As delegates gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) last week, tobacco companies were lurking on the margins to cultivate influence and undermine policies that would accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals. More than 140 health organizations from over 40 countries have joined me in calling on delegates to reject invitations to meet […] Continue reading ->
On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us”. They are right. Global emissions are increasing.  Temperatures are rising.  The consequences for oceans, forests, weather patterns, biodiversity, food production, water, jobs and, ultimately, lives, are […] Continue reading ->
The 2019 European Health Forum (Gastein) opens Wednesday under this year’s theme: “A Healthy Dose of Disruption.” The three-day Forum will explore ways in which Europe can transform health systems into levers of good health and well-being, guided by the aspirations of the recent UN declaration on Universal Health Coverage. Since its foundation in 1998, […] Continue reading ->
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is emerging fast in livestock in the developing world, with northeast India and northern China among the most worrisome “hotspots”, says a first-ever study mapping AMR in low and middle-income countries, published this week in Science. Parts of Turkey, Kenya, Brazil, Egypt, Vietnam and South Africa were also noted as areas of high […] Continue reading ->
Greta Thunberg, young climate activist, visits the “Pollution Pods” with Dr. Maria Neira, director of Public Health at the WHO. The “Pollution Pods” allows visitors to experience simulated air pollution levels in different cities around the world, bringing attention to the connection between climate change, air pollution, and respiratory health.   Continue reading ->
NEW YORK CITY – Globally, governments are spending nearly $US 300 billion in price supports and other pre-tax subsidies for fossil fuels – which are costing national governments a whopping $US 2.7 trillion in health costs from air pollution-related mortality, disease and lost productivity—not to mention fueling climate change. As just one stunning example of […] Continue reading ->
NEW YORK CITY – Evidence-based decision-making and tapping into local potential are keys to achieving the goals set in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) declaration, said a panel convened today on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly. The Government of Georgia, whose Permanent Mission to the UN co-sponsored the panel, helped lead […] Continue reading ->