Geothermal energy can help developing countries boost food security, says UN agency report
A new report released today by the United Nations agricultural agency says that the heat energy generated by the earth’s core can be used for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN stresses importance of food safety – from farm to plate – on World Health Day
With the United Nations health agency highlighting food safety on World Health Day, the Secretary-General today called for unified efforts to ensure that production, distribution, and preparation of food is done safely. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ban launches ‘call to action’ inviting commitments from businesses to employ people with autism
At a special event at United Nations Headquarters to mark World Autism Awareness Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for greater access and work opportunities for persons with autism, saying that while much progress had been made, much more work was needed. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Sharp fall in sugar drives downward trend in food prices – UN
According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the global food prices continued to decline in March – dropping some 40 points below last year’s level – with sugar prices sliding to their lowest level since February 2009. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Marking World Day, UN calls on businesses to commit to employing people with autism
On World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations is spotlighting the unique skills of people with autism and the need to recognize their talents through an initiative inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ people on the autism spectrum. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Eliminating sheep and goat plague will boost livelihoods and nutrition, says UN official at conference
The United Nations agricultural agency will outline a strategy in Côte d’Ivoire today for the total eradication of sheep and goat plague by 2030 at an international conference that began today in the country’s capital, Abidjan. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Syria: UN health agency ‘unable to sustain’ operations without significant funding increase
Ahead of next week’s third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, the United Nations health agency’s top official in the country said today that more than 16 million Syrians and Syrian refugees are in need of health support, but that she had so far received no new funding to meet the $124 million needed to finance humanitarian operations in the country this year. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lowest weekly total of Ebola cases in 2015 reported, UN health agency says
The first case of Ebola in three weeks was found in Liberia, prompting heightened vigilance, while the United Nations health agency noted some improvements in Guinea, where the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Guinean Scouts held campfire sensitization sessions as part of its efforts to overcome community resistance to health interventions. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN chief urges governments intensify efforts to end tuberculosis by 2035
With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, it is possible to end the epidemic by 2035, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Tuberculosis Day, urging leaders to recommit to ending one of humanity's top killers. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Central African Republic in ‘urgent need’ of agricultural assistance, warns UN agency
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an urgent appeal to help provide farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) with seeds and tools for the country’s upcoming planting season, warning that without additional assistance vulnerable populations risked a further deterioration of their livelihoods. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ban, on World Down Syndrome Day, applauds all who champion rights of disabled
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to “make every effort” to ensure that the new sustainable development goals address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including people with Down syndrome and other persons with disabilities. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ebola-affected countries need to intensify routine immunization services – UN
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for the “urgent scaling up” of routine immunizations services and distribution of anti-malaria medicines in countries most affected by Ebola in West Africa to counter a growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Vanuatu: UN finds ‘extensive’ loss of agriculture; full scale of damage still to be revealed
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for emergency support for farmers in Vanuatu, where the vast majority of crops have been destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Pam. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Guinea reports highest weekly Ebola case total so far this year, new UN data shows
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the highest weekly number of Ebola cases in Guinea so far this year and noted that while transmission was confined to a narrow geographically contiguous arc straddling the capitals of Guinea and Sierra Leone, the population is highly mobile, thus creating a challenge “to prevent the seeding of new outbreaks.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agency announces new digital system to prevent spread of plant pests
A new global electronic certification system aimed at reducing the spread of plant pests and diseases has been approved by representatives from more than 150 countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency: ‘Push back hard’ against tobacco industry to protect public health
The head of the United Nations health agency today welcomed new data showing that non-smoking is becoming the new norm but urged global action to “push back hard” against the tobacco industry, saying: “We do not have the riches of the tobacco industry, but we are right and we are resolved.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Eighty countries adopt call to action at first UN conference on dementia
A two-day ministerial conference on dementia hosted by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) ended in Geneva today with 80 countries calling for action to address “a tidal wave” of new cases of the disease projected to cost the world $1.2 trillion by 2050. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agency boosts food security efforts in countries affected by Syria crisis
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a scale-up in its support to Jordan and other countries in the Middle East affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New UN report highlights ‘terrifying’ impact of Ebola on nine million children
Some nine million children have seen “death and suffering beyond their comprehension,” and protecting them and their communities is critical in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New UN report highlights 'terrifying' impact of Ebola on nine million children
Some nine million children have seen “death and suffering beyond their comprehension,” and protecting them and their communities is critical in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Countries urged to make dementia public health priority as UN conference opens in Geneva
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today opened the first ever Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia by reminding health ministers from around the world, experts and civil society representatives that every four seconds someone is diagnosed with the incurable disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

‘Health at very center of disaster risk reduction,’ say UN agency officials in Sendai
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, powerful storms in the Asia-Pacific region and ongoing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere are all stark reminders that health and stronger health system capacities must be central to the new framework for managing disaster risk currently being discussed in Sendai, Japan, senior United Nations health agency officials emphasized today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

'Health at very center of disaster risk reduction,' say UN agency officials in Sendai
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, powerful storms in the Asia-Pacific region and ongoing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere are all stark reminders that health and stronger health system capacities must be central to the new framework for managing disaster risk currently being discussed in Sendai, Japan, senior United Nations health agency officials emphasized today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Powerful effects of Ebola outbreak felt outside worst-affected countries, UN report finds
The effects of Ebola, which has infected nearly 24,000 people and killed nearly 10,000, mainly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, extend beyond the people who suffer from the virus and even beyond the borders of the worst-affected countries, says a new United Nations report released today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN guidelines aim to simplify care for millions infected with hepatitis B
With 650,000 deaths caused by hepatitis B each year, and with up to 240 million people worldwide infected with the virus’s chronic strain, the United Nations health agency today issued its first ever official guidance for treating the disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Two UN agencies combine expertise in new partnership to reach zero Ebola cases
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced they are combining their expertise in public health and logistics in a new partnership to bring the Ebola outbreak down to zero in West Africa. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency announces start of Ebola vaccine testing in worst-affected areas of Guinea
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will begin conducting Ebola vaccination trials in Guinea this week, which if found effective, could be the “game-changer to finally end the epidemic” that has affected nearly 24,000 people, mostly in West Africa. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fuelled by ‘strong’ cereal stocks, world food prices dip to lowest level since July 2010
Food prices dipped to a 55-month low in February, dropping a steady per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent below its level compared to a year earlier, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries
An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that “the possibility of international spread still remains a global threat worsened by the expansion of conflict-affected areas, particularly in the Middle East and Central Africa.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency points to ‘solid evidence’ backing its call to reduce sugar intake
New guidelines released by the United Nations health agency today recommended that adults and children worldwide reduce their daily sugar intake to boost health and stave off non-communicable diseases. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Over 5 billion people worldwide lacking access to essential medicines, says UN Report
Three quarters of the world population has no access to proper pain relief treatment, according to a report by the United Nations body charged with overseeing Governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties, which was released in London today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ebola: UN tells Brussels meeting world must ‘stay on course’ to get to, remain at zero cases
Representatives of United Nations organizations engaged in the response against Ebola today pledged their support to the worst-affected West African countries in “each stage of this journey; the drive to zero, the early recovery, the medium and longer term development.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

‘We face a critical turning point’ – UN chief says at Headquarters Ebola concert
The international community is now faced with “a critical turning point” in defeating Ebola, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a United Nations Headquarters event last night, as he urged support to the affected countries to build back stronger. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

