News by topic: Health, Poverty


Haiti awaits full implementation of UN pledges on cholera outbreak, President tells Assembly

23 September – Warning of a “significant humanitarian deterioration” following fresh outbreaks of cholera in his country, Haitian President Jocelerme Privert took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for swift implementation of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s urgent appeal for redoubled efforts to fight the scourge and aid its victims.


Sanitation initiative in south-eastern Haiti shows promising results – UNICEF

22 September – A sanitation initiative in south-eastern Haiti has shown encouraging results, with a major reduction in the number of water-borne infections for local residents, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance

21 September – Meeting at the United Nations today, world leaders signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines.


Sustainable livelihoods bring not only food security but dignity, for refugees – UN chief

19 September – Underscoring that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs.


As new UN development agency advocate, ‘Game of Thrones’ actor shows poverty the ‘red card’

19 September – Globally acclaimed Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has kicked off his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the 17 Global Goals known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, agreed last year by world leaders to tackle our planet’s toughest challenges by 2030.


UN atomic energy agency begins building new laboratory to fortify fight against Zika, insect pests

19 September – The United Nations nuclear energy agency has begun constructing a new laboratory that will enable it to better help countries use nuclear techniques, such as application of irradiation to sterilize insects, in the fight against pests, including mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus and other diseases.


Ban hails UN-backed fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria as partnership model for Global Goals

17 September – Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Ahead of major health meeting, senior UN official sheds light on growing threat of antibiotic resistance

15 September – Ahead of a United Nations high-level event on antimicrobial resistance to be held next week, a senior UN health official today underlined the need for strong commitment from all sectors to address this urgent global threat which has the potential to undermine sustainable development.


UN agency launches action plan to tackle threat of 'superbugs'

14 September – The United Nations agricultural agency today released a new action plan to help countries combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance in their food supply chains and to counter the growing threat of medicine-resistant 'superbugs.'


At regional UN meeting, south-east Asian countries agree to establish dedicated health emergency preparedness fund

9 September – Countries in the south-east Asian sub-region have agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream to build preparedness for health emergencies in the region, which is also one of the most disaster-prone in the world, the United Nations health agency has said.