A new blog for the development community: Conversations for a Better World

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A new blog for the development community: Conversations for a Better World

06 August 2009

A new shared blog for the development community

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The burning issues in the world today demand discussions among the whole UN family and the development community. This is why the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is launching a series called Conversations for a Better World. It is based on the idea that if the AIDS epidemic and other key development issues are to be dealt with effectively, greater attention has to be paid to population dynamics and reproductive health. The idea is to activate informed discussion and debate.

We know that many visitors to the UNAIDS website are very knowledgeable about AIDS and poverty, and we encourage them to register and share their opinions and insights. That’s what ‘Conversations’ is all about.

Neil Ford, chief of the Media and Communications Branch of UNFPA

Conversations for a Better World is a shared blog, where people can express and exchange ideas and opinions on development issues. Each month the blog will have an editorial focus on one major topic.

“Poverty and AIDS: What really drives the epidemic?” is the conversation topic that launches 6 August and includes various opinion pieces and blog-posts related to the complicated relationship between lack of access to resources and HIV. The previous conversation topic was “Women and the Economic Crisis.”

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Conversations for a Better World is based on ‘the power of we’: the idea that when it comes to addressing complex challenges, collective wisdom is called for. Anyone can contribute by uploading personal stories, relevant photos or videos and comments or opinion pieces.

“We’re hoping to engage discussion from experts as well as people who are directly impacted by these issues,” said Neil Ford, chief of the Media and Communications Branch of UNFPA. “We know that many visitors to the UNAIDS website are very knowledgeable about AIDS and poverty, and we encourage them to register and share their opinions and insights. That’s what ‘Conversations’ is all about.”

    Not afraid to be provocative, subsequent Conversation topics will pose a number of questions over the coming year. These will include:
  1. September 2009: Young People and Times of Change: Talking about life, love and sexuality
  2. October 2009: Motherhood and Human Rights: Do all pregnant women have the right to live?
  3. November 2009: Population Dynamics and Climate Change: Who’s at the centre of the storm?
  4. December 2009: Sexual Violence and Progress: What are the real costs?
  5. January 2010: Women and Hunger: Who feeds the family, and how?
  6. February 2010: Migration and Prosperity: What’s fair?

You are invited to share your opinion. Start by going to www.conversationsforabetterworld.com Then, feel free to register and join the conversation!