Partners In Health [to 28 June 2014]

Partners In Health [to 28 June 2014]

Jun 25, 2014
Working in Global Health: Medie Jesena
Medie Jesena, a nurse educator working with our Rwandan sister organization, shares advice for working in global health. Read More ▸

Jun 23, 2014
Mosquito-Borne Virus Sickening Thousands in Haiti
Chikungunya, a virus that causes fever and joint pain, is affecting people in Haiti. Read More ▸

Partners In Health @PIH • 1h
Nurse mentors are accompanying the next generation of health care leaders in Haiti: http://bit.ly/1mlyWTe

PATH [to 28 June 2014]

PATH [to 28 June 2014]

PATH @PATHtweets • Jun 27
MT @GlobalWA: @SteveDavisPATH wants to focus the “disruptive innovation” conversation on saving lives: http://bit.ly/Tkg68b

PATH @PATHtweets • Jun 26
An in-country perspective on PATH’s hopes for the #PMNCHLive Partner’s Forum and the #EveryNewborn Action Plan: http://bit.ly/1nLjQro

PATH @PATHtweets • Jun 25
New #rotavirus #vaccine intros in Djibouti, Togo, Uzbekistan bring global total to 63 countries! PATH’s RotaFlash: http://bit.ly/UHBfdy

SOS-Kinderdorf International [to 28 June 2014]

SOS-Kinderdorf International [to 28 June 2014]

New report on community network approach to helping children
24.06.2014 – At SOS Children’s Villages the process for family strengthening is evolving towards a more supporting role, galvanising community stakeholders to respond to their own needs, and assisting their efforts at becoming self-sustaining. A new report published in May – Strong Communities for Strong Families – presents new research and analysis on the “how to” aspects of helping communities find their own power through strengthening their strong social support networks.

2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award winners announced
23.06.2014 – Contestants from India and Nepal chosen as 2014 award winners in tight election with almost 90,000 votes from all over the world. The Hermann Gmeiner Award was established in the early 1990s to recognize certain individuals who were cared for in our programmes as children, and who have distinguished themselves in terms of their social, cultural, athletic or career accomplishments.
Starting in 2014, the Hermann Gmeiner award will be presented every two years to one man and one woman. The two winners will each receive a cash prize of 5,000 euros, and will be invited to the Hermann Gmeiner Academy and SOS Children´s Villages International headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria, where they will be honoured by SOS friends and co-workers.More…

Children’s Villages @sos4children • Jun 24
Wow! See where you’re making a difference with #GoogleMaps search for a SOS Village http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/news/google-mapshttp://ow.ly/i/5WTHU

Children’s Villages @sos4children • Jun 22
Our Annual report is out now! Check out the latest facts & figures from SOS around the world http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/news-and-stories/news/2013-annual-report-published …

St. Christopher’s Hospice [to 28 June 2014]

St. Christopher’s Hospice [to 28 June 2014]

Nursing Times Awards 2014 – St Christopher’s team shortlisted in Enhancing Patient Dignity category
Published on Thursday, 26 June 2014
Many congratulations to all the dedicated St Christopher’s team who have been involved with the Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA) programme, which on June 25 was shortlisted for the Nursing Times Awards 2014. The QELCA project, under the auspices of Help the Hospices (on behalf of Help the Hospices, St Christopher’s Hospice and NHS IQ) is now a finalist in the Enhancing Patient…

Tostan [to 28 June 2014]

Tostan [to 28 June 2014]
June 26, 2014

24 Malian communities gather to share successes and challenges during an intervillage meeting
Representatives of 24 neighboring communities from the rural commune of Sirakorola gathered on June 20, in the village of Sikouna in Mali, for an intervillage meeting to discuss the progress made in the five impact areas of the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), GESEE (a French acronym for Governance, Education, Health, Environment, Economy), and other changes just a few weeks before the end of the Kobi 1, the first module of the CEP…

Tostan @Tostan • Jun 27
Our workshop on Human Rights-based approach to Community-led Development is launching this October 2014! Register now http://bit.ly/13CowqI

