Friday, 3 August 2012

Week in review

With an explosion of activity around the world this week we are delighted to share a very diverse Week in Review with you. This week’s highlights include issues of inequality, the Olympics and the post 2015 agenda.

On the MDGs

Ban Ki-moon names panel to lead global development agenda post-2015
Ban Ki-Moon has asked 26 members of a post 2015 Millennium Development Goal panel to 'prepare a bold yet practical' global development agenda to follow the MDGs. Chairing the panel is UK prime minister David Cameron, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, of Indonesia.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on the Sustainable Development Goals

Report release:

A report released this week by the World Bank has emphasized the importance of circumstances at birth as the key drivers of inequality in South Africa. The report uses the Human Opportunity Index to analyse the inequality of opportunities for South African children compared to their peers in other middle-income countries.

Read more and download the full report: Economic Update South Africa: Focus on Inequality of Opportunity

Number crunch:
The richest 10% of South Africans account for 58% of the nation's income, while the bottom 10% accounts for 0.5%.
Source: Economic Update South Africa: Focus on Inequality of Opportunity

The Olympics and Gender Equality
Sexing the games (The Economist 31.07.2012)
The Economist released a new chart showing women’s participation in the Olympics since
1896. Sexing the Games shows that women first competed in the Olympics in 1900; in the 2012 London Olympics there are 131 events for women compared with 163 for men.
See more and contribute to Wikigender’s special focus: The London Olympics through a gender lens

That’s all from us this week, we hope to see you again next week for another week in review. Until then, best of luck to all the athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympics.

Yours in Progress,
Philippa Lysaght

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