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U.N. Report Examines Links Between Man-Made Chemicals, Health Issues

“Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “The international group, academic experts working under the umbrella of the United Nations environmental and health agencies…

WHO, World Bank Meeting On Universal Health Coverage Begins In Geneva

A two-day WHO and World Bank ministerial-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) began in Geneva on Monday, bringing “together ministers of finance and health from 27 countries with other high-level stakeholders” to discuss “exploring ways that countries are progressing towards universal health coverage, sharing innovative solutions and identifying actions…

U.N. Joint Meeting Addresses Issues Surrounding Food Security

“Scaling up the global response to food security and nutrition topped the agenda [Thursday] at a special joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the General Assembly, world experts and the U.N. food agencies aimed at identifying steps to build a future free of hunger,” the U.N.…

WHO Holds 2-Day Meeting To Discuss Need For Global Health Statistics

“At a two-day meeting organized and hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) [in Geneva], 60 leaders in the field of global health statistics drew up a set of proposals to improve the world’s ability to count the sick and the dead,” ScienceInsider reports. “They called for helping countries to collect better…

U.N. Officials Mark Campaign Against Violence Against Women

U.N. officials on Thursday “joined millions of people around the world who are taking a stance against violence against women as part of the One Billion Rising campaign,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The One Billion Rising campaign, sponsored by the V-day Organization, seeks to mobilize men and women around the world on Valentine’s…

Relief Efforts In Syria Trying To Keep Pace, U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief Says

“Relief efforts are failing to keep pace with the scale of the emergency in Syria, where the death toll has risen to nearly 70,000, the U.N.’s head of humanitarian operations said on Wednesday,” the Guardian reports. “Baroness Valerie Amos said the U.N. and its partners were struggling to cope with the number…

IOM Report Offers Recommendations To Combat Distribution Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies “is urging stronger regulation of pharmaceuticals around the world to combat the growing problem of fake and poor-quality medicines,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports (Knox, 2/13). “The risks of fake and flawed medicines have leapt from developing nations to Western supply chains, thanks…

Debating U.N. Resolution On Universal Health Coverage

Writing in the “UHC Forward” blog, Nkem Wellington, program officer at the Results for Development Institute (R4D), summarizes a debate that took place on the Performance-Based Financing Community of Practice online discussion forum following the December 12 U.N. General Assembly vote on the “Global health and foreign policy” draft resolution, which focused…

UNDP Administrator Calls For ‘Permanent’ Focus On NCDs

At the London launch of a Lancet series on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Monday, U.N. Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark said if NCDs are placed “permanently on the global development agenda, people’s lives, opportunities, and future prospects will improve — thereby advancing sustainable human development overall,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” blog reports. “In…

U.N. Secretary General Condemns Violence Against Health Workers In Nigeria

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday “strongly condemned the killing in north-eastern Nigeria of three doctors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, calling the attack and other recent incidents of violence against health workers ‘unacceptable,'” the U.N. News Centre reports (2/11). “Those killings came quickly after gunmen shot dead at least nine female polio vaccinators…