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U.N. Launches Drive To Improve Basic Sanitation By 2015

The U.N. on Tuesday “launched a major push to accelerate progress towards the goal of halving, by 2015, the proportion of the population without access to basic sanitation,” according to the U.N. News Centre (6/21).

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Time To Expand Sanitation For All

“That 2.6 billion people live each day without a proper toilet is shocking,” Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange who is also chair of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, writes in an opinion piece in the Hurriyet Daily News, which marks the launch of a U.N. effort to build political will for sanitation.

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WHO Releases First-Ever HIV Guidelines For MSM And Transgender People

The WHO on Tuesday released its first-ever HIV guidelines on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, which “urge[s] governments to ensure gay men get equal access to HIV prevention and treatment services,” the Associated Press reports.

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NCDs Responsible For Majority Of Deaths Worldwide And Cost Trillions, Report Says

Nearly two-thirds of deaths worldwide are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart and lung disease, cancer, and diabetes, which are increasingly prevalent and cost the global economy trillions of dollars, according to a U.N. report and preliminary results from a new study announced Monday at a press conference to preview the September U.N. High Level Meeting on NCDs, the Associated Press/MSNBC.com reports

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IPS Examines Access To Treatment For Drug-Resistant TB

“Access to treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) remains compromised, especially in developing countries, because too few pharmaceutical companies manufacture quality-assured drugs,” Inter Press Service reports in an article examining how a lack of competition and a working mechanism to keep prices low “has led to skyrocketing prices.”

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IPS Examines U.N. Security Council’s Dealings With ‘Non-Security’ Issues

Inter Press Service examines the changing scope of the U.N. Security Council. “[O]ver the years … the political landscape has been changing, slowly but steadily, as the U.N.’s most powerful body has continued to take up several ‘non-security’ related issues, including children and armed conflict (Aug. 1999), women, peace and security (Oct. 2000), climate change (Apr. 2007) and for the second time last week, HIV/AIDS,” IPS writes. The piece includes analysis from several experts affiliated with the U.N. (Deen, 6/17).

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Integrating AIDS Fight With Other Global Health Efforts Is Next Step

An “invisible turning point” in the fight against HIV/AIDS recently occurred: “the realisation that simply strengthening the vertical programme that is AIDS has to end. The new opportunity is integration,” a Lancet editorial states.

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UNICEF Calls On Governments To Improve Status Of Children On Day Of The African Child

“African governments need to provide ‘more protective environments’ to keep children safe and free from harm and exploitation,” UNICEF said in a statement marking the 2011 Day of the African Child on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports.

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Cooperation Needed To Fight NCDs, U.N. Officials Note

Speaking Thursday at an informal civil society hearing that is a precursor to the first-ever high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), top U.N. officials “stressed the need for governments, the private sector and civil society to work together and more effectively to address cancers, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, which account for nearly two thirds of global deaths each year,” the U.N. News Centre reports (6/16).

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Food Prices Projected To Rise Over Next Decade, FAO/OECD Report Says

Food prices are likely to continue to rise over the next decade, “putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger,” according to a joint report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (6/17).

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