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New FAO Director General Says He Wants To Help Food Importing Developing Countries Address High Food Prices

In a news conference on Monday, Jose Graziano da Silva, the newly elected head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said he wants to do more to help poor countries deal with volatile food prices, Reuters reports.

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More Than 18,000 Cholera Cases Recorded In Haitian Capital Since Start Of May, WHO Says

More than 18,000 cases of cholera have been recorded in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince since the beginning of May, an increase that may be related to “the beginning of the rainy season and the flooding that hit the capital,” according to Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson, Agence France-Presse reports.

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Number Of Adults With Diabetes Doubled Over Past Three Decades, Study Shows

The number of adults with type 2 diabetes has doubled worldwide over the last three decades, rising from 153 million in 1980 to 347 million, “a sign that the epidemic will impose an ever-greater cost burden on health systems,” according to a study published on Saturday in the Lancet, the Wall Street Journal reports (Naik, 6/27).

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UNICEF Representative Warns Filipino Children Displaced After Flooding Face Disease Risk

About 450,000 children, displaced by severe flooding in the southern Philippines, could face an outbreak of diarrhea and pneumonia, Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, said on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports.

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Former Brazilian Food Security Minister Elected To Head FAO

“Brazil’s one-time food security minister, Jose Graziano da Silva, was elected Sunday director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.N. agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of near-record high food prices,” the Associated Press reports (Winfield, 6/26).

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UNAIDS Board Approves Accountability Framework

UNAIDS’ Programme Coordinating Board, the agency’s governing body, this week unanimously endorsed the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework 2012-2015, which “will ensure accountability in both programmatic results and in delivering value for money,” according to a UNAIDS press release. “The Board requested the UNAIDS Secretariat to produce annual reports on the implementation of the framework” and discussed how food and nutrition security can be integrated into HIV programming, the press release notes (6/23).

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Financial Times Examines Race For FAO Director-General

The Financial Times examines the race to lead the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), saying that “since the 2007-08 food crisis and the price shock of 2010-11, the formerly low-profile FAO has been catapulted to the centre of global policymaking,” with six countries putting forth candidates for director-general.

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Up To 5M Pakistanis At Risk From Floods This Year, U.N. Says

“Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year’s epic deluge, the U.N. said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports.

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Governments Should Consider Social Impacts Of Austerity Measures, U.N. Report Says

In the wake of the 2008-09 financial crisis, many country’s governments could be undermining economic recovery by implementing austerity measures such as cuts in spending on health, education and other social programs, which “threaten to turn back decades of social progress, block new job creation and derail efforts to eradicate poverty” in both developed and developing nations, according to a United Nations report (.pdf) published Wednesday, Reuters reports (Evans, 6/22).

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Gender-Based Sex Selection Harms Women’s Health In Asia, U.N. Report Says

“Gender biased sex selection, widespread in many parts of Asia, has serious and profoundly debilitating effects on the mental and physical health of women, says a report by five United Nations agencies,” BMJ reports.

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