The United Nations is using technology and face-to-face meetings to gather feedback on post-2015 anti-poverty goals, writes Olav Kjorven of the UN Development Programme. "This is a new dimension in global policy-making: people all over the world are expressing their concerns about the present and their desires for the future," he writes.
The U.S. and South Korea say they remain steadfast against nuclear provocations from North Korea. "If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again," U.S. President Barack Obama said after meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Women are creating positive change in communities, writes Alyse Nelson of Vital Voices Global Partnership. "It's time we recognize and leverage women's power as community leaders to affect positive change and advance shared progress for all," she argues.
Rural development receives most of the emphasis in Africa, but development goals need to include urban areas and industrialization, writes Owen Cylke. "[T]he real test for development will be found in the extent to which economies can successfully move labor and resources into activities with high and increasing levels of productivity," he argues.