WHO https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/12763/all en Campaign Art: Why it’s imperative to scale-up maternal and child nutrition https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-why-it-s-imperative-scale-maternal-and-child-nutrition <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> Maternal and child nutrition is a key driver for sustainable development, yet about 155 million children worldwide are still stunted (children below average height for their age). According to the 2008 <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/series/maternal-and-child-undernutrition" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lancet Maternal and Child Undernutrition Series</a> “more than a third of child deaths and 11% of the total diseases burden worldwide are due to maternal and child undernutrition.”<br /><br /> More recent <a href="https://datatopics.worldbank.org/child-malnutrition/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">estimates</a> released in May 2017 by UNICEF, WHO, and World Bank suggest that number of children under 5 stunted has decreased from 254.2 million in 1990 to 154.8 million in 2016. While this a great progress in the last 26 years, 154.8 million stunted children is still a staggering number.<br />   <div> <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/global_overview_-_numbers_affected_-_stunting_0.png" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="460" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/global_overview_-_numbers_affected_-_stunting_0.png" title="" width="700" /></a></div> <p> Source: WHO, UNICEF, World Bank<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:27:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7736 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: What’s the real cost of smoking? https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-what-s-real-cost-smoking <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> The real cost of smoking is high, especially high on your health. According to the <a href="https://www.who.int/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Health Organization</a> (WHO), <a href="https://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">tobacco kills around 6 million people each year, out of which 600,000 are the results of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.</a> The cost of smoking is also high on the global economy, as smoking burdens global health systems, hinders economic development, and deprives families of financial resources that could have been spent on education, food, shelter, or other needs.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/health/brief/world-bank-and-tobacco-control-the-facts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tobacco use is the world’s leading underlying cause of preventable death</a>. It contributes to a great number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), <a href="https://www.wpro.who.int/tobacco/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">which account for 63% of all deaths</a>. <strong>Prevention of tobacco use can significantly decrease the number of preventable deaths worldwide, encourage economic development, reduce poverty, encourage healthy lifestyle choices and support </strong><a href="https://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&amp;Lang=E" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Sustainable Development Goals</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br /><br /> In order to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use, in February 2014 the <a href="https://www.fda.gov/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">U.S. Food and Drug Administration</a> (FDA) put forward a national public education campaign titled “<a href="https://www.fda.gov/tobaccoproducts/publichealtheducation/publiceducationcampaigns/therealcostcampaign/default.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Real Cost</a>.” The following video is a part of this campaign:<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-318 asset-video"> <strong > The Real Cost Commercial: &quot;Hacked&quot; (:30) </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/t0ujgVvgIXQ"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/t0ujgVvgIXQ" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ujgVvgIXQ" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov</a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7619 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly wire: The global forum https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-290 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <strong><img alt="" height="178" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/2183144613_51456feb78_z_1_5.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="180" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</strong></p> <p> <strong><a href="https://www.publicfinanceinternational.org/news/2016/12/commodity-crash-has-dragged-back-worlds-poorest-countries-finds-un" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Commodity crash has dragged back world’s poorest countries, finds UN</a></strong><br /><strong>Public Finance International</strong><br /> In a <a href="https://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ldc2016_en.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">report</a> on the progress of the world’s least developed countries (LDCs), published yesterday, the United Nations warned that a drop in international support also means these countries are likely to remain locked in poverty. It predicted the world will miss its target to halve the size of the LDC group by the end of the decade. The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which were agreed by world leaders last year and include targets on ending extreme poverty, are also at risk. “These are the countries where the global battle for poverty eradication will be won or lost,” said Mukhisa Kituyi, secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, which produced the report. “A year ago, the global community pledged to ‘leave no one behind’, but that is exactly what is happening to the LDCs.” Global poverty is increasingly concentrated in the 48 LDCs, which comprises mostly of African and Asian nations alongside some Pacific island states and Haiti.</p> <p> <strong><a href="https://www.oecd.org/corruption/oecd-recommendation-for-development-cooperation-actors-on-managing-risks-of-corruption.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">OECD Recommendation of the Council for Development Cooperation Actors on Managing Risks of Corruption</a></strong><br /><strong>OECD</strong><br /> There is strong awareness among the global community that corruption poses serious threats to development goals and that international development agencies have a common interest in managing and reducing, to the extent possible, the internal and external risks to which aid activities are exposed, in order to obtain effective use of aid resources.  This Recommendation of the Council for Development Co-operation Actors on Managing the Risk of Corruption (Recommendation) promotes a broad vision of how international development agencies can work to address corruption, including the bribery of foreign public officials, and to support these agencies in meeting their international and regional commitments in the area of anti-corruption.</p> <p> </div></div></div> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:47:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7590 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly wire: The global forum https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-280 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <h4> <img alt="World of News" height="179" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Weekly%20Wire%20Photo_1.jpeg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:right" title=" Flickr user fdecomit" width="180" /><span>These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</span></h4> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> <strong><a href="https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2016/09/26/guest-post-43-government-reps-walked-into-a-summit-what-next/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">43 Government Reps Walked Into a Summit…. What Next?