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Indonesia Must Plug $30M Funding Gap To Address HIV, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: Indonesia’s new president must fill funding gap in HIV fight — U.N. “Indonesia, one of only three countries in the Asia-Pacific region that is seeing a trend of increased HIV infections, must plug a $30 million funding gap in its fight against HIV, a U.N. health official said on…

Guardian Panel Discusses Funding Food Aid To N. Korea

The Guardian: Should the world fund food aid to North Korea? “Pyongyang presses on with its nuclear program and prestige projects while millions remain malnourished. Our expert panel asks whether donations are the best response…” (9/10).

SDGs Must Contain Clear Goals, Practical Targets

New York Times: How to Prioritize U.N. Goals Abhijit Banerjee, international professor of economics at MIT, and Varad Pande, sustainability science fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School “…What is needed now is a clear, concise set of objectives [for the Sustainable Development Goals]. Without them, the entire project is in…

Ban Appoints Deputy U.N. Ebola Coordinator, Will Convene High-Level Meeting On Outbreak

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to address the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. U.N. News Centre: Ebola: Ban to convene high-level meeting at U.N. headquarters to scale-up crisis response “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United…

Ebola Death Toll Rises To Nearly 2,300, WHO Says

News outlets report on WHO’s announcement Tuesday that Ebola has claimed nearly 2,300 lives. Agence France-Presse: Ebola kills 2,300, nearly half of deaths in past 21 days: WHO “The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has claimed nearly 2,300 lives, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, stressing that nearly half had…

Ebola Threatens Liberia’s National Existence, Country’s Defense Minister Warns

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak and Liberia’s national defense minister’s comments that the outbreak is threatening the nation’s existence. Agence France-Presse: Ebola threatening Liberia’s existence, minister warns “Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like ‘wild fire,’ the defense minister warned,…

Ebola Vaccine Research Progressing Quickly

Science: Ebola vaccines racing forward at record pace “On 2 September, a 39-year-old woman in Bethesda, Maryland, received a novel Ebola vaccine never given to humans before. In as little as two months, this same vaccine may go into the arms of thousands of health care workers and other first-line…

Science Interviews Bruce Aylward, WHO Official Running Ebola Operations

ScienceInsider: Ebola: ‘Wow, that is really tough’ “…An assistant director-general at the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of polio and emergencies, [Bruce Aylward] leads the massive global effort to eradicate the poliovirus. … Margaret Chan, who heads WHO, asked Aylward to help with the response in August; since then,…

Iraqi Kurdistan’s FGM Practice Can End Within A Generation, U.N. Expert Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Iraqi Kurdistan could end FGM in a generation — expert “Female genital mutilation could be eradicated in Iraqi Kurdistan within a generation, a U.N. expert said this week as a survey revealed high support for ending what she called an ‘abominable crime.’ The study, released by U.N.…