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WHO Marks World Blood Donor Day, Underscores Need For Voluntary Blood Donations

WHO: WHO calls for increase in voluntary blood donors to save millions of lives In a news release in advance of World Blood Donor Day, the World Health Organization discusses the importance of increasing voluntary blood donations around the world and improving the safety and accessibility of blood and blood…

South Korea’s President Postpones U.S. Trip As MERS Case Total Reaches 108, 9 Deaths

Agence France-Presse: Park postpones U.S. trip as South Korea MERS toll hits nine “South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has postponed a planned trip to the United States, her spokesman said Wednesday, amid growing public alarm at the MERS outbreak which has now claimed nine lives…” (Ha-Won, 6/10). New York Times:…

U.N.’s Ban Supports Proposal Highlighting Water’s Role In Sustainable Development

Inter Press Service: U.N. Chief Backs New Int’l Decade for Water for Sustainable Development “As the United Nations continues its negotiations to both define and refine a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before a summit meeting of world leaders in September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed support for…

Re-elected FAO Head Outlines Agency’s Priorities; Assistant Director-General Says Price Speculation Hurting Global Food Security

Reuters: Financial speculation on food hurting world’s hungry: U.N. “Food has increasingly become a target for opportunist investors looking for easy profit, hurting the world’s poor and fuelling instability, [Jomo Sundaram, an assistant director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] said on Monday…” (Arsenault, 6/8). U.N. News Centre: Ending…

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