</a></strong></div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> <strong>Global Anticorruption blog</strong></div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> International summits come and go, and all too often the promises made at these summits are quickly forgotten, lost in an online catacomb or otherwise hard to track. We at Transparency International are determined that the commitments made by government representatives at last May’s London Anticorruption Summit (648 total commitments by 41 of the 43 participating governments) must not slide into oblivion in this way. That’s why, as Matthew announced in a post earlier this month, we’ve gone through every single country statement and compiled all commitments into one central database, sortable by country, theme, and region. Our goal is for this database to be used by anticorruption advocates and activists to monitor what their countries have committed to, and whether and where they are making progress.</div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt">  </div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> <strong><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/mobile-networks-are-key-to-global-financial-inclusion-report-1474453800" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mobile Networks Are Key to Global Financial Inclusion, Report Finds</a></strong></div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> <strong>Wall Street Journal</strong></div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt"> The ubiquity of cellphones could allow a rapid expansion of financial services throughout the developing world, with major implications for growth and credit accessibility, a McKinsey &amp; Co. report concludes. “With the technology that’s available today you could provide billions of people and millions of businesses opportunities that don’t exist to them today,” Susan Lund, co-author of the McKinsey Global Institute report on digital finance, said in an interview. The report found that with coordinated action by financial firms, telecommunications companies and developing-country governments, some 1.6 billion people could gain access to financial services by 2025, all without major new expenditures on physical infrastructure.</div> </div> <div style="margin:0in 0in 0pt">  </div></div></div> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:02:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7526 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly wire: The global forum https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-236 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <p> <img alt="World of News" height="139" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Weekly%20Wire%20Photo_1.jpeg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:right" title="" width="140" /><span>These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</span><br /><br /><strong><a href="https://carnegieendowment.org/2015/11/02/closing-space-challenge-how-are-funders-responding/ikrg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Closing Space Challenge: How Are Funders Responding?</a></strong><br /> Carnegie Endowment for International Peace<br /> As restrictions on foreign funding for civil society continue to multiply around the world, Western public and private funders committed to supporting civil society development are diversifying and deepening their responses. Yet, as a result of continued internal divisions in outlook and approach, the international aid community is still struggling to define broader, collective approaches that match the depth and breadth of the problem.<br />  <br /><strong><a href="https://www.li.com/activities/publications/2015-legatum-prosperity-index" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Prosperity Index</a></strong><br /> Legatum Institute<br /> Is a nation's prosperity defined solely by its GDP? Prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of an even better life in the future. This is true for individuals as well as nations. The Prosperity Index is the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing. It is the most comprehensive tool of its kind and is the definitive measure of global progress.  The annual Legatum Prosperity Index ranks 142 countries across eight categories: the Economy, Entrepreneurship &amp; Opportunity; Governance; Education; Health; Safety &amp; Security; Personal Freedom; and Social Capital.<br />  </div></div></div> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 15:25:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7211 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Ebola still needs our attention https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-ebola-still-needs-our-attention <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.<br /><br /> Ebola has largely disappeared from news headlines in recent months as the epidemic started to settle. Earlier this week, on August 24, Sierra Leone’s last-known Ebola patient was <a href="https://www.euronews.com/2015/08/26/ebola-s-deadly-spread-could-be-stopped-by-end-of-year/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">released from the hospital</a>, possibly signaling the end of the disease in that country. No new cases have been reported in Liberia since mid-July, and only three <a href="https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/08/who-reports-3-new-ebola-cases-all-guinea" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">new cases </a>have emerged in Guinea as of last week.<br /><br /> Yet, <a href="https://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/ebola/report-by-panel.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">experts have warned</a> that international organizations are still not capable of containing it, if it were to re-emerge. It's also clear that the <a href="https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2014/ebola-threatens-economic-gains-affected-countries" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">economic impact of the Ebola virus outbreak </a>in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is profound, as the disease affected livelihoods and led to <a href="https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49305#.Vdr0qNOqqkE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">food shortages</a>, loss of education, and widespread fear and mistrust in communities.<br /><br /> This is why #TrendOnThis, a new campaign from the Ad Council and Y&amp;R New York, aims to keep Ebola on the forefront of people’s minds.  The campaign includes a series of public service announcements featuring celebrities David Oyelowo, <a href="https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7v3U/ad-council-trend-on-this-ebola-featuring-olivia-munn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Olivia Munn</a>, and <a href="https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7401/international-medical-corps-trend-on-this-featuring-lance-bass" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lance Bass</a>. These ads play on the typical, pandering commercials many celebrities have done and, instead, uses ironic self-deprecation to get the message across. Here’s Actor David Oyelowo, who introduces some tongue twisters based on his own name, like Oyelowo's Yellow Oboes, while emphasizing the seriousness of Ebola:<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-194 asset-video"> <strong > David Oyelowo: Ebola still needs our attention </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><iframe width="854" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TQvv2Nb-h0k?wmode=transparent&wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-desc field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"></div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <br /></div></div></div> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:26:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7145 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere