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Zimbabwe Faces Worst Food Shortages In 4 Years, WFP Warns

“Zimbabwe faces its worst food shortages in four years following a drought and poor harvest, the U.N. World Food Programme [WFP] said on Tuesday, a month after veteran President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF disputed re-election,” Reuters reports (Chinaka, 9/3). “An estimated 2.2 million people [in Zimbabwe] are expected to need food…

WHO/Europe To Organize Regional Consultation On HIV Treatment Guidelines

“WHO/Europe will organize a regional technical consultation on the dissemination of the ‘Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection,’ published by WHO headquarters in July 2013,” the U.N. health agency reports in a post on its webpage. “The technical consultation will take place…

U.N.’s Ban Urges Countries To Commit to Sustainable Development Agenda

In a letter to members of the G20, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week “called on countries to show leadership and commitment to achieve a sustainable future,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, this week, the “G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India,…

U.N. Agencies To Continue Assistance To Syrian Refugees Despite Escalating Tension

“The United Nations children’s agency is scaling up its assistance to thousands of Syrian refugee children and their families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where tens of thousands of families arrived in recent weeks,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “A plane carrying 100 tons of supplies — including water…

U.N. Calls For International Collaboration To Improve Sanitation For Billions

“The U.N. [on Monday] called for collaboration between governments, the private sector and scientists to improve [the] sanitation needs of billions of people around the world and to focus on the issue of open defecation,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “More than 2.5 billion people around the world — more than…

September 2013 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The September issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial on transforming health systems to address women’s health, a public health news roundup, several research papers on women’s health across the life course, and a policy paper on addressing breast and cervical cancers in low-resource settings, among other articles (September…

South Korean, U.N. Officials Meet To Discuss Post-2015 Development Agenda

“South Korea’s foreign ministry launched a local forum on Monday to discuss new international aid agendas to replace the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015,” Yonhap/GlobalPost reports. “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se attended the … Post-2015 Korea Forum, with about 200…

U.N.-Sponsored Meetings Address Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

“Strengthening ecosystems is key to helping local farmers in Africa adapt to climate change and ensuring that they produce enough food to meet people’s nutritional needs, participants decided at the end of an international United Nations-organized conference in Kenya,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The conference, convened [in Nairobi] by…

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For African Countries, Partners To Increase Efforts To Achieve MDGs

“Now is the time for African countries, development partners and the international community to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to shape a shared vision for a universal sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared” on Friday in Seoul,…

USAID, UNFPA To Strengthen Collaboration On Reproductive Health

USAID and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) “announced [Thursday] new efforts to strengthen their collaboration to advance reproductive health, including voluntary family planning, worldwide,” a UNFPA press release reports. “[T]he two agencies will build on their work and expertise, accumulated over 40 years, to ensure women who want contraceptives can…