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More Aid Reaches Homs In Syria; U.N. Urged To Act On Humanitarian Resolution

News outlets report on ongoing efforts to reach a humanitarian resolution on Syria, as well as efforts to evacuate people from the besieged city of Homs. New York Times: U.N. Security Council Urged to Act on Humanitarian Aid to Syria “The hard-won humanitarian cease-fire in the Syrian city of Homs…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts In CAR

News outlets report on ongoing U.N. humanitarian aid operations in Central African Republic (CAR). Agence France-Presse: U.N. starts food airlift to restive Central Africa “The U.N. food agency on Wednesday launched one of its largest-ever emergency food airlifts, flying in aliments to the Central African Republic…” (2/12). U.N. News Centre:…

Progress On Women’s Rights Good But Unequal, U.N. Report Says

News outlets report on a new U.N. report, the International Conference on Population and Development Global Review Report, which says progress on women’s health and rights is steady but unequal. The Guardian: Big gains made on women’s health, but access still unequal, says U.N. “Efforts to ensure women’s access to…

U.S. Launches Global Health Security Agenda, Partners With 26 Countries

News outlets report on the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, a 26-nation partnership to better detect and prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Associated Press: U.S., 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks “The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious…

Private-Public Partnerships Can ‘Positively Impact Health’ Worldwide

Huffington Post: Dr. Brundtland’s Impact on Global Health; We Must Stay the Course Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute “During [Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland’s] time at WHO [as director general] and since, she has been a powerful advocate of the use of private-public partnerships to tackle many complex…

U.N. Calls On African Countries To Protect Sexual Rights

VOA News: U.N. Urges African Nations to Protect Sexual Rights “African countries have been called upon to accept ‘sexual rights’ as an integral and inalienable part of basic human rights and remove all barriers preventing women and girls from claiming such rights…” (Kindzeka, 2/10).

Access To HIV Prevention In Prisons Is Crucial To Curbing Transmission

IRIN: HIV interventions also needed behind bars “Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts…” (2/12).

Finding Resolution On Syria Proving Difficult For International Community

News outlets report that Russia is denouncing a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria and peace talks between the government and opposition forces have stalled. The Hill’s “Global Affairs”: Russia ‘starving civilians’ in Syria, Obama says “President Obama said Tuesday that Russia was complicit in starving civilians in Syria in blunt…

New York Times Publishes Editorial, Commentary On Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

The New York Times features an editorial and a commentary on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-ridden Syria. New York Times: The Message From Homs “In the last four days, at least 800 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — have been evacuated from Homs, one of Syria’s…

Gender Equality Should Be Fully Integrated Into Post-2015 Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Gender equality must be enshrined in all post-2015 development goals — U.N. rights chief “The United Nations committee mandated to ensure compliance with the global treaty to end all forms of discrimination against women opened a new session today with a call for gender equality to be…