About Last Week: Internet as Aid, Vienna Climate Talks, the Next Secretary General, Google and Gsk’s Deal

The global development news you need to start your week off smart.

Hillary Clinton is not the only woman making waves in politics. Over the weekend, Tokyo overwhelmingly voted for its first-ever female governor. Yuriko Koike is not your typical Japanese politician – she’s a former newscaster and speaks fluent Arabic after attending university in Egypt.

Meanwhile, Zika has officially become home-grown in the United States and acts as a reminder that all countries are developing countries. It also makes the case for action and investment in public health on a global scale. Earlier this summer, U.S. Congress rejected a spending bill to address the virus.

The Latest  The United Nations and The Global Goals: 

The “need-to-knows” on the latest happenings at the United Nations: Takeaways from the High-Level Political Forum and Looking Ahead Towards the Next Secretary General Selection Process. “With the first Security Council straw poll on the candidates running for Secretary-General (SG) and the 2016 HLPF to review SDGs progress having just wrapped up, July has been a busy month. The SG race continues to toe the line between precedent and change and has captured the attention of even more observers now that we have an informal indication of each candidates support from members of the Security Council.”

Scandinavia leads on implementation of the Global Goals: Which Countries Are Making The Best Progress On The Sustainable Development Goals? “A new index from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation, in Germany, provides a granular look. Covering 77 indicators in all, it ranks 149 countries, from Sweden in first place, to the Central African Republic in last.”

Global Trends – What Experts Are Reading and Writing About:

Oops. Time to turn off that A/C: Climate Change Is As Dangerous As ISIS, Says Kerry, And Part of the Problem Is Your Air Conditioning. “The fight against climate change is as important and urgent as the threat of terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry argues as negotiations in Vienna work towards a ban on heat-trapping chemicals.”

Should providing access to information be considered part of humanitarian aid? Internet in Greek Migrant Camps as Important as Food, Water: Aid Groups.  “’Very few of them (migrants) said, ‘We are hungry, we need food. Or we are thirsty, can we have water?” said Kwamy, who visited camps in June. “They were literally asking, ‘Do you have Wi-fi access and where can we charge our phones?””

Looking Ahead – What We’re Paying Attention To:

We’re rooting for#TeamRefugees at Rio 2016: They Came to Kenya as Refugees — and They Left as Olympians. “The runners are part of an extraordinary experiment. Since the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens, the event has always highlighted competition of nation states. But in Rio, for the first time ever, a refugee team will be competing, representing all of those around the globe who have no nation.” Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General has called for a truce during the games.

Industry giants in tech and pharma team-up to change the face of global health: GSK and Google Parent Forge $715 Million Bioelectronic Medicines Firm. “Verily Life Sciences – known as Google’s life sciences unit until last year – and Britain’s biggest drugmaker will together contribute 540 million pounds ($715 million) over seven years to Galvani Bioelectronics, they said on Monday.”

International Youth Day is next Friday, August 12. Following UNICEF’s grim State of the World’s Children report earlier this summer, security and stability are key youth issues we’re watching.

Image: President Obama with Hillary Clinton last Wednesday night after his speech endorsing her during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Eric Thayer for The New York Times.

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