Gender equality at home, at work and in public is essential for the cities, according to a United Nations HABITAT report. "[R]emoval of the barriers to women's participation in the dynamics of urban dwelling will lead to economic growth," writes Bernadine Racoma.
The Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education is within reach, but work needs to be done to reach the poorest, as well as girls, says United Nations envoy Gordon Brown. New donors are needed to make a final push, Brown says.
Mobile phone records are being used to track malaria outbreaks and to plan mosquito-control efforts in Africa thanks to data-mining techniques developed by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. "This is the future of epidemiology. If we are to eradicate malaria, this is how we will do it," says Caroline Buckee of Harvard.