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Men, Boys Must Be Active In Gender Equality Agenda, U.N. Experts Say

U.N. News Centre: WOMEN: Experts call for engaging men and boys as allies in fight for gender equality “Gender equality is not just a concern for women and girls, a panel of experts gathered at the United Nations in New York stressed today, highlighting the need to engage men and…

Experts Urge Laos To Increase Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS

IRIN: More work on HIV in Laos needed “Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing…” (3/12).

Controversy Expected Over WHO Sugar Recommendations, Nature Reports

Nature: Storm brewing over WHO sugar proposal “Scientists are gearing up for a battle with the food industry after the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to halve its recommendation on sugar intake. Nutrition researchers fear a backlash similar to that seen in 2003, when the WHO released its current guidelines…

Parliamentarians Work To Have Voices Heard At U.N.

Inter Press Service: Legislators Seek Rightful Place at U.N. Talkfests “When the United Nations hosts one of its mega conferences — whether on population, human rights, food security or sustainable development — there is always a demand for full and active participation of often-marginalized groups, including women, civil society, indigenous…

Europe’s Harm Reduction Drug Policies Can Be Model For Other Regions, Nations

Huffington Post: Postcard From Vienna: Europe’s Stance on International Drug Policy Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “… This year the annual U.N.-sponsored Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting [in Vienna] will feature a High Level Review of international drug policy to assess where…

Pakistan PM States Commitment To Efforts Aimed At Eradicating Polio

News outlets report on the Pakistan prime minister’s stated commitment to eradicating polio in the country. Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan committed to eradicating polio: Prime Minister Pakistan “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed his government’s commitment to strengthen national efforts to eradicate polio and said the government…

Vaccine Campaigns Miss 22M Children, WHO’s Chan Says

Vaccine News Daily: Vaccine campaigns continue to miss 22 million children “Some 22 million children are being missed by vaccine campaigns and another one million lives could be saved annually if the children are reached, the director-general of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Cohen, 3/11).

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…

New Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Compensation From U.N. For Haitian Cholera Victims

News outlets report on a class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a U.S. federal court on behalf of Haitian cholera victims. The lawsuit is asking for compensation from the U.N., which is allegedly responsible for the outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Haiti cholera victims file new lawsuit against U.N. “Victims of Haiti’s…

South Sudan Undoes Gains In Food Security, U.N. Says

VOA News: South Sudan Conflict Erases Gains in Food Security, U.N. Agencies Say “The conflict in South Sudan has undone the strides the young country has taken toward food security in recent years, U.N. agencies said Monday. Food insecurity levels had dropped to a record low of 3.4 percent of…