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Sue Preziotti
New York
Communications & Public Affairs Consultant, Senior Associate Humanitas Global Development
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Guest Post by Sue Preziotti from the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting President Obama devoted his remarks this week at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to the issue of human trafficking. Human trafficking – or slavery – may sometimes be thought of as a problem outside the U.S., but President Obama made clear that while it’s a global issue that requires a global solution, “the bitter truth is that trafficking also goes on right here, in the United States.” The 2012 U.S. State Department Human Trafficking Report, which for the first time includes an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Guest Post by Sue Preziotti from the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting During remarks at the CGI annual meeting this week in New York, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Obama Administration’s development program, which she announced at CGI 2009, has become an essential pillar of U.S. national security alongside defense and diplomacy. She said development is "vital to our national interests and to our efforts to build a world that is more stable, more prosperous and more free.” Following an introduction by her husband and event chair former President Bill Clinton, Secretary Clinton began her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Guest Post by Sue Preziotti The UN announced this past weekend that its annual climate talks hosted in Cancun, Mexico, have resulted in an agreement to help developing countries deal with the effects of climate change and to plan and build their own sustainable futures. The “Cancun Agreements” will launch institutes and initiatives to deploy money and technology. Elements include $30 billion in fast start finance from industrialized countries for support up to 2012, and the intention to raise $100 billion in long-term financing by 2020. Other measures include design of a new Green Climate Fund; countering forest degradation and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Agi Schafer, writing from the 2010 World Food Prize, Des Moines, IA World Prize Food Laureates represent the power of people and “push” Tonight, in a few short hours, renowned hunger fighters David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Jo Luck of Heifer International will take the stage at Iowa’s state capitol to officially accept the prestigious $250,000 World Food Prize. What do they stand for and why does it matter? The co-recipients represent the importance of grassroots advocacy and the power of “push” in advancing the cause to reduce poverty, hunger and disease. Both Beckmann and Luck have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Guest post by Sue Preziotti It’s always a good time to talk about empowering women, and CBS News Anchor Katie Couric led a lively conversation last week at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting with an intriguing group of global leaders: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, the first woman president on the African continent, is a plain-spoken leader guiding her country out of years of war with a focus on tough laws and education. Queen Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, elegant and articulate, said women have opportunity in her country but are still sorely under-represented... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Guest post by Sue Preziotti Celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore today announced a new campaign called "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" to help stop the practice of child sex slavery, particularly in the U.S. Their strategy, they explained, is to hit at profiteers by stifling demand. They spoke at a press conference organized at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York City. According to Kutcher, "there are more slaves in the world today than ever before. There are currently 27 million human slaves." Demi Moore said they hope to "raise widespread awareness and acknowledgment of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Guest Post by Sue Preziotti In an estimated 500 million households worldwide, women cannot feed their families without filling their homes with toxic smoke. The United Nations reports that nearly 2 million people – mostly children under five years old – die each year from exposure to hazardous stove smoke. Unsafe stoves in developing countries are powered by whatever biomass fuel can be gathered (including crop waste, wood, or dung) or coal. When burned for cooking or heating in the absence of proper ventilation, these fuel sources create pollutants that contribute to illness and death (as well as environmental damage).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Humanitas Global Development Blog
Melinda Gates spoke next, noting that while she has been "startled" by all the things that many people in impoverished countries don’t have – she has also been "surprised by one thing they do have: Coca-cola. Coca cola is ubiquitous" around the world. So she analyzed the question: if they can get Coke to people in remote villages, why can't governments and NGO’s get needed supplies and resources there as well? She said we need to learn from innovators in all sectors and that if we can understand what makes something like Coke ubiquitious, we can apply that to the public benefit. She then outlined three lessons derived from the Coca-cola approach. Check this blog later to learn more.
by Sue Preziotti A March 7 article on the Huffington Post by Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, links the need for more sustainable, local food systems to post-disaster food security. The article caught my eye, because I spent much of the past five years working in communications related to pandemic preparedness and response. While food supply is a critical factor in disaster management, I hadn’t really thought about sustainable agriculture as playing a role. But Gimenez points to an important connection. He cites the recent tsunami threat in the state of Hawaii. Although... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog