The World Bank said it will stop funding the construction of coal-fed power plants in poor nations unless no other workable energy sources can be found. The policy makes official the bank's shift away from fossil fuels since Jim Yong Kim took over as president, said Robin Davis of the Development Policy Center at the Australian National University. In the past five years, the World Bank has doubled its investments in renewable-energy initiatives.
The European Commission on Tuesday accepted several post-2015 financing proposals designed to reduce poverty and boost sustainable development. The focuses include innovative financing and support for policymaking.
U-Respect Foundation's Project Vikalp uses mobile phones to provide confidential family-planning information and access in India. "We believe that mobile technology needs to be leveraged more to achieve better healthcare, specifically family planning and reproductive health," says foundation President Arundhati Char.
The post-2015 development goals need to address the continuing "global education emergency" as well as gender equality, says Amina Mohammed, special adviser on post-2015 development planning to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A lack of education dooms young people to incomplete societal participation, Mohammed says. "We cannot afford the cost of a lost generation," she argues.
Egypt has not replied to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, 10 days after she asked for information on ousted President Mohammed Morsi and others. Pro-Morsi backers planned to hold demonstrations today.