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Health
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Smallpox Eradicated

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Smallpox Eradicated

There has been tremendous progress in the past 75 years against some of the world's nastiest infectious diseases. Two such diseases have been formally eradicated since 1945: smallpox in 1977 and rinderpest, a viral condition

Energy
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Man On The Moon

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Man On The Moon

Russia took an early lead in the ‘space race’ with its ‘Sputnik moment’ in 1957, the first successful launch of an earth-orbiting artificial satellite. Four years later, Yuri Gagarin became the first astronaut to journey

Citizenship & Rights
75 Pivotal Public Policies: End Of Apartheid In South Africa

75 Pivotal Public Policies: End Of Apartheid In South Africa

There was arguably no clearer affront to the ideals of the UN Declaration of Human Rights than the legally enforced racial segregation embodied in the apartheid regime imposed by South Africa's white rulers in 1948.

Governance
75 Pivotal Public Policies: The Nuclear Weapons Non-proliferation Treaty

75 Pivotal Public Policies: The Nuclear Weapons Non-proliferation Treaty

After nuclear weapons hastened the end of the Second World War, many countries aspired to get some atom bombs of their own—with ominous implications for the future of the planet. The Treaty for the Non-proliferation

Inclusive Economy
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Deng Xiaoping’s Reforms

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Deng Xiaoping’s Reforms

The global economy would have been very different today were it not for China's decision to end its isolation and open for business with the world a couple of years after the death of Chairman

Citizenship & Rights
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Regulatory Approval Of Contraceptive Pill

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Regulatory Approval Of Contraceptive Pill

Although piloted in Mexico in the 1950s, the approval of the female oral contraceptive by America’s Food and Drug Administration in May 1960 was the pivotal policy decision enabling the widespread use of what for

Climate
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Britain’s Clean Air Act

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Britain’s Clean Air Act

London used to be famous for air pollution so bad that people could scarcely see outside in the middle of the day. But the public's tolerance for this unhealthy environment ended with "Great Smog" of

Climate
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Rio Convention

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Rio Convention

The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio was a breakthrough moment for international governmental efforts to tackle global warming—though as climate change deals continue to do, it fell well short of what was needed. The UN

Climate
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Ceres Principles

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Ceres Principles

The environmental catastrophe caused by oil spilled when the Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound on March 24th 1989 inspired a pioneering effort in private-sector led environmental policymaking. A newly

Biodiversity
75 Pivotal Public Policies: Bangladesh Bans Plastic Bags

75 Pivotal Public Policies: Bangladesh Bans Plastic Bags

Bangladesh became the first country to ban thin plastic bags in 2002 after they were found to have choked the nation’s drainage networks during its frequent floods. The move was emulated by nations including South

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