Updates from August
WHO Conference on Health and Climate Change—The first global Conference on Health and Climate is taking place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from August 27-29. The conference will provide a spring-board for action in addressing the impacts of climate change on health and will focus on two main topics:strengthening health system resilience to climate risk and promoting health while mitigating climate change. To learn more click here.
International Youth Day—International Youth Day (IYD) is celebrated on August 12. This year’s theme was “Youth and Mental Health”. The IYD event at UN Headquarters brought together young people, youth organizations, Member States representatives, civil society, and UN entities to discuss the issue of youth and mental-health. To learn more click here.
African Leaders Summit—The African Leaders Summit, August 4-6, was the largest event any U.S. President has held with African Heads of State and Government. On August 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted a U.S.-African Business Forum, with a thematic breakout session titled “Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future”. The session brought together senior U.S. government officials, African leaders, Ministers of Health, and senior health policy makers to envision the future of U.S.-African global health partnerships in achieving global health security, promoting science and health, reaching an AIDS-free generation, and ending preventable child and maternal deaths. For additional information click here.
President Barack Obama joins Africa leaders for a group photo during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
World Breastfeeding Week—World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. Nutrition and maternal, newborn and child health colleagues developed this brochure to highlight the links between breastfeeding and newborn survival and health. To learn more click here.