Tostan @Tostan • Jun 24
In 2013, Community Management Committees (CMCs) in #Mauritania encouraged 6,841 prenatal visits http://bit.ly/18ORh4Y #MomAndBaby

Tostan @Tostan • Jun 24
11 Community Mgmt Committees (CMCs) in #Guinea formed a CMC Federation to promote #humanrights & good governance! http://bit.ly/1o03EWn

United Nations – Selected Meetings Coverage and Press Releases [to 28 June 2014]

United Nations – Selected Meetings Coverage and Press Releases [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.un.org/en/unpress/

Meetings
:: Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2164 (2014), Security Council Extends Mandate of Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (25 June 2014)
SC/11453
:: Disaster-Stricken Communities Need Solidarity, Not Charity, Say Experts at Economic and Social Council Humanitarian Affairs Segment (24 June 2014)
ECOSOC/6629
:: United Nations Response System Can No Longer Cope, Economic and Social Council Told as It Begins Humanitarian Affairs Segment (23 June 2014)
ECOSOC/6628

Press Releases
:: Secretary-General Spells out His Expectations for Climate Summit while Meeting with African Heads of State, Government (27 June 2014)
SG/SM/15982-AFR/2920-ENV/DEV/1438
:: Secretary-General, at Inaugural Environmental Assembly, Stresses Need for Decisive Action to Change Humanity’s Relationship with Planet (27 June 2014)
SG/SM/15981-UNEP/331
:: United Nations ‘Unfaltering Advocate’ for Abolishing Landmines, Secretary-General Says in Message to Review Conference of States Parties (26 June 2014)
SG/SM/15979-DC/3511
:: United Nations Proud to Be Key Partner of African Union, Secretary-General Tells Summit, Hailing Region’s Path to Meeting Millennium Development Goals (26 June 2014)
SG/SM/15976-AFR/2917
:: Despite Rapid Progress, 5.5 Million Deaths Still Occur Every Year, Says Secretary-General in Message to ‘Child Survival Call to Action’ (25 June 2014)
SG/SM/15973-DEV/3102
:: 200,000 Deaths a Year Can Be Prevented, Says Secretary-General in Message for International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (24 June 2014)
SG/SM/15969-OBV/1350-SOC/NAR/948
:: Prohibition of Torture Is Absolute, Illegal under Any Circumstances, Secretary-General Says in Message for Observance (23 June 2014)
SG/SM/15967-HR/5198-OBV/1349

UNICEF [to 28 June 2014]

UNICEF [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_71508.html

Media Releases [selected]
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Media Advisory: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic

UNICEF: Children on the frontlines of Iraq conflict
NEW YORK/ERBIL, Iraq, 27 June 2014 – Homeless, scared and destitute – this is the reality for many children displaced by the last two weeks of violence in Iraq, UNICEF said today.

Population displacement in Sudan – a Children’s crisis
GENEVA / KHARTOUM, 27 June 2014 – The current IDP and refugee crisis in Sudan is manifesting itself clearly as a children’s crisis, with up to 70 per cent or more of people on the move being children; active conflict in nine of the country’s 18 states; and more than a hundred locations with people in need of humanitarian assistance. Since the beginning of the year, the Darfur region alone has seen 267,600 new IDPs.

Statement by UNICEF Iraq Representative Marzio Babille on the Latest Displacement of Civilians including Children in Northern Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 26 June 2014 – “UNICEF is alarmed by the latest mass displacement of civilians in northern Iraq. Approximately 1,500 people, including large numbers of children and elderly, arrived in Erbil yesterday from Hamdaniya, Ninevah Governorate, and reports indicate a significantly larger group of displaced is on the move. Many of these displaced people have travelled long distances on foot and some bear injuries sustained in the recent violence.

Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014 – Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, have stalled. Today’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment conference calls on the international community to commit to giving all children access to school and learning.

Government of South Sudan Recommits to Action Plan to End Recruitment and Use of Children
JUBA, South Sudan, 24 June, 2014 – In a ceremony at the headquarters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Juba this morning, the Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces and other grave violations against children.

