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U.N. General Assembly Special Session Addresses Global Drug Policies, With More Focus On Human Rights-Based Prevention, Treatment Approaches

Agence France-Presse: World’s nations urged to shift focus on drug problem “World governments at a U.N. meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses, and step up treatment…” (4/19). Deutsche Welle: World governments consider changing course from…

Global Community Should Adopt Human Rights-Based Approach Toward People Who Use Drugs

Huffington Post: The World Needs a Healthier, Rights-based Approach Towards People Who Use Drugs Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS “…In a new report, ‘Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs,’ UNAIDS presents the evidence for what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other…

U.S. Should Ratify U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child

TIME: Obama Should Take Action to Protect the World’s Children Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “U.S. ratification of the [U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)] is long overdue. … The benefits of U.S. ratification are clear. It would help restore…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published Issue 285 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features articles on various topics, including an article on the Global Fund’s ranking in Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index,…

WFP To Launch Food Aid Operation To Assist 1M Haitians Affected By Drought

U.N. News Centre: U.N. food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced [Monday] it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño…

Opinion Pieces Highlight Drug Policy Issues Being Discussed At U.N. Special Session

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why the ‘war on drugs’ isn’t working Francis Chimenya, Community Advisory Board member of the Johns Hopkins Research Project-Malawi and a member of Key Correspondents “Public health experts are calling for reforms to drugs policies … Many countries continue to focus on reducing supply and depend on…

Though Ebola No Longer PHEIC, Global Community Must Continue Broader Response Efforts

The Lancet: Ebola PHEIC is over but emergency continues Editorial Board “…[A]lthough the [Ebola] outbreak is no longer characterized by WHO as [a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC),] it was still highlighted that there is an urgent need for continued and full international and technical support to prevent,…

World Begins Polio Vaccine Switch In Effort To Eliminate Disease

Deutsche Welle: WHO launches worldwide effort to completely eliminate polio “More than 150 countries and territories launched a new effort on Sunday that health experts hope will lead to the complete eradication of the polio virus within the next year or two…” (4/17). NPR: New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In…

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