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Continued Violence In Syria Blocks Humanitarian Access To Those In Need, U.N. Relief Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: deputy U.N. relief chief urges political solution amid ‘extremely challenging’ humanitarian crisis “Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, [Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang] warned…

International Support, Political Will Can Help Belarus Work Toward Ending AIDS Epidemic

Huffington Post: Postcard From Belarus Michel D. Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…Belarus has succeeded in maintaining an overall low prevalence (0.4 percent) and incidence rates of HIV, about a third lower than its immediate neighbors. … Belarus has made spectacular…

World Must Implement New Development Agenda This Year, U.N. ECOSOC President Says

U.N. News Centre: In 2015, world must ‘realize great dream’ of sustainable development for all — U.N. Economic and Social Council chief “The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [Friday] opened the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, declaring that 2015 must be the year when…

Development Efforts Must Include Combating Illicit Drugs, U.N. Says On World Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Day, U.N. says efforts to combat illicit drugs must be linked to development “Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address…

Principle Of Leaving No One Behind Must Be Enshrined In SDGs

The Guardian: Sustainable development must live up to its promise to leave no one behind Helen Dennis, senior adviser on poverty and inequality at Christian Aid “…[A]s negotiators resume talks on the SDGs in New York this week, they should push for an agreement that enshrines the principle of leaving…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Examines UNAIDS-Lancet Commission Report

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: UNAIDS, Lancet: Take accelerated action on HIV treatment access, research and development, and address epidemic drivers, or risk rebound Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the recently released UNAIDS-Lancet Commission report titled Defeating AIDS — Advancing Global Health (6/25).