More than 3 million children in Thailand do not live with their parents: UNICEF
BANGKOK, Thailand, 23 June 2014 – About 21 per cent of children or more than three million children in Thailand do not live with either of their parents due to internal migration, a significant phenomenon that may have a long-term impact on the children’s development and well-being, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
Media advisory: UNICEF to participate in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment Pledging Conference 2015-2018, hosted by the European Union on 26 June 2014.

UNICEF scales up humanitarian assistance to displaced Iraqi children
ERBIL, Iraq, 24 June 2014 – Safe water and hygiene are at the centre of UNICEF’s humanitarian response to children and families affected by the on-going conflict in Iraq. The latest crisis, which began on 11 June, resulted in the displacement of an estimated 500,000 people, half of them children.

UNHCR [to 28 June 2014]

UNHCR [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/hom

27 June 2014
New resettlement places offered for Syrian refugees
Geneva, 27 June 2014 – New offers of resettlement or humanitarian admissions for Syrian refugees were today pledged by Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and Uruguay. In all, 565 new places were announced during a high-level meeting of 42 countries, taking the total number of offers received since mid-2013 to more than 34,700 places. In addition, the United States has pledged open-ended resettlement numbers…

24 June 2014
Ashgabat meeting proposes way forward on migration and statelessness
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (June 23, 2014) – Delegates at the International Conference on Migration and Statelessness in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, today emphasized the need to undertake targeted actions, including legal reforms and greater regional cooperation, to tackle pressing challenges in the areas of migration and statelessness in Central Asia…

UNISDR UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction [to 28 June 2014]

UNISDR UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.unisdr.org/

News briefs
26 Jun 2014
Bangkok Declaration adopted
Ministers, top government officials and more than 3,000 delegates from Asia Pacific today recognized the achievements of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) as a springboard to implement a more comprehensive Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

News briefs
25 Jun 2014
Disaster laws can make a difference
When implemented, disaster risk reduction laws save lives and strengthen capacity at local and national level, according to a new study released today.

News briefs
23 Jun 2014
Prince Charles backs revision of HFA
25 June 2014, LONDON – The International Insurance Society today hosted a “Financial and Private Sector Disaster Resilience Global Summit” for 500 insurance and business leaders to discuss how to integrate the business sector and financial system within the new global framework on disaster risk reduction which will succeed the current Hyogo Framework for Action in March, 2015.

News briefs
23 Jun 2014
UNISDR Chief: “recapture spirit of 2005”
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction today urged the world to recapture the spirit of 2005 when, following the shock of the Indian Ocean tsunami, all UN Member States adopted a comprehensive framework for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action.

News briefs
23 Jun 2014
UN seeks nominations for risk reduction prize
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced it is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, now in its 24th season, for individuals or groups of people providing extraordinary leadership in creating a safe, healthy, wealthy and resilient future for the planet.

WHO & Regionals [to 28 June 2014]

WHO & Regionals [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.who.int/en/

Ebola: WHO to convene regional experts for comprehensive operational response
WHO Media Note –
26 June 2014 | GENEVA
Excerpt
The emergence of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014 has become a challenge to the 3 countries involved, as the Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone work intensively with WHO and other partners to ramp up a series of measures to control the outbreak.
Since March 2014, more than 600 cases of Ebola and over 390 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While the number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases and deaths changes rapidly, the outbreak is causing concern among health authorities because the deadly disease is being transmitted in communities and in health-care settings, and it has appeared in cities as well as rural and border areas. The disease, which causes severe haemorrhaging and can kill up to 90% of those infected, is spread by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected animals or people….
…Recognizing that a coordinated regional response is essential, WHO is convening the leading health authorities from the affected and nearby countries in Accra, Ghana on July 2–3, to agree on a comprehensive operational response to control the Ebola outbreak. A wide range of partners have been invited, and Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will report on their preventive and control measures, contact identification and tracing; case management; infection and prevention control; social mobilization; and situation reports.
The countries are working to bring supportive care to the ill, inform affected communities of recommended practices, trace contacts of infected patients, control infections in health care settings, and taking other measures to control the outbreak. Despite their progress in implementing preventive and control measures, health authorities still face challenges in curbing the spread of the outbreak, and will discuss these at the Accra meeting….
…The latest numbers, which change as cases are discovered, investigated, or discarded, are:
:: Guinea has reported some 396 cases and 280 deaths
:: Sierra Leone has 176 cases and 46 deaths
:: Liberia reports 63 cases and 41 deaths.

