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WHO Expresses Concern Over MERS, Does Not Declare Global Health Emergency

News outlets report on the findings of a WHO panel that concluded the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) does not yet constitute a global health emergency, as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: WHO: MERS virus isn’t an emergency — yet “The spread of a puzzling respiratory…

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World Sees Large Gains In Life Expectancy, WHO Report Says

Media outlets discuss the WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2014” report, which was released on Thursday. Bloomberg Businessweek: People Live Longer as Child Mortality Falls, Treatments Improve “Life expectancy around the world surged in the past two decades as the rate of child mortality declined in Africa and wealthier countries improved…

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33.3M People Displaced By War In 2013, U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a U.N.-backed report that reveals that 33.3 million people were displaced by war in 2013. Associated Press: U.N.: Wars internally displace 33.3 million in 2013 “A record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013, U.N. and Norwegian officials…

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U.N. Global Compact Publishes Food, Agriculture Business Principles

Eco-Business.com: U.N. Global Compact launches six principles for sustainable food industry “The U.N. Global Compact on Tuesday unveiled a set of six Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) principles that will help food and agriculture businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner, embark on cross-sector collaborations, and develop more consistent…

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830M Women Lack Adequate Maternity Protection, ILO Report Says

Media outlets highlight a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), which reviews maternity and paternity law and practice in 185 countries and territories. U.N. News Centre: Amid vast global gaps, maternity, paternity protections make headway, U.N. reports “Despite progress in maternity benefits and a positive trend in supporting…

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Saudi Arabia Must Do More To Investigate MERS Transmission, Treatment

Washington Post: MERS is still a mystery virus In a statement released Wednesday, “[t]he WHO called for speeding up critical investigations, including case-control, serological, environmental and animal studies [on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)]. [Saudi Arabia, which has reported the most cases,] must do everything it can to expedite this…

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U.N., The Guardian Back Campaign To End FGM In U.S.

The Guardian: Ban Ki-moon: FGM a ‘human rights violation’ that must end “The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday described the practice of female genital mutilation as a ‘human rights violation’ that needed to end, on the day the Guardian threw its weight behind a campaign against the…

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Foreign Affairs Article Reviews Cholera Outbreak, Reaction In Haiti

Foreign Affairs: Haiti Strikes Back “…In October 2013, on behalf of the thousands of cholera victims, [Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)] filed a class action lawsuit against the U.N. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New…

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WFP Expects To Feed 6.5M Ethiopians In 2014

Reuters: U.N. expecting to feed 6.5 million Ethiopians this year “The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday, with the country hit by locusts, neighboring war, and sparse rainfall…” (Miles, 5/13).

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U.N. Official Calls On Russia To Put Science Ahead Of Politics, Ideology In HIV Prevention

Huffington Post: A Life of Dignity for All Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia In a speech given on the opening day of the 4th Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kazatchkine said, “I want to take this…

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