News in Brief 19 September 2018

  • 1 in 3 children in disaster and conflict hit countries not in school – UNICEF report
  • Over 1 million affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines
  • UN health agency publishes its first ever ‘investment case’
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Ebola, fake drugs and other 21st century challenges for health regulators

Global health regulators met this week in Geneva to discuss everything from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to tackling the worldwide spread of fake drugs.  Dr. Emer Cooke, Head of the Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (RHT) Unit, at the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke with UN News’s Michelle Kusuma.  

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1.4 billion adults at risk of disease if they don’t do more physical activity: WHO

In an interview with UN News, Dr. Regina Guthold, lead author in WHO-backed study, tells Daniel Johnson that one in three women, and one in four men, don’t do enough physical activity to stay fit.

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News In Brief 05 September 2018

  • Top UN official in Iraq calls for calm following Basra fatalities
  • Burundi Government involved in summary executions: UN investigators
  • A quarter of the world’s adults are inactive
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News in Brief 15 August 2018

  • ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief
  • Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni
  • UN Human Rights experts commend court decision against Monsanto
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Monsanto ruling a ‘substantial warning’ to agrochemical giants: UN expert

A California court’s decision to award $289 million to a dying man after finding that agrochemical giant Monsanto did not warn people that its products can cause cancer, is a “substantial warning” to industry,  Hilal Elver, who is UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said on Wednesday.  She spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.


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Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency

Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

News In Brief 28 June 2018

  • UN labour agency raises the alarm on ‘global care crisis’
  • ‘Agile and multifaceted’ response needed to counter terrorism – UN chief
  • Malnutrition reaching record levels in South Africa
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News in Brief 07 June 2018

  • Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes plans for temporary ceasefire with the Taliban
  • Head of UN Political Affairs Department meets with Somalia’s leadership
  • Nine African countries to benefit from WHO Ebola Preparedness Plan
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News in Brief 04 June 2018

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