WHO: Global Alert and Response (GAR) – Disease Outbreak News [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update 27 June 2014
:: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update 26 June 2014
Excerpt
…Globally, 707 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 252 related deaths have officially been reported to WHO.
WHO advice
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for acute respiratory infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns. Infection prevention and control measures are critical to prevent the possible spread of MERS-CoV in health care facilities. It is not always possible to identify patients with MERS-CoV early because like other respiratory infections, the early symptoms of MERS-CoV are non-specific. Therefore, health-care workers should always apply standard precautions consistently with all patients, regardless of their diagnosis. Droplet precautions should be added to the standard precautions when providing care to patients with symptoms of acute respiratory infection; contact precautions and eye protection should be added when caring for probable or confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection; airborne precautions should be appliedhen performing aerosol generating procedures.

Until more is understood about MERS-CoV, people with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease, and immunocompromised persons are considered to be at high risk of severe disease from MERS‐CoV infection. Therefore, these people should avoid close contact with animals, particularly camels, when visiting farms, markets, or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating. General hygiene measures such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals and avoiding contact with sick animals, should be adhered to. Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk
or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.

WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.
:: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update 26 June 2014
:: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update 25 June 2014
:: Update on polio in central Africa 25 June 2014
[Full text; Editor’s text bolding]
On 17 March 2014, WHO elevated the risk assessment of international spread of polio from central Africa, particularly Cameroon, to very high. A new exportation event from Equatorial Guinea demonstrates that the risk of international spread from central Africa remains very high (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_03_17_polio/en/). On 18 June 2014, Brazil reported that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) had been detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paolo state. Genetic sequencing indicates that this virus is most closely related to the virus that is circulating in Equatorial Guinea.
Four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported in Equatorial Guinea in 2014. The index case – Equatorial Guinea’s first case to be reported since 1999 – had onset of paralysis on 28 January 2014; the country’s most recent case occurred on 3 April 2014. Genetic sequencing indicates these cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon (Cameroon’s most recent case was on 31 January 2014). Equatorial Guinea is implementing outbreak response activities, with three National Immunization Days (NIDs) with bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) in April and May, and plans for further NIDs in July and August. NIDs are deemed essential to stop the outbreak as an estimated 40% of children are fully immunized against polio through the routine immunization programme in the country.
No one in Brazil has been paralyzed by the virus nor is there evidence of transmission within the population of that country. This importation event in Brazil demonstrates that all regions of the world continue to be at risk of exposure to wild poliovirus until polio eradication is completed globally. It is important that all countries, in particular those with frequent travel and contacts with polio-affected countries and areas, strengthen surveillance for polioviruses (especially through the detection and investigation of Acute Flaccid Paralysis or AFP cases) in order to rapidly detect any new virus importations and to facilitate a rapid response. Uniformly high routine immunization coverage should be maintained at the district level to minimize the consequences of any new virus introduction.
An analysis of immunity levels across central Africa found important immunity gaps in most countries in 2014, prompting the large-scale polio immunization campaigns that are ongoing in the area. In Gabon, a nationwide immunization campaign was held in June (with a further round planned for July), and in the Republic of Congo, a nationwide activity was conducted in May (another round is planned for June). Polio vaccination campaigns have been conducted where possible in the Central African Republic (May to June), with another round planned for accessible areas in July.
WHO note
There is no evidence to date that Brazil was re-infected by the poliovirus of Equatorial Guinea origin that was detected in a sewage sample collected in Sao Paolo State in March 2014; to date there has been no evidence of transmission of the virus in Brazil following this exposure.
Given Brazil’s high levels of population immunity, reflected in the high routine immunization coverage (>95%) and periodic vaccination campaigns, the lack of evidence so far of WPV1 transmission and the response being implemented, WHO assesses the risk of spread of this virus within or from Brazil as low.
WHO travel recommendations
WHO’s International Travel and Health recommends that all travellers to and from polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio.

