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UNFPA State of World Population 2010 Report - Ten years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed a landmark resolution calling on governments to protect women from rape during war time and to tap the power of women to keep the peace and rebuild societies once the fighting has stopped. The State of World Population 2010 shows what has been accomplished in places affected by ongoing conflicts or by military occupation, and the special challenges of countries that have endured both political instability and natural disaster. (

World Health Day, 7 April 2011 - Antimicrobial resistance is the theme of World Health Day 2011. Its global spread threatens the continued effectiveness of many medicines and risks jeopardizing important advances being made against major infectious killers. The World Health Organization (WHO) public awareness campaign will call on governments and stakeholders to implement the policies and practices necessary to prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant superbugs, and to also provide appropriate care to those seriously affected by these microbes. (

The Path to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released the publication The path to achieving the Millennium Development Goals: A synthesis of evidence from around the world. The publication examines the experience of 34 countries to show trends in progress, successes, failures and the impact of the recent global crises. It identifies constraints and states that with national commitment, innovative policies and pro-poor economic growth, the MDGs are within reach. (

Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Heads of State and Government, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, have begun the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, a major concerted worldwide effort to accelerate progress on women's and children's health, with pledges of more than $40 billion over the next five years. Launched in New York on 22 September, 2010, the strategy aims to save the lives of more than 16 million women and children, prevent 33 million unwanted pregnancies, protect 120 million children from pneumonia and 88 million children from stunting, advance the control of deadly diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and ensure access for women and children to quality facilities and skilled health workers. Child mortality (MDG 4) has been reduced, but not quickly enough to reach the target. Maternal mortality (MDG 5) remains high in much of the developing world. (

Asia-Pacific Disaster Report / Making Cities Resilient - The UN ESCAP / UNISDR Asia Pacific Disaster Report,2010 outlines ways to reduce vulnerability to disasters in the region which generates one quarter of the world's GDP, and accounted for 85 per cent of deaths and 38 per cent of global economic losses due to natural disasters over the last three decades. UNISDR has also released the disaster preparedness guide, Making Cities Resilient. ( (

Billion Tree Campaign - As of November 2010, 10.6billion trees have been planted under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2006, which encourages people, communities, businesses, industry, civil society organizations and governments to plant indigenous or appropriate trees. The Campaign has also raised awareness on the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. ( billiontreecampaign) (


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