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WHO Announces Formation Of Independent Panel To Assess Agency’s Ebola Response

Associated Press: WHO creates independent panel to assess its Ebola response “The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history. … The panel will be chaired by Barbara Stocking, a former chief executive of Oxfam…

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World Must Increase Efforts To End Child Marriage, Experts At U.N. Panel Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Fight to end child marriage must be scaled up — experts “Advocates against child marriage need to step up efforts to maintain progress against the practice as the world’s youth population swells, experts at a United Nations panel said on Tuesday…” (Anderson, 3/11).

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U.N.-Backed Report Examines Impact Of Syrian Crisis On Nation’s Human Development

U.N. News Centre: New U.N.-backed report reflects ‘crushing’ impact of conflict in Syria on its people “Four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration, and social fragmentation in Syria have hollowed out its population by 15 percent, forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by…

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High-Level U.N. Meeting On Gender Equality Opens, Adopts Declaration Reaffirming 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference Outcomes

U.N. News Centre: Adopting political declaration, U.N. urges world to ‘step it up’ to ensure gender equality by 2030 “As women thrive, so will humanity but if girls are held back, the whole world will feel the pain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the high-level opening of the United Nations body…

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U.N. Women Official Discusses Progress, Challenges In Achieving Global Gender Equality In PBS NewsHour Interview

PBS NewsHour: Can we achieve global gender equality by 2030? “Twenty years since the U.N. announced a major effort to reduce global gender inequality, women and girls today are far from getting equal treatment and participation in society, while violence against females is commonplace. Lakshmi Puri of U.N. Women joins…

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Violence Against Women Reaches ‘Alarmingly High Levels’ Globally, U.N. Report Says

News outlets describe findings from a U.N. report on global and regional estimates of violence against women. Al Jazeera America: Sexual violence against women a ‘global epidemic,’ study finds “Violence against women and girls ‘persists at alarmingly high levels’ despite significant progress in gender equality for health, education, and legal…

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Ban Appoints Advocate Stephen O’Brien As New U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief

Reuters: British lawmaker Stephen O’Brien named new U.N. aid chief “British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday…” (Nichols, 3/9). U.N. News Centre: Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian…

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WHO Representative To China Says Nation’s Leadership Must Take Actions Against Tobacco Use

Deutsche Welle: WHO: China needs to act against smoking “At the ongoing annual national legislative session, Chinese lawmakers should adopt a raft of measures such as smoke-free public places to curb smoking, the WHO’s country representative Bernhard Schwartlaender tells DW…” (Domínguez, 3/9).

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Cholera Outbreaks In Southern Africa Due To Heavy Rains, Poor Sanitation

VOA News: Poor Sanitation Spawns Southern Africa Cholera Outbreak “Cholera has again reared its ugly head in Southern Africa, infecting nearly 6,000 people in Mozambique, Malawi, and now Zimbabwe. Heavy rains have been cited as the main culprit of this outbreak, but poor sanitation continues to plague this region, and…

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U.N., U.S. Leaders Urge Gender Equality On International Women’s Day

Media outlets report on issues surrounding International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Associated Press/The Guardian: Gender equality still decades away, says chief of U.N. Women “…Twenty years after 189 countries adopted a blueprint to achieve equality for women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that not a single country has reached gender…

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