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The World Summit on Sustainable Development: reaffirming the centrality of health

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in Johannesburg in 2002 to review progress since the Rio conference in 1992, and to agree a new global deal on sustainable development. Unlike its predecessor, it was primarily concerned with implementation rather than with new treaties and targets, although a number of new targets were agreed, for example one on sanitation.


The Global Call for Action Against Poverty Reports Over One Million E-Mails Sent To World Leaders

In just six days, over 1 million emails have been sent by supporters of the Global Call for Action against Poverty to leaders and Finance Ministers around the world.


Globalization and Health: Exploring the opportunities and constraints for health arising from globalization

Over the last 50 years there has been a steady convergence in the probability of survival and the causes of death between the wealthiest countries of the world and most living in low-middle income countries. This represents a triumph for global health and development. It is a demonstration of what should be possible for the 1 billion people living mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.


Tsunami Update: Back to School, One Month Later

Fifty-seven year old Jalaludin Sulaiman arrives at school at 8 o'clock sharp. He has been a teacher of Islamic Law for over 30 years and has the bearing of a strict yet fair school master. But as he picks his way through the wreckage of his school's playground, there is a look of profound sadness in his eyes.


Global Creative Summit on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations

On November 23, 2004, more than 100 creative and programming directors from 35 media companies, leading media figures and non-government organizations from around the world met at the United Nations Headquarters to exchange ideas on how to incorporate HIV/AIDS messages into short- and long-form programming.


UNEP: Over 50% of gasoline in sub-Saharan Africa is now lead free

Over half of all petrol sold in sub-Saharan Africa is now unleaded. This is one of the key findings delivered to a conference taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess progress towards a lead-free continent.


World Information Transfer hosts conference on Health and the Environment

The 13th Conference on Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions will address the topic of the "25 Year Window: Linking Conflict with Environment and Population" and will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 29 and 30, 2004.


Appeal: Help the UN World Food Programme

With its cereals stocks in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea all but exhausted and little in the pipeline, the World Food Programme today called for urgent international assistance to help feed 6.5 million of the country's hungriest people.


UNICEF Releases "State of the World's Children" Report

The State of the World's Children 2004 focuses on girls' education and its relationship to all other development goals and to the promise of Education For All.


It's not the Bullets, it's the Bacteria

What kills most civilians during wartime? It's not the bullets, or the missiles, or the shrapnel from bombs. It’s unsafe water, lack of food, inadequate medical care, unsafe communities -- the absence of public health.


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