Understanding the ZIKA Virus

For many mothers, expecting or not, the rapid spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has been, frankly, pretty frightening. Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting with leading experts on the disease and declared the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern. In the meantime, the WHO, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the United Nations (UN) along with various other agencies have been working closely to release the latest information … [Read more...]

Water, Women required to Manage

The 'Water Crisis' is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015. 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water; approximately one in nine people. More than twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand … [Read more...]

World Malaria Day, April 25

On April 25th people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. For half the world every day is malaria day - a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease. This website is a communication and advocacy platform for civil society north and south to showcase your work , share resources , engage in dialogue, contribute views, ideas and events to mobilise the world against malaria. Key Facts In 2013, there were 198 million cases, and 584 000 … [Read more...]

North Korea defector Yeomi Park is Taking Action!

“Kim Jong Un doesn’t like me at all,” says 21-year-old defector from North Korea Yeonmi Park captivated the audience with her remarkable story of survival trekking through the Gobi Desert “Kim Jong Un doesn’t like me at all,” said Yeonmi Park, a 21-year-old North Korean defector turned activist. Talk about an understatement. But this was just one lighthearted line during a moving, tearful discussion on the second night of the Women in the World Summit featuring the dynamic Park, LiNK … [Read more...]

UN Social Media Day, JAN 30 – #SocialUN

Interested in digital diplomacy? The first-ever UN Social Media Day is happening this Friday at UN Headquarters in NYC! Social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners, academics and experts will share their experiences, discuss trends, showcase best-practices, and provide insights into their work. The first “UN Social Media Day” will take place at UN Headquarters in Conference Room 3 on Friday 30 January 2015. All are invited to join the conversation online by using the … [Read more...]

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MMITRA MOM

I joined mMitra program, of ARMMAN and MAMA, in September and since then I have had the opportunity of meeting several of our young pregnant subscribers. They hope for a healthy baby and a fulfilling motherhood like any of us, but their circumstances put them at risk. Although they come from varied backgrounds, the fact that they do not have access to health information and services binds them together. The story below is an archetype based on several different women in the program that captures … [Read more...]

DESA, Preparing for a year of Global Action in 2015

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2015 is expected to be a historic year for global sustainable development. A number of milestone events are expected to set in motion crucial actions that will benefit both the people and the planet. With UN DESA playing a leading role in these efforts, DESA News met with Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, to learn more about upcoming events as well as gains made during the past year. “Critical, busy and … [Read more...]

Road to Dignity by 2030: Blueprint towards sustainable development

Calling for inclusive, agile and coordinated action to usher in an era of sustainable development for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 4 December presented the United Nations General Assembly with an advance unedited version of his synthesis report, which will guide negotiations for a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights. The report was formally issued in the six official UN languages on 31 December. “2015 will herald an unprecedented … [Read more...]

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