13-24 March 2017 -- The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place from 13-24 March at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. WHO delivered a statement covering this year’s CSW theme, highlighting the link to important health issues - such as the health workforce, nutrition, noncommunicable diseases, violence against women, and reproductive health. Member States negotiated and adopted the Agreed Conclusions outcome document, in which WUN ensured that health was prominently featured, particularly in relation to the health workforce.
16 March 2017 -- WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, joined the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, at a UN press briefing to announce the establishment, by the UN Secretary-General, of an ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. This group, which will be co-chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the WHO Director-General, will comprise of individual experts and high-level representatives from multiple sectors.
3 February 2017 -- This week, WHO participated in the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum, which brings together youth leaders from around the world to engage with policy-makers and Member States at the UN/HQ in New York. The two-day event comprised of a Ministerial Roundtable, interactive dialogues, and a number of side-events and focused on the theme of “The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.
Refugees: the 21th century challenge
27 January 2017 - WUN joined several United Nations (UN) agencies at an Information Fair of the Annual Conference on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN), organized at the UN in New York on the topic "Refugees: the 21th Century Challenge". The fair was aimed for educators at all levels with the goal of incorporating awareness into school curricula worldwide. WUN provided over 100 participants from the Americas, Europe and Asia, information on the work of WHO, including its work on refugee and migrant health, and on the upcoming World Health Day on the theme Depression.
25 January 2017 -- Mr Werner Obermeyer, Deputy Director, WUN, participated in an event "Mental Health for All: Local Strategies", organized by the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, cosponsored by several UN Member States, UNFPA and WHO. Mr Obermeyer highlighted the WHO Mental Health Action Plan as it relates to actions at national and local levels, the need to integrate mental health care in all systems particularly throughout health systems, the importance of partnerships across all sectors, the need of involving communities to combat stigma and to ensure access to services, and outlined activities WHO is planning around World Health Day on 7 April.