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Debate Underway On Goals To Replace MDGs

VOA News: Planning Post-2015 Development “The U.N. Millennium Development Goals are due to expire at the end of next year. Debate is underway on what should replace them. One U.N. official says they should be based, in part, on the findings of the 2014 Human Development Report…” (DeCapua, 7/29).

U.N. Opens Meeting On Global Aging

VOA News: U.N. Panel Meets on Global Aging “This week, a U.N. panel opens a three-day meeting on the aging of the global population. It’s part of a process that could lead to a new international treaty to protect the rights of older persons…” (DeCapua, 7/28).

U.N. Calls For Boost In Efforts To Prevent, Treat Hepatitis

U.N. News Centre: Marking World Hepatitis Day, U.N. appeals for boost in global momentum to tackle disease “With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency is marking World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose…

People With Disabilities Disproportionately Vulnerable To HIV/AIDS, Health Experts Say

IRIN: Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities “Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk — a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists…”…

Time For World To Work Together To Mitigate Impact From Hepatitis

Huffington Post: World Hepatitis Day Is an Opportunity to Stop This Silent Killer, Once and For All Hande Harmanci, a medical officer with the WHO’s Global Hepatitis Program “…The good news is that we are beginning to see a new momentum around hepatitis. Politicians are starting to take it seriously:…

Global Community Must Act Before Famine Declared In Somalia

Huffington Post: Warning Signs of Another Famine, Lessons to Be Learned From the Past Shukri Harbi, founder of Miles for Water “…Without urgent aid the future of those who’ve survived [Somalia's 2011 famine] remains bleak. Recently, in a joint NGO statement, including Oxfam and International Rescue Committee, it was reported…

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Spread In West Africa

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 660 people and infected more than 1,000. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases…

U.N. Agencies Call For More Support To Fight Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies urge greater support to fight mounting hunger crisis in Africa’s Sahel region “Two United Nations agencies today urged the international donor community to renew its commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by strengthening the resilience of destitute families in the region…”…