Health

World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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CIFOR Discusses International Debate on African Cherry [viewed]

CIFOR26 February 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview of Prunus africana (African cherry), detailing the threats facing the continued health of the species.

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FAO, WHO Join Forces to Reduce Risks Posed by Pesticides [viewed]

fao-who4 February 2014: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has approved the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) recently revised International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. The Code of Conduct is a voluntary framework that calls on countries to identify and, where necessary, remove from use highly hazardous pesticides.

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Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza Calls Wild Birds Victims, not Vectors [viewed]

fao-cms28 January 2014: As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported a rise in highly pathogenic avian influenza in China (H7N9) and the Republic of Korea (H5N8), the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has issued a statement emphasizing that wild birds are victims and not vectors of the disease. The statement also urges epidemiological evaluation and measures to control the spread of the virus.

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Thematic Framework for 7th World Water Forum Adopted [viewed]

worldwaterforum712 December 2013: The World Water Council (WWC) announced the adoption of the Thematic Framework of the 7th World Water Forum by the International Steering Committee, focusing on a water secure future, and highlighting water security, responsible development and sustainability.

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Event: Nutrition and Sustainability: A practical approach to integrating climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, nutrition and health agendas [viewed]

Bioversity International is co-organizing a seminar to explore practical approaches and solutions to nutrition and sustainability in Rome, Italy, together with the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the Governments of Malawi and Flanders. The seminar, 'Nutrition and Sustainability: A practical approach to integrating climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, nutrition and health agendas,' will be held at FAO headquarters. The seminar will bring together some 300 scientists, policymakers, experts, students and practitioners to develop responses to countries' requests about "why?" and "how?" to link nutrition and sustainability, and to discuss the tradeoffs. Virtual participation is also welcome by contacting the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition Secretariat.  

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FAO Examines Role of Biotechnology in Small-Scale Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Systems [viewed]

FAO29 October 2013: Covering 19 case studies where biotechnology has been used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication titled, 'Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders.' 

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SDSN Experts Propose Goals and Targets in Seven Themes [viewed]

unsdsn18 September 2013: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has launched reports from seven of its 12 Thematic Groups, to help inform the post-2015 development agenda. Each report was prepared by a panel of experts and academics. The reports focus on: forests, oceans, biodiversity and ecosystems; human rights and gender equality; good governance of extractive resources; sustainable urban development; education; health; and sustainable agriculture.

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World Bank Project Improves Health and Welfare in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank15 July 2013: The World Bank Nura River Clean-up Project has effectively eliminated mercury pollution and implemented flood management control in the Nura River Basin located in Kazakhstan. Based on pollution sampling and mapping, the project eliminated over 2,000,000 tons of contaminated materials generated by a carbide factory that used mercury to produce rubber.

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ASB Partnership Analyzes Impacts of Indonesian Forest Fires [viewed]

ASBJuly 2013: The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins has released a policy brief analyzing the local and international impacts of the fire-haze episode straddling the Strait of Malacca in June 2013, with the aim of identifying its source and proposing policy options to minimize further economic losses and carbon emissions.

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