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12-Mar-2020 Geneva

Coronavirus is a ‘Controllable Pandemic’: WHO

The new coronavirus outbreak “is a controllable pandemic” if countries step up measures to tackle it, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged on Wednesday that the global outbreak...

21-May-2018 Geneva

J P Nadda leads Indian Delegation at World Health Assembly

“India is firmly committed to achieving universal health coverage for its citizens as has been articulated in our National Health Policy 2017.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare during his addresses at the Plenary...

23-Mar-2018 Geneva

Research team finds new anti-cancer protein

Led by an Indian-origin researcher, a team has discovered a new anti-cancer protein that not only prevents the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells in the liver, but also serves as a biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of liver cancer, according...

10-Jan-2018 Geneva

42 Russian athletes banned for doping file CAS appeals

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes against the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the tribunal said.The announcement on Tuesday comes in response to the sanctions imposed by...

17-Nov-2017 Geneva

New global effort launched to end TB by 2030: WHO

Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the WHO said.The announcement on Friday came as the delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis, Xinhua news...

11-Nov-2017 Geneva

World needs new digital Geneva Convention : Brad Smith

 There is now a need for a new digital Geneva Convention that commits governments to defending and protecting civilians from state-sponsored cyber-attacks, Microsoft President Brad Smith has said.A cyber arms race is underway with nations developing and unleashing...

09-Jul-2017 Geneva

Use condom to prevent hard-to-treat gonorrhoea : WHO

Safer sexual behaviour, in particular consistent and correct condom use, can help prevent gonorrhoea, a common sexually-transmitted infection which is getting much harder and sometimes impossible to treat due to antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization...

23-Jun-2017 Geneva

Over 1,000 children killed in Iraq since 2014 : UN

More than 1,000 children have been killed in Iraq since 2014 when militants from the Islamic State seized the northern city of Mosul and entire swathe of the country, according to the Unicef.Another five million children need emergency aid, the United Nations...

16-May-2017 Geneva

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers : WHO

Road accidents are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization revealed on Tuesday.In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died and accidents were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths,...

30-Sep-2016 Geneva

Attacks on health care services in Syria must end : WHO

A WHO official on Friday urged warring factions to stop targeting Syria's depleted health care sector, and to allow the immediate and safe evacuation of the sick and wounded who are trapped in conflict areas."Throughout this entire conflict, we have seen...

19-Sep-2016 Geneva

Zero tolerance policy on terrorism international obligation : India

In wake of the cross-border terror attack from Pakistan on the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, India on Monday said that a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism is an international obligation."India firmly believes...

16-Sep-2016 Geneva/New Delhi

India slams Pakistan's 'deep state' as both face off over Kashmir at UN

India and Pakistan continued to trade diplomatic barbs over Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Council, with Islamabad raising the issue of "unceasing oppression" even as New Delhi hit back, saying "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is administered by a "deep state" and...

19-Aug-2016 Geneva

Water situation in Aleppo alarming as fighting rages: Unicef

Unicef on Friday warned that the ongoing fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo was affecting over two million people of the city who have no access to safe drinking water."Access to safe water in Aleppo has continued to deteriorate over the past two weeks",...

15-Jun-2016 Geneva

Kashmir merits UNHRC's urgent attention: Altaf Hussain Wani

Seeking world community's attention towards the unresolved issue of Kashmir, the vice chairman JK National Front Altaf Hussain Wani has said that the long running conflict was a major cause of human suffering and rights violations in the region.Speaking during...

13-Jun-2016 New Delhi/Geneva

Voluntary unpaid blood donations must increase rapidly: WHO

Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).The WHO has urged all...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

Narendra Modi thanks Switzerland for supporting India's NSG membership

Prime Minister India Narendra Modi on Monday thanked Switzerland for its understanding and support for India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) following delegation level talks with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann.“India and Switzerland...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

Narendra Modi leaves Switzerland for US

After holding bilateral talks with Switzerland President Johann Schneider-Ammann, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left here for the US on the fourth leg of his five-nation tour.“Au Revoir Geneve! In under half a day, PM completes visit and emplanes...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

India provides huge opportunity for Swiss business: Narendra Modi

Inviting a galaxy of Swiss business leaders to invest in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Monday that India needs to create an economy of the order of "two or three Switzerlands," which provides a massive opportunity for partnerships."Within my...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

Black money a key issue, says Narendra Modi in Geneva

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said to combat the issue of black money and tax evasion was an important issue for India and Switzerland."Combating menace of black money and tax evasion is a key issue for our countries," Modi said here during...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

Narendra Modi invites Swiss businesses to partner India's growth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pitched India's economic growth story to attract investments from Switzerland."I invite Swiss companies to be a key partner in India's economic growth," Modi said at a joint press conference with Swiss President Johann...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

Act against child labour, rights body says

Governments should better regulate businesses to prevent child labour in global supply chains, Human Rights Watch said in a video released on Monday.The report comes in advance of the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. Child labour in global supply chains...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

Focus on NSG, black money at India-Switzerland talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swiss President Johann Schneider-Amman on Monday led delegation level talks here with the focus on black money and India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).“A closer engagement with the heart of Europe. President...

06-Jun-2016 Geneva (Switzerland)

With NSG, black money on agenda, Narendra Modi meets Swiss President

With the issues of black money and India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) high on the agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a meeting with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Amman.“The meetings in Switzerland begin... President...

