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Former South African Deputy President Appointed Head Of U.N. Women

“The United Nations named former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to head the gender equality body U.N. Women on Wednesday, after former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet stepped down to pursue another presidential bid,” Reuters reports (Nichols, 7/10). “Announcing the decision at the U.N. midday press conference, a spokesman for…

Egypt Facing Food Security Concerns, FAO Report Says

“Civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves raise serious food security concerns in Egypt, the United Nations’ food agency said in a report on Thursday,” Reuters reports. Grain import requirements for 2013-2014 will remain the same as this year in Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, because of a growing…

UNAIDS Head Expresses Concern Over HIV Infections Among Couples In Africa

Speaking “on the sidelines of a media forum” in Abidjan on Thursday, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé expressed concern over the number of new HIV infections among people in stable relationships in Africa, as well as among young women in some parts of the continent, Xinhua reports. “What is really…

GlobalPost Interviews WHO Technical Lead On MERS

“To put [the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus] in perspective and to understand what’s happening and what could happen next, GlobalPost spoke with Dr. Anthony Mounts, WHO’s technical lead on the coronavirus,” the news service reports. Mounts discusses why the agency established an emergency committee to examine MERS, how…

World Population Day 2013 Highlights Importance Of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

“With 16 million girls under 18 giving birth and 3.2 million of these teens experiencing unsafe abortions each year, the U.N. has focused the theme of 2013’s World Population Day on teenage pregnancy, highlighting the important role that teen girls play in positively impacting future generations and underscoring the importance…

E.U. To Increase Humanitarian Aid To CAR

“The European Union is to increase its aid to Central African Republic [CAR] to tackle a humanitarian crisis gripping the impoverished nation since rebels seized power in March,” Reuters reports. “Kristalina Georgieva, the E.U. commissioner responsible for international cooperation and humanitarian aid, said on Thursday Europe would provide an additional…

News-Medical.Net Interviews UNICEF’s Chief Of Immunization

News-Medical.Net interviews Jos Vandelaer, UNICEF’s chief of immunization, about immunization programs in developing countries. According to the interview transcript, Vandelaer reflects on the current state of immunization around the world, noting “worldwide, immunization programs reach around 83 percent of all children”; outlines “UNICEF’s role in new vaccine introductions in developing…

New U.N. Women Head, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Discusses Her New Role

“Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as U.N. Women,” and she discusses her new role in an interview with Al Jazeera. Mlambo-Ngcuka says…

New U.N. Framework On HIV/AIDS Treatment Seeks To Give 15M People Access To ART By 2015

“The United Nations [on Saturday] launched a new framework which seeks to give 15 million people with HIV/AIDS access to antiretroviral treatment by the year 2015,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The framework [.pdf], titled Treatment 2015, offers countries and partners practical and innovative ways to increase the number of…