About 450,000 children, displaced by severe flooding in the southern Philippines, could face an outbreak of diarrhea and pneumonia, Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, said on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports.
“Brazil’s one-time food security minister, Jose Graziano da Silva, was elected Sunday director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.N. agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of near-record high food prices,” the Associated Press reports (Winfield, 6/26).
UNAIDS’ Programme Coordinating Board, the agency’s governing body, this week unanimously endorsed the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework 2012-2015, which “will ensure accountability in both programmatic results and in delivering value for money,” according to a UNAIDS press release. “The Board requested the UNAIDS Secretariat to produce annual reports on the implementation of the framework” and discussed how food and nutrition security can be integrated into HIV programming, the press release notes (6/23).
The Financial Times examines the race to lead the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), saying that “since the 2007-08 food crisis and the price shock of 2010-11, the formerly low-profile FAO has been catapulted to the centre of global policymaking,” with six countries putting forth candidates for director-general.
“Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year’s epic deluge, the U.N. said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports.
In the wake of the 2008-09 financial crisis, many country’s governments could be undermining economic recovery by implementing austerity measures such as cuts in spending on health, education and other social programs, which “threaten to turn back decades of social progress, block new job creation and derail efforts to eradicate poverty” in both developed and developing nations, according to a United Nations report (.pdf) published Wednesday, Reuters reports (Evans, 6/22).
“Gender biased sex selection, widespread in many parts of Asia, has serious and profoundly debilitating effects on the mental and physical health of women, says a report by five United Nations agencies,” BMJ reports.
The U.N. on Tuesday “launched a major push to accelerate progress towards the goal of halving, by 2015, the proportion of the population without access to basic sanitation,” according to the U.N. News Centre (6/21).
“That 2.6 billion people live each day without a proper toilet is shocking,” Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange who is also chair of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, writes in an opinion piece in the Hurriyet Daily News, which marks the launch of a U.N. effort to build political will for sanitation.
The WHO on Tuesday released its first-ever HIV guidelines on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, which “urge[s] governments to ensure gay men get equal access to HIV prevention and treatment services,” the Associated Press reports.