News by topic: Health, Poverty


Ban to travel to Haiti, Dominican Republic with focus on health, poverty reduction

13 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic starting Monday to meet with senior government officials as well as to get a first-hand look at programmes designed to improve health and reduce poverty.


Despite insecurity, UN agency scales up assistance for thousands fleeing northern Nigeria

11 July – With thousands of families being driven from their homes by the violence spreading through north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations agencies and their partners are providing humanitarian aid to those who have escaped and crossed the border into Cameroon.


On World Population Day, UN calls for investment in young people

11 July – With 1.8 billion young people around the world – the largest generation of youth in history – senior United Nations officials are marking World Population Day with calls for a renewed commitment to helping young people improve their lives and the common future.


Health officials weigh national efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases, as UN launches new report

10 July – With world leaders gathered today in New York for the United Nations General Assembly’s review of efforts made since 2011 in controlling non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the Organizations’ top health official launched a new report that shows progress at the national level has been insufficient and uneven.


World’s poor hardest hit by chronic diseases, says top UN health official

10 July – At a high-level review and assessment by the United Nations General Assembly of progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan today expressed deep concern about projected trends, especially as poor populations, the least able to cope, will be hit the hardest.


More than half of world's population now living in urban areas, UN survey finds

10 July – An additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, the United Nations today reported, highlighting the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to smaller cities where nearly half of all people currently reside.


Ebola: UN agency to help West Africa coordinate response to 'unprecedented' outbreak

4 July – West African countries and international health authorities at a United Nations-backed emergency summit have adopted a strategy covering a range or priorities, including strengthening cross-border collaboration, to combat the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


With focus on sustainable development, UN praises role of cooperatives at ‘critical time’

3 July – As the international community focuses on climate change, sustainable development and a new anti-poverty agenda beyond 2015, United Nations officials are highlighting the role cooperative enterprises can play in economic development, social justice and environmental protection.


UN health agency presents new plan to eliminate tuberculosis in low-burden countries

3 July – The United Nations health agency today presented a new plan aimed at eliminating tuberculosis (TB) in over 30 countries with low levels of the infectious airborne disease.


‘Leave no stone unturned’ to halt Ebola’s rapid spread in West Africa, urges UN agency

2 July – Urging health authorities in West African countries affected by the largest Ebola outbreak in history to “leave no stone unturned” in their efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus, a United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) official today underscored the critical need to engage community, religious and opinion leaders in the region to be at the forefront of the response.