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Canada To Prioritize Gender Equality During 2018 G7 Presidency, PM Trudeau Says

Reuters: Canada G7 Presidency to Focus on Women, Gender Equality: Trudeau “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has made gender equality a priority, on Thursday said empowering women would be one of the main themes when Canada takes over the presidency of the Group of Seven next year. … Trudeau…

At International Forum, Japan Pledges $2.9B To Help Countries Pursue UHC; U.N. SG Stresses Need For UHC To Improve Economic Growth

Japan Times: Japan pledges $2.9 billion to support countries pursuing universal health coverage “Japan will contribute about $2.9 billion to programs combating infectious disease and treating young children in developing countries that are pursuing universal health coverage, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday at an international forum on the topic…

New PLOS Collection Focuses On High-Quality Health Systems In SDG Era

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: High-Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goal Era: A Special Collection Margaret Kruk, associate professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a member of the PLOS Medicine editorial board; Hannah Leslie, postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H.…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Efforts To Achieve Universal Health Coverage On UHC Day

The Lancet Global Health: Adding clarity to the universal health coverage picture Editorial Board “…As countries embark on the journey towards [universal health coverage (UHC)], they need tools to evaluate their starting point, keep track along the way, and define the way forward. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer ways…

U.N. Agencies Release Statements Recognizing Human Rights Day

PAHO: Human Rights approach eyed as way to cut maternal deaths “An approach based on human rights using international legal instruments can help in the effort to reduce maternal mortality in the Americas, according to experts speaking … at a Pan American Health Organization symposium…” (12/8). UNAIDS: Message on the…

U.K. To Prioritize Disability-Inclusive Development, New DFID Head Says

Devex: Advocates welcome DFID pledge on disability, warn of complexities “The new head of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development has pledged to put disability ‘at the heart’ of everything it does in her first public speech since taking the role. Speaking ahead of International Day of People with…

U.K. Should Exhibit Political, Financial Leadership In Global HIV/AIDS Response

Devex: Opinion: The U.K. needs stronger political leadership — and investment — to fight AIDS Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the city of Durham “…[T]he disproportionate impact of HIV on marginalized groups, especially in middle-income countries, is further evidence of the systemic inequality that underpins our societies globally. … In the…

U.N. Agency Leaders Release Statements On World AIDS Day 2017

WHO: World AIDS Day 2017 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in the statement, “The principle of ‘everybody counts’ must be enshrined in policies, laws, and practices that span across all relevant sectors, adopting a whole-of-government approach. The message is simple — make everybody count!” (12/1). UNDP: World AIDS Day…

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