News by topic: Health, Poverty


UN agencies sign agreement on purchasing ‘greener’ health commodities

8 December – The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other United Nations and international agencies in a new agreement that will lead to more environmentally and socially sustainable procurement of health commodities.


Civil conflict and unpredictable weather cast ‘long shadow’ on food security’ in 2016 – UN

8 December – This year, the world suffered many weather-related shocks and civil conflicts which pressured food security for many countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in a new report, which said that while the global agricultural situation is posited to improve in 2017, some 39 countries currently need food assistance.


Gains made in Haiti cholera fight show additional resources can ensure 'cholera will go' – UN Adviser

7 December – A senior United Nations official has stressed that that recent successes in the fight against cholera in Haiti demonstrate that when the UN and Haitian authorities receive the necessary funds, real progress can be made, and that eventually, "cholera will go."


In 'wake-up call' to Asia-Pacific, UN report urges region to do more to achieve zero hunger by 2030

6 December – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a report that outlines declining progress towards defeating hunger in Asia and the Pacific, noting that nearly one-in-three children suffer from stunting, and warning that to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by 2030, the region must redouble its efforts.


Iraq: UN delivers live-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul

5 December – United Nations health agencies have delivered critical medicines and medical supplies to treat almost 13,000 people in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the Government forces have been staging a military campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh) terrorists.


FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

2 December – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.


UN’s Ban apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communities

1 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the outbreak and long-term support for those affected – while also highlighting the need for adequate funding of the proposal.


Enabling youth to shape their own future key to Arab region’s development progress – UN report

1 December – The future of development and security in Arab countries depends on investing in their youth populations, which are better educated and more connected than ever before, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said in a new report on the region.


One in three people suffers malnutrition at global cost of $3.5 trillion a year – UN

1 December – As an United Nations international meeting on ways to improve diets and ensure sustainable food systems kicked off in Rome, Italy today, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of $3.5 trillion per year.


In Lao PDR, UN food relief agency chief reiterates support for efforts to ensure nutrition security for all

1 December – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has wrapped up a visit in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), where she reiterated the agency’s commitment to working with the Government to help the country achieve middle-income status and to support food and nutrition security for all.