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WHO Recognizes Health-Related Challenges, Successes Of 2016

WHO: WHO celebrates achievements in 2016, despite global health challenges In a year-end statement, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announces the agency’s 2016 Year in Review report and highlights several challenges and successes from the year, including “the seemingly boundless human suffering experienced by civilians and health care staff in war…

Incoming U.N. SG Guterres Announces Women To Fill 3 Key Administration Posts

U.N. Dispatch: A few blocks from Trump Tower another global leader is assembling his cabinet. So far it’s all women. Mark Leon Goldberg, editor of U.N. Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches Podcast, writes, “A few blocks from the Trump Tower, another global leader is assembling his cabinet ahead…

Youth Engagement Critical To Achieving Zero Hunger, SDGs

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Youth Voices at the Food and Agriculture Organization: A Seat at the Table for #ZeroHunger Nicol Perez, a U.S. youth observer to the United Nations, discusses her experience visiting the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) headquarters in Rome, where she participated in a hackathon…

UNITAID Adopts Resolution Promoting Use Of Intellectual Property Rights To Increase Access To Medicines

Intellectual Property Watch: UNITAID Board Adopts Resolution On IP Flexibilities Under Trade Rules Catherine Saez, senior writer at Intellectual Property Watch, discusses UNITAID’s adoption of “a resolution on the use of the intellectual property flexibilities enshrined in the global trading system allowing developing countries to facilitate access to affordable medicines.…

War-Torn Yemen At Risk Of Famine, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: INTERVIEW — Yemen edging nearer famine as war, ‘shredded economy’ take toll — U.N. official “Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top U.N. aid official…

Malawi, UNICEF Open Drone-Testing Corridor For Delivering Health Care, Disaster Relief

Agence France-Presse: Malawi drone test center to help with health care, disasters “Malawi on Thursday launched Africa’s first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests…” (12/15). U.N. News Centre: UNICEF partners with the…

Global Health Community Should Reflect On ‘Unifying Power Of Health’ In 2017

The Lancet: 2017: The unifying power of health Editorial Board “…2016 has … seen some striking successes in health: polio eradication has come tantalizingly close … and 30 million people were successfully vaccinated against a raging yellow fever outbreak in DR Congo and Angola … At its best, the health…

Blog Post Highlights Resources On Changing U.N., U.S. Government Leadership Positions

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: With new leaders, the global health landscape faces shifts … we’re reading about changes Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” highlights a New York Times article profiling incoming U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres; a paper from Impact 2016 on President-elect Donald…

U.N. General Assembly Adopts Draft Resolution On Global Health In Foreign Policy, Decides To Hold High-Level Meeting On TB

U.N. General Assembly: Adopting Text on Global Health Challenges, General Assembly Urges Cross-sector Engagement in Tackling Ebola, Zika, Other Viruses “…By the terms of the draft resolution ‘Global health and foreign policy: health employment and economic growth,’ adopted without a vote, the Assembly urged Member States to continue to consider…

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