I don’t know how I missed this on Global Handwashing Day, but UNICEF enlisted the services of “the world’s biggest preschool band,” the multi-platinum winning Australian quartet “The Wiggles,” to get the important message of handwashing out to kids.
Just a quick run-down of the commitments that Senator Obama just made at CGI:
- Climate – Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 through a cap and trade system and a $50 million a year investment (over 10 years) in alternative energy. He also gave a shout-out for biofuels.
- Poverty – Embrace the MDGs by increasing our foreign assistance and focusing it on the “right priorities.”
- Education – Erase the primary education gap by 2015, partially by creating a $2 billion global education fund.
- Global Health – End deaths from malaria by 2015, partially by helping to provide 730 million bed nets, training medical professionals in the developing world and giving them incentives to stay, and investing in malaria drugs.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East. Spokesman Dujarric told reporters today that “the overriding messages that [the SG] brings is, first, that the violence must stop, and needs to stop now.”