UNDP United Nations Development Programme [to 28 June 2014]

UNDP United Nations Development Programme [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html

26 Jun 2014
UNDP Joins Partnership for Action on Green Economy, Bringing New Resources and Opportunities for Countries
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today joined the UN-led partnership on green economy at an event held during the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

26 Jun 2014
Helen Clark: Speaking Notes for the Media Roundtable on Illegal Logging, Timber Trade, and REDD+ at the United Nations Environment Assembly
Nairobi, Kenya

26 Jun 2014
Helen Clark: Speech at the Ministerial Session on SDGs and the Post 2015-Agenda of the First United Nations Environment Assembly
Nairobi, Kenya

26 Jun 2014
Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda Unite Efforts to Combat Illegal Timber Trade in East Africa
High-level government representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania today, at the first United Nations Environment Assemble (UNEA), announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade that is stripping East Africa of one of its most valuable natural resources.

25 Jun 2014
Haiti boosts health and education in the past decade, says new UNDP report
Haiti has made significant progress to achieve most of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), having reached—or almost reached—several development targets, according to a new report launched today by the Haitian Government and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

25 Jun 2014
UNDP and IFRC warn of legal gaps in disaster risk management
There is an urgent need for governments to establish stronger laws that protect at-risk communities from the threats posed by disasters, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

25 Jun 2014
UN supports the re-establishment of core public services in Central African Republic
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), working in partnership with the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the World Bank, has taken steps to resume the payment of salaries of civil servants in the Central African Republic.

25 Jun 2014
Helen Clark: Speech at State House Luncheon on Wildlife Conservation
Nairobi, Kenya

25 Jun 2014
Lighting rural communities and reducing greenhouse gas emission in Africa and Asia
Panasonic Corporation, one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) today with a commitment to improve the quality of life for the people in Africa and Asia by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing greater access to energy. The company plans to provide 1 million solar lanterns as a clean and safe light source for people living in regions without electricity by the end of 2018 fiscal year.

25 Jun 2014
UN Office for South-South Cooperation Assumes Leadership of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
The Executive Steering Committee of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty today announced the Alliance’s secretariat and institutional home will move from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

25 Jun 2014
UNDP and First Lady of Kenya join forces against elephant killings
Combating poaching will not succeed unless communities are empowered to help prevent its alarming upsurge, said the first lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta and the Administrator of the UN Development Programme, Helen Clark, launching a new conservancy programme in the South of the country.

24 Jun 2014
Fifth Annual Social Good Summit to Expand its Global Reach Harnessing the Power of Technology to Achieve Equality for Everyone, Everywhere
The fifth annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders and grassroots activists, will coincide with United Nations Week on September 21 and 22, and be held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

24 Jun 2014
A Pacific model of cooperation for sustaining species, livelihoods and a global industry can be replicated in other parts of the world, says UNDP
UNDP presented today a model of international cooperation that helps save a species – tuna – which provides nutrition and livelihoods to poor communities, and is a sought-after global commodity.

23 Jun 2014
UNDP convenes first regional consultation on Social Cohesion: Trust in emerging institutions key to addressing challenges of transition in the Arab region
Representatives of Arab governments, civil society, academia, and leading think tanks, meeting in Amman, Jordan, agreed on the centrality of social cohesion in managing peaceful political and social transition in the region.

23 Jun 2014
Helen Clark: Statement to the Annual Meeting of the UNDP Executive Board
United Nations, Geneva

23 Jun 2014
Helen Clark: Opening Remarks at the Switzerland-UNDP-UNFPA Side Event “From MDGs to SDGs: How Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Can Contribute to Financing the Post-2015 Agenda”
Genève, Switzerland

UN Women [to 28 June 2014]

UN Women [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.unwomen.org/

Press Release: Calling on global citizens, UN Women unveils Beijing+20 campaign in New York City

Remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at the launch of the Beijing+20 campaign
Posted on June 27, 2014
At the historic Apollo Theatre in New York, UN Women yesterday launched a year-long campaign to spark global dialogue and actions on women’s rights and gender equality. The Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! campaign commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which set a path-breaking agenda on women’s rights in 1995.

