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International Community ‘Turning Up The Volume’ On Hunger, Malnutrition

Inter Press Service: Op-Ed: Not Only Hunger, but Malnutrition Too José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “…Fortunately, policymakers and community leaders around the world are making some progress in turning up the volume of the conversation on malnutrition and placing the topic, along…

Humanosphere Speaks With Former U.N. Food Official

Humanosphere: A ‘special’ perspective on food, human rights and the future of agriculture Health reporter and Humanosphere contributor Gabe Spitzer presents a podcast in which Humanosphere’s Tom Paulson speaks with the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter (6/13).

U.N. Agencies Increase Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq As Crisis Escalates

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to meet increasing needs in Iraq as the humanitarian crisis escalates. Associated Press/Huffington Post: Iraq Refugee Population Increased By Nearly 800,000 This Year: U.N. “The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq’s refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against…

FAO, WHO Call On Governments To Commit To Tackling Malnutrition

Food and Agriculture Organization: FAO and WHO urge strong political commitment to tackle malnutrition at upcoming high-level international conference “As hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition, governments should make stronger commitments at the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to…

London Summit Sees Launch Of International Protocol On Addressing Sexual Violence, Crimes

The Guardian has published several articles related to the ongoing Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place this week in London. The Guardian: International protocol launched to deal with sexual violence in conflict “An international protocol for dealing with rape and sexual violence in conflict was launched…

Ugandan Foreign Minister To Be Next U.N. General Assembly President

New York Times: Ugandan Official to Be Next General Assembly Chief “The United Nations General Assembly chose Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, as its next president on Wednesday, bypassing concerns of rights advocates and Western officials over Uganda’s law criminalizing homosexuality, which took effect four months ago…” (Gladstone, 6/11).

Old Wives’ Tale Creates Delays In Measles Treatment In Somalia

Associated Press: In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment “…Somalia is suffering from an outbreak of measles that the World Health Organization and the U.N. children’s agency labels ‘extremely alarming.’… Many children in the country are malnourished and few have access to medical care, making an outbreak potentially dangerous…

Iran Records First MERS Cases, WHO Says; Kuwait Identifies Camels With Virus

CIDRAP News: WHO confirms MERS in Iran as Kuwait finds virus in camels “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] confirmed the first two MERS-CoV cases in Iran, reported recently in the news media, while another media story said Kuwait has found the virus in five camels…” (Roos, 6/11).

WHO Calls For Better Access To Safe Blood Supplies To Prevent Maternal Deaths

VOA News: WHO: Access to Safe Blood Can Reduce Maternal Deaths “The World Health Organization says lack of access to safe blood is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of childbearing women each year. In advance of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, WHO is calling for…