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Facebook Hits One Billion Users

Facebook has announced that it now has more than a billion users, in a new milestone for the world's biggest social network.

Co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who describes the number as humbling, adds that: "To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that's just unbelievable."

Mobile Phones Less Toxic - Research Finds

Researchers in the United States say that mobile phone manufacturers, responding to consumer and regulatory pressure, are using fewer toxic substances in their products.

According to a study by the Michigan-based Ecology Centre, the Motorola Citrus, Apple iPhone 4S and LE Remarq, emerged as the least toxic cellphones in a study of 36 different models that have come onto the market during the past five years.

Clinton Global Initiative Embraces NGOs

The Clinton Global Initiative (GCI) held its annual meeting with heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists and representatives from NGOs from 23-25 September 2012 in New York.

John Bryant, a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, states that the meeting was about bringing people together to achieve measurable results.

Bryant, who is also founder and chief executive officer of Operation Hope, notes that government, the private sector and philanthropy cannot solve today’s development challenges in isolation.

USAID-Funded Videos Promote Gender Equality

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of its continued support of women, girls and families, launched 18 short educational and advocacy videos.

Aimed at increasing global awareness and bringing about social change for critical health, and gender equality and empowerment, the videos are part of the Half the Sky Movement, a multidonor, multimedia platform based on Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

AIDS Cure Within 10 Years – UNAIDS

The Joint United Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) believes a cure for AIDS will be found within 10 years.

Speaking at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington in the United States, UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, says that the current research studies have shown great progress in finding a possible cure for this disease.

Google Launches ‘Drive’ Service for Users

Google has launched a long-anticipated ‘Drive’ service that lets people store photos, videos, and other digital files in the Internet ‘cloud’.

Google vice president for Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, points out that, “Google Drive software has been tailored for Windows and Macintosh computers as well as smartphones or tablets powered by Google-backed Android software.”

World Bank's New Head on His Vision

Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank, has promised to align the institution with the rapidly changing world.

Kim, who will be starting his new job on 1 July 2012, points out that his vision is to foster an institution that responds effectively to the needs of its diverse clients and donors, among others.

Anti-poverty Group Pushes for G8 Food Deal

ONE Campaign says that leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May.

A group, co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars, Bono and Bob Geldof, released a new report in which it says that increased donor support for agricultural investment plans in 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Central America could lift about 50 million people out of extreme poverty.

Call for Better AU-UN Cooperation

President Jacob Zuma says Africa must never again be a playground for furthering the interests of other regions.

Speaking at the council in New York, Zuma presented an argument for stronger relations between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).

His comments came as South Africa assumed the presidency of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, which rotates alphabetically, and immediately pushed for recognition of the African agenda, which is often out of step with the rest of the world.


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