02-May-2016 Geneva

John Kerry asks all in Syria to end violence, restore ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged all parties to the Syrian conflict to end violence and restore the cessation of hostilities during his second day of talks focusing on the Syria here."We're getting closer to a place of understanding. But...

09-Apr-2016 Geneva

Majority of extremism victims are Muslims: Ban Ki-moon

The vast majority of victims of violent extremism worldwide are Muslims and the objective of extremists "is for us to turn on each other [and] our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.He...

08-Apr-2016 Geneva

UN chief for holistic approach to tackle extremism

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that a paradigm shift was needed to address violent extremism affecting communities across the globe."Violent extremism is a direct assault on the UN charter and the universal declaration of human rights,"...

01-Mar-2016 Geneva

BRICS countries stress right to development as core to 2030 Agenda

A joint statement by the BRICS countries issued here on Monday emphasised that the right to development should be central to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.The joint statement by BRICS countries -- namely namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and...

19-Feb-2016 Geneva

Nearly 600,000 children affected by conflict in Ukraine: Unicef

Two years of violence have deeply affected the lives of 580,000 children living in non-government controlled areas and close to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef), reported on Friday.Around one in three of these children are...

02-Feb-2016 Geneva

Zika virus outbreak constitutes public health emergency: WHO

The recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil constituted a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.The announcement came after WHO convened its first...

29-Jan-2016 Geneva

Risk of Zika spreading in Europe extremely low: WHO

Despite the Zika virus continuing to spread in the Americas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that during the winter, the risk of Zika virus transmission in Europe was extremely low.Since May 2015, Zika virus disease, an emerging viral disease...

26-Jan-2016 Geneva

Nearly $3 bn to assist children in 2016: Unicef

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has called for $2.8 billion in 2016 to assist 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies across the world.At least 25 percent of this appeal will be used in child education in emergencies, with plans to increase...

01-Nov-2015 Geneva

Syrians to decide on President Assad's future: Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that "the future of Syria... should not be held up by the future of one man," adding that there is a need to rekindle political dialogue to find peace solutions in the war-torn country."I believe that it is up to...

01-Nov-2015 Geneva

Ban Ki-moon condemns alleged attack on Russian plane

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the alleged attack on a Russian plane in "the strongest terms" and voiced his deep sadness for the victims of the crash in Egypt's Sinai earlier on Saturday.Ban told a group of journalists here on Saturday...

19-Oct-2015 Geneva

Road accidents kill 1.25 mn people each year: WHO

Some 1.25 million people are killed each year in road accidents, according to a new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday.The report, titled Global status report on road safety 2015, noted the number of road accident deaths is stabilising...

05-Aug-2015 Geneva

Eliminating Ebola possible in near future: WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said here on Tuesday that the Ebola "response is definitely getting better", adding that though many challenges remain, eliminating the deadly disease is possible in the near future.With...

17-Jul-2015 Geneva

Ebola toll exceeds 11,250 in West Africa: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the number of people killed by Ebola in West Africa has exceeded 11,250.A total of 27,643 cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported since the outbreak of the disease, TASS reported on Friday.The...

02-Jul-2015 Geneva

71 journalists killed in first half of 2015: Report

A total of 71 journalists were killed from January to June of 2015 in 24 countries, a 7 percent increase over the same period last year, a Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) report said.At least 24 journalists were killed in targeted terrorist acts, mostly in...

03-Jun-2015 Geneva

What next for FIFA as Blatter resigns?

After getting re-elected last week to a fifth consecutive term as FIFA president -- comprehensively defeating Jordanian challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Swiss Sepp Blatter surprised the football world on Tuesday when he announced that he had finally decided...

31-May-2015 Geneva

John Kerry hospitalised after cycling accident in Switzerland

US Secretary of State John Kerry was hospitalised here following a cycling accident in Switzerland, his spokesman John Kirby said on Sunday.Doctors have X-rayed the 71-year-old Kerry's legs and it is likely that he fractured his right leg, Efe quoted Kirby...

30-May-2015 Geneva

Over 1,000 civilians died in Yemen conflict: UN

A total of 1,068 civilians have been killed and 2,551 others have been wounded since the start of the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen in late March until May 24, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner...

27-May-2015 Geneva

Nigerian suicide attacks by women, children on rise: Unicef

The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has said there has been an increase in the number of women and children being used to conduct suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria.Unicef child protection specialist Laurent Dutordoir on Tuesday said, "There has been a sharp...

20-May-2015 Geneva

Adopt a healthy lifestyle: J.P Nadda

People should be encouraged to make healthier choices in life and also follow a lifestyle which fosters good health, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said here on Wednesday.Inaugurating a photo exhibition on Yoga on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly...

19-May-2015 Geneva

J.P. Nadda asks NAM countries to work collectively on health

Indian Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday pitched for members of the non-aligned group of countries to harness their collective bargaining powers to make new medicines and medical technologies available to their people at affordable costs.In his address...

17-May-2015 Geneva

Universal health coverage important for future: J.P. Nadda

Investment in universal health coverage, including for the aged population, should be considered a smart investment for the future, union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said here on Sunday."India is committed to achieve universal health coverage for all age groups....

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