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UN Women's Agency Proposal Moving Faster than Expected

In a speech that took even insiders by surprise, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, announced yesterday that a high-level UN Panel will recommend the creation of a new UN Agency for Women. The recommendation by the High-Level Panel on UN Reform would pave the way for the proposal for a new agency to be submitted to the UN General Assembly, where approval is considered likely.

Measuring Commitment to Health

CGD's Global Health Indicators Working Group has just released its final report, Measuring Commitment to Health, which examines potential measures of a government's commitment to health in order to identify and recommend a set of indicators for consideration by donors as they assess country eligibility for funding.

Changing of the Guard: Hiring the New Global Health Leadership

So how many charismatic, visionary individuals with impeccable technical credentials are there out there in the world of global health? Let's hope there are at least three, and that they are all in the market for new jobs that offer non-stop opportunities for fundraising and political brinksmanship, along with a daily dose of staff malaise.

NY Times Endorses Advance Market Commitments

In an editorial today entitled "Vaccine Futures," the New York Times encourages US support for a pilot Advance Market Commitment. The vote of confidence in the new approach to stimulate private vaccine R&D vaccine manufacture follows on the heels of the July G-8 summit, where leaders failed to reach full agreement about creating a pilot AMC for vaccines against pneumococcal disease, a major cause of child death in developing countries.

India's Brain Gain: Can Africa Follow?

The BBC recently featured a story on the flow of skilled Indian emigrants and their offspring returning to India. An Indian official says: "In the 1960s when people left India the buzz word was 'brain-drain'. We see it now as 'brain-gain'."