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Zero Discrimination in Health-care


MARCH 2017 A Report from UNAIDS

The Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi is one of Thailand’s premier hospitals in AIDS treatment and care. Its waiting rooms welcome many patients. This month, people waiting for appointments will see on hospital screens stories about people living with HIV who overcame stigma thanks to support from their communities.

Bamrasnaradura is one of around 1000 hospitals in Thailand that have joined the zero discrimination in health-care settings campaign.

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Maternal mortality has fallen by almost 50 per cent since 1990

 UN Sustainable Development reports:

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality.

Children health

  • Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families.
  • Children of educated mothers are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education.

Maternal health

  • Maternal mortality has fallen by almost 50 per cent since 1990
  • In Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Asia, maternal mortality has declined by around two-thirds

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Paris Agreement: Essential Elements

peaceThe Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake take ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.

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Climate Change

In the 19th century, an awareness began to dawn that accumulated carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere could create a “greenhouse effect” and increase the temperature of the planet.  A perceptible process in that direction had already begun — a side-effect of the industrial age and its production of carbon dioxide and other such “greenhouse gases.”

By the middle of the 20th century, it was becoming clear that human action had significantly increased the production of these gases, and the process of “global warming” was accelerating.  Today, nearly all scientists agree that we must stop and reverse this process now — or face a devastating cascade of natural disasters that will change life on earth as we know it.

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Women, Peace & Security

women-peace-securityWhile women remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, they increasingly suffer the greatest harm. In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women in war-torn societies can face specific and devastating forms of sexual violence, which are sometimes deployed systematically to achieve military or political objectives. Moreover, women continue to be poorly represented in formal peace processes, although they contribute in many informal ways to conflict resolution. For more information visit:


CEDAW: The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The Treaty for the Rights of Women (formally known as CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination) is often described as an international “Bill of Rights” for women. It is the first and only international instrument that comprehensively addresses women’s rights within political, cultural, economic, social, and family life.

As of July 2002, 170 countries have ratified the Treaty. The United States is among a small minority of countries – including Afghanistan, Iran, and Sudan – and is the only industrialized democracy that has not ratified the Treaty for the Rights of Women.

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People who are left out of the global HIV responses


20 APRIL 2016

The challenges of responding to HIV in western and central Africa have been outlined in a new report from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The report describes how stigma and discrimination, stock-outs of diagnostics and medicines, and unaffordable or poor-quality facilities are presenting major hurdles to access to HIV testing and treatment services.

Around 6.6 million people are estimated to be living with HIV in western and central Africa, more than half residing in Nigeria alone. The region accounts for one in five new HIV infections globally, one in four AIDS-related deaths and close to half of all children newly infected with the virus worldwide. An estimated 5 million people living with HIV in western and central Africa do not have access to life-saving HIV medicines.

UNAIDS is working with countries in the region to identify the locations and populations where HIV services need scaling up. Data from the region show that many people affected by HIV in western and central Africa live in and around city areas and that people at higher risk of HIV infection, include men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who inject drugs.

“The world will only end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 through an intelligent and focused deployment of resources that identifies the people and places most in need,” said UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures. “We must reach people affected by HIV wherever they live and whoever they are, including in western and central Africa.”

UNAIDS is helping countries in western and central Africa to build the foundations for a better coverage of services to match needs. UNAIDS is also working with countries on a Fast-Track approach over the next five years to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.


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Africa Week 2016


New York Launch of the

Africa Human Development Report 2016 on

Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa

Thursday 13 October 2016

Peace Day youth Summit

Friday, September 16, 2016

3:00pm-5:30pm, United Nations NY conference room 4

Please arrive early to allow time to go through security and leave your message at the Chalk Walk!

Register here by Tuesday, September 13th.

Welcoming remarks by Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. The session features an exciting range of keynote speakers and youth speakers that will be engaging youth around #PeaceDay, identifying opportunities for action for the SDGs and empowering young people to be changemakers.

Organized by Peace Day 365 in collaboration with DPI NGO Relations, NGO DPI Executive Committee and the SDG Action Campaign.

Co-sponsors: the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission Costa Rica to the United Nations.

Please click here for the announcement.

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