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U.N. HLP Issues Communique Highlighting Key Focus Areas For Post-2015 Development Goals

“The U.N. high-level panel (HLP) working on a global development agenda for after 2015 has reached a turning point through making concrete agreements, the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said on Wednesday … after a meeting of the panel in the Indonesian resort of Bali,” The Guardian reports. “The third…

Guardian Examines African Environmental Outlook Report

The Guardian highlights the African Environment Outlook-3 [.pdf], a report released last month by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that examines “[t]he multifaceted connection between environmental and human health.” The report is the third in a series, with the first published in 2002 and the second in 2006, the…

Challenges Remain In Fight Against TB, U.N. Secretary-General Says

On World Tuberculosis Day, recognized on March 24, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “said that while there has been much progress since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared TB a global health emergency two decades ago, there are still challenges to be met, mainly stopping the spread of multidrug-resistant TB, also…

U.N. Must Uphold ‘Moral Obligations’ In Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Noting the “aid group Doctors Without Borders said [on March 12] that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies,” a New York Times editorial states, “The dreadful backdrop to this emergency is an abdication…

International Community Observes World Water Day

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Thursday “launched a call for urgent action to end the crisis of 2.5 billion people without basic sanitation, and to change a situation in which more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets,” the U.N. News Centre reports (3/21). Noting “[t]he move is part…

Organizations Highlight World TB Day

World TB Day is commemorated each year on March 24, recognizing the discovery of the tuberculosis (TB) bacilli by Robert Koch in 1882. The following media outlets feature information on the day. USAID: A special edition of USAID’s “Global Health News” features different TB-related resources and includes links to “Accelerating…

Humanitarian Situation Worsening In Syria, U.N., U.S. Officials Tell Senate

“The top United Nations refugee official has warned that Syria’s worsening humanitarian crisis risks overwhelming the international community’s capacity to respond, and that some aid agencies could run out of money for relief activities as early as the end of this month,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Speaking to U.S. senators…

GlobalPost, Humanitarian Agencies Examine Impact Of Childhood TB

Noting the WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Monday issued a joint statement calling for an additional $1.6 million a year to fight tuberculosis (TB) in low- and middle-income countries, GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog examines the global impact of childhood TB, writing, “While health…

U.N. Food Agencies Welcome Pope Francis’s Commitment To Helping Poor, Hungry

“United Nations officials [on Tuesday] welcomed Pope Francis’ public commitment to support those who live in poverty and suffer from hunger, and expressed their readiness to work with the new leader of the Catholic Church on these issues,” the U.N. News Centre reports (3/19). “Striking a tone of radical humility that…

IRIN Interview Examines Implementation Of Financial Transaction Tax In Mozambique

Noting “Mozambique has become the latest African country to implement a financial transaction tax (FTT) and airplane levy to fund health services in developing countries, part of the UNITAID initiative,” IRIN interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy, board chair of the international financing mechanism, “about the state of play in innovative health financing.” According to…