Updates from November
November also was a key month for showcasing the cross-sectoral linkages in health. The health community rallied together to raise awareness around pneumonia, newborn health and sanitation by marking World Pneumonia Day, World Prematurity Day and World Toilet Day.
World Pneumonia Day, November 12-This year’s theme was “every breath counts, stop pneumonia now”. Pneumonia is the number one infectious disease killer of children under age 5 globally. Every year nearly one million children die of pneumonia worldwide, about 15% of total deaths for children under the age of 5- of which 2 percent are newborns. Learn more.
World Prematurity Day, November 17-Findings in a recent Lancet study found that complications from prematurity is the largest killer of children under-five globally accounting for more than 1 million deaths in 2013. This year, World Prematurity Day also highlighted the important work of the newly adopted Every Newborn Action Plan, which seeks to end preventable newborn and maternal deaths and stillbirths within the next generation. Learn more.
World Toilet Day, November 19–This year’s theme for World Toilet Day was “Equality and Dignity”, raising awareness of the impact poor sanitation has on women and girls. 1 billion people practice open defecation. This practice contributes to the spread of diseases and high mortality rates of children under five. It also impacts school attendance and contributes to threats of sexual violence against women and girls. Despite sanitation’s links to numerous development issues, open defecation and poor sanitation are still not receiving the attention and response they deserve. Learn more. To learn more about partners working on sanitation in support of Every Woman Every Child click here.
ICN2 Second International Conference on Nutrition, November 19-21-The meeting was an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a technical guide for implementation. Learn more.
25th Anniversary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, November 20-This year, as we marked the 25th Anniversary of The Convention on the Rights of the Child, there was much to celebrate: declining infant mortality, rising school enrollment, and better opportunities for girls. In spite of these impressive gains, there is still much to be done. Too many children do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers. Learn more.
As part of its celebration, UNICEF launched the #Imagine Campaign, a unique technological initiative helping to highlight the tremendous challenges children face all over the world. People are invited to record their own version of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” using a new app launched by UNICEF. Learn more.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 14 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, November 25- This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighborhood.” Take the UNiTE campaign to local streets, shops and businesses, and organize “Orange Events” in your own neighborhoods between November 25 and December 10 to help raise awareness. Learn more.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. At his side is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas