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Partners for SDGs: How Private Sector Initiatives Are Helping Clean Ocean Plastic Waste

The environment took center stage at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this year. Global leaders from around the world — from international organizations, governments, civil society, and the private sector — convened in New York City to discuss solutions to pressing environmental challenges outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Amidst the broad discussions […]

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WHO Reform Won’t Work Unless All Stakeholders Have a Voice

The World Health Organization (WHO) is in for big changes.  This winter the WHO announced a restructuring plan to streamline the agency and break its infamous bureaucratic gridlock.  The goal is to position the agency to achieve its ‘triple-billion‘ target. Making the WHO work better is vital.  The world needs an organization that can respond […]

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In Geneva, as in Washington, Private-Sector Engagement is Critical to Global Solutions

By Linda Dempsey, Vice President at National Association of Manufacturers Geneva is the nerve center for many multilateral organizations. It is home to an array of critical United Nations-related groups such as the World Health Organization, International Labour Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, and World Trade Organization. These institutions play an important role in tackling […]

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An Inclusive Approach to Improve Global Access to Medicines

Health officials from nations around the globe are convening in Geneva to set the global health agenda for the coming year at the annual World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board (EB) meeting. Several critical topics will be discussed at the upcoming meeting—non-communicable diseases, eradication of polio, and responding to disease outbreaks—but perhaps none is as […]

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Setting The Stage For 2019: A Look Back At The UNGA 2018

Each year, world leaders gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to engage in policymaking discussions, side events, and more. At the 2018 UNGA, all eyes were on two high-level meetings to address the impact of a couple of pressing global health issues – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and tuberculosis (TB). […]

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Thin Fare: The Challenges Of Developing Evidence-Based Approaches To Healthy Diets On A Global Scale

Healthy diets are fundamental building blocks of healthy populations. Each day brings choices about what we’ll eat, and those choices are critical components of our wellbeing, doing everything from providing essential nutrients for our bodies to giving us energy to get through busy schedules. The key word here is choice – consumers want the ability […]

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Countdown to September: Innovation Critical to Efforts to Battle Global Health Crises

The clock is ticking ahead of two crucial United Nations high-level meetings slated for September in New York. These meetings are focused on two important health-related goals that rightfully demand global attention: ending tuberculosis and battling noncommunicable diseases. Yet, as member states work busily on draft outcomes for these meetings, they must promote strong incentives […]

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