 

Trinidadian women gain ground at the ballot box
Posted on June 27, 2014
With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Network of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago is training women to be more effective in running for election. They seek to learn the rules, use the rules and change the system.

“Women are environmental leaders and actors” – Lakshmi Puri
Posted on June 25, 2014
Opening statement of UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the High-Level Gender and Environment Forum, 23 June 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Executive Director statement Security Council briefing on CAR
Posted on June 24, 2014
In a statement at a Security Council briefing on the Central African Republic on 24 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the “alarming and distressing” situation in the war-torn country. She announced that, for the first time, UN Women and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations will offer specialized training to all troop-contributing countries before they deploy, which will focus on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund [to 28 June 2014]

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.unfpa.org/public/

UNFPA News
26 June 2014 – Dispatch
Supporting survivors of gender-based violence in war-ravaged Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – As a new mother, Wardeh’s life should have been filled with hope and anticipation. But like many young women in war-ravaged Syria, her life has become a daily struggle. Wardeh, 24, is one of an estimated 54,000 Syrian women who have been put at greater risk of suffering from gender-based violence, including rape, as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

25 June 2014 – Statement
Statement by the Executive Director to the Executive Board
UNITED NATIONS, Geneva – We remain committed to results and improving our accountability to our Member States, and most importantly, to those we serve. As you know, this is a crucial year. Member States, supported by UNFPA, are concluding the ICPD@20 review process, which will culminate with the Special Session of the UN General Assembly in September. They are also working together to define future Sustainable Development Goals, which we hope will reflect many of the lessons learned and recommendations from the global ICPD beyond 2014 review.

25 June 2014 – Dispatch
Violence against women and girls: enough is enough, says UNFPA Head
UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in his remarks to government and United Nations officials today, underlined the need for urgent and intensified efforts to end gender-based violence and discrimination. “Is there a tipping point? When will we finally say ‘enough’ to violence and discrimination against women and girls?” Dr. Osotimehin said at the 2014 annual session of the Executive Board, taking place this week in Geneva.

UNESCO [to 28 June 2014]

UNESCO [to 28 June 2014]
http://en.unesco.org/

Press Releases
29 June 2014
“Culture stands at the heart of the sustainable development, as a force for dialogue and social cohesion”
On 28 June 2014, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, opened the First Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-East Europe “Enhancing Culture for Sustainable Development”, that took place in Ohrid under the chairpersonship of Ms Elizabeta Kanchevska-Milevska, Minister of Culture of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia…
…In her speech, Ms Bokova emphasised on the strong linkage between culture and sustainable development. She called the countries of South-East Europe to play a decisive role in promoting the power of culture in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda…

27 June 2014
UNESCO supports ethics and bioethics committees across the globe
National ethics and bioethics committee members from about forty countries * across the world gathered in Mexico City, Mexico, from 22 to 24 June 2014 for the 10th Global Summit of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees. Participants exchanged on issues such as the ethical implications of new technologies, universal health coverage, research ethics, the role of international organizations, and the functioning of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees (NECs) in their national and regional context. The event was co-organized by UNESCO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Mexican National Bioethics Commission.

26 June 2014
UNESCO: No progress in reducing global number of children out of school
A new UNESCO policy paper shows that 58 million children aged 6 to 11 are still out of school, showing little overall improvement since 2007. But the paper highlights that positive change is possible, presenting the success of 17 countries that have reduced their out-of-school populations by almost 90 per cent in a little over a decade. These countries have invested in positive actions such as abolishing school fees, introducing more relevant curricula and providing financial support to struggling families.

