Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

State Department Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Brownfield & Office of National Drug Control Policy Botticelli co-lead US Delegation to Comission on Narcotics and Drugs 2014 

State Department Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Brownfield & Office of National Drug Control Policy Botticelli co-lead US Delegation to Comission on Narcotics and Drugs 2014 

Tune in for a Google+Hangout on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” at 9:00 a.m. EST (14:00 UTC) on Wednesday, January 8, 2014!  Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush will discuss innovative solutions to global health problems with young professionals in the field @globalyouthissues http://goo.gl/iPsdqM

Safe, Good Food for Everyone

Darci Vetter, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, visits the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. What is Codex? Why is it important for making sure that your food is safe to eat? Darci explains!

Happy World Health Day. “Control your blood pressure. Control your life”

Happy World Health Day. “Control your blood pressure. Control your life”

Hypertension is the theme for World Health Day 2013, which is celebrated every April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

Hypertension is the theme for World Health Day 2013, which is celebrated every April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

Download New AMAZING ATOMS App!

Explore the peaceful uses of nuclear science around the world with Amazing Atoms. This one-of-a-kind app presents the full spectrum of projects underway around the globe to improve people’s lives by harnessing the power of atomic technology. From cancer therapy missions in Africa to food security activities in South America, the International Atomic Energy Agency, with support from the U.S. Department of State, brings the power of the atom directly to the people of the world. Delve into Amazing Atoms to take a scientific expedition into this global effort to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear science. Download for Android Download for IOS

Boosting child survival rates will be the focus of a national summit in Mahabalipuram, India, February 7–9 that will bring together more than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members.The national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” jointly organized by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and pledge to meet India’s child survival and development goals. Learn More

Boosting child survival rates will be the focus of a national summit in Mahabalipuram, India, February 7–9 that will bring together more than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members.The national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” jointly organized by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and pledge to meet India’s child survival and development goals. Learn More

Today is the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). An estimated 100 to 145 million women have undergone this brutal procedure, and about 3 million girls are at risk each year. Starting now, watch a live webcast of a panel of experts who will discuss successful efforts and solutions to address this issue. http://goo.gl/wX3xd 

U.S. contributions to the IAEA’s Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) have funded expert missions to assess national capabilities to detect and treat cancer in 28 countries worldwide. Learn more about PACT and how you can help this World Cancer Day: http://cancer.iaea.org/index.asp

Historic 132nd WHO Executive Board convenes. Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Global Affairs, HHS addressing WHO Executive Board.

Historic 132nd WHO Executive Board convenes to consider WHO reform, polio eradication, noncommunicable diseases, research and development for new drugs, and actions to combat falsified/substandard medicines.WHO Photos by Chris Black

Great video from the Center for Strategic and International Studies: President Joyce Banda on Women’s Health and Empowerment in Malawi

Americas Region Supports Efforts to Put WHO on Stronger Financial Footing

Opening Statement by Member States of the Americas Region at the Second Extraordinary Meeting of the WHO Program, Budget and Administration Committee Delivered by Ambassador Jimmy Kolker Principle Deputy Director, Office of Global Affairs U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization Member States are meeting in Geneva Dec 6-7 for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Program Budget and Administration Committee to collectively consider a range of reform proposals aimed at putting WHO on stronger financial footing.

Meeting in Geneva this week, WHO member states took a historic step towards a global action plan to help prevent cancer, heart disease and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The meeting concluded work on a comprehensive global monitoring framework which will be sent forward to the body’s Executive Board. It is hoped that the package will be adopted in a little over six month’s time by the World Health Assembly.

U.S. Statement on the Right to Physical and Mental Health and the Right to Education

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the
Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health
and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Statement delivered by Margaret Wang,
Delegation of the United States of America
Human Rights Council 20th Session
Geneva
June 19, 2012

(as delivered)

Thank you, Madame President.

The United States welcomes the focus on occupational health in the latest report from the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health.  While we may disagree with some recommendations and numerous references to human rights law in this report, we fully agree with the Special Rapporteur on the importance of occupational health.  Since 1970, when our Congress enacted the Occupational Health and Safety Act, we have fought for the ability of workers to return home to their families, safe and unharmed, each day.

The primary focus when protecting employees’ health and safety should be prevention.  We believe that it is the responsibility of employers to find and correct safety and health problems in their facilities.  Additionally, they should try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making feasible changes in working conditions such as switching to safer chemicals, enclosing processes to trap harmful fumes, and using ventilation systems to clean the air.   When risks remain, employers should provide personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, or earplugs to their employees free of cost.

When employees are faced with unsafe or harmful working conditions, they should be able to seek assistance from their government without fear of retribution and with the expectation that their claims will be investigated in a timely and transparent manner.  When governments confirm that unsafe conditions exist they should take appropriate action in response.  Such actions may include issuing citations, levying fines, and ultimately closing habitual offenders.

These ideas have worldwide relevance.  Every government can- and should – protect its citizens, including in the workplace.

The United States also welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, which highlights the importance of quality when discussing the right to education and its ability to create a better world.

Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success.  We recognize how important it is that every student graduate from school well-prepared for college and a career.  A world-class education is also a moral imperative—the key to securing a more equal, fair, and just society.

A cornerstone of a quality education is literacy.  In the United States, we have a saying: reading is fundamental.  An individual’s opportunity to master reading skills impacts their enjoyment of their human rights – from petitioning their government to reading blogs on the Internet, from understanding the side-effects of a pharmaceutical drug, to taking on a contract for work.  Human rights education begins with literacy, and we will not remain true to our highest ideals unless we do a far better job of educating each one of our sons and daughters.

We as governments and the international community must reaffirm our commitment to provide quality education to all of our citizens – regardless of socio-economic background, race, religion, physical or mental ability, and gender.  As we strive to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal enrollment in primary education, we must remember that the ultimate goal is not merely attendance but the attainment of knowledge.

We appreciate the report’s praise for the United States as one of the first countries to emphasize quality education.  In this context, we wish to clarify that our 2001 law, the No Child Left Behind Act, which the report mentions, does not set national standards or assessments.   Rather, No Child Left Behind operates consistently with our federalism, where many decisions concerning education are made at the state and local levels.

Thank you, Madame President.

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