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1. UN's Fedotov: Every person can act against human trafficking

UN Wire | Jul 29, 2015

Thursday is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, and everyone can take action to halt human trafficking, writes Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. People can educate themselves, press governments to act against trafficking and urge support for the UN trust fund that helps trafficked persons, he argues. The Astana Times (Kazakhstan) (07/29)


2. WHO to assess malaria vaccine's public-health role

UN Wire | Jul 24, 2015

The World Health Organization in October will begin its assessment of the malaria vaccine Mosquirix with an eye toward making a recommendation by November. European drug agencies today said the vaccine, the first of its kind, is safe for babies and children. "We will look at the vaccine from the point of view of public health," said Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman. "We need to think closely about how best to add -- and if to add -- a malaria vaccine across certain malaria endemic areas." Reuters (07/24) Quartz (07/24)


3. World Hepatitis Day raises awareness of disease, available treatments

UN Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Tuesday is World Hepatitis Day, with awareness being raised of the 1.5 million deaths each year caused by hepatitis B and C. "There is hepatitis treatment for hepatitis B, which can control the disease or suppress the virus, not cure it," says Stefan Wiktor of the World Health Organization. "Whereas, for hepatitis C. there is now drugs that can cure almost everybody with hepatitis C." Voice of America (07/23) The Conversation (U.S.) (07/27)


4. Mary Robinson: Highlight the effects of climate change

UN Wire | Jul 29, 2015

The fight against climate change needs to emphasize how people are affected, says Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "By helping people to understand the human dimensions, and that the impacts of climate change are being felt today, we can change perceptions of the crisis we are facing," she argues. Road to Paris (07/29)


5. Men sentenced for gender-driven murders in Mexico

UN Wire | Jul 29, 2015

Reuters (07/28)


6. UN human rights panel warns of privacy concerns in multiple countries

UN Wire | Jul 27, 2015

The United Nations human rights committee recently raised concerns about actions taken in multiple countries, including France's surveillance measures and the use of stop-and-search tactics in Scotland. Also coming under scrutiny were the U.K. and Canada for counter-terrorism measures. The Guardian (London) (07/23) The Guardian (London) (07/23) The Guardian (London) (07/24) The Guardian (London) (07/24)


7. UN updates draft of text for Paris climate talks

UN Wire | Jul 27, 2015

An 83-page text is available for governments to use as they prepare for the final stages of climate negotiations. Responding to Climate Change (U.K.) (07/26)


8. Global Compact promotes socially responsible business

UN Wire | Jul 29, 2015

The United Nations Global Compact is composed of 161 countries and more than 8,000 businesses, writes Tom Woodcock. However, Eastern European countries, New Zealand, Ireland and others dependent on international trade show the most reluctance to join the Global Compact, Woodcock argues. PassBlue (07/28)


9. Mistreatment of workers at sea is commonplace

UN Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Hundreds of accounts coming from escaped dockhands are bringing attention to human rights violations that occur at sea. Insufficient maritime legal protection is partly to blame. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (07/27)


10. UN envoy is seeking a way forward on ending Syrian civil war

UN Wire | Jul 24, 2015

Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, is holding meetings with the government and regional stakeholders in Syria ahead of his briefing of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council next week. Syria's two main opposition groups have agreed on a road map to end the war and forge a political solution. The Associated Press (07/23) Reuters (07/24)




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