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IRIN Examines Debate Over FAO’s Data Calculation Methods

IRIN examines the debate over the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) “methods of calculating the number of hungry people in the world in its annual report, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI).” According to the news service, “The 2013 SOFI is an improvement over the 2012…

U.N. Security Council Votes To Continue Haiti Peacekeeping Mission With Reduced Force Level

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday “voted unanimously to extend the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti until mid-October 2014 so it can continue contributing to stability and development in the small Caribbean nation,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The “resolution decided that [the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)]…

Committee On World Food Security Meets In Rome

The Guardian reports on the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), meeting in Rome this week. “Once a relatively mechanistic, high-level event, today the CFS stands alone among big U.N. meetings for bringing everyone to the table and is often hailed the most inclusive global governance…

Innovation, Partnership Necessary To Bring Vaccines To The Poor

Noting the WHO this week endorsed a new Chinese-produced Japanese encephalitis vaccine, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes in the organization’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[T]here’s a powerful story here about the tremendous progress the world is making to save and improve the lives of the…

Harvard School Of Public Health Hosts Panel On Reducing Child Mortality

In collaboration with GlobalPost, “[t]he Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health will host a panel on Wednesday about the steps that can be taken to reduce child mortality around the world,” GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog reports, noting that the discussion will be live streamed on the blog. “The panel…

UNESCO, Partners Release Report On Youth Health, Education In Eastern, Southern Africa

Last week, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and other bilateral partners launched a report (.pdf) focused on youth in Eastern and Southern Africa, titled “Young People Today: Time for Action Now,” a UNESCO press release states. The report shows “adolescents and young people — especially young women — face a…

Aid Agencies Must Do More To Address Girls’ Needs In Disaster Response, Report Says

A new report from Plan U.K., titled “In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters,” “finds that during disasters and emergencies girls become even more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation, early pregnancy, violence and disease, but that charities and NGOs aren’t meeting their needs, preferring a ‘one size fits all’…