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East African Community States Behind In Reaching MDGs 4, 5, Forum Chair Says

Xinhua News: East Africa lagging in MDGs 4 and 5: regional assembly “The East African Parliament on Thursday said that the East African Community (EAC) partner states are lagging behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five on child and maternal health. The East African Inter-Parliamentary Forum…

Water Essential Element To Global Peace, Development Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Water central to global peace, development, U.N. deputy chief tells London summit “The most basic of all human rights — water — is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the deputy secretary-general [Jan Eliasson]…

Malaria Elimination Possible With Ambition, Innovation

The Guardian: Eliminating malaria: how close can we get? James Whiting, executive director of Malaria No More U.K., and Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More U.S. “…Thanks to more than a decade of dramatic progress in reducing cases of and deaths from malaria, such an ambitious goal — to…

‘Science Speaks’ Live Blogs From Two Recent Conferences

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Live Blogs The blog presents archives of recent live blogging posts from two conferences. Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, reported from the HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIV R4P)…

U.S. Health Officials Attend Ebola Meeting In Cuba

News outlets report on a meeting held in Cuba on Wednesday, where U.S. and Cuban health officials discussed Latin America’s response to Ebola. Associated Press: U.S. sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting “U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to…

Post-2015 Agenda Should Focus On Sustainable Development

Huffington Post: For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development Ulysses Smith, chair of the New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee “Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan’s East Side, it is time…

Climate Change’s Effect On Health Systems To Be Top Issue At World Health Summit

EurActiv: Climate change rivals Ebola at World Health Summit “Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems — a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health…

Chinese AIDS Activist Reportedly Kept From Attending U.N. Conference

New York Times: Chinese AIDS Activist Says She Was Kept From U.N. Conference “A Chinese AIDS activist says she had to cancel a trip to Geneva this week to attend a United Nations conference on women after local officials seized her passport and forced her to tell conference organizers that…

Consultation To Review Beijing Declaration Implementation Progress In Africa

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Experts laud civil society for implementing Beijing declaration in Africa “African experts have highlighted the contribution of civil society to efforts made to accelerating the implementation of the Beijing declaration, a commitment by governments to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment among others. … A two-day consultation dubbed Beijing+20…

Cuba Urges International Community To Further Engage In Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on a regional summit on Ebola held in Cuba on Monday, as well as Cuba’s efforts to address Ebola in West Africa. Al Jazeera: Cuba punches above its weight in Ebola fight “Cuba offered to collaborate with the United States to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa…