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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs [viewed]

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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CBD, WHO Report Discusses How Biodiversity Protection Benefits Human Health [viewed]

CBD13 February 2015: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have produced a report on biodiversity and health that shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to improved human health. The report, titled ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health,' which was launched during the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Calcutta, India, outlines the ways that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity positively impact human health.

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UNCCD Welcomes Rome Declaration on Nutrition, Highlights Role of SLM [viewed]

UNCCD logo1 December 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has welcomed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, which was adopted at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN 2). In a press release, UNCCD highlights the Declaration's linkages between the environment, food security and nutrition and proposes two pathways for action to increase the resilience of food systems.

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CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health [viewed]

WHO CBDNovember 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review.' The consultation took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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WHO, UN-Water Report Finds Investing US$1 in WASH Delivers US$4.3 Return [viewed]

WHO - UN-Water19 November 2014: Every dollar invested in water and sanitation returns US$4.3 and an estimated gain of 1.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) through reduced health care costs, as well as providing benefits such as reduced pollution, greater workplace productivity, increased school attendance and greater dignity, privacy and safety, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. Despite increasing momentum and financial commitments to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the report finds serious gaps in funding continue to hinder progress.

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WHO/UNICEF Publish WASH Progress Report [viewed]

Unicef WHO8 May 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO)/UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) has released a report, titled ‘Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2014 Update.' The report highlights that, while 56 countries have already met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for both water and sanitation, a number of countries are not on track to meet one or both targets. The report also emphasizes the importance of strengthening monitoring of water and sanitation under to post-2015 development agenda.

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WHO/UNICEF JMP Launches 2014 Data Update on Water Supply and Sanitation [viewed]

jmp11 April 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) / UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation recently launched a redesigned website, which contains newly released documents including the ‘2014 Update - Progress on Drinking-Water and Sanitation,' ‘A Snapshot on Progress - 2014 Update,' and ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Post 2015.'

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FAO, WHO Join Forces to Reduce Risks Posed by Pesticides [viewed]

fao-who4 February 2014: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has approved the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) recently revised International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. The Code of Conduct is a voluntary framework that calls on countries to identify and, where necessary, remove from use highly hazardous pesticides.

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Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza Calls Wild Birds Victims, not Vectors [viewed]

fao-cms28 January 2014: As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported a rise in highly pathogenic avian influenza in China (H7N9) and the Republic of Korea (H5N8), the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has issued a statement emphasizing that wild birds are victims and not vectors of the disease. The statement also urges epidemiological evaluation and measures to control the spread of the virus.

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UNECE, WHO-Europe Release Equitable Access Score-Card for Water and Sanitation [viewed]

who uneceNovember 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO-Europe) have published 'The Equitable Access Score-Card: Supporting Policy Processes to Achieve the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.' The score-card builds on the publication titled 'No One Left Behind: Good Practices to Ensure Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation' by providing a tool to help governments and stakeholders assess levels of access to water and sanitation. 

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