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12:59 07/09/2010
Woman standing Dhaka, Bangladesh

Beyond 2015: High time to shift the balance of decision-making power

As the High Level Panel on Post-2015 meets for the third time in Liberia this week it is clear that the debate on what should replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is beginning to heat up. (See VSO UK’s blog for more on the Panel and the outcome of its previousRead more »

12:59 07/09/2010

A call to build a nation

For many years VSO staff and volunteers in Thailand have spoken of how important Aung San Suu Kyi is in the struggle for democracy in the region. Last week various VSO staff were able to attend speaking engagements with her during her tour of the UK. Mark Rowland attended her address to the joint UKRead more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Campaigners at Rio +20

Sustainable development won’t work without equal participation of women

Twenty years ago world leaders came together to develop and agree a plan of action to address the pressing challenges facing our planet. The landmark Earth Summit resulted in the creation of a sustainable development agenda that brought together environmental, social and economic concerns for the first time and identified a set of… Read more »

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A call to build a nation

For many years VSO staff and volunteers in Thailand have spoken of how important Aung San Suu Kyi is in the struggle for democracy in the region. Last week various VSO staff were able to attend speaking engagements with her during her tour of the UK. Mark Rowland attended her address to the joint UKRead more »