Archive for December 12th, 2018


Universal Health Coverage: What Is It and What It Is Not; Can It Be Measured? – Key Facts

WHO/L. Mackenzie

Key facts

  • At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
  • About 100 million people are still being pushed into “extreme poverty” (living on 1.90 USD (1) or less a day) because they have to pay for health care.
  • Over 800 million people (almost 12% of the world’s population) spent at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care.
  • All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The ABCs of What It Will Take To Deliver the Right to Health

7 December 2018 (WHO)*More people can access essential health services today than ever before, but at least half of the world’s population still go without. Those living in the poorest countries, in the most marginalized communities, face the greatest challenges in access, the highest burden of disease, and the worst health outcomes. 


Photo from WHO.

This year is an opportunity to stand up for their rights. It is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, and the 70th anniversary of WHO. Both the Declaration and WHO’s Constitution, the organization’s founding document, assert that health is a fundamental right for all people.

These are the ABCs of what it will take to deliver the right to health.

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‘Universal Health Care for All, Leaving No One Behind, by 2030’ – International Day

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Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage Day, which this year falls on Wednesday [12 December 2018]. Why 2030? 


WHO/Yoshi Shimizu | An elderly patient receives rehabilitation care in Japan (file)

Because that’s the target date for completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which (SDG3), calls for the promotion of healthy lives and well-being for all.

The International Day is supported by UHC 2030, a global partnership consisting of Member States, several UN Agencies – including the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – and civil society organizations.

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Solidarity with Migrants Isn’t ‘Terrorism’ – The Stansted 15 Case Shames the UK

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We should cherish dissenters trying to stop human rights abuses – not imprison them under anti-terrorism laws designed to prevent further Lockerbie bombings.

Image: Stansted 15 activists. Credit: @Edeportations/Twitter.


‘Somos lo Mismo’ Solidarity Campaign for Refugees, Migrants Launched in Panama

Panama City, 11 December 2018 (IOM)*  – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) last week presented the #SomosLoMismo (We are the same) campaign, aiming to promote respect, solidarity, and empathy between Panamanians and foreigners.

Bid to Raise $5.5 Billion for 5.6 Million People Needing Help Outside War-Torn Syria, with One Million of Them Are Children Born in Exile

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Some 5.6 million Syrians need help outside the war-torn country and one million of them are children born in exile, UN agencies and partners said on 11 December 2018, in an appeal for $5.5 billion to cover humanitarian needs for 2019.

UNICEF/Romenzi | Seated on a rug atop the dirt ground, two girls complete homework outside their tent home, in the Kawergosk camp for Syrian refugees, west of Erbil, Iraq.

Since conflict erupted in Syria in 2011, host communities in neighbouring countries have supported those who have fled, despite the significant impact on their own development, The UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Amin Awad, Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Iraq, told journalists in Geneva.

“We are appealing this year for $5.5 billion, that is to support neighbouring countries, but also to support operations assisting refugees in the areas of health, water, sanitation and food, education, psycho-social support, community services and so on and so forth.”

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Feminism and Environmentalism Go Hand in Hand – It’s Gender Day at the Global Climate Talks

Climate march, COP24 Poland © Greenpeace

Several thousand people march in the climate march at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. © Greenpeace

Climate change has a greater impact on those parts of the population that depend the most on natural resources for their livelihoods and who have the least capacity to respond to environmental disasters. Women face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty – the majority of the world’s poor are women.

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If Sleeplessness…

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By Arsenio Rodriguez*

11 December 2018 (Wall Street International)* — If sleeplessness was wealth, we would live in palaces alongside the moon. From our windows, we would see a gracious spilling of light, over everything that crawls and flies. A sidereal breeze would herald mornings, sprinkling stars on window sills, and music, delightful like smiles, would spring in lover’s lips and dreams.
Sleeplessness | Image from Wall Street International

We would walk all night, awake while everyone else is asleep. Imagining ways to dare to let go those impulses of forever to dissolve the tribal context of our minds -the spaces of our ignorance.

We would dance with the svelte night, elegantly dressed in her dark cloak, adorned with sounds of mystery, stories of love, shadows and memories. Tender rains would pour on us; maternal woos, sensual lips, laughter of children in eternal play -a total feminine display.

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UN Climate Conference Negotiations: Why Reaching Agreement on Climate Action Is So Complex

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From Tuesday [11 December 2018] on, close to 100 Government ministers are due be involved in negotiating a final deal on moving forward with climate action here at the United Nations COP24 conference in Poland. So, what is the goal? To agree a concrete plan to implement the historic 2015 Paris climate deal by mid-century. The stakes are high with numerous different pressure points.

UNFCCC Secretariat An Earth Council Flash Mob at COP24 in Poland to remind all negotiators and leaders that everything is moving too slow and that we have to take action now.

‘Global Sisterhood’ Tells Perpetrators ‘Time Is Up’ for Pandemic of Violence

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11 December 2018 — From #MeToo to #HearMeToo, the fight to end violence against women continues as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman, joined survivors, activists and other Hollywood celebrities to spotlight the lack of resources that exist to help women push back against violence and abuse.

UN Women/Kyle Espeleta | UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman speaks at the UN Trust Fund fundraising luncheon.

On Monday [10 December 2018], Human Rights Day, the UN Women-managed global grant-making mechanism to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, held a fundraising luncheon in Santa Monica, California, one of the hubs of the #MeToo movement that rose up last year against sexual harassment and abuse, by powerful men in the entertainment industry.

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