Standing #WithRefugees on World Refugee Day
20 JUNE 2017 – Today is World Refugee Day. The 70th World Health Assembly endorsed a Resolution on “Promoting the health of refugees and migrants.” Key points that emerged through the sessions included unanimous consensus that health must be included in the Global Compacts and the need for interregional and international cooperation and responsibility sharing among countries in responding to the health needs of refugees and migrants.
26 MAY 2017 – The global principle behind the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, “leave no one behind,” is often thought of as a lofty and ambiguous goal. A side event held during the 70th World Health Assembly sought to showcase specific actions that countries are taking to operationalize this principle.
31 MAY 2017 – Today is World No Tobacco Day. Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions from falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease and combat poverty. Tobacco threatens women in particular. The tobacco industry targets women by implying that tobacco use enhances gender equality, glamour, sociability and success. In addition, 60%-70% of tobacco farm workers are women, putting them in close contact with often hazardous chemicals.
High-Level Working Group on health and human rights handover their final report to WHO’s Director-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights
22 MAY 2017 – The High-Level Working Group for Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents launched its report to an enthusiastic audience at a high-level side-event at the 70th World Health Assembly. The report – the first of its kind that will be presented both to the World Health Assembly and the Human Rights Council – calls on governments to step up their action to uphold the right to health in national law; to protect people who advocate for rights – including health workers; and to strengthen the collection of rights-sensitive data for better monitoring and reporting.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2017
17 MAY 2017 – Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. UN-GLOBE, the group that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and intersex staff of the UN system, has released a statement, calling on all UN staff members to embrace inclusion of peoples of all sexual or gender identities in their programmatic work, and in daily interactions at work.
16 MAY 2017 – More than 3000 adolescents die every day from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners. In 2015, more than two-thirds of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Road injuries top the cause of death of adolescents, disproportionately affecting boys, while lower respiratory infections and pregnancy complications take toll on girls’ health.
15 MAY 2017 - Around the world, many people are left behind from accessing the health services they need. WHO advocates for “Leaving no one behind,” an underlying principle of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, through its work on health systems strengthening towards the goal of universal health coverage. With the aim of identifying subpopulations being left behind and working towards better addressing their needs, a process is being undertaken in 2016-2017 to reinforce this focus in subnational health sector planning in Mongolia.
27 APRIL 2017 - For many, the Sustainable Development Goals mark the beginning of a new era for health and human rights – grounded in international law, and designed to ensure no one is left behind. Responding to interest from scholars in the burgeoning field of health and human rights, WHO invited senior staff and scholars to share their perspectives - historical, political, technical and legal - on the organization’s work.
5 APRIL 2017 - Food safety is essential to good nutrition and health, which are vital to sustainable development. WHO estimates that every year, 1 in 10 people fall ill and 125,000 children under 5 years of age die from foodborne diseases. In many parts of the world, women grow and prepare the food that is sold in markets and consumed in homes, but they don’t always have access to food safety education. Efforts to improve food safety must consider the key role women play in improving the health, nutrition and development of their communities.
GenderTo ensure that different groups of women and men, boys and girls, have equal opportunities to achieve their full health potential.More on gender
EquityTo enhance fairness in the distribution of health across populations.More on equity
Human rightsTo produce greater health outcomes through the advancement of the right to health and other health-related human rights.More on human rights