World Cancer Day
Each year on 4 February, WHO and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) supports Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. On World Cancer Day 2014, a new global cancer report compiled by UN Agency, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was released. It showed that as a single entity, cancer is the biggest cause of mortality worldwide, with an estimated 8.2 million deaths from cancer in 2012. The report also confirms that inequality exists in cancer control and care globally. The number of deaths due to the disease amongst the world’s poor is growing at a faster rate than previously expected. Specifically, by 2025 almost 80% of the increase in the number of all cancer deaths will occur in less developed regions.
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Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action
From left, Ms. Chongo Mwila, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, H.E. Prof. Nila Moeloek, Ms. Jill Filipovic, Ms. Anne- Birgitte Albrectsen, Ms. Jeni Klugman and H.E. Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota participate in a panel discussion.
“Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action”, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, and co-organized by Girls not Brides, IFMSA , NCD Alliance, PMNCH, UN Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, World Vision International, World YWCA, and WHO, and in support of Every Woman Every Child, took place on February 4th at UN Headquarters. The event brought together nearly 100 participants from UN Missions, UN agencies, civil society, academia and youth to discuss the ways in which healthy adolescent girls are key to sustainable development and should be placed at the center of the Post-2015 framework. The event was held on the sidelines of the eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, which focused on social equity and women’s empowerment.
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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO),an estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. February 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which raises awareness of this important issue.
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Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
The Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will take place in UN Headquarters from February 18-19th. Achieving universal access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and modern energy services is one on the greatest cross-sectoral development challenges for women and girls. In many countries females bear the burden of providing water and fuel for households and are susceptible to inter alia violence in the absence of adequate water and sanitation services.
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