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U.N. General Assembly Opens 65th Session With A Look Ahead To Next Week’s MDG Summit

The U.N. General Assembly opened its 65th session on Tuesday in New York with the new Assembly President Joseph Deiss, former Swiss foreign minister, calling for the focus of the upcoming year to be prioritizing efforts to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reaffirming the role of the U.N. in global governance and promoting sustainable development, Xinhua reports (9/15).

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Maternal Mortality Worldwide Declines By Over One-Third Since 1990, U.N. Report Says

Maternal mortality has declined by more than one-third since 1990, according to a report (.pdf) from U.N. agencies released on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports.

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U.N. Secretary-General Taps Former Chilean President To Head U.N. Agency For Women

“Michelle Bachelet, famous for breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman elected president of Chile, will head the new global United Nations agency created to advance women’s rights, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.

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Reuters Examines Conditional Cash Transfer Programs In Latin America

Reuters examines a program providing cash incentives to “more than 2.6 million Colombians, mostly women with young children living in extreme poverty” in exchange for their participation in “health workshops” and their commitment to ensuring their children receive “regular medical check-ups,” receive immunizations and “attend school at least 80 percent of the time.”

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U.N. Report: Number Of Hungry People Worldwide Drops, But 925 Million Still Malnourished

U.N. officials on Tuesday said that the number of hungry people worldwide dropped for the first time in 15 years, but warned that the number is still too large, the New York Times reports (MacFarquhar, 9/14).

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Ahead Of MDG Summit, U.N. Secretary-General Calls For Additional Funds, Strategy For Tackling Women’s And Children’s Health Issues

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced that “nearly 140” world leaders are planning to attend next week’s U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit in New York, where they will discuss ways to help countries reach the targets by 2015, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 9/13).

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Hunger Costs Developing Nations $450B Per Year, Report Says

“Reduced worker productivity, poor health and lost education caused by malnourishment” is costing poor nations $450 billion a year, according to a report by the aid agency ActionAid, Agence France-Presse reports (9/13).

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Also In Global Health News: New U.N. Drug Czar; Measles Vaccinations in China; Pakistan Flood Endangers Pregnant Women; Campaign Against Rape In Haiti

New U.N. Drug Czar Pledges Public Health, Human Rights Focus The new head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, took office on Monday and “pledged to focus on public health and human rights,” the Associated Press reports. A former Russian diplomat, Fedotov said in a statement, “Whether we…

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AIDS Advocates Call For African Governments To Spend More Of Their Own Funds On Health

“Doctors and AIDS activists on Friday urged African governments to fulfill a decade-old pledge to spend more of their own money on health if they want international help in fighting AIDS,” the Associated Press reports.

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News Outlets Examine MDGs Challenges: Communicating To Public, NGOs Charge Draft Declaration Falls Short

AllAfrica.com reports on a “fellowship hosted by the U.N. Foundation” last week “to educate the media about progress that has been made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) thus far and what still needs to be done before the 2015 target date for achieving them.”

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