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April 18, 2006

Nepal to distribute vitamin A capsules
The nationwide distribution of Vitamin A capsules will begin from Wednesday in Nepal, representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here Tuesday. "A total of 3.3 million Vitamin A capsules will be distributed to all children aged from six months to five years and the 3.1 million de-worming tablets for the children aged from one to five years of Nepal," Suomi Sakai, representative of UNICEF, said in a press statement.
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January 27, 2006

WHO to Rely Less on U.S. Research
A U.S.-based research foundation is being barred by the World Health Organization from helping set global standards for protecting food and water supplies because of its funding sources. However, the non-profit International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) which is funded by hundreds of chemical, food and drug companies, will remain as one of nearly 200 "non-governmental organizations" that WHO views as working partners.
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November 21, 2005

40 Million Living with HIV Worldwide
The global HIV epidemic has continued to expand, with the estimated number of people living with the virus now passing 40 million worldwide, the United Nations said Monday.
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October 4, 2005

WHO: Chronic Disease May Kill 400M by 2015
Heart disease, diabetes and other chronic ailments will kill nearly 400 million people over the next 10 years, but many of those deaths can be prevented by healthier lifestyles and inexpensive medication, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
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September 8, 2005

Health Crisis Threatens Global Security
A failure to address health crises can threaten security and stability worldwide, experts warned at the Helsinki Conference here Thursday.
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September 1, 2005

A Declaration of War
The Bush administration has declared war on the world. The 450 changes that Washington is demanding to the action agenda that will culminate at the September 2005 United Nations summit don't represent U.N. reform. They are a clear onslaught against any move that could strengthen the United Nations or international law.
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August 15, 2005

Are Failed Infrastructure Projects Linked to the Presence of the IMF or World Bank?
"When we first had investors telling us this, we thought, 'Well, they're just giving us a line,'" says Henisz, a Wharton management professor. "But we kept hearing it. So then we said, 'Well, we've got an anecdote, and now we have to find some way to prove whether it's true.' The mob-on-the-street story cropped up enough times that we wanted to pursue it."
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July 21, 2005

Sick of Globalisation
Alternative reports on global health, presented at the second People's Health Assembly in Ecuador this week, question the free-market, neoliberal economic model and view it as the cause of many of the health problems facing humanity today.
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June 7, 2005

WHO to Tackle Cancer With Global Effort
The U.N. health agency promised Tuesday to increase efforts at prevention and treatment of cancer in developing countries to help them fight a recent rise in deaths from the disease. Poorer countries face more cases of cancer as their populations grow older, the World Health Organization said. The number of worldwide annual cancer deaths has risen to nearly seven million compared to about five million a decade ago.
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June 4, 2005

UN Urges Escalation of Efforts to Defeat AIDS
The United Nations sounded new alarms over the devastating spread of the AIDS epidemic, and called on world leaders to immediately take new steps to solve a problem that threatens to overwhelm future generations. "It's clear that the epidemic continues to outrun our efforts to contain it," UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in opening statements to a one-day world conference on HIV/AIDS at UN headquarters in New York.
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April 19, 2005

UN mobilizes to meet challenges of media attacks and low public standing
Despite efforts to counter attacks in the media, and other successful initiatives to tell the world body’s story to people around the globe, “the United Nations’ standing in many countries has never been lower,” and the organization is mobilizing fully to meet the challenge, according to a top UN information official. This is “sobering news,” Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor told the opening session Monday of the Committee on Information meeting at the UN’s New York Headquarters, but he stressed that the world at large wanted to see the UN more fully engaged.
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March 10, 2005

Move Up the Date For Armageddon
John Bolton is known for being arrogant, humorless, self-righteous and confrontational, and he hates the United Nations. In other words, the perfect diplomat.
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March 4, 2005

HIV 'set to infect 90m Africans'
Nearly 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the next 20 years if more is not done to combat the epidemic, the UN has warned. Some 25 million Africans have HIV, which causes Aids, at present. The world body estimates the next two decades could see 89 million new cases of the disease in Africa - or up to 10% of the continent's population.
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February 13, 2005

At Munich forum, Annan urges European-US work for global collective security
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on officials gathered at a leading international forum in Germany to support efforts to strengthen the United Nations so that its system of collective security can better respond to changing conditions in the world. “I have come here today to call on Europe and America to think ahead, and to help plant the seeds of long term global collective security,” the Secretary-General told the forty-first Munich Conference on Security Policy.
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February 10, 2005

Only reformed UN can confront combined threats of terror and poverty—Annan
From terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to hunger, disease and conflicts that reap a deadly toll of tsunami proportions every few months, the world is facing a confluence of threats that only a United Nations reformed for the 21st century can resolve, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a landmark speech today.
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February 7, 2005

Global cooperation vital in seeking HIV/AIDS vaccine - UN health agency
With global efforts to produce an HIV/AIDS vaccine proliferating, it is crucial to increase international cooperation, boost clinical trial capacity worldwide and conduct trials at multiple sites against different strains, the United Nations health agency said today.
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January 21, 2005

WHO Highlights Health in The 2015 Development Blueprint
The World Health Organization (WHO) today underlined the need to urgently tackle the health issues highlighted in the Millennium Project's "Investing in Development" report.
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January 13, 2005

Brown calls for £5.5bn Aids fund
Gordon Brown has called on rich nations to fund a £5.5bn ($10bn) plan to fight the Aids epidemic and find a vaccine. On the fourth day of his six-day tour of Africa, the UK chancellor predicted a vaccine could be found by 2012 if the world stepped up its funding pledges.
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