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U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

Global Network For NTDs Special Envoys Urge U.N. To Include NTDs In Post-2015 Development Goals

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Special Envoys Urge the Inclusion of NTDs within the Sustainable Development Goals “…Even though NTDs were included in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in 2014, they are not specifically mentioned in [U.N. Secretary-General…

Sierra Leone Lifts Quarantines, Plans To Reopen Schools As Ebola Epidemic Slows

Agence France-Presse: S. Leone to reopen schools in March as Ebola retreats “Sierra Leone said on Thursday it would reopen schools across the country in March, with the deadly Ebola epidemic slowing throughout West Africa…” (1/22). Reuters: Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress “Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai…

UNICEF Urges World Economic Forum Participants To Focus On Marginalized Children

Huffington Post: U.N. Calls On Davos Participants To Do More For Kids Affected By Violence, Poverty, Disease “…More than 2,500 participants are expected to attend the five-day [World Economic Forum] event in Davos, Switzerland, where business leaders, politicians, and Nobel laureates are tackling such heavy topics as deepening global inequality…

Group Urges Countries To Abolish Discriminatory Laws Affecting People With Leprosy

Reuters: Laws deny leprosy sufferers right to work, travel, marry: study “…Around 20 countries, including India, Thailand, and Nepal, have or continue to pass laws that discriminate against people with leprosy, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) said ahead of World Leprosy Day on Sunday. … The U.N. adopted…

WHO Needs Structural Reform, Proactive Leadership

Wall Street Journal: All Is Not Well at the World Health Organization Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust “…[E]ven if the WHO grasps this historic opportunity [to reform], there are fundamental and systemic failings that underlie its inability to learn lessons. This essential organization, with international legitimacy and respect…

Private Sector Must Join Governments In Providing Unprecedented Amount Of Humanitarian Aid

Project Syndicate: Aid in a World of Crisis António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “…Protracted wars, environmental disasters, and state failure have stretched the international humanitarian aid system passed its breaking point. If the UNHCR and other relief agencies are to address the unprecedented amount of human need, they…

U.N. Declares 2015 As International Year Of Light

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: 2015 is the U.N. International Year of Light Paul T. Mungai, the science officer in the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the State Department, notes the U.N. has declared this year as the International Year of Light, writing, “Light technologies provide solutions to global challenges…

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