On Ear Care Day, UN health agency spotlights risks of noise-induced hearing loss
More than 1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to devote today's International Ear Care Day to “Making Listening Safe.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Humanitarian community must move quickly to halt cholera spread in Malawi – UN
With 39 cases of cholera in the last two weeks, including two deaths, the United Nations children’s agency in Malawi is on high alert for spread in southern border areas where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located, according to a press statement released today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Amid uptick in Ebola cases, UN agency cites challenges in reaching affected communities
New cases of Ebola rose again in Guinea and transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported as it and the UN Ebola response mission both raised concerns about challenges in engaging communities to win the fight against the disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN-backed treaty set to mark 10 years of dramatic change in tobacco use worldwide
A World Health Organization-led treaty that aims to achieve a tobacco-free world has dramatically curbed tobacco use worldwide since its entry into force 10 years ago tomorrow, but “the war on tobacco is far from over” with the tobacco industry still spending billions to promote products that are expected to kill some 8 million people each year by 2030, the United Nations health agency said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency ‘taken aback’ as measles resurfaces in Europe, calls for widespread vaccination
European policymakers, healthcare workers, and parents must step up their efforts to vaccinate children against measles amid an ongoing outbreak across the continent, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, warning that a recent resurgence in the disease threatened Europe’s goal of eliminating measles by the end of 2015. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New studies show ‘significant breakthrough’ in HIV prevention, says UN agency combating virus
The United Nations programme working to combat HIV/AIDS welcomed yesterday the results of a number of recent clinical studies of the effects of antiretroviral medicines on preventing new HIV infections, which were presented at a conference on viruses held in Seattle. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency launches billion dollar appeal to tackle soaring needs in four crisis-torn countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed to donors to provide $1 billion for life-saving health needs ranging from childhood vaccinations to surgical care for the severely wounded for some 25 million people caught up in conflict across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

In West Africa, UN launches improved fish drying technique to save lives and environment
A newly developed fish drying technology is improving food quality and saving lives in West Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today as it launched its effort to boost food safety and working conditions across the region. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency urges global switch by 2020 to ‘smart’ syringes that disable after single use
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new ‘smart’ syringes that cannot be used more than once as an “absolutely critical” stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agency photo competition shines spotlight on ‘family meal’ in achieving 'Zero Hunger'
Scenes of families eating together in Burundi, Laos and the Philippines today won a photo competition judged by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver aimed at demonstrating “the simple yet powerful role provided by sitting tougher and eating as a family,” the World Food Programme (WFP) announced. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Photo competition shines spotlight on ‘family meal’ in achieving UN zero hunger goal
Scenes of families eating together in Burundi, Laos and the Philippines today won a photo competition judged by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver aimed at demonstrating “the simple yet powerful role provided by sitting tougher and eating as a family,” the World Food Programme (WFP) announced. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency approves rapid test for Ebola as decline in cases appears to level off
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has approved for use a rapid diagnostic test kit for Ebola that can provide results in 15 minutes and correctly identify 92 percent of patients infected by the disease that has killed more than 9,400 people, mainly in West Africa. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Agriculture must change, UN agency chief tells Paris summit, urging ‘paradigm shift’
The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New UN report urges boosting national-level investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases
Scaling up investment to tackle leprosy, dengue fever, sleeping sickness and other neglected tropical diseases will improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, launching a new report. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ebola: UN envoy likens final phase of response to ‘looking for needles in haystacks’
The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the final phase of “getting to zero” cases may well be the hardest, saying the hunt to track down the virus is “like looking for needles in haystacks.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ebola: UN development chief begins last leg of West Africa mission
The top United Nations development official today began the last leg of her Ebola-recovery focused visit to West Africa a day after she witnessed the reopening of schools in Liberia and urged the international community to support “recovery from this terrible crisis” beyond the emergency phase. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN Economic, Social Council President urges action ‘now’ to bolster health systems in Ebola-hit counties
In addition to lives lost and the socio-economic impact of the Ebola outbreak, the long-term impact on families – with at least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone losing one or both parents to the virus – further underscores the dire need to invest in better health care systems, Martin Sajdik, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), has said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news