News headlines for “Health Issues”, page 6

  1. 2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - With a growing global population, a rise in energy and industrial production, the demand for water is reaching new levels.

  2. Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - The Minamata Convention -- a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16.

  3. Why Breastfeeding Is One of the “Smartest Investments” for All Countries

    Tuesday, August 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 08 (IPS) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released new findings on the economic gains—besides the obvious health benefits—of breastfeeding.

  4. World Still Lagging on Indigenous Rights 10 Years After Historic Declaration, UN Experts Warn

    Monday, August 07, 2017

    GENEVA / NEW YORK, Aug 07 (IPS) - The world's indigenous peoples still face huge challenges a decade after the adoption of an historic declaration on their rights, a group of United Nations experts and specialist bodies has warned. Speaking ahead of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, the group says States must put words into action to end discrimination, exclusion and lack of protection illustrated by the worsening murder rate of human rights defenders.

  5. Zaatari Camp Marks Fifth Year With 80,000 Refugees

    Tuesday, August 01, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 01 (IPS) - Jordan's Zaatari camp, which opened in 2012 as a makeshift camp to house Syrian refugees fleeing the war, marked its fifth year on June 28.

  6. Has Disability Risen among the Elderly?

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Jul 31 (IPS) - The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (or RPD Act) is laudable in its intent and procedural detail, but mostly silent on disabilities among the elderly. Indeed, for this reason alone, it is arguable that its overarching goal—"The appropriate Government shall ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy the right to equality, life with dignity and respect for his or her integrity equally with others" —is mere rhetoric, if not a pipe dream.

  7. Last Mile Connectivity to Bangladesh’s Impoverished North

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    DHAKA, Jul 31 (IPS) - Life for Bangladesh's rural people, particularly in its remote north, is still miserable. Seasonal flooding, river erosion, and the low quality of rural infrastructure and lack of connectivity have made things harder for poor northerners.

  8. US Lags Far Behind in Banning Dental Health Hazard

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies – and perhaps most of the key developing countries – in refusing to act decisively to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry.

  9. “The Time is Now” to Invest in Youth, Girls

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - The demographic dividend: though not a new concept, it is one of the major buzzwords at the UN this year. But what does it really mean?

  10. UN Appoints Experts to DRC’s Kasai to Probe Harrowing Rights Abuses

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, appointed a team of three international experts yesterday to collect information and raise awareness about grave atrocities in the ongoing conflict in the remote Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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