ILO International Labour Organization [to 28 June 2014]

ILO International Labour Organization [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.ilo.org/global/lang–en/index.htm

New Report
ILO: Social protection helps people living with HIV keep their jobs
New ILO study shows social protection is essential for people living with HIV to keep their jobs and follow their treatment.
27 June 2014
GENEVA (ILO News) – People living with HIV who have access to social protection have a higher chance of retaining their jobs or some form of productive activity, says the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to a new ILO report titled ACCESS to and EFFECTS of social protection on workers living with HIV and their households: An analytical report, social protection has positive effects on people living with HIV.

The report is based on research covering four countries (Guatemala, Indonesia, Rwanda and Ukraine), all on the UNAIDS list of high HIV impact countries and currently developing or scaling up their social security systems.

The study shows that in the four countries, between 63 and 95 per cent of people living with HIV who had access to social protection were able to keep their jobs or some form of productive activities. At the same time, 49 to 99 per cent reported that their children remained in school and 72 to 96 per cent were able to access life-saving anti-retroviral treatments….

FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 28 June 2014]

FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.fao.org/home/en/

Ending hunger by 2025: Africa raises the bar
26 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva today congratulated African leaders attending the AU Summit here for “raising the bar” in the fight against hunger.

The continent’s renewed effort to boost regional food security include strengthening the Africa-owned CAADP strategy for agriculture development by including links to social protection, establishing an Africa-for-Africa South-South Cooperation food security trust fund and, most importantly, committing to eradicating chronic hunger by 2025.

In a milestone, during today’s AU General Assembly session African leaders formally committed to a number of bold goals to reflect ‘The Vision of the Agriculture We Want’ including to Ending Hunger by the year 2025 and Improving Nutrition. “There is an urgent need to value our local and traditional nutritious food and bring back the issue of eating well”, Graziano da Silva said. “I share with you that a major priority is to cut the food import bill and reduce dependence on imports,” he added.

In an additional sign of a renewed focus on the catalytic role agriculture can play for Africa, the theme of this week’s summit is “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods, through Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development” — and the Union has also designated 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.

This week’s Summit also marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) a region-wide cooperative effort aimed at boosting agricultural productivity in the region…

CBD (Convention of Biological Diversity) [to 28 June 2014]

CBD (Convention of Biological Diversity) [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.cbd.int/

28 June 2014
Governments review science base for achievement of global biodiversity targets
Governments finished a week of deliberations on scientific issues that will inform future national efforts under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to achieve the goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

USAID [to 28 June 2014]

USAID [to 28 June 2014]
http://www.usaid.gov/

USAID and Partners Unveil New Efforts to Save Millions of Women and Children from Preventable Deaths
June 25, 2014
More than $600 million in major public/private partnerships and awards with 26 partners to improve maternal and child survival announced
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it is realigning $2.9 billion of the Agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015—refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives.

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in the Central African Republic
June 23, 2014
Today the United States announced nearly $51 million in additional humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). This new assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian funding for the crisis to nearly $118 million in Fiscal Year 2014, helping people suffering inside CAR as well as refugees in the neighboring countries.

DFID [to 28 June 2014]

DFID [to 28 June 2014]
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

New UK investment to improve education for millions
26 June 2014 DFID Press release
The UK will pledge to support the Global Partnership for Education’s plan to help up to 29 million girls and boys in developing countries receive a decent education, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has announced.
The investment will ensure children can attend primary and lower secondary schools, improve the quality of teaching and reduce the number of boys and girls who drop out. The new commitment will be made during the Partnership’s summit in Brussels today.
The pledge will be contingent on further improvement of the Partnership’s work and Britain expects other donors, developing countries, private companies and foundations to increase their own contributions to improving education…

UK to help save millions from preventable blindness
24 June 2014 DFID Press release
The UK will protect the sight of millions of people in Africa at risk of developing blindness caused by trachoma, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has announced today…
…The Department for International Development is investing £39 million to help support the elimination of trachoma in countries like Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania where the disease is highly endemic. The funding will support the implementation of the Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial Cleanliness and Environmental Improvements (SAFE) strategy which has proven successful in eliminating the disease…