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19 Members Of Congress Send Letter To U.N. Secretary General Urging Body To Take Responsibility For Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Friday sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “expressing concerns about the lack of progress in responding effectively to the Haitian cholera epidemic,” Haiti Libre reports. The website notes that the letter, signed by 19 members of Congress, “urges the Secretary General to use…

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U.N. Food Agencies Call For Hunger Elimination By 2025, Food Security And Nutrition To Top African Development Agenda

“Officials of United Nations food agencies on Saturday called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the center of the international agenda for African development, and hunger to be eliminated by 2025,” Xinhua reports (6/1). Director-General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva,…

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Women Deliver Conference Wraps Up With Call For Continued Investments In Girls, Women

“Women Deliver 2013 concluded [Thursday] with a call for continued investments in girls and women,” a Global Health Strategies press release/AllAfrica.com reports. “The final day of Women Deliver 2013 focused on the critical need to prioritize girls and women in the lead-up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline…

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U.N. High-Level Panel Releases Final Report On Post-2015 Development Agenda, Calls For Ending Extreme Poverty By 2030

“The world should set itself the ambitious goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, a U.N. panel co-chaired by [U.K. Prime Minister] David Cameron and the presidents of Indonesia and Liberia said on Thursday in a report [.pdf] proposing new development goals,” The Guardian reports. “The report said the world…

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Legislation In Some Asia-Pacific Countries Aimed At Protecting People Living With HIV Not Enforced, UNDP Report Says

“Several countries in Asia-Pacific have successfully enacted laws to protect people living with HIV, but in most cases the legislation lacks teeth, according to a new report [.pdf] by the U.N. Development Program,” Devex reports. “Cambodia, China, Fiji, Laos, Micronesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vietnam have laws…

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International Community Must Be Alert To New Smoking Trends, Put Forth Robust Efforts Against Tobacco Use

“As a global community, we know how detrimental smoking is to health. Why can’t we stem the growing trend of smoking among youth and in emerging markets?” Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at global health strategy firm Rabin Martin, and Derek Yach, senior vice president of the Vitality Group where he…

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WHO Calls For Ban On Tobacco Advertising On World No Tobacco Day

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the WHO “is calling on countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, saying such [a] marketing blackout could reduce tobacco use and save lives,” VOA News reports. “According to WHO data, tobacco use kills nearly six…

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Annual State Of World’s Children Report Calls For End To Discrimination Against Children With Disabilities

“In its annual State of the World’s Children report, UNICEF says ending discrimination against children with disabilities and nurturing their abilities will benefit both the children and society as a whole,” VOA News reports, adding, “The report presents a grim assessment of the discrimination and stigma suffered by tens of…

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WHA Concludes With Several Resolutions, Including Pledge To Tackle NCDs

“After seven days of intense discussions, the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) concluded with agreement on a range of new public health measures and recommendations aimed at securing greater health benefits for all people, everywhere,” a WHO press release reports, noting “24 resolutions and five decisions were adopted by the…

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France Reports First Death From Coronavirus; WHO Stresses Need For Countries To Work Together

“France reported its first death from the new SARS-like coronavirus on Tuesday, and Saudi Arabia, where the virus first emerged last year, said there were five new cases,” Reuters reports (Savary, 5/28). The man, “whose illness was identified May 8 after he returned from a visit to the United Arab…

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