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U.N. Women Head Discusses Women’s Rights Work

Huffington Post: U.N. Women Rep Pushes Equality In this video segment of HuffPost Live, “U.N. Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri … joins us to discuss her work, the recent Commission on the Status of Women agreement, and what remains to be done for women worldwide…” (Modarressy-Tehrani, 4/1).

U.N. Official Urges Donor Community To Scale Up Cholera Response In Haiti

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: Senior U.N. official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to tackle cholera “The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves, and is calling on the donor community…

Blogs Discuss Challenges, Progress Made In NTD Efforts

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog highlights an event that took place in Paris on Wednesday where global leaders convened to discuss progress made in NTD efforts. The event “coincided with the release of a new report highlighting gains over the past two years ……

Devex Interviews Leader In Campaign To End FGM

Devex: ‘Nothing can stop’ fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group “More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and…

World Health Day 2014 Focuses On Vector-Borne Diseases

Huffington Post: World Health Day Peter Hotez, president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital endowed chair in tropical pediatrics, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “This year on World Health Day — Monday, April 7 — the World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing the prevention and…

WHO Calls For Renewed Focus On Vector-Borne Diseases

Media sources report on WHO’s call for renewed focus on vector-borne disease control for World Health Day 2014, recognized on April 7. VOA News: Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases Grows “The United Nations and international agencies are warning more than half the world’s population is at risk from the growing…

U.N. Appeals For More Aid To S. Sudan As Food Crisis Worsens

News outlets report on South Sudan’s worsening food crisis. Agence France-Presse: South Sudan on verge of Africa’s worst famine since 1980s: U.N. “War-torn South Sudan could become the scene of the worst famine catastrophe in Africa in decades without more aid and a ceasefire to let farmers reach their fields,…

Ban Urges African Leaders To Fund Malaria Eradication Efforts

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief, in Brussels, urges scaled-up investment in fight against malaria “Highlighting the critical importance of keeping investments in health high on the international development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged African decision-makers today to fund programs for the eradication of malaria…” (4/3).

UNICEF To Immunize 20M Children Against Polio In Iraq, Syria, Egypt

News outlets report on UNICEF’s polio vaccination campaign launched over the weekend in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. Deutsche Welle: Massive polio vaccination underway in Syria and Iraq “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a vaccination campaign Sunday as part of an international response to a major polio outbreak in…

IPCC Report Demands Action On Climate Change

Washington Post: The new IPCC report shows that work to limit climate change must begin now Noting the findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “its first comprehensive report since 2007 on the changes that might accompany a rising global temperature and on humanity’s…