On United Nations Day, October 24, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the launch of the UN75 campaign (marking the UN’s 75th anniversary next year) featuring an inclusive conversation on global cooperation. The initiative aims to understand key global issues by holding dialogues on global affairs with the public.
WHO announced on October 18 that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is still a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) and will be one for at least the next three months. A WHO advisory committee first declared the PHEIC on July 17.
At its Sixth Replenishment Conference on October 9–10, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) raised $14 billion for the next three years, the highest amount ever for the partnership. The United States led in contributions with $4.7 billion, followed by the United Kingdom at $1.7 billion and France at $1.4 billion. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was the largest nongovernment donor, with a $760 million pledge.
The World Bank annual meetings concluded this month, including announcement of a plan to decentralize and expand the bank’s global footprint by shifting 10 percent of its workforce closer to client countries by mid-2020.
UNICEF released its annual State of the World’s Children report on October 15, which focused on the issue of children, food, and nutrition for the first time in 20 years. The report found that one-third of children under age 5 are malnourished—stunted, wasted, or overweight—while two-thirds are at risk of malnutrition and hidden hunger because of the poor quality of their diets.
Democrats introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 17—the Support UNFPA Funding Act—which seeks to provide funding for the United Nations Population Fund for the next five years.
WHO announced a partnership with Facebook to help stop the spread of inaccurate vaccine information online.
UN Women launched the Women Count Data Hub at the UN General Assembly, the first of its kind to provide public access to gender data that can be used to monitor progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP released a new set of standards to guide the private sector in achieving the SDGs.
The Lancet released a significant report on September 8 declaring that malaria can be eradicated by 2050, contradicting
The Rockefeller Foundation announced at the UN General Assembly its new initiative to introduce tech-powered tools that use artificial intelligence to help prevent t
WHO announced on September 23 that health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a reversal of its previous policy, will introduce a second Ebola vaccine (from Johnson & Johnson) to su
On September 24, 12 multilateral agencies launched the Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, a joint plan to help countries accelerat
The 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) took place last week in New York and unfolded largely as expected.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore announced several upcoming organizational changes at UNICEF headquarters in early August.