Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track, with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In World Immunization Week 2015 (24–30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.
Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya. It was June, among the coolest and wettest months there. “I was so worried that the baby would fall sick, and there was nothing that I could do,” Kalama says.
Reading Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” one is confronted with an unsettling reality: In the mythical town of Macondo, violence is an accepted mechanism used by successive generations to deal with individual and social conflicts. It also inflicts enduring pain on the town’s people long after disputes are settled with blood.
When 26-year-old Laxmi married into the Archaya household in Chhaimale village, Pharping, south of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, she didn’t think she would be spending half the day in the kitchen inhaling smoke from the stove.
When it comes to international negotiations, small island states often face a disadvantage. They may have equal voting rights within the United Nations but the reality is that wealthy countries with large delegations and easy access to sources of technical expertise have a disproportionate influence over debates and decisions. The small island states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are looking to overcome the disadvantage of size in the post-2015 sustainable development negotiations by working collectively.
Debates on the post-2015 development framework are now turning to monitoring and measurement. The United Nations Statistical Commission is expected to lead on the process for creating an indicator framework, while member states, UN agencies, civil society and academia will play key roles in shaping its final design.
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