The Powerful Pull of Motherhood

Robert Evans won the Nobel prize today for his work in developing in-vitro fertilization. It’s expensive, time-consuming, and it doesn’t always work. On the other end of the technology spectrum, in both Afghanistan and Niger, a pregnant woman stands a 1 in 55 chance of dying as a result.

What Got Accomplished at the UN Last Week

As usual, the sideshows like Mahmoud Ahmadenijad's 9-11 Trutherism sucked up much of the mainstream media attention around UN week.  But beyond the sideshows, last week brought some very real, substantive accomplishments that could potentially transform the lives of millions of people around the world.  Here are three of them:

The New Girl Effect Video

I saw the premier of this video earlier this week at the Digital Media Lounge in New York and found it remarkably powerful. I also noticed that Nicholas Kristof gave it a plug in his column today.

Obama’s Speech to the UN MDG Summit

The Obama administration took the opportunity of the President's speech to the MDG Summit to roll out elements of its new Global Development Strategy.  This includes one seemingly minor bit of bureaucratic reshuffling that could have a major impact on US foreign policy.

MDG Summit: Live

Watch heads of state, foreign ministers and other dignitaries address the Millennium Development Goals summit from the floor of the General Assembly.  The first session began at 9 am EST. Afternoon session begins at 3pm.