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Global Food Prices Continue To Decline

U.N. News Centre: World food prices hit six-month low, U.N. agency reports “Global food prices fell for a fourth consecutive month in July, a sharp decline for grains, oilseeds, and dairy products outweighing strong meat and sugar prices, the United Nations agriculture agency reported…” (8/7).

South Sudan Camp Conditions ‘An Affront To Human Dignity,’ MSF Says

Associated Press/New York Times: S. Sudan: Conditions ‘an Affront to Human Dignity’ “South Sudan residents residing in a U.N. camp are living in knee-deep, sewage-contaminated floodwater, forcing some families to sleep standing up so they can hold their children out of the water, an aid group said Friday…” (8/8).

MDGs, Post-2015 Discussions Need More Attention

Devex: MDGs: The U.N.’s best-kept secret Diana Ohlbaum, senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Project on Prosperity and Development, co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s Accountability Working Group, and a principal of Turner4D “… The United Nations is now engaged in discussions with governments and…

U.N. Warns Somalia Needs Assistance To Prevent Famine

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warnings that Somalia needs assistance to prevent famine. Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe’ — U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian…

News Outlets Continue To Discuss Ethical Issues Related To Experimental Ebola Treatment

News outlets discuss the debates surrounding experimental Ebola drugs. Associated Press: Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug “Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus…” (Giles/Cheng, 8/11). BBC News: Resolving the ethics of…

Opinions, Editorial Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: Can the World Health Organization lead? Do we want it to? Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth “On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

U.N. Prepares To Mark World Humanitarian Day

U.N. News Centre: World Humanitarian Day: More people than ever need help “Spotlighting humanitarians who often take great risks to help communities in need, World Humanitarian Day 2014 will feature events ranging from a 5K run/walk in Mogadishu, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, a radio talk show with…

Cuba’s Health Care System Can Serve As Example To Other Countries

Huffington Post: Cuba’s Health Care System: a Model for the World Salim Lamrani, doctor, Paris Sorbonne Paris IV University, and lecturer, University of La Réunion “According to the U.N.’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world. … Despite extremely limited resources…

Ebola Death Toll Tops 1,000

News outlets report on the growing death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press/Washington Post: Ebola death toll in West Africa passes 1,000 “The World Health Organization says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1,000…” (8/11). Reuters: West African Ebola outbreak…