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The World Summit on Sustainable Development: reaffirming the centrality of health

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in Johannesburg in 2002 to review progress since the Rio conference in 1992, and to agree a new global deal on sustainable development. Unlike its predecessor, it was primarily concerned with implementation rather than with new treaties and targets, although a number of new targets were agreed, for example one on sanitation.

The Global Call for Action Against Poverty Reports Over One Million E-Mails Sent To World Leaders

In just six days, over 1 million emails have been sent by supporters of the Global Call for Action against Poverty to leaders and Finance Ministers around the world.

"LIVE 8": MILLIONS OF LIVES AT STAKE AS FREE CONCERTS AROUND THE WORLD

Dave Matthews joined Bob Geldof  from London to announce that today's biggest names in music will be joining in a free, simultaneous concert series July 2 to allow citizens of the most powerful nations to call on President Bush and leaders of the other seven wealthiest countries to make poverty history at the historic G8 Summit July 6.

Amazon Waters Project Gets Green Light

Pollution hot spots and damaged habitats and "ecosystems" are to be identified.  Measures will be drawn up to reduce the threats and restore the damage. Other aims include moving to harmonized laws covering the management of the Amazon Basin.

YouthNet Provides Youth Participation Guide

The Youth Participation Guide seeks to increase the level of meaningful youth participation in reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programming at an institutional and programmatic level.

Global Finance Community Joins United Nations to Tackle Climate Change

Faced with growing evidence of the negative economic consequences of climate change this powerful alliance of institutional investors managing some $3.22 trillion (see below) are pressing for capital market regulators to demand more rigorous corporate disclosure of climate risks.

Extinct Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas Refuge

The ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought to be extinct, has been spotted in the swamp forests of eastern Arkansas, according to a paper published today online by the journal "Science."

Globalization and Health: Open Access Peer-Reviewed Online Journal Invites Submissions
Globalization and Health: Exploring the opportunities and constraints for health arising from globalization

Over the last 50 years there has been a steady convergence in the probability of survival and the causes of death between the wealthiest countries of the world and most living in low-middle income countries. This represents a triumph for global health and development. It is a demonstration of what should be possible for the 1 billion people living mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

PEARL World Youth News invites high school students from around the world to become certified PEARL reporters.

In the spirit of the high journalistic standards of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, teenage students will select the issues to be reported, and collaboratively write, edit and publish their articles on the new web-based news service.

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