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Disaster-Risk Reduction ‘Lies At The Nexus Of’ Development Assistance, Humanitarian Aid

Project Syndicate: A Global Strategy for Disaster Risk Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary-general “…It is time to stop addressing development and humanitarian emergencies separately. Disaster-risk reduction lies at the nexus of development assistance, which seeks to advance better living conditions, and humanitarian aid, which begins after a disaster hits. Starting our…

Ketamine Is ‘Essential Medicine,’ Should Not Be Restricted Under U.N. Conventions

Global Health Hub: Ketamine is an essential medicine: an update from the frontline Jason Nickerson, a clinical scientist with the Bruyère Research Institute, discusses a Chinese proposal to the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs to place “restrictive controls” on ketamine, an anesthetic used in many low-resource settings. He writes, “…While…

2.5M Lives Saved Since 2010 Under U.N.’s Every Woman Every Child Partnership

Reuters: Child and maternal deaths tumble, East Africa leads the way: U.N. “Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between 2010 and 2013, largely as a result of a U.N. initiative launched in 2010, the world body said on Tuesday…”…

WHO Announces Formation Of Independent Panel To Assess Agency’s Ebola Response

Associated Press: WHO creates independent panel to assess its Ebola response “The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history. … The panel will be chaired by Barbara Stocking, a former chief executive of Oxfam…

World Must Increase Efforts To End Child Marriage, Experts At U.N. Panel Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Fight to end child marriage must be scaled up — experts “Advocates against child marriage need to step up efforts to maintain progress against the practice as the world’s youth population swells, experts at a United Nations panel said on Tuesday…” (Anderson, 3/11).

U.N.-Backed Report Examines Impact Of Syrian Crisis On Nation’s Human Development

U.N. News Centre: New U.N.-backed report reflects ‘crushing’ impact of conflict in Syria on its people “Four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration, and social fragmentation in Syria have hollowed out its population by 15 percent, forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by…

Violence Against Women Reaches ‘Alarmingly High Levels’ Globally, U.N. Report Says

News outlets describe findings from a U.N. report on global and regional estimates of violence against women. Al Jazeera America: Sexual violence against women a ‘global epidemic,’ study finds “Violence against women and girls ‘persists at alarmingly high levels’ despite significant progress in gender equality for health, education, and legal…

Ban Appoints Advocate Stephen O’Brien As New U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief

Reuters: British lawmaker Stephen O’Brien named new U.N. aid chief “British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday…” (Nichols, 3/9). U.N. News Centre: Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian…

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