May 26th, 2015. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), and it is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

Spotlight series - KMCC

This week we turn our attention to the HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communications Capacity (KMCC) Building initiative for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.

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Introductory guide to water resources and climate change

water landscape big The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) highlights how water is an essential crosscutting theme when addressing climate change. It provides new scientific evidence and a major advance about the likelihood of “a detectable human influence on the global water cycle since 1960”.