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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report [viewed]

Healthy Environment - Healthy People23 May 2016: Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, titled ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Joint Report: Need Tripled Financing, Strengthened Institutions to Achieve WASH Targets [viewed]

Cost_of Meeting_the_2030_SDG_water-santitation-hygiene12 February 2016: If resources are targeted to the underserved, current financing levels can cover the costs of achieving universal basic service for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030, according to a report by the World Bank. However, to achieve the "enhanced level of service" reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) targets on WASH, the report finds that current investment levels will need to triple, service will need to be more efficient, and institutions will need strengthening.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Resilience Initiative [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of an initiative to build the resilience of the world's most vulnerable populations against impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Led by the Ban in collaboration with 13 UN entities, the initiative will enhance vulnerable populations' capacities to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks and reshape development to reduce risks.

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World Toilet Day 2015 Highlights WASH, Nutrition and Health Links [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2015: On the occasion of World Toilet Day, held annually on 19 November, the UN urged people to take action on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), focusing on the links between sanitation and nutrition and highlighting the importance of toilets to improved health.

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UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015October 2015: Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.

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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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