New UNICEF report urges scaled-up treatment, prevention of AIDS
If current trends continue, by 2030, some 80 adolescents will die every day of AIDS, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which is calling for urgent improvements to treatment and prevention programmes for the young.
Pointing to data indicating a slow reduction of HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, the Children, HIV and AIDS report projects that new infections for 19 year-olds and younger, will reach 270,000 in 2030, a one-third decrease compared to current projections.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said that the report made clear “without the shadow of a doubt, that the world is off track when it comes to ending AIDS among children and adolescents by 2030.”
She pointed out that while programmes to prevent HIV transmission from mothers to babies are paying off, they haven’t gone far enough and that programmes to treat the virus and prevent it from spreading among older children “are nowhere near where they should be.”
New migration issues take a positive turn
The UN migration agency, referred to as IOM, and data experts at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, have announced a new partnership to help tens of millions of people made homeless by conflict and disasters within their own countries.
By linking IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, which maintains the world’s largest source of primary data on internal displacement, with the Monitoring Centre, the organizations aim to advance national and global policies to improve the lives of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, globally.
António Vitorino, IOM’s Director-General, said that the partnership “will take us to new levels of quality and consistency, and allow us to mobilize attention on an issue that has not been given sufficient consideration.”
Driven by instability, conflict and disasters, internal displacement continues to grow, with IDP numbers nearly doubling since 2000. Last year, 18.8 million people were internally displaced due to climate-related disasters and natural hazards, according to the Monitoring Centre.
UN recognizes reggae as a global treasure
On a more off-beat note, this Thursday the UN cultural agency UNESCO made a lot of music lovers happy when it added reggae to its so-called Intangible Cultural Heritage List of traditions to be treasured.
Reggae evolved through the late 1960s in the Jamaican capital of Kingston, and today it’s embraced by millions around the world.
According to UNESCO, the genre’s “contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual."
Because the music uniquely represents "a vehicle of social commentary," the UN cultural agency said that it "continues to provide a voice for all."
Each year, UNESCO adds to its intangible heritage list to improve the visibility of non-physical traditions around the globe.
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.