In far too many places around the world, the biggest child killers are caused by the smallest of organisms – the viruses, bacteria, and single cell parasites that cause diarrhoea and pneumonia. Given the monumental advances that have been made in public health – both diseases are preventable and curable – this is inexcusable. It is imperative that all children, especially those most at risk, have access to life-saving health-care services.
Diplomats, friends and analysts at home and abroad thought that it was never going to happen. They were sceptical. They told us that we often falsely predicted the end of Myanmar’s ceasefire negotiations. Rightly so – we did on many occasions.
In less than a month, China will assume the G-20 presidency. Over the next year – and especially at the organisation’s September summit, to be held in Hangzhou – China plans to help lay the groundwork for a world economy that is more “innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive”.
When it comes to fierce, honest debates, the clashing of opposing ideas and rousing Churchillian speeches, nobody does it better than the British House of Commons.
In a remarkable twist of already ludicrous legal proceedings, it emerged this week that the lawyer defending poet U Maung Saungkha against defamation charges has asked for the young female judge to be taken off the case because the trial will involve the use of words “unsuitable” for womanly ears.
In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, more than 150 governments submitted plans to reduce carbon emissions by 2030. Many observers are asking whether these reductions are deep enough. But there is an even more important question: Will the chosen path to 2030 provide the basis for ending greenhouse-gas emissions later in the century?
One might think – after years of focus on global warming – that all the easy measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions had been taken. And yet, as governments prepare for their 21st annual conference on climate change (COP21), some surprisingly low-hanging fruit remains.