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2604, 2017

Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

April 26th, 2017|Health, News|

Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

2504, 2017

Voluntary commitments on ocean action picking up pace – 80 commitments received to date

April 25th, 2017|News, Press material|

New York, 24 April—A growing number of countries, businesses and civil society groups are stepping forward with new commitments to improve the health of the world’s oceans in advance of The Ocean Conference that will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5-9 June.

“For too long, we have taken the Ocean for […]

2504, 2017

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN

April 25th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations health agency’s regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.

2404, 2017

Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says ‘let’s close the gap’ in prevention coverage

April 24th, 2017|Health, News|

On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015.

2404, 2017

World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

April 24th, 2017|Health, News|

Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.

2104, 2017

UN Secretary-General joins High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child

April 21st, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News, Press material|

Washington, D.C. | 21 April 2017—The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, has joined the High-level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child as its third and senior Co-Chair. The announcement, made in the margins of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, highlights the importance of the highest level […]

1904, 2017

Progress against tropical diseases must be backed by poverty alleviation efforts – UN health agency

April 19th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations today cited “record-breaking” progress in controlling neglected tropical diseases – which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate millions of people worldwide, especially in its poorest areas – as an estimated one billion people were reached with treatment for at least one of these diseases in 2015 alone, according to the Organization’s health agency.

1804, 2017

UN forum highlights importance of stronger partnerships for financing sustainable development

April 18th, 2017|News, Partnerships|

Underlining the importance of sustainable finance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials today called for stronger partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that resource requirements are met.

1304, 2017

‘Radical’ investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN report

April 13th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

1204, 2017

Guidelines on keeping illegally caught fish from global supply chains near ‘finish line’ – UN agency

April 12th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News, Oceans|

A push to establish internationally-agreed standards to keep illegally caught fish off store-shelves and consumers' plates has taken an important step forward, the United Nations agricultural agency, said today as a measure aiming to create a “gold standard” for catch documentation nears the finish line.