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2017 Achievements in International Development

Friday, March 09, 2018 9:06 PM | Jennifer Wisniewski (Administrator)

Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano said it best:  “Poverty is not written in the stars; under development is not one of God's mysterious designs.”  With complacency, comes status quo. With the strategic goals and action of organizations such as the United Nations, World Economic Forum and World Health Organization, comes a more just and equitable world.  International development in 2017 saw strides in disease management, water accessibility and local economic growth.



Each year as the snow flies in January in Davos, Switzerland, political, business and other leaders gather to discuss and shape global, regional, and industry agendas.  The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit foundation that fosters public-private cooperation in international development. The following three areas of focus were among the achievements that came out of the 2017 forum.

  • Social entrepreneur Gary White and actor Matt Damon of water.org announced a partnership with Stella Artois to help provide clean water to 3.5 million people. (5)

  • In striving to improve the delivery of digital cash payments in populations in crisis, business and humanitarian communities developed several essential principles.  Digital cash proves to stimulate entrepreneurialism and advance local economies. (5)

  • The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations was launched.  Its goal is to create vaccines that can quickly react and be released when an outbreak occurs. (5)



The World Health Organization reported on its own progress in 2017.  With offices in over 150 countries, the WHO works with governments and other partners to fight infectious and noncommunicable diseases and to safeguard the safety of our air, food, water and medicine.  Following are several highlights of the report.



  • The elimination of malaria in The Maldives and Sri Lanka was announced.  The WHO continues to work on accelerating progress across the Southeast region where more than 230 million people are still at high risk. (1)

  • Achievements in combating neglected tropical diseases (NID)  were reported. In 2007 a group of global partners agreed to target these NIDs.  “The WHO has observed record-breaking progress towards bringing ancient scourges like sleeping sickness and elephantiasis to their knees,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. (2)

  • Bhutan and the Maldives announced the elimination of measles in their countries.  The WHO continues to boost measles immunization rates worldwide. (3)

  • In an effort to eradicate polio on the continent of Africa, 116 million children were vaccinated. (3)

The achievements of these organizations and others  bolster the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The 17 goals in this agenda target the eradication of extreme poverty and the securing of the planet.  The agenda’s preamble states: “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.” (4)

Sources:

  1. http://www.who.int/malaria/news/2017/south-east-asia-efforts-toward-elimination/en/

2.    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/ntd-report/en/

3. http://www.who.int/features/2017/year-review/en/#event-_2017-  year-in-review

4.  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

5. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/10-achievements-davos- 2017/



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