News by topic: Health, Poverty


UN, global health officials meet in South-east Asia to discuss security preparedness

30 June – After recent outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and yellow fever, senior health officials from the United Nations, Governments and other institutions are prioritizing global health security preparedness given ongoing concerns about national health systems that are weak, fragmented and under-funded.


UN launching yellow fever vaccination campaigns on Angola-DRC border

29 June – Amid an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is launching pre-emptive vaccination campaigns to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread.


UN chief appoints 12 experts to his task force to prevent and manage future health crises

29 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the membership of his Global Health Crises Task Force, which aims to help countries and communities prepare and respond to emergencies, such as the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika.


UN agencies: South Sudan at risk of ‘hunger catastrophe’

29 June – The level of food insecurity in South Sudan is at the highest since the start of the conflict two and a half years ago, United Nations agencies today warned.


UN agencies to meet on El Niño’s ‘devastating impact’ in Central America’s Dry Corridor

28 June – With the El Niño climate event devastating Central America’s so-called Dry Corridor, where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure, United Nations agencies will gather this week to discuss ways to improve the long-term response to the weather developments in the region.


On Day Against Drug Abuse, Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' global response

26 June – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,” to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.


South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

24 June – Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.


UN agency boosts support in Lake Chad Basin to safeguard agricultural livelihoods

23 June – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it is providing agricultural and livelihood assistance to affected host communities and displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin as a result of massive population displacements and insecurity that are putting livelihoods and food security at high risk.


Record 29 million people drug-dependent worldwide; heroin use up sharply – UN report

23 June – The number of people suffering from drug use disorders has increased disproportionally for the first time in six years in 2014, while the number of people who used at least one drug stayed at five per cent of the adult population, according to the annual report prepared by the United Nations.


On International Yoga Day, Ban spotlights importance of healthy living in realizing Global Goals

21 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.