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WHO Unveils Five-Year WASH Plan to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)27 August 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a five-year plan to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, aiming to accelerate progress in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). According to a WHO press release, NTDs affect more than one billion of the world's poorest people, and 16 out of 17 NTDs can be addressed effectively through improvements in WASH services, in conjunction with other measures.

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WHO/UNICEF Report: Limited Progress on Sanitation Threatens Gains from Improved Water Sources [viewed]

Unicef WHO30 June 2015: Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine health and survival gains from access to improved drinking water sources, finds a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report's findings underscore the importance of focusing on inequalities to ensure that the poorest make progress.

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CBD-WHO Report Discusses Linkages between Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

Connecting Global Priorities Biodiversity and Human Health4 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released a report, titled 'Connecting Global Priorities - Biodiversity and Human Health,' which reviews current knowledge on the linkages between biodiversity and human health, and the impact of a decline in biodiversity and ecosystem services on health. Based on knowledge from a wide range of scientific disciplines, this publication provides a comprehensive overview of the complex relationships between biodiversity and human health in thematic areas. It also profiles linkages to other global concerns, including climate change and to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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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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