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U.N. General Assembly Reaffirms Population, Development Goals

News outlets examine leaders’ efforts to reaffirm the tenets of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Inter Press Service: Religious Leaders Call for U.N. Action on Sexual & Reproductive Health “On the eve of a major U.N. special session on population and development, a delegation of religious leaders…

WFP Head Warns Global Food Aid Demand Outpacing Resources

News outlets report on warnings from the World Food Programme that worldwide demand for food aid is overwhelming its resources. Associated Press: U.N. says there’s unprecedented demand for food aid “The World Food Programme’s top official said it’s unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half…

Opinion Pieces Address Access To Reproductive Health Services

The following opinion pieces address access to reproductive health services for women worldwide. Devex: Universal access to reproductive health care: A global obligation and opportunity Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation “…Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a global…

International Community Facing ‘Historic Opportunity’ To Address Needs Of Women, Girls

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: A Pivotal Moment for Women and Girls Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, discuss the challenges women and girls face around the world and highlight some of the…

U.N. Reaffirms Commitment To Ebola Response, Sends Advance Team To Liberia

The U.N. News Centre reports on U.N. actions in response to the Ebola outbreak. U.N. News Centre: U.N. General Assembly underlines ‘strong commitment’ to bolster response to Ebola outbreak “As an Ebola outbreak of ‘unprecedented nature and scope’ continues its spread through Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the United Nations…

WHO Experts Advise Against Travel, Trade Bans On Ebola-Affected Countries

Reuters: WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa “Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday…”…

President Obama To Discuss Ebola During U.N. Meeting This Week

VOA News: Obama Goes to U.N. With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda “President Barack Obama will head to the United Nations General Assembly this coming week with two missions: to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and to back his plan to…

World Bank’s Jim Kim Says Ebola ‘Surprised Everyone’

Agence France-Presse: World Bank chief says Ebola took the world by surprise “The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Friday as he questioned the international community’s readiness to respond to other pandemics. ‘This has surprised everyone. None of us thought that…

Ebola Educators’ Murders Show Mistrust Of Authority In Rural West Africa, WHO Says

Reuters: Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO “The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay/Miles, 9/19).

U.S., World Leaders To Attend U.N. Climate Summit This Week

News outlets discuss issues surrounding the U.N. Climate Summit, which takes place Tuesday in New York, including a climate-related march and reports released ahead of the meeting. NPR: All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit “The forecast calls for picture-perfect weather Tuesday in New York City as…

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